Empire of English: Issues in Comparative Anglophone Fiction

Sept 12

I.  "World Fiction" in the Age of "Global English"

Sept 19
David Crystal, from English as a Global Language
Lawrence Venuti, “Globalization,” from The Scandals of Translation
Pascale Casanova, on “From Internationalism to Globalization,” from The World Republic of Letters
Graham Huggan, "Prizing Otherness," from The Postcolonial Exotic

Sept 26
Keri Hulme, The Bone People 
Robin Truth Goodman, "A Time for Flying Horses," from World, Class, Woman

Oct 3
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Zygmunt Baumann, from Globalization: The Human Consequences

Oct 10
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Excerpts from The Rushdie Files

Oct 17
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch’ien,  “The Politics of Design,” from Weird English

II.  Fiction and the World Cinema: Two Versions of UK Vernacular in Diaspora

Oct 24
Fall Break

Oct 31
Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting
Danny Boyle, Trainspotting
Karen Lury, “Here and Then: Space, Place and Nostalgia in British Youth Cinema of the 1990s” from Murphy, ed,, British Cinema in the 1990s

Nov 7
Ken Loach, Riff Raff, Bread and Roses
Michael Winterbottom, In This World

III.  The "New Cosmpolitanism" and Anglophone Fiction from Africa

Nov 14
Ulrich Beck, “Cosmopolitan Society and its Enemies”
Timothy Brennan, from At Home in the World
Bruce Robbins, “Comparative Cosmopolitanisms” from Cosmopolitics
Rebecca Walkowitz, "Critical Cosmopolitanism and Modernist Narrative" from Cosmopolitan Style

Nov 21
Ken Saro-Wiwa, Sozaboy
Michael North, “Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Sozaboy: The Politics of Rotten English”

Nov 28
Naruddin Farah, Maps
Ngugi Wa Thiongo, from Decolonising the Mind
Timothy Reis, “Mapping Identities,” from Predergast, ed., Debating World Literature
Trinh T. Minh-ha, "Mother Talk”

Dec 5
J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
Jacques Derrida, from On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness