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Managing Difference: The Postcolonial and the Premodern
ENGL 342
Fall 2006 not offered

Curiously, literatures considered very modern (postcolonial literatures) and those considered very old (medieval and Anglo-Saxon) are read through the lens of difference, that is, across a supposedly unbridgeable chasm created by time, language, and culture. Interestingly, as literary texts, both medieval and postcolonial literatures raise the same theoretical issues in reading, teaching, and research. What happens if we juxtapose these texts? This class will examine Western representations of otherness: how is the ancient past which is "ours" represented? How is the contemporary, global present and future used and marketed? In addition to representation, we will consider the issues of literacy/textuality, marketing, technologies of publication and dissemination, editing and translation, etc. We will conclude by questioning the appropriateness of current theoretical approaches to the fields of medieval and postcolonial literatures: what interests are served in academic discussions of alterity?

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture/DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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