Fiction, Culture, Criticism

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Fiction, Culture, Criticism

Fall 2020

Taught By: Eliza Nichols

Section: A

CRN: 8797

Credits: 3

The Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe famously asked whether a novel which “depersonalizes a portion of the human race, can be called a great work of art. My answer is: No, it cannot.” In Achebe’s view, novels like Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness have fostered the “dehumanization of Africa and Africans.” We examine Achebe’s claims, first by reading Heart of Darkness alongside Achebe’s own novel Things Fall Apart, and then by surveying subsequent fiction and essays by Edward Said (Culture and Imperialism) and James Clifford (The Predicament of Culture), along with biographical and historical contexts. Our primary purpose is not to sit idly by, however, but to venture out into this contested field. We use each essay as a model for our own writing practices, as we develop arguments, revise our work, generate new ideas, and learn how to get the most from peer reviews. As an introductory course to the curricular area in Literary and Cultural Studies, the class provides a case study in conceptions of "culture" and its critique in fields ranging from the study of written and oral traditions to the modern social sciences.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:40pm 7/9/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/19/2020