Prerequisites: ENG-299T (any version)
Students will examine how authors from around the world use literature to comment upon, protest, or record various forms of oppression, ranging from dictatorial regimes to cultural divisiveness to colonization and occupation. Such literature is written in order to inspire people to know the world in which they live, and to that end, the course will also deal with contemporary politics and world affairs. Authors studied may include Manil Suri (Death of Vishnu, India), Edward Said (Out of Place, Occupied Palestine), Matthew Kneale (The English Passengers, Tasmania/Australia), V.S. Naipaul (A Way in the World, Trinidad and South America). Videos will include Rabbit-Proof Fence (movie), Palestine is Still the Issue (documentary), and The Soul of India (documentary).