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Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature 121:  International Short Story
Summer Session II, 2000, University of Massachusetts
Instructor:  Beverly Weber,, Bartlett 15
Office Hours:  Tuesday, 12 - 1 and by appointment
Telephone Number:  Office:          ; Home:  253-0196
Course Web Page:

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Writing Place in the 20th Century

Course Goals:


Required Texts available at Atticus Albion (Main St. Amherst) and on reserve in the library:
Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories, ed. Chinua Achebe
Three Paths to the Lake, Ingeborg Bachmann
New Islands and Other Stories, Maria Luisa Bombal
Love and Longing in Bombay, Vikram Chandra
The Youngest Doll, Rosario Ferré
Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid
Turkish Culture in German Society Today, ed. David Horrocks and Eva Kolinsky

Recommended Texts available at Atticus Albion and on reserve in the library:
Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon
The Wretched of the Earth, Frantz Fanon

Required Texts distributed as photocopy and on reserve in the library:
Mother Tongue, Emine Sevgi Özdamar
additional secondary literature


If you need extensions on paper deadlines, please contact me in advance.  You may call me at home at 253-0196 or email me at  MAKE SURE THAT READINGS FOR CLASS ARE DONE ON TIME.


Tuesday, July 18th:  Introductory Lecture and Workshop:  Introduction to the Texts; Concepts of Place (Space, Nation, Migration, Immigration, Diaspora); Writing Literary Analyses; Introduction to Gordimer and Chandra

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Thursday, August 24th

Final Papers Due:  Saturday, August 26th

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