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Fall 2013-2014
COM 535  

Contemporary Critical Theories - Language and Translation in Postcolonial and Minority Writing

Lital Levy

This course examines the complex relationship between language and literature in postcolonial and minority writing through theories of semiotics, dialogism, discourse, heteroglossia, bilingualism, minor literature, and translation. Topics include multilingual writing, the relationship of standard and creole languages in literature, and translation strategies within both original and translated texts. Readings will incorporate fiction and memoir alongside theory.

Sample reading list:
Mikhail Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination (excerpts)
Pierre Bourdieu, Language and Symbolic Power (excerpts)
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Towards a Minor Literature (excerpts)
Jacques Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other
Tejaswini Niranjana, Siting Translation (excerpts)
Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (excerpts)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
One class presentation, one term paper. Class open to advanced undergraduates.

Website:  http://blackboard.princeton.edu

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20515 S01 10:00 am - 12:50 pm M   East Pyne Building   127   Enrolled:8 Limit:15