COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 001 Maturing: Re-discovering, Re-representing, Re-translating the World
Term: FA 2008
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.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we will explore together the process of maturing as one in which we develop new ways of interpreting the world around us. We shall ask how does growing up change our perspective on everything that surrounds us? What does it mean to re-view the world in adult eyes? What is the role of language in the process of maturing? And what kinds of experiences are critical in shaping this process?

Our exploration will mostly be a literary one. We will read stories about moving from childhood to adulthood from various cultures and times, examine the ways different writers represent the process of growing up, and discuss the ways different sociological and historical circumstances affect it. Ian McEwan’s famous novel Atonement, where growing up appears as a process of correcting and making up for childhood’s misinterpretations of the adults world, will serve as a starting point for our discussions. We will also think about the development of gender identities throughout the maturing-process in light of some short stories by the Canadian author Alice Monroe, and discuss growing up at the shadow of traumatic history through David Grossman’s novel See Under Love and a short story by the Palestinian writer Randa Jarrar. Finally, we will hopefully enjoy observing some comical aspects of growing up reading Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem’s novel The Adventures of Mottel.

This is an intensive writing course designed to support students in developing their academic writing and critical thinking skills. Students will be asked to write and revise four essays during the course as well as write two short responses to the reading materials. Grades will be primarily based upon essays, responses, and class participation.

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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22241
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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25072
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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29437
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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