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Literature in English
“Literature is what keeps us from shrivelling into something completely superficial. And it takes us out of ourselves, too… It reminds you of standards: standards of elegance, of feeling, of seriousness, of sarcasm, or whatever. It reminds you that there is more than you, better than you.”
~ Susan Sontag
Looking at different works of art, this course investigates the problems of the fundamental human impulse to interpret art as a mode of social or political resistance to power as compared to the apolitical enjoyment of the aesthetics of art as such. It aims to analyze our present postmodern experience of art in which the art consumer is radically divided between possible erotics of art and a violent return to the tradition of interpretation.
This course introduces participants to eight modern American poets as well as several poets of Asian American descent. Participants will read, explicate, and discuss a selection of works by poets such as Wallace Stevens, Hilda Doolittle; Robert Hayden, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, and N. Scott Momaday.
Books for reading / discussion * :
(Subject to change)
- A Shimmering Sea: Hong Kong Stories
- The Golden Needle
- Wannabe Backpackers
- A Misted Mirror
- Memoirs of an Ice-Cream Lady
- Searching for Frederick
- Chocolate's Brown Study in the Bag
This course takes a socio-historical approach to literature, and examines the events and developments in American society through the works of eight writers. It begins with a short introduction to American history between 1914 and 1945, and goes on to look at different aspects of this historical period in the light of several poems and short stories, as well as a memoir and a novella. The course includes a mixture of lecture and discussion.