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195:306: Literature and Cultural Conquest

“Cultural conquest” suggests the meeting of two cultures in an unequal contact zone of imperialism and/or colonialism, where a Western culture achieves a victory over a non-Western culture. In reality, meetings of politically unequal cultures in the contact zone of imperialism and colonialism are complex negotiations, characterized by resistance as well as accommodation on both sides. In this course we will focus on literary works, mostly novels, by European and American writers during the era of colonialism that complicate the notion of cultural conquest. All texts will be read in translation. Required for the major ( track 2 only) in Comparative Literature. See http://complit.rutgers.edu/major-requirements-mainmenu-159.