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    Macalester College
  Feb 23, 2018
College Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

INTL 111 - Introduction to International Studies: Literature and Global Studies

One of the most significant trends of the current era has been globalization: the shrinking of distances, the greater interpenetration of the world’s peoples, and the rise, perhaps, of a so-called global culture. Yet it is too simple to say, “it’s all a big mix,” for the questions of how the mixing is done, and who mixes, are complex. The study of literature illuminates these questions. By reading important recent texts, this course tackles “world” questions: what does it mean to be from a certain place? what is a culture? and who are we in it? We’ll work to link our own personal readings with the texts in dialogue with the world. Texts will be drawn from U.S. multicultural, “world,” and travel literature, and rich theoretical readings. Open to first- and second-year students. (4 Credits)