COMPLIT 241 - Topics in Comparative Literature
Section: 001 America in the Plural?
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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What do we mean when we say 'America'? There are thirty-five sovereign nation-states in the Americas and the number of ethnic nations numbers greater than 100. Still, America and American are used colloquially in much of the world — including here in the United States of America — to refer to just one of those nation states and the “American people” that it governs. We reproduce this simplification when we call Anglo-U.S.-American literature "American literature." This means that literature is also a great place to rethink what America means.

In this course we will try to think about America differently. We will look at literature from throughout the Americas that deal with the multiple origins, multiple realities and multiple futures of America. We will look at written texts, songs, films and comics from many different American nations and cultures. Through comparative study, we will push back against the exclusion of First Nations, the Spanish, Latinos, and African-Americans from the imagined community of America.

Readings will include William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, José Martí, Leslie Marmon Silko and Junot Díaz.

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Class requirements: Participation, Weekly Response Papers and two essays.

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COMPLIT 241 - Topics in Comparative Literature
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001 (SEM)
3LSA Hnrs
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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