COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 001 Representing Culture, Translating Culture
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
100
Cost:
0
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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What do we see when we look at a culture which is not our own? Referring mostly to outsiders’ representations of India, Ashis Nandy wrote that “all interpretations of India are ultimately autobiographical. His remark reminds us that it is very difficult to look at something “outside” of our own without in some way revealing ourselves, and that it is our own values and prejudices that actually construct the different “Other” that we think that we’re looking upon. What are the complications involved then, when a white North American anthropologist goes and examines a small section of African society, and proclaims this society to be “primitive”? Is this pronouncement that this part of African society is “primitive” more reflective of the values of North American society or the African culture which it presumes to represent? This course will be an exercise in uncovering the difficulties involved in the idea of “representing” cultures, through means such as images, words and languages. We will be examining the idea of “representation” as a term which is actually very complex, and which cannot be easily broken down. We will be doing this in several ways: through examining (1) cultures of mainstream society, (2) cultures which are marginal this mainstream, and (3) what it means for different cultures to interact with one another, to “translate” into one another. In order to do this, we will be dealing with the histories of colonization, race theory and globalization. We will examine these histories and ideas through understanding in a critical way how language, images and politics intertwine to form our understanding of what it means to examine an “Other” culture.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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