Spring 2023

E 238 Contemporary Global Fiction [CRN 20993]

Overview of Course

Welcome to the Journey! Our course will use our physical journey shipboard as a springboard into a literary journey of exploration of contemporary global cultures. Through the genres of short story, the novel, poetry, and film we will investigate global issues such as immigration, labor conditions, gender identities and cultural confluences. We will experience fiction from Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, India, Greece, Spain, and more! The work of the course will focus on building fiction reading skills—plot, character, setting, and theme. We will use the literary lenses of gender, class, and reader response to discuss a wide variety of literary works! As we explore many of the cultures that we physically visit during our voyage we will deepen our understanding of the wide variety of cultural expressions available and better understand ourselves as global citizens!