Comparative Literature | Intro to Popular Culture: Rituals of Reversal
C151 | 12101 | Adrien Pouille


MW 9:30-10:45
class carries A&H and CS credit

With the ever-increasing deprivation plaguing peripheral localities
developing countries and rural areas - vast numbers of people
migrating from the periphery battle for better living conditions in
the center.  This massive population movement has not always been
advantageous, either economically or culturally.  When  placed in an
underprivileged situation, emigrants often articulate forms of
cultural expression that help them cope with the challenges related to
their new situation.  In this course, we will look at comedies,
folktales, witchcraft practices, rumor, carnivals and festivals as
rituals of reversal utilized by emigrants to dilute the
dissatisfaction that may occur when they find themselves in a minority
position.
Required texts:
Xala  by Ousmane Sembčne
The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo