COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 003 Lost in Translation
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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Living in an ever expanding global world where we simultaneously inhabit several cultures and time-spaces, how do we begin to speak of world literature? What is world literature? What is national literature? Whose world, whose nation?

In this course we will approach the study of world literature through the eyes and ears of the translator. Looking at the way works change as they move from “national” to “global” contexts, we will examine how different contexts/settings affect the meaning of translated works vis-à-vis the “original.” Exploring how texts move into a space created between the source and receiving cultures — shaped by both but circumscribed by neither alone — we will investigate how texts become “mishandled” or “lost” in the process. We will also pay particular attention to the ways in which class, race, ethnicity, gender, as well as genre shape interpretations to discuss questions of perspective, value, representation, and meaning.

As such, this course will examine texts from multiple genres, including articles, histories, autobiographies, plays, poems, short stories, novels, and films. Some of the texts we will read include:

  • William Shakespeare’s The Tempest,
  • Aimé Césaire’s A Tempest,
  • Michael Cunningham’s novel, The Hours,
  • Stephen Daldry’s movie, The Hours,
  • Mario Vargas Llosa’s The Storyteller
  • Rigoberta Menchú’s I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala, and
  • Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

This course is writing intensive. Students will be expected to complete a number of creative and analytical writing assignments inside and outside of class and to participate in small group workshops to provide feedback to pieces written by their peers. Active participation, open-mindedness, and sensitivity towards varying opinions are thus critical ingredients towards making this a successful class.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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