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Spring 2013 Course Descriptions

English 3903   Women, Literature, & Language:  Love/Death in Non-Western Women's Literature

Section 001     CRN 35027
Women, Literature, & Language:  Love/Death in Non-Western Women’s Literature   1530-1800 T

In this course, we will explore the correlations between love and death in women’s literary works from India, China, the Middle East and (if time permits) Japan. Some of the questions we will discuss include: Are love and death interchangeable terms in these literary works? Do the women characters in these works die assenting to love, or is it the other way around? In other words, does love slash death, or is it slashed by death? Are there any social, religious, and/or psychological factors that compel them to choose death over life? Do transgressions of any kind configure the link between their love and death? What is the nature of their love, or the need for it? And, how does it inform us about the cultural impact on their life? The works included in this course are: Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Eileen Chung’s The Golden Cangue, Zhang Jie’s “Love Must Not Be Forgotten,” Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero, Hanan Al-Shaykh’s The Story of Zahra,Anita Desai’s Cry, the Peacock, and Popati Hiranandani’s The Pages of My Life. Course requirements will include mid-term and final exams, one research paper, and active preparation and class participation.  (Group 5)