Spring 2012

HUMS 633
World Literature


01/30/2012 - 05/04/2012
Tuesday 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Downey 100

The last half of the 20th century has seen the establishment of a literary canon of classics from many places in the Third World: India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Some authors have become not only recognizable to, but indispensable for, the educated First World reader: Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Bharati Mukherjee are certainly some of these authors. How do these authors shape their worlds and what issues concern them? What in their works and formal methods appeals so much to the readers of the First World? In this regard, we will consider how canons come to be: what are the criteria by which certain books are selected to become classics?

Enrollment limited to 18 students.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Friday, February 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
HUMS 633

Indira Karamcheti B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara) is associate professor of English and American Studies. Her teaching and research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, the literature of the South Asian diaspora, and the writing of ethnic and racial minorities in the U.S. She has written on such authors as Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Simone Schwarz-Bart, and Aime Cesaire. Click here for more information about Indira Karamcheti and click here for more information about her work.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 14

Texts to purchase for this course:
Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart, WW Norton, ISBN 0-393-93219-2

Achebe, Chinua, Education of a British-protected Child, Knopf Doubleday, ISBN 0-307-47367-8

Adichie, Chimamanda, Half of a Yellow Sun, Knopf Doubleday, ISBN 1-4000-9520-4

Rushdie, Salman, Midnight's Children, Random House, ISBN 0-8129-7653-3

Roy, Arundhati, God of Small Things, Random House, ISBN 0-8129-7965-6

Naipaul, V.S., Mystic Masseur, Knopf Doubleday, ISBN 0-375-70714-X

Diaz, Junot, The Brief, Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Penguin, ISBN 1-59448-329-9

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Harper Collins, ISBN 0-06-088286-7

Bolano, Roberto, Monsieur Pain, New Directions, ISBN 0-8112-1889-4

Mukherjee, Bharati, Jasmine, Grove/Atlantic, ISBN 0-8021-3630-3

Damrosch, David, How to Read World Literature, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 1-4051-6826-9

Hulme, Keri, The Bone People, Penguin, ISBN 0-14-311645-2

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