What is literature? How is it related to language and culture? What can we learn about different cultures and societies from the stories that they produced? With the shrinking of distances due to travel and technology in the modern age, do literatures of the world become more similar or more different? This unit reflects on these issues by looking at a range of exemplary literary works translated into English from Asian, European, and Middle Eastern languages, and examines them in the context of translation studies, national literatures, and different cultural and narrative traditions.
2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
2x500wd in-class tests (20%), 1x1000wd report on cultural activity (20%), 1x500wd oral presentation (20%), 1x2000wd final essay (40%)