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LITERATURE IN A WORLD CONTEXT

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LW 1003
ENCOUNTERING GLOBAL CHANGE: LITERATURE IN A WORLD CONTEXT I
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr J Stewart

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): When forming part of a graduating curriculum in Literature in a World Context, it is recommended that this course is taken together with LW 1502 Creative Practices: Literature in a World Context II.

This introductory course explores literature as a global phenomenon, placing national literatures in international context. It shows how literature makes sense of historical and cultural events in a period of globalization and examines the way literature relates to other ways of making sense of the world (including the arts, philosophy, politics, and the new media). Among other examples, it will use responses to September 11, 2001 to illustrate how literature takes a vital place in efforts to come to grips with events and social developments of world-wide importance. All literary texts will be read in translation.

1 two-hour lecture / seminar and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%); continuous assessment (50%) - one 1,250 word essay (40%) and tutorial assessment mark (10%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).