ICLT 300: "Global Literature and Digital Culture." Fall 2016.
NYIT Old Westbury Campus, MW 11:10am-12:55pm.
In this core literature seminar, we will analyze poetry, prose, and fiction addressing formerly colonized regions. Writers we will read include W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Medhbh McGuckian, Paul Muldoon, Jean Rhys, Una Marson, Claude McKay, Derek Walcott, Sarojini Naidu, Salman Rushdie, Agha Shahid Ali, Louise Erdrich, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Our readings will be from Africa, Asia, India, Ireland, the Caribbean, and the Americas. We will discuss such topics as identity, language, gender, war, the city, poetic form, and film. Students will write essays, contribute to a class blog, and design digital projects. We will also discuss current digital projects with scholars, including Angel David Nieves, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Digital Humanities at Hamilton College, Project Director of Apartheid Heritages: A Spatial History of South Africa’s Townships and Soweto Historical GIS Project, Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Columbia University, who oversees the Minimal Computing project, and Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University, who is developing a Cultural Atlas of Global Blackness.
Some highlights from Elizabeth Bishop's personal library at Vassar College. Books from Bishop's library are also in the Houghton Library at Harvard University.
I look forward to discussing Sylvia Plath's poetry and her reading of Virginia Woolf with Dr. Emily James's English 218: Literature by Women: Shakespeare's Sisters class at the University of St. Thomas, MN on March 8.