COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 201 Building Bridges; Burning Bridges
Term: SU 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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May not be repeated for credit.
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How do writers endeavor to build bridges between people and cultures? And how do those intentions sometimes backfire and burn bridges instead of building them? In light of the conflicts that continue to erupt throughout the world, this course will examine the ways in which literary texts are often expected to bring people together and promote mutual understanding, but sometimes end up fostering divisions.

Readings may include The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (the controversial novel that resulted in a call for the assassination of its author) and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (both the best-selling novel and the film, about the question of Afghani American immigration). Particular attention will also be paid to translation—such as Bible translation—as it mediates between groups who do not share a common language.

These readings will connect to writing assignments that allow students to explore how to match intention to rhetoric and how to build an effective relationship with readers. In peer workshops, students will have the opportunity to discuss their writing with some of their readers— fellow students—and to examine how intentions may be transformed in the processes of writing and reading. The final grade will be based on papers, reviews of peers’ work, and class participation. There are no exams.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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201 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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Any edition of "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" is ok. There are several used copies available on and 
All other course materials will be in a coursepack, estimated cost $20-25.
ISBN: 0140366504
Haroun and the sea of stories, Author: Salman Rushdie., Publisher: Puffin Books in association with Granta Books 1993
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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