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ENHN 463/563 International Currents in Modern Fiction (CORE—Non-Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: Open to juniors or seniors in the Honors Program, or with permission of the instructor. (Summer—odd years/3 credits) 

A consideration of recent fiction which transcends boundaries of nation and language; such literary internationalism raises concerns of ethnicity, religion and political allegiance. How does a novelist modulate from local concerns to a global readership? From Africa the class might read Chinua Achebe and Nadine Gordimer; from the Arab world, Tayeb Salih; from the far east, Shusaku Endo; from Europe, Italo Calvino; from Latin America, Gabriel García Márquez; and from “America,” Vladimir Nabokov.