Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Cotter, Sean
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6398 Section 001
T Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Global Characters

Description of Course:

This seminar will investigate the themes of global cultural circulation, mixing languages, and the transmission of history raised by works featuring translators as characters. These characters from culture's margins illuminate questions about its center: what is a language, what is literature, and how does literature define a community? We will follow questions like these across a range of works from various countries and time periods, as the translator characters raise some shared concerns. If the structures of modernity bring different languages and cultures into more frequent contact, how do we imagine the people who mediate that interaction? If these same structures tend to disrupt community, how do we transmit stories from one generation to the next? How do we understand authors and literature better, when we read characters placed at the limits of space, time, and language?

Required Texts:

our readings will include:
Anne Carson, Nox
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Brian Friel, Translations

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

in-class presentation
seminar paper, 18 to 20 pages

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