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MODL3410
Module Reading List

Contemporary World Literature, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Sarah Hudspith
s.f.hudspith@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Primary Reading (in order of study)

Semester One: 

Murakami, Haruki, ‘TV People’, trans. Jay Rubin, in The Elephant Vanishes, London: Vintage, 2003, pp.195–216   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/10/2019) 

Murakami, Haruki, Kafka on the Shore, trans. Philip Gabriel, London: Portobello Books, 2015.  

Tolstaya, Tatiana, The slynx ISBN: 9781590171967 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1590171969 (pbk. : alk. paper), trans. Jamey Gambrell, New York: New York Review Books, 2007.  

Han, Kang, The vegetarian : a novel ISBN: 9781846276033 (pbk.) : £7.99, trans. Deborah Smith, London: Portobello Books, 2015.  

 Semester Two: 

Ferrante, Elena, The story of the lost child ISBN: 9781609452865 (softcover); 1609452860 (softcover), trans. Ann Goldstein, London: Europa Editions, 2015.  

Tellado, Corín, Thursdays with Leila ISBN: 9781781882443 (pbk.) trans. Duncan Wheeler, Cambridge: MHRA, 2015.  

Zeh, Juli, The method ISBN: 9780099551768 (pbk.) : 9; 0099551764 (pbk.) : 9, trans. Sally-Ann Spencer, London: Vintage, 2012.  

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Required secondary reading

Week 1

Tim Parks, ‘The Dull New Global Novel’, The New York Review of Books, 9 February 2010, https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2010/02/09/the-dull-new-global-novel/

 

Murakami

Week 2

The Editors, ‘World Lite: What is Global Literature’, n+1, Issue 17, 2010: https://nplusonemag.com/issue-17/the-intellectual-situation/world-lite/

Auestad, Reiko Abe. "Implications of Globalization for the Reception of Modern Japanese Literature: Murakami Haruki." In The Global Literary Field, edited by Anna Guttman, Michel Hockx and George Paizis, 22-40. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/10/2019) 

Week 3

'Magical Realism’ and ‘The Uncanny’ in The Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory (online version available through the library)

‘A Brief Overview of Tzvetan Todorov’s Theory of the Fantastic’ https://owlcation.com/humanities/An-Overview-of-Tzvetan-Todorovs-Theory-of-the-Fantastic

Week 4

 Auestad, Reiko Abe. ‘The Problematic of Border-crossing in Kafka on the Shore: Between Metaphor and Reality,’ Essays in Honour of Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit on the Occasion of her 60th Birthday. Iudicium Verlag 2008.

Yeung, V. ‘Time and Timelessness: A Study of Narrative structure in Murakami Haruki's Kafka on the Shore’. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 49(1), 2016.

 

Tolstaya

Weeks 5, 6 and 8

 

Goscilo, Helena, ‘Dystopian Dreams’, The Women's Review of Books ISSN: 0738-1433, 20: 8 (2003), 10-11. http://0-www.jstor.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/stable/4024135

 Latynina, Alla, ‘There’s your spiritual renaissance for you: on Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 39: 4 (2003), 66-71, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/RSL1061-1975390466

 Os’mukhina, Ol’ga, ‘Literature as technique’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 48: 4 (2012), 7-17. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/RSL1061-1975480401

 

Han Kang

Week 10

Han, Kang, ‘The Fruit of my Woman’, translated by Deborah Smith, Granta. ISSN: 0017-3231 133 (2016) https://granta.com/the-fruit-of-my-woman/

Week 11

Boyd Tonkin, ‘Labours of Love’, Wasafiri. ISSN: 0269-0055 32: 1 (2017), 6–10

Wook-Dong Kim, ‘The “Creative” English Translation of The Vegetarian by Han Kang’, Translation review. ISSN: 0737-4836 1, 100: 1 (2018), 65–80

 

Ferrante

Week 15

Molly Fischer, 'Elena Ferrante and the force of female friendship', The New Yorker. ISSN: 0028-792X, 4 September 2014, https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/elena-ferrante-liking-like

James Wood, 'Women on the Verge. The fiction of Elena Ferrante', The New Yorker, 21 January 2013, http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/01/21/women-on-the-verge

'Women Who Write', in Ferrante, Elena, Frantumaglia : a writer's journey , translated by Ann Goldstein, New York: Europa Editions, 2016, pp. 258-290.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/10/2019) 

Week 16

Ann Mah, 'Elena Ferrante’s Naples, Then and Now', The New York Times, 14 January 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/travel/elena-ferrante-naples.html?_r=0

Elena Ferrante, 'Our Fetid City', The New York Times, 15 January 2008, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/15/opinion/15ferrante.html?_r=1

Jillian R. Cavanaugh, 'Indexicalities of Language in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels: Dialect and Italian as Markers of Social Value and Difference', in The works of Elena Ferrante : reconfiguring the margins , ed by Grace Russo Bullaro e Stephanie Love (New York: Palgrave Mcmillan, 2016)    

'Language versus dialect, or why we're obsessed with Elena Ferrante', The World in Words, Public Radio International (PRI), Boston USA, 7 April 2017: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-04-07/elena-ferrante-language-versus-dialect.

