DYNAMITE READS -- WORLD LITERATURE AND THE NOBEL PRIZE
C LIT 200 & SLAVIC 175
PLEASE NOTE: C LIT 200 AND SLAVIC 175 ARE TWO SECTIONS OF THE SAME CLASS. IF ONE IS FULL, PLEASE ENROLL IN THE OTHER!
This course offers a grand tour of world literature as seen through the writings of Nobel Prize winners. Each year, it features a different group of authors from a range of countries, languages, and traditions. In Autumn 2020, we will read selections from Herman Hesse (Switzerland, 1946 laureate), Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1971), Heinrich Böll (Germany, 1972), Joseph Brodsky (Russia and USA, 1987), José Saramago (Portugal, 1998), Derek Walcott (Saint Lucia, 1992 ), Oe Kenzaburo (Japan, 1995), and Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus, 2015). Along the way, this team-taught course also provides a unique view of the many language and literature departments and disciplines at UW, including Asian, Classics, English, Germanics, Slavic, and Spanish and Portuguese, as well as Comparative Literature and Cinema and Media studies. Lectures by faculty from each unit will explore wide-ranging questions of literature and the politics of prizes. Who wins? (Who doesn’t?) And why? What does that tell us about literature and about the world in which we live? Assignments include online discussion posts and quizzes in section. 3 credits (for "credit or no credit"), VLPA.
The class will be coordinated by Prof. Gordana Crnković, Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media.