Narrative Across Cultures
In this course we will read several types of narratives written in various periods and in different parts of the world ranging from Greek and Sanskrit drama to modern Latin American and African novels. We will discuss the different techniques of story-telling, and what attitudes to love and war, sexuality and power, tradition and rebellion are inscribed in these stories. In this way, we will consider how literature reveals historical connections and conversations, as well as asks large philosophical questions shared across cultures. Texts will likely include: Sophocles, Antigone; Kalidas, Shakuntala; Tayib Salih Season of Migration to the North; Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold; David Henry Hwang, M Butterfly and Shyam Selvadurai Funny Boy.