Week 17

 'Ties that bind. A four-volume feminist novel from Naples has become an unlikely global hit', The economist. , 27 August 2015, http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21662488-four-volume-feminist-novel-naples-has-become-unlikely-global-hit-ties-bind

 Mona Simpson, 'Elena Ferrante Writes Fiction That Feels Autobiographical. But Who Is She?', New republic. 10 October 2014, http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119727/elena-ferrantes-those-who-leave-and-those-who-stay-reviewed

 Katrin Wehling-Giorgi, 'Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels: Writing Liminality', Allegoria. , 73 (2016), pp.204-210. - Available online: http://www.allegoriaonline.it/index.php/128-il-libro-in-questione/73/932-elena-ferrante-s-neapolitan-novels-writing-liminality OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 02/11/2017)   

Elizabeth Lowry 'Friends and Other Enemies', Wall Street Journal, 21 November 2015 https://www.wsj.com/articles/friends-and-other-enemies-1448054911

 

Tellado

Week 18

Jones, Sam. ‘It’s all for love as Spain’s Barbara Cartland finally gets a chance to woo British readers’, The Observer, 6 November 2016, available at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/06/corin-tellado-spanish-barbara-cartland

Delgado, Maria M. ‘What are you reading: Corín Tellado’, Times Higher Education, 16 March 2017: available at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/reviews-what-are-you-reading-16-march-2017

O’Byrne, Patricia. ‘Popular Fiction in Post-War Spain: The Smoothing, Subversive Novela Rosa’, Journal of Romance Studies 8.2 (2008): 37-57.

Week 19

Introduction (Wheeler and Holmes) and prologue (Mario Vargas Llosa) to Thursdays with Leila

Week 20

Labanyi, Jo. ‘Introduction: Engaging with Ghosts, or Theorizing Culture in Modern Spain’, in Constructing identity in contemporary Spain : theoretical debates and cultural practice ISBN: 0198159943 (pbk. ; cased) : £15.99; 0198159935, ed. by Jo Labanyi, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/10/2019) 

 Wheeler, Duncan. ‘Raphael and Spanish Popular Song: A Master Entertainer and/or Music for Maids’, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 16: 11-30. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 02/11/2017) 

 

Zeh

Week 21

Carrie Smith-Prei, ‘Relevant Utopian Realism: The Critical Corporeality of Juli Zeh's Corpus Delicti’, Seminar : a journal of Germanic studies. ISSN: 0037-1939; 1911-026X 48.1 (February 2012), pp.107-123

Week 22

Sarah Koellner, Data, Love, and Bodies: The Value of Privacy in Juli Zeh’s Corpus Delicti, Seminar : a journal of Germanic studies, 52.4 (November 2016), pp. 407-425 

Week 23

Virginia McCalmont and Waltraud Maierhofer, 'Juli Zeh's "Corpus Delicti" (2009): Health Care, Terrorists, and the Return of the Political Message', Monatshefte. ISSN: 0026-9271, 104.3 (Fall 2012), pp. 375-392

 

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General scholarship on world/global/comparative literature

Beecroft, Alexander, An Ecology of World Literature, London: Verso, 2015.

Hutchinson, Ben, Comparative Literature: a Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.    

Walkowitz, Rebecca, Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature, New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.

Warwick Research Collective (WReC), Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015.

Murakami

Bowers, Maggie Ann. Magic(al) Realism. London: Routledge, 2004.

Clerici, Nathen. ‘History, "Subcultural Imagination," and the Enduring Appeal of Murakami Haruki.’ Journal Of Japanese Studies 42, no. 2, 2016: pp. 247-278.

Karatani Kojin. ‘The Landscape of Murakami Haruki: Pinball in the Year 1973’, in History and Repetition, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012, pp.117-150.

Marling, W. Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s (First ed.). US: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Nihei, Chikako. ‘The Productivity of a Space In-between: Murakami Haruki as a Translator.’ Japanese Studies 36, no. 3, 2016: pp. 383-397.

Orgad, Yariv. ‘On wabi sabi and the aesthetics of family secrets: Reading Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.’ Culture & Psychology 23, no. 1, 2017: pp. 52-73.

Tolstaya

Borenstein, Eliot, ‘Dystopias and catastrophe tales after Chernobyl’, in Evgeny Dobrenko and Mark Lipovetsky, eds, Russian literature since 1991 ISBN: 9781107068513 (hb : alk. paper) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 86-103.

