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LIT 354

 Global Cultural Cold War

Elizabeth Holt

   Tu       110:10 am – 12:30 pm

HDR 101A

LA

D+J

ELIT

DIFF

Cross-listed: Africana Studies; Global & International Studies; Latin American & Iberian Studies; Middle Eastern Studies In the wake of WWII, the Americans and Soviets vied for global cultural influence as part of the decades-long Cold War, with both Cominform and the CIA's own Congress for Cultural Freedom facing off in a propaganda culture war.  From the Bandung conference in 1955 and its calls for nonalignment and Afro-Asian solidarity, anti-colonial and decolonizing struggles articulated a Third World revolutionary aesthetic.  This course reads diplomatic history, archival documents, and recent scholarship on the cultural Cold War alongside journal excerpts and novels by authors including Arthur Koestler, Tayeb Salih, Richard Wright, Allen Ginsberg, Ghassan Kanafani, Layla Baalbaki, Chinua Achebe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Marlon James, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.  This course is a Literature Junior Seminar and a World Literature Course. Class size: 15

 

92089

LIT 3139

 Geography of Unease

Marina van Zuylen

   W        1:30-3:50 pm

OLIN 303

LA

D+J

ELIT

DIFF

Cross-listed: French Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Human Rights  How do we acquire cultural and social capital?  What are the subtle mechanisms by which symbolic power is transferred? The books we read, the tastes we acquire, and the ambitions we hold make us into insiders or outcasts, depending on where we stand.  Do social structures inevitably reproduce themselves or can we ever hope to start over? Using literary and philosophical texts, this class will explore the tenuous process of passing from one condition to another.  Whether this integrative process involves race, country, sexuality, gender, or socio-economics, it explodes the notion of a stable and unchanging self and focuses on border zones of culture and being.  We will explore the threatening and liberating resonances of hybrid states and deterritorialized sensibility. Double-consciousness (W.E.B. Du Bois), double temporality (Spinoza), and double diaspora are some terms that will help us study the pain and loss involved in the plasticity of self, in the broken and rebuilt habits at the heart of our desire to be accepted. Readings from Bourdieu, Rancière, Larsen, W. D. Howells, Ernaux, Foucault, Eribon, Glissant, Fanon, Rankine. This course is a Literature Junior Seminar.  Class size: 15