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Non-Western Literature in the Western World - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review the presence and influence of non-Western literature in the Western world. After reviewing the texts that you'll need to read for English 301, you'll get an overview of important cultural terms and interpretation issues regarding translated works of literature. You can review these lessons at any time using your computer or mobile device. We've also included short self-assessment quizzes throughout the chapter to help you retain the information you study. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Define Western civilization and identify its global influences, including how Western cultures are viewed by non-Western civilizations
- Compare and contrast high and low context cultures
- Understand issues related to the moral codes of varying cultures
- Analyze the effects of globalization on non-Western cultures, including how this applies to non-Western literature.
- Discuss religious beliefs and the importance of symbols in Western and non-Western cultures
- Identify religious and ethical beliefs of Eastern and Middle Eastern cultural traditions
- Comprehend the challenges of reading literature in translation
- Summarize the story 'The Girl at the Baggage Claim'
1. Mandatory Reading List for English 301: Non-Western Literature
A portion of your final grade for English 301 will be based on essays that ask you to address concepts from notable works in non-Western literature. In order to write your essays, you are required to read a portion of the texts listed below. Read on for details about your choice of readings for the major types of literature.
2. Cultural Relativity: Definition & Examples
This lesson discusses the concept of cultural relativity, which is an approach to understanding cultures that are different from one's own. It encourages us to see cultures as different but not better than others.
3. Cultural Symbol: Definition & Examples
Cultural symbols can signify many things for a culture, such as an ideology or religious beliefs. Learn the definition of cultural symbol as well as examples of cultural symbols in this lesson.
4. Problems in Interpreting Translated Literary Works
In this lesson, we will discuss some challenges that readers face when reading texts that have been translated into another language. We will also learn about different approaches translators take when interpreting texts.
5. What is Western Civilization? - Definition & Overview
Many of us have heard the phrase 'Western civilization,' but what doe it mean exactly? In this lesson, we'll define that term and explore some of its complications as well.
6. Cultural Agility: Perspectives & Viewpoints
Cultural agility is a key skill in the global marketplace. Learn how considering different perspectives and appreciating diverse viewpoints can boost your cultural agility.
7. How Non-Western Cultures View Western Cultures
How do you view the West? How do you think other people do? Why do people have these opinions? These are some complex questions, and some that we'll start to examine in this lesson.
8. Non-Western Views on Western Culture in Literature
Ever wonder how people around the world view Western cultures? We'll take a broad look at that in this lesson, focusing on how Western cultures are depicted in literature.
9. Cultural Globalization: Definition, Factors & Effects
In this lesson you will learn what cultural globalization means, how it flows from one place to another, what factors influence this, and the positive and negative effects this has on cultures around the world.
10. God in Western & Eastern Traditions
This lesson will explore the differences between the East's and the West's views on the Divine. In doing so, it will specifically highlight dualism, monism, polytheism and monotheism.
11. Eastern Theories of Ethics
There are many theories of ethics in the world. In this lesson, we'll look at the ethics of Eastern philosophies, and see how each one of them is both similar and different to its counterparts.
12. Middle Eastern Theories of Ethics
This lesson will broadly discuss the basis of Middle Eastern theories of ethics, including those centered on both Islamic and Judaic religious beliefs. It will also discuss traditional cultural concepts of ethics in the region.
13. The Girl at the Baggage Claim by Gish Jen: Summary & Analysis
''The Girl at the Baggage Claim'' by Gish Jen is a great introduction to the concept of culture gaps and their implications in the real world. Written in a narrative and engaging style, it's a read that can help anyone expand their worldview.
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