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Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

CMLIT 489 (IL) Contemporary World Fiction (3) A survey of developments in contemporary world fiction in translation.

CMLIT 489 Contemporary World Fiction (3)

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the developments in world fiction in the last 50 years and to expose them to a range of authors from a number of countries. This course, then, also involves getting to know the novel-writing histories of those countries and in many cases, the recent histories of those countries (for example, in novels like Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children or Garcia Marquez’s Hundred Years of Solitude). The class will approach these fictions from a variety of thematic, historical, and/or generic vantages. Authors under consideration will vary from class to class, but may include writers such as Pamuk, Grass, Murakami, and Marquez. Time allotted for the study of the works under consideration will vary.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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