Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • WF - Writing-Focused

Typically offered:


Using seminal works by Machado de Assis, Luís de Azevedo, and Rabindranath Tagore as a starting point, this course will present non-English twentieth- and twenty-first-century world literature in the context of its relation to cultural, political, and personal identity.

One of the main objectives of the course is to provide students with the critical tools necessary for an informed reading and analysis of texts, especially in light of questions of identity formation, an imagined or remembered sense of home and displacement or exile, and cultural conflict in today’s world.

Acknowledging and becoming familiar with elements such as genre, period, style, and theme are also goals of the course. Fiction and nonfiction in translation, with some attention to bilingual and parallel texts, will include short and full-length prose works by writers such as Lu Xun, Naguib Mahfouz, Tadeusz Borowski, Mahasweta Devi, Lydia Chukovskaya, Ingeborg Bachmann, Emile Habibi, Reza Baraheni, Gabriel García Márquez, Nawal el Saadawi, Aim̩é C̩ésaire, Carlos Fuentes, Christa Wolf, Jaime Manrique, Ren̩é Alomá, Carme Riera, Alifa Rifaat, Octavio Paz, Ab̩é Kobo, Jack Agüeros, Empar Moliner, Ben-Zion Tomer, Francisco Goldman, Arundhati Roy, Shulamith Hareven, Haruki Murakami, Roya Hakakian, Edwidge Danticat, Pola Oloixarac, Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado, and Susana Chávez-Silverman. Evaluations will be based on discussion, three short papers, and one interpretive essay.



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