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English: Nationalism&World Literatures

ENGS 095 WQ1 (CRN: 14482)

2 Credit Hours

About ENGS 095 WQ1

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David Buyze ()


Winter Session online course; Dates: 12/26/2012-01/11/2013

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Section Description

This winter session course examines contemporary world literatures that call into question and resist formations and sentiments of nationalism through the analyses of diverse literatures according to such issues and problems as: language, community, otherness, power/privilege, inequality, race, gender, and ethnicity. We will focus on the novel which can serve as a modality of intervention and contemplation to how one considers the self, community, nation, and degrees of affiliation/belonging. Our three short novels: Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace: A Novel, and Edeet Ravel's Ten Thousand Lovers continually reverberate on intimacy in human relationships and the tensions this reflects in political and public manifestations of the nation. These novels are short and very enjoyable, allowing them to be read in about two sittings. Our analyses and discussions in this course will allow us to reflect on a comparative reading of three important novels in furthering our understanding of nationalism and world literatures. The course dates are December 26-28, January 2-4 (December 31st and January 1st are university holidays), and January 7-11 (with January 8th as a reading day), so there will be time for both the course and relaxation during your break. Please see the online syllabus for further details.

Section Expectation

This is a two-week online course. Please order the books for this course so that you have them well before the December 26th start date of the course. I highly advise that you start reading Mohsin Hamid's short novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist before the course start date. It will be necessary to have the following books: Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace: A Novel, and Edeet Ravel's Ten Thousand Lovers. Communication expectations and policies: 1. Four weekly posts in response to assignments that I will pose for a forum on the discussion board. 2. Pose at least two carefully considered questions in response to two different student posts per day. 3. Respond with at least two critically well-thought critical commentaries to two different posts or questions per day. 4. Weekly 500 word (minimum) private journal entries. Please see the online syllabus for further details. Required Readings: Three Brief Articles: 1. Edward W. Said, Nationalism, Human Rights, and Interpretation. (available online in Blackboard) 2. David Grossman, Individual Language and Mass Language, in Writing in the Dark: Essays on Literature and Politics (available online in Blackboard) 3. Jacqueline Rose, Preface, and Introduction, in The Last Resistance (available online in Blackboard) Novels: 1. Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (ISBN-10: 0156034026) 2. J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace: A Novel (ISBN-10: 0140296409) 3. Edeet Ravel, Ten Thousand Lovers (ISBN-10: 0060565624)


Grading Policy 100% of your grade will be based on: 1. Your independence in how you establish the strength of your presence in the discussion board, and your contribution to creating a dynamic classroom community. 2. Your particular use of language in posts, comments, and questions, and how this is indicative and reflective of your skills of textual interpretation and critical thought in establishing clear relations between the readings of texts and perspectives on nationalism and world literatures. 3. Your abilities of textual analysis in how you assess and address the readings in critical discussion and argument with your colleagues. 4. The caliber and degree of reflection in your weekly private journal entries. Please see the online syllabus for further details.


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