Authors in Exile: Nostalgia, Mourning, and Dissidence in World Literature
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3604
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Fiction
  • Cultural Studies
We examine the work of a diverse array of literary voices whose fiction, some originally published in English and much of it in English translation, takes us to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Lebanon, Mexico, and other locals. We read these texts with a critical eye focused on a number of questions: What constitutes the center and the margins of world literature? Which works are more likely to be translated than others? How does marketability figure into the overall equation of literary worth? The reading list may include Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Shyam Selvadurai's Cinnamon Gardens, Venus Khoury-Ghata's A House at the Edge of Tears, Mohammed Nassehu Ali's The Prophet of Zongo Street, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's For Love of Biafra, Anouar Benmalek's Lovers of Algeria, Pura Lopez-Colome's No Shelter, Kenzaburo Oe's Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness, and Monique Truong's The Book of Salt.
Course Open to: Degree Students