World Literatures in English
Fall, 2002
Kate Liu - office hours: Thurs. and Fri. 10:00 - 12:00

Tentative Calendar 

Musical Examples

Date  Issues, Authors & Texts 
  I. India and Pakistan
   General Introduction: Colonialism, Postcolonialism, Diaspora & "The Empire Writes Back"   1 General, 2. India
 
2. 9/26
religion, caste system and gender 1. Earth, 2. the two stories
3.  10/3
colonialism past and present 1. Salaam Bombay, 2. "Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella"
  • Salman Rushdie: "Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella of Spain Consummate Their Relationship "
  • Salaam Bombay
4. 10/10
    Holiday
5. 10/17
caste system and gender
6. 10/24
Immigrants and Cultural Identity
  II. South Africa
   7. 10/31 General Introduction: Representation of Africa & South Africa  (e.g. Cry Freedom
  Group Report I  1, 2 
  • Tradition:  Njabulo S. Ndebele  "The Prophetess"
  • Some South African poems: "prelude," "The Body is a Country of Joy and Pain," "Our Sharpeville"
8. 11/7
Some Consequences of Apartheid
  • Njabulo S. Ndebele "The Music of the Violin" 
  • Nadine Gordimer  "Six Feet of the Country"
  • Some South African poems "Reflections of an Old Worker, " "Love Song"
   9.   11/14
(mid-term week)
Anti-Apartheid Movements
  • Mbulelo Vizihungo Mzamane "The Day of the Riots"
  • Nadine Gordimer ; "Amnesty";
  • Bessie Head "The Prisoner who Wore Glasses"
    10. 11/21 Colonialism Re-Visioned
  • J. M. Coetzee Foe chap 1
   11.  11/28
 
III. The Caribbean Area
12. 12/5
General Introduction: The Caribbean Area   Group Report III
1. Sugar Cane; 2. General intro. 3. Rhys
13. 12/12
stories of growth; slavery, & creole & female identity
  • Jean Rhys (Dominique) The Wide Sargasso Sea (Cont'd)
14. 12/19
15,  12/26
stories of growth and female sexualities * *Patois Dic.
16. 1/2 stories of growth and female sexualities
17.  1/9
Imposed and Self Exile & the Diaspora Group Report III
  • "Children of the Sea" (Edwidge Danticat's Krik Krak) (Haiti)
  • Chinese diaspora: some examples Happy Together; and Paul Wong
18. 1/16
Final Exam and Conclusion
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