COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 201 Childhood Boundaries
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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This course is designed to help students become better critical and analytical writers, especially by thinking about the importance of words. One way we’ll do this is through exploring the theme of childhood, particularly how it translates across times and cultures and experiences. From autobiographical accounts of former slaves in nineteenth century America and contemporary Native American writers to a fictionalized account of the Rwandan genocide to Romantic poets, we’ll see how others write about childhood. If even the word “childhood” brings to mind, brings to the page, such a variety of ideas, we can begin to see the challenge (and the fun) of dealing with language. Emphasizing the importance of language will also allow us to explore the role of translation: the very meaning and task of translation (can we talk about “translating” a book into a film?), as well as the significance of the voice of the writer and translator and of cultural context, and how these relate to us as readers and writers. Altogether, these overlapping themes should also challenge us to think about how conventions of writing can inspire creative analytical thinking. Some authors include Frederick Douglass, Sherman Alexie, Thierno Monénembo, William Wordsworth and Jamaica Kincaid. As a writing intensive course, grades will be derived primarily from essays, responses, translations, and participation/commitment.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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201 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0060508019
Out of bounds : seven stories of conflict and hope, Author: Beverley Naidoo., Publisher: HarperTrophy 1st Harper 2008
ISBN: 0786887842
Rabbit-proof fence, Author: Doris Pilkington., Publisher: Hyperion 2002
ISBN: 0803282850
The oldest orphan = L'aine des orphelins, Author: Tierno Monenembo ; translated by Monique Fleury Nagem ; with an introduction by Adele King., Publisher: University of Nebraska Press 2004
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