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EN374 - Global City Literature: Image, Theory, Text

Lagos

Module Tutors:

Dr. Ross Forman (T1 and T3) (H539)
r.g.forman@warwick.ac.uk

Dr. Rashmi Varma (T2 and T3) (H540)
Rashmi.Varma@warwick.ac.uk

Format: One-and-a-half-hour seminar weekly

Assessment: Two 5,000-word essays.

This module is a Pathway Approved Option for the World and Comparative Literature and North American Pathways. It is also a Distributional Requirement option for the English Pathway and an Option for the other pathways.

Description: The module will introduce students to a range of literary, visual, and theoretical material on the contemporary global city. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the module will enable students to understand the material and historical processes that underpin the global city, and to analyse the ways in which writers, film-makers, artists and theorists respond to those processes in their work. It will also faciliate a comparative reading of the geographically dispersed but structurally inter-connected spaces of both cities and literatures.

Syllabus: The syllabus will consist of readings organised under six broad thematic categories: 1) the making of the global city--in the shadow of slavery and colonialism; 2) colonialism and neo-imperialism; 3) nationalism and postcolonial resistance and accumulation; 4) migration and neo-liberalism; 5) spaces of post-apartheid imaginaries; 6) globalization and the new imperialism.

Required Texts: PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR A SAMPLE LIST OF TEXTS. SOME OF THE REQUIRED READINGS ARE LIKELY TO CHANGE. THE MODULE WEBSITE WILL HAVE A FINAL LIST OF TEXTS BY JUNE 30, 2018. PLEASE CHECK IN THEN.

Term 1:

This term's readings will focus on two intertwined themes, conflict and movement. It will include short stories, films, and longer fiction.

Term 1:

Please buy the following works:

Adrian Tomine, New York Drawings

Omar Robert Hamilton, The City Always Wins (Faber and Faber, 2017)

Nora Okja Keller, Fox Girl

Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty

Alecky Blythe, Little Revolution (Nick Herne Books, 2014)

Guo Xiaolu, I Am China (Vintage, 2015)

Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

Sharlene Teo, Ponti

Term 2:

Bombay

Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance (Faber and Faber, 2006)

Vikram Chandra, Love and Longing in Bombay (Faber and Faber, 2007)

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Portobello Books, 2013)

Samira Khan, Shilpa Ranade and Shilpa Phadke, Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets (Penguin Books, 2011)

African Cities

Assia Djebar, Women of Algiers in their Apartment (The University of Virginia Press, 1999)

Chris Abani, Graceland (Picador, 2005)

Ivan Vlasdilavic, The Exploded View (Random House, 2004)

The library will be making the critical and secondary readings available to you through Talis Aspire. In the interim, you can access most of these readings through the library's databases.

Manila

SYLABUS FOR TERM 1 (Dr Ross Forman)

Week 1: Introduction

Required Reading:

Adrian Tomine, New York Drawings

Jean Rhys, "Let Them Call It Jazz" in The Collected Short Stories (Penguin, 2017)

Shani Mootoo, "Out on Main Street" in Out on Main Street (Press Gang, 1993)

Weena Poon, "Lions in Winter" in Lions in Winter (Salt Publishing, 2003)


Week 2: Theorizing the City: Art and Architecture

Required Reading:

Timothy Brennan, "Cosmo-Theory"

Ien Ang, "Claiming Chinatown: Asian Australians, Public Art and the Making of Urban Culture" in Journal of Australian Studies 41.3 (2017)

Aihwa Ong, "Worlding Cities, or the Art of Being Global" in Worlding Cities (1-26)

Rem Koolhaas, "Junkspace" in October

Mike Davis, "The Urban Climacteric" in Planet of Slums

Miguel Kanai, "Buenos Aires Beyond (Homo)sexualized Urban Entrepreneurialism: Queer Geographies of Tango" Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 47.3 (2015): 652-670

Reading on Holocaust rememberance TBA

Week 3: Resurgence and Revolutions

Required Reading/Viewing:

Omar Robert Hamilton, The City Always Wins

Recommended:

TBA

Week 4: War and Aftermath in the City

Required Reading:

Nora Okja Keller, Fox Girl

Required Critical Reading:

Grace M. Cho, "Diaspora of Camptown: The Forgotten War's Monstrous Family"

Week 5: Film, Identity and the City

Required Viewing:

Central Station (Central do Brasil), dir. Walter Salles

A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica), dir. Sebastián Lelio

Required Critical Reading:

TBA

Week 6: Reading Week
Week 7:

Required Reading and Viewing:

Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty

Young Soul Rebels, dir. Isaac Julien

Required Critical Reading:

TBA

Week 8: The London Riots

Required Reading:

Alecky Blythe, Little Revolution

Required Critical Readings:

TBA--On the London riots

Week 9:

Required Reading:

Guo Xiaolu, I Am China

Victor Mendoza, "A Queer Nomadology of Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters" in American Literature

Week 10:

Required Reading:

Choice of:

Sharlene Teo, Ponti
Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians

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INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SECONDARY SOURCES FOR TERM 1

TO BE UPDATED

Barnard, Rita. "Fictions of the Global." Novel: A Forum on Fiction 42.2 (2009): 207-215.

Benedicto, Bobby. "The Haunting of Gay Manila: Global Space-Time and the Specter of Kabaklaan." GLQ 14.2-3 (2008): 317-338.

Chen, Mel Y. Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect. Durham: Duke UP, 2012.

Chiu, Monica. Drawing New Color Lines: Transnational Asian American Graphic Narratives. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2015.

Daivs, Mike. Planet of Slums. London: Verso, 2006.

Hudson, Renee. "Renee Hudson, "Guerrilla Conversions in Jessica Hagedorn and José Rizal: The Queer Future of National Romance." MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 62.2 (2016): 330-349.

Junot Díaz and the Decolonial Imagination. Ed. Monica Hanna, Jennifer Harford Vargas, José David Saldívar. Durham: Duke UP, 2016.

Koolhaas, Rem. "Junkspace." October 100 (2002): 175-190.

Krishnan, Madhu. "Postcoloniality, Spatiality and Cosmopolitanism in the Open City." Textual Practice 29.4 (2015): 675-696.

Manalansan, Martin F., IV. Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora. Durham: Duke UP, 2003.

Mendoza, Victor. "A Queer Nomadology of Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters." American Literature 77.4 (2005): 815-845.

Transurbanism. Ed. Joken Bruer and Arjen Mulder. Rotterdam: V2, 2002.

Vargas, Jennifer Harford. "Dictating a Zafa: The Power of Narrative Form in Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao." MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the US 39.3 (2014): 8-30.

Vermeulen, Pieter. "Flights of Memory: Teju Cole's Open City and the Limits of Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism." Journal of Modern Literature 37.1 (2013): 40-57.

Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global. Ed. Ananya Roy and Aihwa Ong. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Worlding Multiculturalisms. Ed. Daniel P. S. Goh. New York: Routledge, 2015.

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