105年第1學期-5128 文學裡的國家與認同:從歐威爾到奈保爾 課程資訊

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選課分析

本課程名額為 10人,已有7人選讀,尚餘名額3人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Midterm Essay 20
Final Paper 50
Presentation 20
Participation 10

授課教師

Henk Vynckier

教育目標

Following the decline of Europe’s colonial empires and continuing after the end of the Cold War, national borderlines have been redrawn in many parts of the world and mass migration to other countries has been practiced on an unprecedented scale. This near- permanent condition of geopolitical instability, often accompanied by civil wars and socioeconomic upheavals, has weakened traditional cultural, ethnic, and language barriers and occasioned an ongoing debate about national identity and the modern state. In this course, we will examine the ways in which representative British and Commonwealth authors have grappled with the legacy of national identity in a post-colonial globalizing world. We will review some early definitions of the state from Renaissance and Enlightenment thinkers such as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, as well as modern analyses by Benedict Anderson (Imagined Communities, 1983), Edward Said (Culture and Imperialism, 1993), and Anthony D. Smith (various works), before studying in depth the work of modern authors, including George Orwell, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, J. M. Coetzee, and V. S. Naipaul. Other authors from Indian, Southeast Asian, Australian, and other literatures will be added depending on student interest.

課程概述

Following the decline of Europe’s colonial empires and continuing after the end of the Cold War, national borderlines have been redrawn in many parts of the world and mass migration to other countries has been practiced on an unprecedented scale. This near- permanent condition of geopolitical instability, often accompanied by civil wars and socioeconomic upheavals, has weakened traditional cultural, ethnic, and language barriers and occasioned an ongoing debate about national identity and the modern state. In this course, we will examine the ways in which representative British and Commonwealth authors have grappled with the legacy of national identity in a post-colonial globalizing world. We will review some early definitions of the state from Renaissance and Enlightenment thinkers such as Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, as well as modern analyses by Benedict Anderson (Imagined Communities, 1983), Edward Said (Culture and Imperialism, 1993), and Anthony D. Smith (various works), before studying in depth the work of modern authors, including George Orwell, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, J. M. Coetzee, and V. S. Naipaul. Other authors from Indian, Southeast Asian, Australian, and other literatures will be added depending on student interest.

課程資訊

參考書目

Short extracts from classic thinkers, including Thomas More, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Machiavelli, and J. J. Rousseau; and modern theorists: Benedict Anderson (Imagined Communities, 1983), Edward Said (Culture and Imperialism, 1993), and Anthony D. Smith (various works).

We will read the following in their entirety:

George Orwell: Coming Up for Air
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day
J. M. Coetzee: Waiting for the Barbarians
V. S. Naipaul: The Enigma of Arrival
Michael Ondaatje: The English Patient