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Fall 2017-2018
* COM 351 / TRA 351 / ENG 361 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Great Books from Little Languages

David M. Bellos

For historical reasons most books that come into English are translated from just a few languages, creating a misleading impression of the spread of literature itself. This course provides an opportunity to discover literary works from languages with small reading populations which rarely attract academic attention in the USA. It also offers tools to reflect critically on the networks of selection that determine which books reach English-language readers; the role of literature in the maintenance of national identities; the role of translation; and the concept of "world literature" in Comparative Literary Studies.

Sample reading list:
Jaan Kross, The Czar's Madman
Ismail Kadare, Palace of Dreams
Han Kang, The Vegetarian
Aki Ollikainen, White Hunger
Tove Jansson, Fair Play
Borislav Pekic, The Apology

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading: Approx. 10 short novels to read over the entire course, plus 20-25 pages secondary material each week. Writing: short weekly posts; mid-term paper of 10 pages; term paper of 20 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other information:
20% of the student's grade will be for participation in weekly posts to Blackboard.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21356 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M   East Pyne Building   010   Enrolled:25 Limit:50
21357 P01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm Th   Green Hall   0-S-9   Enrolled:10 Limit:25
21358 P02 8:30 am - 9:50 am Th   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:15 Limit:25