Comparative Literature | Cross-Cultural Encounters: Colonizers, Lovers, Permanent Residents
C262 | 15202 | Prof. A. Adesokan

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

On what terms do human beings, as embodiments of cultures, encounter
one another to reach real understanding? Are contacts by way of love
more meaningful than those established through trade, conquest, or
tourism? Are cultural encounters only value-free or motivated by power
and opportunism, and is understanding possible in such air-tight
circumstances? In this course, we will read works of fiction and
drama, and view films that make these questions an issue of artistic
engagement. We will also examine how the problems of religion, gender,
and differences in age and economic background are addressed when
cultures come in contact. At the end of the course, students will have
encountered a broad range of genres in which these questions receive
engaging attention, and hopefully will succeed in sharing in these
encounters. Texts may include Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel,
Stacy Bierlein’s Strangers Among Us, Brian Friel’s Translations,
George Lamming’s The Emigrants, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s In Dependence.