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PhD New York University
BA University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Postcolonial and global anglophone literature, global marxisms, the novel, theories of friendship
This course will grapple with the centrality of translation to the consolidation of literary canons in the global anglophone sphere. We will read novels, poetry, and other texts that have arguably entered the canons of world literature through their widespread circulation in translation. We will consider the institutional mechanisms—literary prizes, academic canons and syllabi, and popular circulation in the literary market—that contribute to the making of world literature. We will reflect on: what world literature is and how it has been defined; how works of world literature engage “otherness” in relation to objects that can be read and consumed; different models of literary cosmopolitanism; and the dominance of English as the implicit structuring condition for a global literature to emerge.
Overview of the concepts and material practices of empire through global anglophone literature and pop-culture texts from around the world. This course will function as an introduction to imperialism and postcolonial studies, moving from the British, French and German empires at the peak of their influence in the early twentieth century, to American imperialism during the Cold War to the post-9/11 period. Though the figure of the conscripted soldier, the course readings will trace some major wars that shape the world from the twentieth century onwards—the two world wars, the Cold war and its proxy wars in Asia fought across Vietnam and Korea, and the War on Terror.
Advanced study of a variety of authors, themes, genres, and movements during the 20th and/or early 21st centuries. Courses may cover American, British, transnational, and/or post-colonial literatures. Fulfills Humanities requirement
Intensive studies of announced special themed literature. Prerequisite: one course from 290-299.