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LIT 401 Literature of the Global South

This course examines world literatures from regions (e.g. Latin and Central America, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Caribbean) previously described as "Third World." Students analyze literatures that emerge from, reflect, and respond to geopolitical phenomena that have produced the "Global South," namely colonization, globalization, slavery, indigenous dispossession, and displacement that continue to inform global North-South relations. In addition, students explore how literatures of the Global South offer creative responses and resistances to the violent imperialisms of the Global North and represent transformative Global South identities, movements, and solidarities. All required reading will be in English. Geographic emphasis of literature will vary by semester.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2023 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze and situate literatures of the Global South as a disciplinary subfield in English studies
  • Apply a critical understanding of ¿the Global South¿ and associated concepts such as colonization, globalization, slavery, indigenous dispossession, to literary analysis
  • Identify and evaluate the diverse literary techniques writers use to represent and respond to socio-political issues of the Global South.
  • Discern and evaluate artistic, generic, and aesthetic formal elements of literary works from the Global South.
  • Interpret and apply relevant literary criticism and theory to literary analysis.
  • Apply research conventions in literary studies, including the building of skills related to summary, annotation, analysis, evaluation of primary and secondary sources and correct use of MLA bibliographic style to support developing academic writing practices.
  • Engage respectfully and dynamically with peers in a way that encourages scholarly community, and individual academic development.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Literature of the Global South Bhattacharya, Shoumik Books for LIT-401-01 Fall 2024 Course details for LIT-401-01 Fall 2024