CRN

90065

Course No.

FLCL 250

Title

On Being Foreign: The Poetics and Politics of Culture Shock

Professor

Franz Kempf

Schedule

Tu Th 11:30 am - 12:50 pm LC206

Distribution

B/D

Examination of encounters with "others" in various literary traditions in light of the conflict between the notion that hermeneutics is inevitably ethnocentric and the "multicultural credo that there exists a multitude of irreducible and equivalent ultimate wholes, ideas, and values. Our discussion will focus on the power of language and how, throughout history, it has expressed negative and positive bias toward "foreigners", and on the (im)possibility of an imaginative participation in a different world view. Consideration of theoretical works by Said, Kristeva, Storti, Hall, M Bennett, Whorf. This is a team-taught course bringing together experts from the literary traditions of the languages taught at Bard. Works to be read include: Mothertongue by Emine Sevgi Ozdamar, Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig, Andorra by Max Frisch; Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston; The Persians by Aeschylus; Call It Sleep by Henry Roth; selected short prose by Francophone writers Tahar Ben Jelloun and Nina Bouraoui; short stories, essays and poetry by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Joseph Brodsky. The course is lead by Prof. Kempf who will participate in all meetings in order to assure continuity. Course conducted in English.

CRN

90686

Course No.

FLCL T200

Title

Tutorial: XCULTURAL.COM

Professor

Stephanie Kufner

Schedule

TBA

Distribution

D

Parallel to the course "ON BEING FOREIGN," this is a webproject- tutorial, investigating cross-cultural issues with the help of and in combination with a variety of technological tools that will be offered to students with any foreign language background. For more information contact: Stephanie Kufner