The University of Massachusetts Amherst

"World Literature in English": English 144 (GenEd ALDG) Fall 2022

Students will live in Van Meter Hall in the Central residential area.

Read what Fall 2022 instructor, Swetha Chandrashkehar has to say about the course: 

 World Literature in English: Exploring Decolonial Politics 

In this course we will investigate questions such as:  

  • What is “world” in world literature?  
  • How can we unpack the term, “world”, in the post-globalization context?  
  • How does the literature address conflicts and connections that exist between different races, nationalities, genders, and cultures?  

We will embrace various perspectives as we examine how literary and cinematic texts complicate our understanding of nationalism, multiculturalism, and globalization. As we read the works of Amitav Ghosh, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, David Damrosch, and others we will explore ways in which the texts contest the hierarchy between the west and the east – and how they may create challenges with the use of terms such as the “first-world countries” and “third-world countries”. 

Literary Perspectives RAP