This course presents readings and film selected from a variety of cultures and authors from the 17th century through the 20th century. Representative selections will be drawn from Western Europe, Russia, India, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Major themes include the individual’s struggle to adapt to a changing, increasingly globalized modern world which threatens, objectifies, and often misinterprets other cultures. Emphasis is placed on a cross-cultural and cross-temporal understanding of gender roles, family obligations, and the many relationships that shape our lives. (Prerequisites: ENGL101 or ENGL110)
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