The Globe and the World: Representations and Theorizations of New Transnational Formations|
Fall 2011 not offered
COL 356, SOC 356, ENGL 356|
|Certificates: International Relations|
In the past four decades, the study of national territories, cultures, and societies has been supplemented and challenged by concepts and categories such as the transnational, the diasporic, the global, the cosmopolitan, and by the "worlding" vocabulary that has produced such notions as world literature, world music, world politics, etc. This course will examine literary and theoretical texts to ask what is at stake in this multiplication of categories across a range of disciplines, from postcolonial studies to sociology and beyond. We will discuss the relationship between actually existing phenomena and their construction as objects of knowledge by various disciplines and in fictional representations.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will need to develop their ability to read closely texts from several cultures and disciplines in order to develop points of comparison between them. The theoretical texts we read will be from several humanities and social science disciplines and discourses, so the ability to interpret their concepts and work with them will be important. Both the globe and the world-concepts are by definition more than Western and include other cultures.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(ENGL)(ENGL-TLF Conc)(SOC)
Course pack with selections from major authors (Immanuel Wallerstein, David Damrosch, Franco Moretti, Pascale Casanova, Christopher Prendergast, Sarah Lawall, et al.) Novels and films will also be assigned.
|Examination and Assignments: |
In-class presentations, a short paper based on that, and a longer final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
COL and CSS majors may take this course for credit. All others must take it A-F, for a grade.