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ENGL 4902 Advanced Topic Seminar: Contemporary Novels of the World (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Focus on contemporary novels by authors from various places across the globe. We will explore the ideas, narrative structures, and styles of writers such as Mahfouz (Egypt), Kundera (former Czechoslovakia), Sebald (Germany), Pamuk (Turkey), Hosseini (Afghanistan), Tahar Ben Jelloun (Morocco), and Coetzee (South Africa). Through close reading, we will examine the aesthetic dimension of each novel, comparing the books as we proceed. We will also be attuned to their political, social, and historical dimensions. With as much sensitivity as possible, we will address questions of cultural difference. Relevant post-colonial and psychoanalytic theory will also be included.


Instructor(s): Frances Restuccia

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13