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Language 402

My Office: LANG 408D; My Email: mraja@unt.edu

Office Hours: M, W 10:00-12:00 and by Appointment


Introduction

With the rise of recent populist nationalisms all over the world, the varied pronationalist models of global and local political and cultural identities seem to be in an urgent state Devil on the Crossof crisis. This crisis of the larger world systems, in fact, has always been an underlying feature of the world order, one could argue that neoliberal globalization caused the rise of nationalist politics, but has only now gained some obvious traction in the popular imaginary. This course hopes to offer a complex understanding of neoliberal globalization and cosmopolitanism within the focused frame of nationalism.

We will read some insightful theoretical texts about globalization, cosmopolitanism and nationalism and then use the insights provided by these texts to read a few novels from various parts of the world. It is my hope that after this course the students will be able to better understand the terms included in the tile of this course and will be able to incorporate the theoretical knowledge gained in class to their future studies of the novel.

Required Texts:

Huthinson and Smith. Nationalism. Oxford UP, 1994.

Zygmunt Bauman. Globalization. Columbia Up, 1998. [GLO]

Robbins and Cheah. Cosmopolitcs. Minnesota, 1998. [COS]

Ngugi Theong ‘O. Devil on the Cross. Heinemann, 1982. [DOC]

Buchi Emecheta. Joys of Motherhood. George Braziller, 1979.

Earl Lovelace. The Dragon Can’t Dance. Longman, 1979.

Rohinton Mistry. A Fine Balance. Vintage, 2001.

Handouts

  1. Fanon. “On National Culture.”
  2. Ngugi. “The Language of African Literature.”
  3. Jameson. “Third-World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism.”
  4. Aijaz Ahmad. “Jameson’s Rhetoric of Otherness and the “National Allegory.

Course Policies and Requirements:

You are expected to come prepared for class: This involves reading the assigned texts, listening carefully to your peers, and contributing your views in a collegiate and stimulating way. Attendance is mandatory.

Distribution of Points:

Discussion Leader         200 Points

Respondent                    200 Points
Class Participation                    100 Points
Mid Term exam                         200 Points
Term Paper                                300 Points
Total 1000 Points
YOU MUST FINISH ALL MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS TO PASS THE COURSE

Discussion Leader: (200 Points)
Each one of you will be asked to lead discussions on assigned readings on rotation basis. The rotation will be decided in an alphabetic order.Your role as discussion leader will involve the following:

  • An oral presentation covering the assigned text in detail. (100 Points).
  • A written response (minimum two double-spaced pages) submitted on the same day. (100 Points).
I will calculate your final grade in this assignment by taking the average score on your performance throughout the course.

Discussion Respondent: (200 Points)

For all discussion leadership assignments, I will also assign one of you (in reverse alphabetical order) the role of responding to the discussion leader. It will be up to you to contact your corresponding discussion leader, get a copy of their plan/notes and then develop a response to that for presentation during class. The respondent role will be graded in a fashion similar to that of the discussion leader role.

Mid-Term Exam:

The Mid-term will be an in-class essay exam administered in the eighth week.

Class Participation:

As this is a seminar based on a discussion format, your thoughtful participation is essential to the success of the class. I encourage collegiate, open, and thought-provoking class discussions. Remember, we are all here to learn, so let us share our ideas and knowledge to make this class into a dynamic learning experience.

Term Paper:
The final term paper will be due on the last day of class. The paper should be 15-20 pages, with a clearly defined thesis and a coherent argument using one or two of the theoretical apporaches discussed in class. I would encourage you to choose your topic early and do extensive research. I will be available to assist during all stages of your research and composition process.     

 
Cheating and Plagiarism:
Avoid at all costs!!!
 
Attendance:
You are expected to attend the class regularly. You will be in the danger of failing the course if you miss more than TWO class sessions.

ADA
Please contact me and bring me the necessary documentation if you would like me to make extra arrangements of for any disabilities.

Grading Scale:
A 900-1000

B 830-899
C 739-829
D 600-738
F Less than 600 Points

Weekly Schedule:
(Note: This is a tentative schedule and the instructor retains the right to change it as and when necessary)
Week 1
Introduction to the Course
Discussion:
NAT: Introduction 3-13; The Question of . . . 15-16; Renan (17), Stalin (18), Weber (21), Deutsch (26), Geertz (29), Kedouri (49), Gellner (55, 63), Hobsbawm (76), Brass (83), Anderson (89).
Reading:
NAT: Breuilly (103), Smith (113) , Huthinson (122), Robinson (214),  Bhabha (306).
Devil on the Cross.
Discussion Leader:
Respondent: 
Week 2

Discussion:

Discussion Leader and Respondents on Assigned Readings.
NAT: Breuilly (103), Smith (113) , Huthinson (122), Robinson (214),  Bhabha (306).
Devil on the Cross.
Reading:
Bauman
Emecheta, Joys of Motherhood
Discussion Leader:
Respondent: 
Week 3
Discussion:
Discussion Leader and Respondents on Assigned Readings.
Bauman
Emecheta, Joys of Motherhood
Reading:
COS: Intro Part 1& 2; Rorty (45); Appiah (91); Anderson (117); Robbins (246); Cheah (290); Spivak (329)
Discussion Leader:
Respondent: 
Week 4& 5
Discussion:
Discussion Leader and Respondents on Assigned Readings.
COS: Intro Part 1& 2; Rorty (45); Appiah (91); Anderson (117); Robbins (246); Cheah (290); Spivak (329)
Reading:
Lovelace
Discussion Leader: Kark and Miller
Respondent:Smith, Shaheen
Week 6 
Discussion:
Lovelace
Discussion Leader and Respondents on Assigned Readings.
Review
Reading
First FOUR handouts
Prepare for Mid term
Discussion Leader:
Respondent:
Week 7
Discussion:
First FOUR handouts
Discussion Leader and Respondents on Assigned Readings.
MID TERM
Discussion leader:
Respondent: 
Reading:
The Dragon Can’t Dance
Handout 5 and 6
Week 8 and 9
Discussion Leader and Respondents on Assigned Readings.
The Dragon Can’t dance; Handouts 5 and 6
Reading:
Robin Goodman
Discussion leader:
Respondent:
Week 10 and 11
Discussion Leader and Respondents on Assigned Readings.
Robin Goodman
Reading:
Week 12
Week 13, 14, and 15
Final Paper Workshops