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Course Description:

Our view of the world can be dramatically affected, both for good and for ill, by the arrival of strangers. Their differing ideas and customs can help us to re-evaluate and better understand our own, or their alienness can throw our world into confusion. At the same time, the visitors also are changed by their encounters with new persons or new cultures. We will investigate these reactions and the mechanisms that drive them through readings that explore the interrelationships between visitors and the people they visit.

Our primary texts will be Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre", "Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rys, "Flatland" by E.A. Abbott, Chinua Achebe's "Things fall apart", and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World". These will be supplemented by shorter readings from a variety of other sources.

During the term, you will produce three moderate-length papers. The first two will include a graded first draft and then a final draft. There will be additional, shorter writings periodically throughout the course, and unannounced short quizzes if I think you are not keeping up with the reading. Your participation in class also counts toward your grade, so it is important that you make your voice heard regularly.

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Created: 31 Dec 2002
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