What is Teaching World Literature in 2018?


Cesar E. Chavez Building, Room 110
1110 E James E. Rogers Way
85719 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:00pm to Mon, 12/05/2022 - 2:43pm


David Gramling, Associate Professor of German Studies, University of Arizona

Since Goethe and Marx in the 19th century, people have been thinking about what it would mean to have, read, write, and teach “world literature.” Whose world and what kind of world counts? Whose language, style, ideas, and truths? Oriented toward the experiences of working educators, this talk shares on the process and endeavor of building a new course on world literature in 2018. How is the idea, the ideal, and the practicability of world literature changing before our very eyes? How can we engage with it responsibly? What are the limitations of any educational endeavor that seeks to countenance “the world” in a digital, global age? How are these questions indicative of some of the paradigmatic challenges educators face in Arizona today?


Cosponsored by: Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literature, Center for Latin American Studies, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies