Comparative Literature | Cross-Cultural Encounters
C262 | 28182 | A. Adesokan


3 cr
Meets MW 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Fulfills A&H and CS Distribution 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.