DYNAMITE READS -- WORLD LITERATURE AND THE NOBEL PRIZE
C LIT 200 B & SLAVIC 175 A
PLEASE NOTE: C LIT 200 B AND SLAVIC 175 A ARE TWO SECTIONS OF THE SAME CLASS.
IF C LIT 200 B IS FULL, PLEASE ENROLL IN THE SLAVIC 175 A!
Coordinator: Professor Gordana Crnković
TAs: Raja Althobaiti &Veronica Muskheli
OFFERED VIA REMOTE LEARNING
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).
This class is team-taught: a different faculty member will be giving a lecture each week about the work of a writer from their area of expertise. In this way, this team-taught course will also provide you with a unique view of the many language and literature departments and disciplines at the UW, including Asian, Classics, English, Germanics, Slavic, and Spanish and Portuguese, as well as Comparative Literature (a major within the CMS Department). You will see that these departments, while providing a unique opportunity to learn many world languages and read their literatures in the original language, also offer a large number of classes, as well as majors and minors, that do not require a foreign language study. This class gives you a small taste of such classes, majors and minors, as all our non-English texts are given in English translation and can be read, enjoyed, and studied in such translation. Our instructors will touch on the issues of literature in translation in their lectures as well.
Lectures by faculty from each unit will focus on the writer and text of the week, but also discuss the 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 readings, watching lectures, writing online discussion posts, participation in discussion sections, and short quizzes. 3 credits (for "credit or no credit"), VLPA.
The class is coordinated by Gordana Crnković, Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media. Please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions!
- To gain a sense of the wealth and diversity of the world’s literatures
- become familiar with selected authors and examples of their work
- To learn about the politics of literary prizes
- To gain a broad view of the Humanities at UW and its departments of languages and literatures
- To fall in love with literature, which can become your life-long best friend!