|(Eng.) World Literature and Theories of the World|
|選課單位||外文系 / 碩士班||授課使用語言||中文||開課學期||1042|
|課程簡述||The seminar aims to systematically contextualize world literature within our contemporary literary debates. In current debates on “world literature,” economicist models have so far held sway (Damrosch, Moretti, and Casanova). Based on understandings of time and geographical space derived from Wallerstein’s theory of “world-system”, these models view time and history as singular and linear, as in classic theories of modernity, and space as divided between metropolitan centers and peripheries, and use vocabularies of import and export, exchange and accumulation. As a result, literatures in Asian and African languages are deemed “local”, “peripheral”, “poor” or “underdeveloped” (SOAS, U of London). Literatures that “have not made it” onto the world stage or are on the way of becoming part of the world literature requires further discussions over issues such as the distance from the “world reader,” the worlding methodologies related to the sturdy of non-European traditions and textual translations.
For contemporary Taiwanese readers, the way we view world literature has a lot to do with the way we view the world. By examining “world” literature from non-Eurocentric views of the world and to put forward Taiwanese and/or non-western views of world-ing literature, the seminar will look at the multiple layers and networks of production and circulation of the literary worlds. Among the existent critical methodologies related to the study of non-European traditions, this seminar also emphasizes the transitional feasibility of providing new comparative interpretations of the World, the underpinning critical and theoretical assumptions, relevant issues upon interdisciplinary and the ultimate need for textual analytic modalities that would complement and enrich methods commonly borrowed from the social sciences, art history, and philosophy.
The first part of the course examines various ideas of the world and its link to literature and culture in Goethe, Hegel, Marx and Arendt. In the second part of the course, we will turn to consider novels from and about postcolonial (transnational) space that attempt to transform the world created by Northern political and economic hegemony. We will study novels from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean that explore the consequences of commercial and financial flows such as international tourism, humanitarian aid, foreign investment etc. for humane social development. Issues to be discussed include: the autonomy of transnational-literariness and trans-cultural flows in relation to economic flows; the normative status and transformative power of world literature in the wake of Marxist critique; non-Eurocentric accounts of world literature; the connections between the formal features of committed literature and its thematic concerns in the crafting of new figurations and stories of belonging of postcolonial (transnational) peoples and migrants; transnational (cosmopolitan) narrative experimentation; the revival of the story form and the use of 'magic' and its relation to realism; the political use of the Bildungsroman. The final part of the course will touch slightly upon the development of sinophone literature in the world. Readings will also include theoretical work and criticism by David Harvey, Salman Rushdie, Walter Benjamin, Benedict Anderson, David Damrosch, Pascale Casanova, Franco Moretti, and Giovanni Arrighi, Martha Nussbaum, Shu-Mei Shih, Rey Chow, Amanda Anderson, Ella Shohat, Suman Gupta, Pheng Cheah, Bruce Robbins, Vinay Dharwadker, Timothy Brennan.
Class Plan & Schedule: This is a preliminary abstract. Like many things in our lives, plans are subjected to change (with accordance to our reading progress and discussion). I’ll announce detailed schedules separately for each unit by the end of each session (See E-Campus).
9/16 Introduction: What is so special about World Literature and the “world-ing” of literature?
“Bachner, Andrea. “ ‘Chinese’ Intextuations of the World.” CLS 47.3 (2010): 318-45.
Confucius. The Analects. New York: Dover, 1995. (excerpt)
Optional: Andrew Lam, “Chinese Culture and the Politics of ‘Kung Fu Panda’”
Julie Otsuka The Buddha in the Attic. New York: Penguin, 2011.
9/23 The Silenced and the Untold History: World-ing WL
Hegel. Lectures on the Philosophy of World History
Jhmpa Lahiri The Namesake. New York: Mariner, 2004. (Film)
9/30 Cultural Appropriation, Integration, and Reinterpretation
Hannah Arendt. The Human Condition. (Course Pack)
Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay
10/7 Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels. The German Ideology. (Course Pack)
Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay
Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (In-class anime)
10/14 Electronic Worlding , Translation, & Minor Literature
Michael Joyce, Afternoon, a story
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries [selections]
Jessica Pressman, “Pacific Rim Digital Modernism,” in Mary Ann Gillies et al. eds., Pacific Rim Modernisms (University of Toronto Press, 2009), pp. 316-331. (Coursepack)
Words Without Borders: http://wordswithoutborders.org/
Abu-Jaber, Diana. Crescent. New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.
10/21 Postcolonial Spaces and “Global-Divided” Cities
Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place.
Saskia Sassen, “Cities and Communities in the Global Economy” and “Locating Cities on Global Circuits”
Paper I Due
10/28 Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven.
Warren Magnusson’s “The Global City as World Order” (Course pack)
11/4 Discussions about “upcoming” World Literature Reading List (Short Presentation)
Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven.
11/11 Sinophone Contextualization
Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain.
Shu-Mei Shih’s “Global Literature and the Technologies of Recognition.” (Coursepack)
Rushdie, Salman. “Imaginary Homelands.” (Coursepack)
Rey Chow “Framing the Original: Toward a New Visibility of the Orient.” (Coursepack)
11/18 Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain.
