Introduction to global literature

Course Dates: 21/09/24
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Keeley Street
Are you curious about reading literature from across the world? Would you like to encounter some of the world’s finest literary works, reading across cultures and national borders, and in translation? This in-college session will give you a flavour of what it’s like to study and explore what global literature is, reading excerpts from major works.
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Introduction to global literature
  • Course Code: HLT53
  • Dates: 21/09/24 - 21/09/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 13:30
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street

Course Code: HLT53

Sat, day, 21 Sep - 21 Sep '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This in-college taster session will give you a flavour of what ‘global literature’ is and what it’s like to read it; how and why we read literary works across cultures; and an introduction to some major works of the literature. You’ll get the chance to read literary texts from across the world, and a sense of how exhilarating it can be to read literature in this way, making connections between texts and ideas far beyond national borders. Through tutor presentations, reading short passages, and group discussions, this taster session will give you an idea of what it’s like to study global literature at City Lit.

What will we cover?

We’ll read excerpts from works of global literature together (in English and/or in English translation from other languages).
We’ll also discuss questions such as:
• What is global literature, and why read it?
• What kinds of texts count as ‘global literature’ (and who decides)?
• How does ‘global literature’ differ from other lenses for reading and understanding literature, such as postcolonial literature or comparative literature?
• How do we read literary texts across cultures and national borders, and in translation?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Begin to understand what global literature is, and some of the debates around how it is defined
- Have an encounter with major works of global literature, and begin to explore how we can read and interpret them
- Find out about topics that you may be interested in for further study.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and no previous experience or knowledge is necessary. Anyone with an interest in global literature is welcome.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You’ll be taught through a mixture of tutor presentations, individual reading of texts, small group work and larger group discussions.

The tutor will email you short extracts and texts to read a few days before the session; you will get the most out of the session if you read these beforehand.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials will be provided by the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Rebecca Jones will be teaching HLT312 Contemporary Global Literature this term. She will also be teaching HLT26 Masterpieces of World Literature in term two. For other Literature courses please look at our website at under History, Culture and Writing/Literature.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.