Between "Race" and Culture: Representing Jews and Others in American and British Literature
In this course, we will study the significance of ethnic and cultural difference as represented in literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In moving between England and America, and from realism to modernism, we will ask the following questions: How does "otherness" intersect with nationality, religion, gender and sexual identity, concepts of selfhood, and the novel's changing form? How are stereotypes used to construct and distort ethnicity? Who represents whom, and what are the stakes involved? Possible texts will include Oliver Twist, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Daniel Deronda, Puddnhead Wilson, Heart of Darkness, House of Mirth, Ulysses, A Passage to India, and Passing. Several short papers will be required (with a draft and revision process), in addition to a final research project. This course satisfies Division I distribution requirements.