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ENGL 4527 Novels of the World (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

What counts as a “novel of the world”? We will focus on contemporary novels by authors across the globe. We will explore ideas, narrative structures, and styles of writers such as Mahfouz (Egypt), Marquez (Columbia), Kundera (former Czechoslovakia), Pamuk (Turkey), Hosseini (Afghanistan), Tahar Ben Jelloun (Morocco), Cha (Korea), and Coetzee (South Africa). Through close reading, we will examine the aesthetics of each novel, comparing the books as we proceed. We will be attuned to their political, social, and historical dimensions. With sensitivity, we will address questions of cultural difference. Relevant post-colonial (Said) and psychoanalytic theory (Freud, Kristeva) will be included.


Instructor(s): Frances Restuccia

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 06-Jun-16