COMPLIT 750 - Seminar: Topics in Comparative Literature
Section: 001 New Thinkers of the Global South
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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With its recognition of epistemes from a range of continents, the notion of a global South as a critical apparatus is emerging on an international scale. This emergence is transforming the Western academy, as scholars are beginning to actively critique categories of domination that either posit the universal or exaggerate particular prerogatives.

In this course, our aim will be to understand how the Global South demands an organization of knowledge in the academy that expands beyond divisions in area studies. In so doing, we will consider the gaps, unorthodoxies and lines of convergence from which alternative epistemes emerge. We will go beyond national logics of organization to explore how knowledge from Asia, Latin America, Africa and elsewhere can be given precedence over established Western theoretical models. Beyond the academy, we will investigate how various social groups, excluded due to race, gender, class, etc., are demanding recognition of their human rights, in the West and elsewhere.

In our readings and discussions, we will engage diverse genealogies of non-hegemonic conceptual apparatuses, and we will present various approaches to the construction, transmission and reception of knowledge, with the goal of placing our ideas within the language and practices of communities around the world.

COMPLIT 750 - Seminar: Topics in Comparative Literature
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001 (SEM)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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