This Land is Mine: Contending Territory, Contending Narrative

R1A, section 1 :  English Composition through French Literature in Translation
Fall 2018
Class No: 21495
M. Arrigo


‘Trial by Combat’ – Shirley Jackson;  Persepolis (film); A Tempest – Aimé Césaire; Wide Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys; The Stranger, Albert Camus; The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud

Course Description:

As the old saying goes, history is written by the victors. However, other discursive realms are not so neatly conquered. In literature and cinema, fictional retelling remains a powerful tool for contesting dominant narratives. This course aims to look at how textual production has served to aid in questioning the dominant and imagined mapping of territories and narrations tied to them, challenging dominant thinking, showing that no lines (or words) drawn over a space are ever truly settled.

Along with this literary and cinematic exploration, this class will cover the basics of academic essay writing in the form of literary analyses.

Additional Information:

French R1A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. Classes are conducted in ENGLISH