Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Description
Cotter, Sean
Discipline and Number
LIT 3381 Section: 001
TR Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title:
Global Characters


This course ranges over a variety of genres and authors to study the ways in which translators and translation are imagined in literature. These global characters move between languages and countries, slipping into spaces that monolingual characters have to avoid. The works we will read are interested in travel, crossing cultures, and the international connections that characterize our contemporary world. Most of all, these themes allow authors to consider the nature of language and the fabric of literature, itself. From time to time, characters from the margins of writing have the most to tell us about the stories we all read.


Our readings will include:
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Julio Cortazar, "Letter to a Young Lady in Paris" and other stories
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
Jorge Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of the Guixote" and other stories


Assessments will include: two exams and a term paper

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