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Spring 2014 First-Year Seminar BC1589 section 001
GLOBAL LIT:POLTCS &THE NOVEL

Call Number 07411
Day & Time
Location
TR 4:10pm-5:25pm
201 Lehman Hall (Barnard)
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Mona El-Ghobashy
Type SEMINAR
Course Description Among its many pleasures, the novel offers a platform for writers to comment on political issues of their day: colonialism, economic exploitation, political corruption, religious strife, social conventions, and simply, human cruelty. Yet, what distinguishes superior novels from mere political treatises is the privileging of aesthetic values, the attention to form and style, the power of language, and the crafting of complex characters whose motivations the novelist him/herself may not understand. How do novelists use the techniques of fiction (plot structure, character development, setting) to convey political commitments and judgments? How do they link individual human lives to larger political structures? Traversing time and space, we read novels that grapple with the "big issues"of their day through the lives of individual characters. Texts include Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, Carlos Fuentes' The Death of Artemio Cruz, Naguib Mahfouz's Miramar, Ngugi wa Thiong'o's Petals of Blood, Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace, and Orhan Pamuk's Snow.
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Department First-Year Seminar Program @Barnard
Enrollment 16 students as of 12:28AM Friday, April 18, 2014
Subject First-Year Seminar
Number BC1589
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard
Campus Barnard College
Note BC ONLY; LOTTERY ON EBEAR NOV 6-10; RESULTS NOV 11
Section key 20141FYSB1589X001

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