World Literatures in English

Spring, 2001

Tentative Syllabus & Course Notes
Final Exam;
Course Evaluation (Please identify your school)

 
Date 
Author & Text 
Issues & Supplements
  I. India and Pakistan
1. 2/22
  •  My Fair Lady

  • : major themesIndia
    2. 3/1
    religion, caste system and gender; 
    reference: 1. Indian English; 2.
    images of women in SA lit. (remote)
    : 1. stories; 2. film
    3.  3/8
    city ghetto and diaspora identity
    : 1. Salaam Bombay, 2. Rushdie
    4. 3/15
    caste system and gender
    5. 3/22
      II. the Caribbean
    6. 3/29
    Group Report I: Fire
  • The Caribbean: cultural, historical backgrounds of Barbados, Trinidad & Jamaica
  • Anancy and Monkey Business.
  • Olive Senior's "Bright Thursdays"
  • :1. Fire, 2. Introd. to Cari. lit.
    7.  4/5
    Holiday
     8. 4/12
      • Sugar Cane Alley
      • Clips of  "The Harder They Come" and "Dancehall Queen"
      • Wide Sargasso Sea: Intro.
    : Sugar Cane & Cari pop; Jean Rhys
    9. 4/19
    (mid-term week)
    • Jean Rhys (Dominique) The Wide Sargasso Sea (Cont'd)

    stories of growth; slavery, & creole & female identity@
    10. 4/26

    stories of growth and female sexualities
    11,  5/3
    1. Rude, 2. Abeng
    stories of growth; the middle passage and African identities
    * musical example: Abeng: see explanation
    *Patois Dictionary.
    12 5/10
    • Group Report III: Jamaica Kincaid  Annie John(Antigua)
    • Group Report IV: "Children of the Sea" (Edwidge Danticat's Krik Krak) (Haiti)

    Annie John; Haiti & "Children of the Sea"
    group reports: Annie John;  "Children of the Sea"

    Stories of growth and exile

      III. Canada
    13. 5/17
    Group Report V: The Adjuster
  • Canada: Canadian duality, two solitudes
  • "Who Are We?"
  • poems: Margaret Atwood
  • Canadian duality, two solitudes@
    What is the Canadian?@ 
    The Adjuster; Canadian identity
    "Tricks with Mirror"(reading)
    14. 5/24
    15. 5/31
  • Margaret Atwood: excerpt from The Handmaid's Tale
  • Alice Munro: "The Found Boat"
  • 1. Handmaid's Tale; 2. "The Found Boat"@
    16. 6/7
    "Rain Child"; "Blossom"
    17.  6/14
    (final exam week)
    • Conclusion and Canadian or Chinese Canadian films 
     
     
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