EN 602 Advanced Topic Seminar: Contemporary Novels of the World (Spring: 3)
Focus on contemporary novels by authors from various places across the globe.
We will explore the ideas, narrative structures, and styles of writers
such as Mahfouz (Egypt), Kundera (former Czechoslovakia), Sebald (Germany),
Pamuk (Turkey), Hosseini (Afghanistan), Tahar Ben Jelloun (Morocco), and
Coetzee (South Africa). Through close reading, we will examine the aesthetic
dimension of each novel, comparing the books as we proceed. We will also
be attuned to their political, social, and historical dimensions. With as
much sensitivity as possible, we will address questions of cultural difference.
Relevant post-colonial and psychoanalytic theory will also be included.
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