Dec 08, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin
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CLL 181 - (LT) Hybrid Identities in Literature

Semester Hours: 3
Periodically
The French philosopher and social thinker Michel Foucault once wrote that each should “cultivate [his or her] legitimate strangeness.”  This course explores characters in world literature from the middle of the 19th century to the present who are caught between cultures, classes or even countries, individuals who are already deemed to be “strange” or difficult to categorize or pigeonhole because they belong to more than one social world. Needless to say, those who acknowledge and actively cultivate any hybrid identity or sense of difference run the risk of a more radical break from the society in which they live; often their multifaceted identities coincide with a multiculturalism that cannot be acknowledged by the monolithic community that surrounds them.  We will examine a range of characters in works from Europe, the United States, South America and Asia who exemplify this dynamic of an outsider consciousness, paying particularly close attention to details of language, structure and different methods of literary analysis and theory.





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