ENGL 5169-001: Advanced Multicultural & Postcolonial Literature, Global Novel

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This course examines the figure of the specter in contemporary world literature.  Drawing on the work of Jacques Derrida in "Specters of Marx" (1994) as well as a range of theorists of world literature (including Damrosch, Moretti, Casanova, Lazarus, etc.), it seeks to understand this figure as a trace of the local culture, the local tradition lost to the logic of capitalist modernity and thus as a point of intersection between the local and the global.  In it, we focus on instances of ghosts, haunting, the uncanny, magic, witchcraft, and folklore in novels from the US, Argentina, Nigeria, Somalia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, India, and/or Japan.  Most broadly, we aim to rethink the world literary system from the perspective of the specter.  Possible primary texts include novels by Leslie Marmon Silko, Isabel Allende, Ben Okri, Nuruddin Farah, Ibrahim al-Koni, Naguib Mahfouz, Elias Khoury, Salman Rushdie, and Haruki Murakami.
 

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