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Literature Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Summer Session II 2020 (S220)


LTAF 120 - LITERATURE AND FILM OF MODERN AFRICA
Twentieth-Century Postcolonial Literatures
Proposed Instructor: Marina Vlahaki

This course will examine how African novels and movies grapple with the idea of finding a home in the world. We will read works by Nobel Prize Awardee Wole Soyinka and the widely known writers Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie among others.

  • LTAF 120 will count towards the Media concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.
  • LTAF 120 will count towards the Region (Africa) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTAM 110 - LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
Monsters, Ghosts and Bodies as Figures of Detection
Proposed Instructor: Bernardo Nuñez

Study of the relationship between the representation of death in contemporary Mexican literature and film and the social changes associated to neoliberalism in the region.

  • LTAM 110 will count towards the Region (The Americas) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTCS 102 - PRACTICING CULTURAL STUDIES
Experiencing and Imagining Global Cities: A Cultural Voyage to the Unknown “Playgrounds” of Urban Spaces
Proposed Instructor: Xiaojiao Wang

This course will provide an opportunity for students to delve deeper into the cultural texture of urban spaces and to enliven their imagination and quotidian experiences of global cities from Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong to Paris, Los Angeles, and other metropolises. 


LTEA 120A - CHINESE FILMS
Chinese-language Documentaries

Proposed Instructor: Yanqin Tan

This course surveys Chinese-language documentary practices in mainland China and Taiwan since late 1980s. Situated in documentary studies and East Asian studies, it approaches documentaries at both textual and contextual levels, exploring the intricate relationship among aesthetics, politics and ethics.

  • LTEA 120A will count towards the Media concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.
  • LTEA 120A will count towards the Region (Asia) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEN 178 - COMPARATIVE ETHNIC LITERATURE (d)
Environmental Crises, Race, and US Literature

Proposed Instructor: Sang Eun Lee

This course explores how particularly vulnerable populations and communities use literary imagination to fight against environmental crises in the US. The course will engage with various types of texts from poetry, short stories and speculative fiction to visual media.


LTEN 181 - ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (d)
Asian American Womens' Writing
Instructor: Erin Suzuki

This course will focus on Asian American women’s writing in English, from Sui Sin Far to Ali Wong. In addition to primary source texts, the course will engage Asian American feminist and gender studies criticism.

  • LTEN 181 will count towards the Region (The Americas) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTWL 106 - CLASSICAL TRADITION
Greek Mythology in Cyber Space
Instructor: Jacobo Myerston

This class is an introduction to the spatial dimension of Greek mythology. In it, we will not only read texts but also analyze ritual and mythical space with the help of a virtual reality software that allows the visualization of the sanctuaries of ancient Greece.

  • LTWL 106 will count towards the Historical concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.
  • LTWL 106 will count towards the Region (Eurpoe) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.
  • LTWL 106 will count towards the Region (The Mediterranean) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

 

Student Advising:
Nicholas Wilson
Undergraduate Advisor
117 Literature Building
Virtual Advising

Director Undergraduate Studies:
Margaret Loose