Clowes, Edith, ‘Deconstructing Imperial Moscow’, in Russia on the edge : imagined geographies and post-Soviet identity ISBN: 9780801477256 (pbk.) : £16.50; 9780801448560 (hbk.) : £42.95; 0801448565 (hbk.) : £42.95; 0801477255 (pbk.) : £16.50, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011, 19-42.

Dobrenko, Evgeny and Lipovetsky, Mark, eds, Russian literature since 1991 ISBN: 9781107068513 (hb : alk. paper), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015

Goscilo, Helena, The explosive world of Tatyana N. Tolstaya's fiction ISBN: 156324859X (pbk. : alk. paper ; c : alk. paper); 1563248581, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1996 [NB: written before The Slynx was published, but helpful in understanding Tolstaya’s technique.]

Griffiths, Mark, ‘Moscow after the Apocalypse’, Slavic review. ISSN: 0037-6779 72: 3 (Fall 2013), 481-504, http://0-www.jstor.org.wam.leeds.ac.uk/stable/10.5612/slavicreview.72.3.0481

 Ivanova, Natal’ia, ‘Grind the peacack into burkers: on Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 39: 4 (2003), 72-77. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/RSL1061-1975390472

Lipovetsky, Mark, Russian postmodernist fiction : dialogue with chaos ISBN: 076560177X (p : alk. paper); 0765601761, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.

 

Han Kang

For those interested in the question of translation see:

Han, Kang, ‘Excerpt from The vegetarian : a novel ISBN: 9781846276033 (pbk.) : £7.99, trans. by Janet Hong, Azaelia, 3 (2010), 117–134 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (hew 23/11/2017) 

Armistead, Claire, ‘Lost in (mis)translation? English take on Korean novel has critics up in arms’, Guardian, 15 January 2018 https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/jan/15/lost-in-mistranslation-english-take-on-korean-novel-has-critics-up-in-arms

Calleja, Jen, ‘Verfreundungseffekt: A Question Of Humanity – Han Kang & An Interview With Deborah Smith’, The Quietus, 6 March 2016 http://thequietus.com/articles/19833-verfreundungseffekt-han-kang-interview-deborah-smith-tilted-axis

Yun, Charse, ‘You say Melon, I say Lemon: Deborah Smith’s Flawed yet Remarkable Translation of The Vegetarian’, Korea Expose, 2 July 2017 https://koreaexpose.com/deborah-smith-translation-han-kang-novel-vegetarian/

For those wanting to read more of Han Kang's publications see:

Han, Kang, Human acts : a novel ISBN: 9781846275975 : £8.99 paperback, trans. by Deborah Smith (London: Portobello Press, 2016)
Han, Kang, The white book ISBN: 1846276950; 9781846276958 paperback; 9781846276309 electronic book, trans. by Deborah Smith (London: Granta, 2017)

For those wanting more on the Korean context see:

Cumings, Bruce, Korea's place in the sun : a modern history ISBN: 0393040119 (New York: Norton, 2005)

Heo, Uk, and Terence Roehrig, South Korea's rise : economic development, power and foreign relations ISBN: 9781107690530 £18.99 (pbk.); 9781107012509 £50.00 (hbk.); 9781139989619 (PDF ebook) : No price (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Kyungja Jung, Practicing feminism in South Korea : the women's movement against sexual violence ISBN: 9780415567275 (hardback); 0415567270 (hardback); 9781315887289 (ebook) (London: Routledge, 2014)

Lie, John, Han unbound : the political economy of South Korea ISBN: 0804740151 (cloth : alk. paper); 0804730555 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998)

For further resources on Korea (gender, economics, history, etc.) visit the Korean Studies Portal <http://koreanstudies.com/>

 

Ferrante

Diana Tortorici, 'Those Like Us: On Elena Ferrante', n + 1, Issue 22, https://nplusonemag.com/issue-22/reviews/those-like-us/

Ferrante, Elena, Frantumaglia : a writer's journey ISBN: 9781609454326 (pbk.) : £11.99, translated by Ann Goldstein, New York: Europa Editions, 2016

 

Tellado

Holmes, Diana. Romance and readership in twentieth century France : love stories Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 

Radway, Janice. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

 

Zeh

Henk de Berg, Mia gegen den Rest der Welt. Zu Juli Zehs Corpus Delicti, in: Kalina Kupczynska and Artur Pelka (eds.), Repräsentationen des ethischen : festschrift für Joanna Jablkowska ISBN: 9783631627136, Wuerzburg: K&N 2013 - IN GERMAN!

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man, London: Routledge 2012

 

This list was last updated on 17/09/2019