Literature in English Outside England and the United States: Post-apartheid South African Literature and Film

Course Number: ENGL 190AL
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Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
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Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 190AA-ZZ
Quarter: Spring 2011
Instructor: Samolsky, Russell
Day(s): TR
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: GIRV 1115

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different.
Beginning with an examination of the aftermath of apartheid, this seminar will take up questions of torture, trauma, and the limits of forgiveness with regard to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the constitution of the new South Africa. We will analyze the relationship of literature to democracy and the move from one of the world’s most reactionary legal systems to one of the world’s most politically progressive constitutions. The euphoria of political triumph in the new South Africa, however, has given way to the ravages of the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS and violence born of crushing poverty. Through a close reading of seminal texts that have come to prominence in the post-apartheid era, the seminar moves to a consideration of the ethical difficulties facing this emergent multicultural society. The course will conclude with an appraisal of the new South Africa in the global imaginary. We shall also take close account of what South African literature may still have to teach America with regard to the current war on terror.

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