We all grow up with a constellation of others who shape and influence us, and that influence us, and that influence remains a part of our lives. This Honors Scholar seminar will examine the topic of family in world literature. Beginning with Gabriel Garcia Marquez's epic tale of the Buendia family in the fictional town of Macondo in Latin America, our readings will also take us to the lives of two close friends whose families come from a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Italy. From there we will follow the lives of East Indian American families in the Pulitzer-Prize winning collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. From short fiction, we will shift our attention to the poetry of Natalie Diaz, a Mojave Native American whose distinctly voiced poems examine the particularities of familty dynamics with dark humor and wit. In our writing we will analyze universal themes of love, death, the cyclicity of time, power, division, and blood ties while deepening our critical understanding of what it means to be human. Our course readings and discussions will explore the need for more global communication and tolerance.
Gloria, Eugene, "HONR 101C FYS Blood Will Tell: On Family in Literature Gloria Fall 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 69, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.