T C E603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Since the world is big and literature is long, the course is organized around thematic concerns-cosmology, collecting, travel, identity, diaspora-rather than claiming a representative sample of the literature of the world. Primarily, we will ponder the problem of worldliness in a variety of literary texts from diverging genres, places, and time periods, evaluating how writers have taken up the problem of representing the world from specifically local positions.
About the Professor
Neville Hoad was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University. His areas of research include Victorian literature and culture, contemporary African literature, gender and sexuality studies, and postcolonial theory.
Although there will be occasional lectures, usually we will discuss as a group certain questions related to the assigned reading. Come to class prepared to participate in discussions. No midterms or final exams will be given, but expect to write four or five essays (4-5 pages each) each term, plus occasional quizzes or brief (one-page) papers in class. No late papers will be accepted. Attendance is presumed-no one absent more than five classes in a semester will receive a passing grade. Grades will depend largely on the writing assignments, with each major paper counting one-fourth or one-fifth (depending on whether there are four or five papers) of the final grade. Class participation will be taken into account and can affect your final grade by as much as a full letter (in extreme cases).
Columbus, Three Voyages
Shakespeare, The Tempest
Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Gide, The Immoralist
Another packet of supplementary critical materials