World Literatures – The Modern Period [CRN 77155]

Discipline: Liberal Arts
Instructor: Hirchi
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 0800
End: 0920
Field Work: Day 1 | October 19, 2018 | Mauritius
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus
We will study literary texts from 1800 to the present from countries we will be visiting during the Fall 2018 voyage, in English translation. Each text will serve as a catalyst to reflect on specific issues related to the native country of the author. We will study a range of genres including poetry, short story, novel, theatre, and essayWe will use a transdisciplinary, a transcultural and a transnational approach to the subject matter to mee the objectives of the course which are: 
  • to study literature and culture across national and linguistic boundaries and from a global perspective;
  • to develop critical thinking skills that take into consideration the dynamics of class, race, gender, religions, etc. that inform narrative production; and
  • to reflect and produce a research paper/a project about a topic related to more than one literary and cultural tradition

Field Work

Country: Mauritius
Day: 1
Date: October 19, 2018

We will set up an encounter with one of the most prominent Mauritian writers to discuss issues related to writing in this multicultural geographical space. Mauritius has produced some of the most prominent Francophone African authors.  Students will meet with one of the writers from Mauritius and discuss the new literary trends in the country, the relationship between literature and culture, and the status of writers in the country.   Students will also be required to ask generic questions about the colonial and the postcolonial experiences, about multiculturalism that defines national identities and the cultural relationships between the Island and the metropole.   Students will hold a journal and present their interactions with the author to the rest of the class.   Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the literary history of Mauritius
  2. Deepening students critical understanding of the positive and the negative impacts of globalization on third world literary and artistic creations
  3. Encourage students to appreciate a multifaceted, diverse and multicultural experience
  4. Be familiar with the importance of literature in defining the contours of a national identity