Welcome to the Course Guide for ENGL 347: World Comparative Literature This guide is a collaboration between the students, Dr. Engber, and your librarian, Melissa Mallon. The books, databases, journals, and web sites listed here will help you find scholarly articles, crticism, and more. Additionally, you will find several links to helpful resources on how to cite and construct a research paper. For additional resources, check out the library's English Research Guide.
Cambridge Companion to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Ed. by Phillip Swanson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Print.
This guide walks readers through biographical information about Marquez, critical receptions of his works, and even offers an essay entitled "Garcia Marquez, Magical Realism, and World Literature" by Michael Bell. Especially because Marquez is the first author read in this course, it is useful to read through these essays and understand how different the understanding of a story is when the full context of its publication (when, where, before and after what big events, and within the context of the author's life) is explored along with the actual text. Published by the Cambridge University Press, this book provides biographies of its contributors, who include professors from California, Oxford, and Liverpool. - Stephanie Fowler
Fu, Charles Wei-hsun, and Steven Heine. Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives. Albany: State University of New York, 1995. Print.
This book explores the development of Japanes culture, including literature. It discusses how Japan holds onto its traditional heritage while progressing with modernist and postmodernist movements. This book would relate to a possible paper topic about Japanese literature. This book was published by State University of New York. I found this book in the WSU library Catalog. -Suzy Carbrey
Sanga, Jaina C. Salman Rushdie's Postcolonial Metaphors: Migration, Translation, Hybridity, Blasphemy, and Globalization (Contributions to the Study of World Literature). Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers, 2001. Print.
This book brings to light the types of metaphors Rushdie often uses in his novels, and how these colonial metaphors are reimagined into his post-colonial novels. The five metaphors addressed are: migration (transfer of people/ideologies), translation (representing someone/something from one language to another), hybridity (fusing together elements that are seen as disparate), blasphemy (alteration of sacred beliefs by desecrating their representation), and globalization (homogenization of all cultures). With this new understanding of these themes in his work, the impact of Rushdie’s post-colonialism is easier to discern. Written by Jaina C. Sanga, an adjunct professor of Cultural Studies at Southern Methodist University, she has taught at many universities and has many scholarly accomplishments. The publisher, Praeger, is well-known for publishing books used in all levels of schooling, especially books for high-school and college students. - Beth Horton
Wilson, Michiko N. The Marginal World of OE Kenzaburo: A Study of Themes and Techniques ME Sharpe. 1986. Print.
This book is a laundry list of the different themes and literary devices used by Kenzaburo. It deals a lot with the historical context from which he was writing as well as his relationship to both his family and the changing government of Japan. It also takes into account his peers in the modern Japanese literary circle and relates Kenzaburo to them. In addition to this, the book takes time to discuss the specific merit and devices used by Kenzaburo in his fiction. This is a good resource for anyone wanting to find more information on why Kenzaburo wrote the things he did and what his inspirations were. Michiko Wilson is a novelist who has written about the themes and practices of asian writers for the last 2 decades. - Anthony Menefee
Daniel Pipes , The Rushdie Affair , 2006
The book explores the problems Salman Rushdie encountered after publishing The Satanic Verses and the short and long term consequences resulting from the reaction. Mark Allen
Hill, Errol G. “Calypso and War.” Black American Literature Forum 23.1 (1989): 61-88. Print.
Hill writes primarily about calypso music that deals with war and it consequences. He argues that calypso singers represent the majority view. His long history of calypso in Trinidad is particularly useful for our reading of V.S. Naipaul's Miguel Street.
Mills, Moylan and Enrique Gronlund. "Magic Realism and Garcia Marquez's Erendira." Literature/Film Quarterly 17.2 (1989):113-22. Humanities Full Text. Web. 6 Apr. 2012.
Magical realism is an abstract concept, and it can be difficult to trace its development from an art term to a literature description. This article does just that; furthermore, the authors apply the term to one of the most discussed stories from Marquez's collection for this course ("The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother"). The writers point out the magical realism accepts the magic in reality without question, and the author of magical realistic works exposes this through their writing. Additionally, this article is useful in that it provides many citations and further resources for reading Marquez and magical realism texts, and since the journal is a publication of Salisbury University in Maryland, its credibility can be established. - Stephanie Fowler
Oe, Kenzaburo. "Japan's Dual Identity: A Writer's Dilemma" World Literature Today, Vol. 62, No. 3, Contemporary Japanese Literature (Summer, 1988), pp. 359-369
This article was written by Kenzaburo Oe. This would relate to a possible paper topic about Japanese literature. The article discusses the role of Japan as a third world country and how it is viewed by other nations. Literature in Japan has been used as a way to express cultural ideas and identity. Oe discusses the history of Japanese literature and why he believes that literature in Japan is declining. I found this article on JSTOR. This journal is a credible source because it is published by the University of Oklahoma. -Suzy Carbrey
Khanna, Stuti. “Language and the Postcolonial City: The Case of Salman Rushdie.” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature 46.3 (2011): 397-414. Web. 10 Apr. 2012.
This article focuses on the fact that writing about the post-colonial city of Bombay inflects the language of Rushdie’s novels, which Khanna elaborates on frequently. She specifically touches on The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and Midnight’s Children. Khanna offers the idea that Rushdie’s “chutnified” language in his writing offers entry into the socio-economic into the fabric of the essential “Third World” post-colonial city. The author also argues that this type of language fails to fully enter into the post-colonial world as it cannot connect to the “relations of power and priviledge” innately tied to the ways in which language used to describe a post-colonial environment is deployed. -Beth Horton
"Fukishima's legacy of fear: Japan's worst ever nuclear accident displaced 100,000 people. Many could now safely return home. Yet mistrust of the government prolongs their exile." Geoff Brumfield and Ichiko Fuyuro, March 8, 2012 this article is relevant to Oe's concerns about nuclear proliferation as well as nuclear power and the consequences of both. Oe uses these fears in his stories, as well as being very anti-nuclear in his private life. this article would be useful for writing a paper about the disadvatages and risks of nuclear power plants. Also would be useful as a research material about the distrust of the japanese government felt by many Japanese.-Joe Wharton
Jacobs, J.U. "Picturing the African Diaspora in recent fiction." Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 21.1-2 (2009): 97+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 11 Apr. 2012.
This article is specifically concerned with the past and continuing african diaspora. It discusses how Nadine Gordimer works these into her literature and uses them to portray what the media either can't or won't. It talks about Gordimers treatment of concepts such as being "unhomed" or forced away from what you have grown to call home. It also speaks about the often painful lessons that a person must learn in order to begin to fit in a new culture and place. In addition to Gordimer, the article also talks about other contemporary writers experiencing the African Diaspora. -Anthony Menefee