Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-1:45 PM
Professor: Sreyoshi Sarkar
This course looks at both fiction and non-fiction from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America to see how writers have responded to key social, political and/or environmental events that have shaped their lives in the 20th. and 21st. centuries. Readings include the works of Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), Bapsi Sidhwa (Pakistan), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Columbia), Amitav Ghosh (India), Nadine Gordimer (South Africa), Marjane Satrapi (Iran), Ruth Ozeki (Japan), and Viet Thanh Nguyen (Vietnam) amongst others. Some key issues that will guide our discussions of these texts are – How do they track and critique the violence of colonialism, ethnic conflict, and class and gender discriminations? How do they represent encounters amongst humans, and their environments in everyday lives and in extraordinary circumstances? What kinds of futures do they envision for us? Assignments will focus on deep reading texts for their major themes, formal elements, innovative aesthetics, and politics; we will prepare for this via in-class writing workshops. No prior knowledge of texts or authors required; all are welcome.