COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 001 When You're a Stranger: Immigration, Foreignness and Difference in Literature
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
100
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

There are many ways to be a stranger: a new kid in class, a mysterious masked hero, a visitor from another planet. In this intensive writing course, however, we will focus on one particular category of strangers: immigrants. We will examine migration, from the perspectives of both the host society and the migrants themselves, and ask what are the relationships between immigrants and other wanderers, such as emigrant, refugees or colonists. We will explore themes such as the problem of language and translation, alienation and estrangement, the notion of home and/or homeland, assimilation vs. conservation of identity and more, through close, attentive reading of excerpts from the Bible and literary works by Upton Sinclair, Jamaica Kincaid, Albert Camus, Emile Habibi, David Grossman and Shaun Tan, as well as a few select scholarly articles.

The purpose of this course is to develop and hone your critical thinking, analysis and language skills, introduce you to the principles and conventions of academic writing, and craft complex, analytic, well-supported arguments in academic contexts. For that end, we will examine the similarities and differences between fiction and non-fiction, with the express belief that learning how to carefully read the former can help us become better writers of the latter, and vice versa.

Course Requirements:

You will write four essays during the semester, and work closely with classmates to revise and polish your drafts before turning them in. Grades will be based on the essays, assignments, and participation in class discussion and the workshops.

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COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
17932
Open
1
 
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MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (REC)
P
26296
Closed
0
 
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MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (REC)
P
19264
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (REC)
P
20499
Closed
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
005 (REC)
P
21853
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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Note:
All readings will be available on CTools as PDF files.
ISBN: 0691122903
The imaginative argument : a practical manifesto for writers, Author: Frank L. Cioffi., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2005
Required
ISBN: 9780439895309
The arrival, Author: by Shaun Tan., Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books 1st ed. 2007
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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