Associate Professor — Ph.D.- 2004, University of California- Los Angeles
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T C 603A • Compstn & Reading In World Lit
TTH 930am-1100am CAL 422
What is world literature? What does it mean for a literary text to transcend particularity? The diverse texts we will encounter in this year-long course demand a confrontation with this question. From Homer, Virgil, and the Icelandic Sagas, through Shakespeare, Dante, and Goethe, and finally to Kafka's century, we shall consider the implications of literature's crossing of linguistic, geographic, and temporal boundaries and critique the conceptualization of "modernity" that is intricately intertwined with this process. We will also explore the manner in which adaptations of these texts into new forms, such as film, contribute to their continuing relevance in our world.
The course grade will be based on energetic and engaged participation in discussion and several writing assignments. Texts: Specific reading assignments to be announced.
About the Professor:
Karen Grumberg earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA in 2004. She specializes in modern Hebrew literature but also studied twentieth-century American literature and French. Her first book, Place and Ideology in Contemporary Hebrew Literature, was recently published by Syracuse University Press. Currently she is writing a book on Gothic tropes in Hebrew literature, and is happy to have a legitimate excuse to spend time thinking and reading about vampires and melancholic castles.