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The Deliverance or Domestication of Others: Memos from Comparative Literature Classes in Appalachia

The Deliverance or Domestication of Others: Memos from Comparative Literature Classes in Appalachia Mich Yonah nYawalo The Deliverance or Domestication of Others Memos from Comparative Literature Classes in Appalachia In his work The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age, David Palumbo-Liu examines the relevance of World Literature as a delivery system. According to Palumbo-Liu, works of literature bring the lives of others to us. As a system of delivery, literature, therefore, exposes us to alternative cultural worlds that transcend the borders of our own lived realities. However, it is not just others and their worlds that are exposed to us; the "rational" foundations we employ to make sense of our world also become exposed, destabilized and scrutinized in the process. The deliverance of difference is therefore not always a painless process. As a professor of World Literature teaching at an open enrollment university in rural Appalachia, where many students have limited exposure to people and traditions outside their immediate environment, I find that Palumbo-Liu's analysis effectively captures the pedagogic imperatives and dilemmas that I navigate in my classes. From a pedagogic perspective, Palumbo-Liu's work offers a useful way of framing and understanding students' resistance to particular types of texts and reading experiences. It is by envisioning comparative and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Deliverance or Domestication of Others: Memos from Comparative Literature Classes in Appalachia

The Comparatist , Volume 40 – Nov 11, 2016

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Mich Yonah nYawalo The Deliverance or Domestication of Others Memos from Comparative Literature Classes in Appalachia In his work The Deliverance of Others: Reading Literature in a Global Age, David Palumbo-Liu examines the relevance of World Literature as a delivery system. According to Palumbo-Liu, works of literature bring the lives of others to us. As a system of delivery, literature, therefore, exposes us to alternative cultural worlds that transcend the borders of our own lived realities. However, it is not just others and their worlds that are exposed to us; the "rational" foundations we employ to make sense of our world also become exposed, destabilized and scrutinized in the process. The deliverance of difference is therefore not always a painless process. As a professor of World Literature teaching at an open enrollment university in rural Appalachia, where many students have limited exposure to people and traditions outside their immediate environment, I find that Palumbo-Liu's analysis effectively captures the pedagogic imperatives and dilemmas that I navigate in my classes. From a pedagogic perspective, Palumbo-Liu's work offers a useful way of framing and understanding students' resistance to particular types of texts and reading experiences. It is by envisioning comparative and

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