Authors in Exile: Nostalgia, Mourning, and Dissidence in World Literature
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Course Number: NLIT 3604
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
- Cultural Studies
World Literature encompasses a vast array of cultures, styles and traditions. In this course we will explore the works of Twentieth Century acclaimed authors from Japan (Yasunari Kawabata), China (Eileen Chang), Vietnam (Marguerite Duras), Haiti (Marie-Célie Agnant), Morocco (Abdellatif Laâbi), and Lebanon (V. Khoury-Ghata). With the exception of Kawabata who remained in Japan but was deeply affected by the loss of traditional values, every one of these writers had to face cultural, social, and political oppression leading to exile. Thus, the goal of their writing is to break silence, voice dissent, or express their struggle with a dual identity. Writing becomes a means to survive loss and persecution. The material selected for this course covers an array of literary genres (novel, short story, auto-fiction and poetry). The esthetic quality of the prose or poems, and the origiality of each author writing style will highlight cultural imagery and traditions. Students will be guided to analyze the literary material in relationship to literary esthetics, as well as social and political context.
Course Open to: Degree Students