Call for Papers on Teaching World Literature Through An Interdisciplinary Literary Lens: A Collection of Critical Essays Edited by Mitali P. Wong

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Type: 
Call for Publications
Date: 
December 1, 2021
Location: 
South Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Humanities, Literature, Teaching and Learning

At this time of pandemic related travel restrictions in many countries, many “study abroad” programs for students in universities and high schools have been suspended. However, 21st century students still need to be prepared for a global work force. Hence the teaching of literary texts and films from different countries offers students glimpses into the heritage and culture of these countries. Films are important as visual media brings places and people to life for viewers. Teaching literature and film through interdisciplinary approaches has always complemented “study abroad” experiences. However, even before the pandemic, not all students could find the financial resources to study abroad. And now, in the absence of travel, studying world literature and film through an interdisciplinary approach needs to be promoted as an essential method to promote global education for university and high school students.

In several English-speaking countries, the teaching of literary texts and films based on literary texts are often divided into the broad areas of American literature, British literature, and a vast and undefined area often titled World Literature. With regard to course content, the term “World Literature” appears to include western and nonwestern classical literatures as well as colonial and postcolonial literature including contemporary literature both in English and in translation. Films related to world literature texts are often included in course curricula.

This collection seeks essays from all humanities disciplines that cover the challenges of teaching texts from other countries to students who have not traveled to that country. The essays should be accompanied by lesson plans and directions for assignments. Contributors may consider the unique challenges of covering history, geography, and cultural norms in their lessons. For example, a text by Yukio Mishima on Japanese suicide could be integrated into a course on death and dying. A social science course could use Mohsin Hamid’s novel Moth Smoke in a unit on substance abuse. Faculty members teaching overseas could use texts and films from their home countries. In adding to teaching experiences and methods, the essays may explore lesson planning, course delivery, and the overall effectiveness of integrating text and/or films form other countries in courses in humanities disciplines.

(There is an interested publisher.)

Deadline for abstracts: December 1, 2021 (The editor will provide details of length and formatting for accepted papers.)

Deadline for final drafts of essays: April 15, 2022

Please send abstracts of 300-350 words to:

wong@claflin.edu

Dr. Mitali P. Wong

Chair and Professor of English

Department of English

Claflin University

400 Magnolia Street

Orangeburg, SC 29115

803-535-5221

Contact Info: 

wong@claflin.edu

Dr. Mitali P. Wong

Chair and Professor of English

Department of English

Claflin University

400 Magnolia Street

Orangeburg, SC 29115

803-535-5221

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