COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 002 Work in Progress, Work in Process
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
50
Cost:
0
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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If the text is a work, what kind of work does it do? To what uses can a text be put? And how do we continue to work on a text after it is produced by the writer? How does this depend on the context in which the text was produced as well as the context in which it is put to use? In this respect, we will pay particular attention to the work of translation, regarding it not as a slavish re-production of the original text but as a process of working on a text with a specific use in mind.

As a writing-intensive course, your own work will involve producing texts. Our focus here, however, will not be so much on the final product as on the work of production. This course emphasizes the writing process, so that drafting and revision will make up an important component of your work. This work will also be cooperative in that you will be asked to workshop your peers’ writing.

In addition to your writing, we will be reading a variety of texts that take up work as their theme. In discussing these texts, we will address issues such as:

  • How is work compensated?
  • What type of work is available to certain groups or individuals?
  • How has the work force changed over time?
  • How do different cultures value work in different ways?
  • What role does intellectual or creative work play in an economic system?

Texts may include excerpts from Harriet A. Jacobs (Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl), Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Karl Marx, and Socrates, as well as the film Office Space.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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19701
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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