Topic Lit Contemp/Cult:

$SAME AS G42.3925

Comparative Approaches to the Literatures of Africa, the Middle East, and the Global South Proseminar The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to recent exciting developments in Comparative Literature, in which the discipline is harnessing the energies of Area Studies (Middle Eastern Studies, African Studies, and so forth) in order to extend its scope geographically, and deepen its learning, for example through the study of languages and literatures beyond those European tongues that, traditionally, have formed the core of Comp Lit. At the same time, because of the way in which nomenclature relating to “Areas” is evolving, an allied aim is to introduce students to the idea of the “Global South,” a successor to “Third World” and “Developing World” in its broader contemporary use, which Comparative Literature scholars, in their anti-Eurocentric endeavor, are increasingly finding compelling. We shall pursue these aims through a careful reading of relevant theoretical texts, as well as works constituting specific African and Middle Eastern case studies.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Spring 2018

Hala Youssef Halim
M: 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM 19UP 305
Mark Sanders
M: 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM 19UP 305