World Literature

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This course focuses on how personal and collective memories are imaginatively mediated in response to specific political contexts. Literature that responds to historical events might reinforce dominant versions of history or present counter-histories, for example, and it might highlight documentary traces or emphasize the emotions that surround historical events. This course will introduce methodological approaches and ethical questions to bring to the study of literature from contexts and in languages unfamiliar to many North American students. It thus serves as a foundation for students who want to pursue more in-depth literary study of the works of particular regions, nations, and cities in future courses and projects.


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