ENGL-218 Transnational Literature
Spring for 2016-2017
Forna, Aminatta
The increasing interaction across the borders of national cultures and languages today means that contemporary literature to an ever lesser extent reflects a single national culture, but operates in an open and transnational sphere offering new spaces for the literary and cultural imagination. Transnational literature reflects the intellectual and artistic cross pollination of people, cultures and ideas. Developments over the past decade indicate that transnational studies may provide a meaningful model for literary study in the foreseeable future where global issues predominate.

This course will explore those narratives which cross national boundaries, challenge existing national narratives and which reflect aesthetically or thematically a transnational sensibility. We will be read and discuss books by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Michael Ondaatje, Rabih Alameddine and Aleksander Hemon as well as the work of Lannan Visiting Chair of Poetics Aminatta Forna who leads this course.

This course has been designed in conjunction with the Lannan Symposium, The Global Soul: Imagining Cosmopolitanism, which takes place on March 27th-28th 2017 and features some of the authors we will be studying including Pulitzer Prize winning Viet Than Nguyen and Aleksander Hemon. Student attendance at the symposium is a course requirement.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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