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Cross-Cultural Thematics

CWL 151

Credit: 3 hours.

Explores a combination of western and non-western literature through the focus on a shared theme, exploring differences in treatment both within and among different cultures. Two such thematic focuses are offered in rotation; one on concepts of love and one on ways of writing about death. Both themes introduce students to a wide array of famous texts from different cultures and also offer some varied perspectives for their own inevitable thoughts on these major topics. 

May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria in Fall 2019 for:

  • Humanities – Lit & Arts

This course will examine representations of borders in classic (and not so classic) scifi novels, short stories, and films from around the world. We will use these texts to explore a variety of themes that bridge the gap between speculative fiction and contemporary reality including utopian and dystopian fantasies, environmental justice, technology and the body, nationalism, and the politics of labor.