21L.007 World Literatures: Contact Zone

Fall 2006

Against a tree trunk: a black male doll holding a flower, offering it to pair of Indian marionettes.
Us and them, bridging the divide. (Image courtesy of Alisa Braithwaite.)

Course Description

World Literatures will focus on the concept of the contact zone. What happens when cultures with different ideologies and norms come into contact with each other through exploration and colonization? We will examine how the complex issues surrounding race, gender, language and power are represented in both poetry and prose from African, Caribbean and South Asian perspectives. Our discussions will focus on not only the historical situations that these texts represent, but also the literary conventions these writers use to express these unique stories.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Alisa K. Braithwaite, course materials for 21L.007 World Literatures, Fall 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mp3.

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Prof. Alisa Braithwaite

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session