|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
Cosmopolitan Modernisms / Global Modernities
- Course Number: ENGL 122CS
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- Advisory Enrollment Information:
May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 122AA-ZZ
- Quarter: Spring 2022
This course studies the encounter between different cultures in the postcolonial and globalized 20th and 21st century. Cosmopolitanism, which defines the transnational quality of modern writing, often centers on the clash between a provincial life in the locality of “home”, and a more international life experience abroad. In the novels we will read, the displaced, and often dissident protagonist leaves the homeland in search of cultural, political or racial freedom. If she remains in the country of origin, she will struggle against, or at least critique, the narrow notions of nation and of nationalism that limit her freedom (see Arundathi Roy’s novel The God of Small Things). In other texts the emigrant character’s search for freedom gets reterritorialized by the racist views of the host country, as happens in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand. In other texts (Tsitsi Dangarembga’ Nervous Conditions), the journey is circular: the movement from Zimbabwe to England, and back to Zimbabwe produces a deep contradiction in the identity and experience of the returning emigrant.
In the second part of the 20th century, post-WWII into the time of global flows and Neoliberalism, the cosmopolitan aspirations of the travelling modernist will change into the search for survival of the contemporary migrant, the political exile, and the refugee. The novels of Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, and Mohsin Hamid will lead us to discuss the condition of the second generation immigrant and of the undocumented refugee who tries to pass borders after leaving behind wars and a highly insecure life. Beside questions of cosmopolitanism and globalization, we will discuss issues of diaspora, hybridity, and displacement.
Readings: E.M.Forster, A Passage to India, Nella Larsen, Quicksand, Arundathi Roy, The God of Small Things, Junot Diaz, The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Zadie Smith, White Teeth, Mohsin Hamid, Exit West et al.