11/25 Gao Xingjian’s Soul Mountain. Paper II Due
12/2 Fictionalization or Real : Networking into the World Literary History (WLH)
Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide. New York: Mariner Books, 2006.
12/9 Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide. New York: Mariner Books, 2006.
(CLROC Annual Conference: Tamkang Univ. 12/14-15)
12/16 Hari Kunzru’s Gods Without Men. New York: Vintage, 2011.
12/23 Hari Kunzru’s Gods Without Men. New York: Vintage, 2011.
12/30 No Class (End-of-Year Recession for Final Prep)
1/6 Area Free & Uni-qlo: Transnational-literariness and Trans-cultural flows
Kai-cheung Dung’s Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City <<地圖集>>, New York: Columbia UP, 2012 （Reviews of all the texts)
1/13 Final Group Panel Presentation
1/24 Final Paper Due
|I grade on a 10-point scale (A=90-100; B+=89-86; B=85-80; C+=78-79; C=70-77; D+=68-69; D=60-67; F=59 and below).
The weights for grading are as follows:
• Attendance and Class Participation (Preparedness, discussion, Group Presentation) 15%
• Weekly Reading Responses 10%
• Papers (Abstract + First Draft+ Final Draft ) 40%
• Final Paper (Abstract + Annotated Bibliography+ Final Draft) 20%
• Oral Presentation 15%
Weekly Response papers
Each week, you will prepare a series of questions/comments/ideas in response to the reading, and select a particular passage or series of passages that you’d like to discuss in class. Email your response to me by midnight on Tuesday (before class). Ideally, this will provide wonderful fodder for discussion, paper ideas, and/or writing preparation.
You will be writing two 4-8 page papers and one 10-12 page final paper this semester. The idea is that, in the former shorter papers, you can take risks both theoretically and creatively that might feel too risky in a single long essay at the semester’s close on which your entire grade depends. Draw upon established scholarship, but work to be original in your approach, your style, your voice for preparing your final paper. Deadlines for submission of these essays are listed on your syllabus, but you may submit them earlier if you wish. All essays should be typed in a normal TNR 12 point font, double-spaced, and documented according to MLA style, and all essays require secondary research and a theoretical apparatus.
世界文學理論及問題討論:口語報告及討論參與 (Class Participation & Presentation 15%)
世界文學批評論述比較: 每周讀書筆記 (Critical Weekly Reflection Notes 10%)
期中報告 (8-16頁): (Mid-Term Paper 40%)
期末報告 (10-15頁): (Final Paper 20%)
期末小型發表會或書評出版:口頭報告 (Final Presentation 15%)
|1. Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1998 (1958).
2. Chabon, Michael. The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay. New York: Picador, 2000.
3. Cliff, Michelle. No Telephone to Heaven. New York: Plume, 1996.
4. Gao, Xingjian. Soul Mountain. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.
5. Ghosh, Amitav. The Hungry Tide. New York: Mariner Books, 2006.
6. Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988.
7. Jhmpa Lahiri The Namesake. New York: Mariner, 2004.
8. Abu-Jaber, Diana. Crescent. New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.
9. Kunzru, Hari. Gods Without Men. New York: Vintage, 2011.
10. Dung, Kai-cheung Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City <<地圖集>>, New York: Columbia UP, 2012
11. Otsuka, Julie. The Buddha in the Attic. New York: Penguin, 2011.
12. Course Pack & Dropbox Materials
Reference (Selected Essays will be included in Course Pack)
The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Second/Third Edition (ISBN 978-0-393-91334-7)
1. Brennan, Timothy. At Home in the World. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1997.
2. Casanova, Pascale. The World Republic of Letters. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2004.
3. Cheah, Pheng. Spectral Nationality: Passages of Freedom from Kant to Postcolonial Literatures of Liberation. New York: Columbia UP, 2003.
4. Damrosch, David. What is World Literature. New Jersey: Princeton UP, 2003.
5. Dharwadker, Vinay. Ed. Cosmopolitan Geographies: New Locations in Literature and Culture. New York: Routledge, 2001.
6. Gupta, Suman. Globalization and Literature. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2009.
7. Harvey, David. Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom. New York: Columbia UP, 2009.
8. Hegel, G.W.F. Lectures on the Philosophy of World History. New York: Cambridge UP, 1981.
9. Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels. The German Ideology. New York: International Publishers, 1984 (1970).
10. Moretti, Franco. Ed. The Novel. Vol 1 & Vol 2. New Jersey: Princeton UP, 2006.
11. Moretti, Franco. Atlas of the European Novel 1800-1900. New York: Verso, 1999.
12. Palumbo-Liu, David, Bruce Robbins, and Nirvana Tanoukhi. Eds. Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, Scale, Culture. Durham: Duke UP, 2011.
Office: 綜合大樓Room 739
Office Hours: Wednesday 10:10-12:00 or by appointment
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|列印日期, 西元年/月/日：2020 / 9 / 22|