COMPLIT 241 - Topics in Comparative Literature
Section: 003 Poverty in Literature
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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What social responsibility does an author assume when deciding to write about poverty? What significance can be attributed to the biography of authors? Should literary representations of poverty be sociologically accurate? What is the role of realism, genre, and aesthetics in describing deprivation? This course will explore how poverty is represented in a number of world literatures spanning the United States, Latin America and the Middle East. Through novels, films and short stories we will consider what variations occur according to context (such as poverty being urban or rural, gendered, racially or ethnically marked, the poverty of an immigrant or a native). Authors will include Junot Díaz, Sherman Alexie, Edwidge Danticat, Émile Zola, Alice Walker, Gabriel García Márquez, Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, Graciliano Ramos, Albert Swissa, Ghassan Kanafani and Mohammad Shoukri.

Students will be expected to write responses, make presentations and write a couple of papers.

COMPLIT 241 - Topics in Comparative Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0292701330
Barren lives = Vidas secas, Author: by Graciliano Ramos ; translated with an introd. by Ralph Edward Dimmick ; illustrated by Charles Umlauf., Publisher: University of Texas Press 1984
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0811211908
The hour of the star, Author: Clarice Lispector ; translated with an afterword by Giovanni Pontiero., Publisher: New Directions Pub. Corp. 1992
ISBN: 0872861961
For bread alone, Author: Mohamed Choukri ; translated from the Arabic with an introduction by Paul Bowles., Publisher: City Lights Books 1st City L 1987
ISBN: 0385264623
The thief and the dogs, Author: Naguib Mahfouz ; translated by Trevor Le Gassick, M.M. Badawi ; revised by John Rodenbeck., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1989
ISBN: 0316013692
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian., Author: by Sherman Alexie ; art by Ellen Forney., Publisher: Little Brown & Co 1st paperb 2008
ISBN: 1852427264
Pedro Paramo, Author: Juan Rulfo ; translated by Margaret Sayers Peden ; with a foreword by Susan Sontag., Publisher: Serpent's Tail 2000
ISBN: 0060751576
No one writes to the colonel : and other stories, Author: translated from the Spanish by J.S. Bernstein., Publisher: Perennial Classics 1st Perenn 2005
ISBN: 0156028352
The color purple, Author: Alice Walker., Publisher: Harcourt 1st Harves 2003
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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