Literature in Twentieth and Twenty-First
Century Mongolian History
with Simon Wickhamsmith (PhD)
A book-club format course, in which we will discuss every week three or four thematically-related stories, and so develop an understanding of the relationship between literature and Mongolian politics and culture over the century since the revolution of 1921.
Mongolia has a rich and varied modern literary scene, and whatever you enjoy reading, in English or another language, has parallels in Mongolian. Reading Mongolian fiction is an exciting and meaningful way to explore Mongolia’s culture and history - and also to prepare for a future trip!
Live sessions from October 29 - December 3, 2021
Recordings of lectures for all sessions available to enrollees on the LearnDash platform.
The following are the texts which we will be reading and discussing during the course. Please note that all will be available in the course module.
They can also (with the exception of B.Jamd’s “The Note”) be found in Suncranes and Other Stories: Modern Mongolian short fiction (translated by Simon Wickhamsmith; Columbia University Press 2021).
Week 1: The Modern - Part I
M.Yadamsüren “The Young Couple”
D.Natsagdorj “Dark Cliffs”
S.Buyannemeh “Something Wonderful”
Week 2: Mystery
Ts.Damdinsüren “Two White Things”
O.Tsend “A Great Mystery”
H.Bolor-Erdene “Room for Rent”
Simon Wickhamsmith, PhD
Please note that this course is offered online for free as part of the Session 2 of ACMS Online Field School 2021. ACMS is planning to offer a field course in rural Mongolia in June 2022 that would provide participants an opportunity to put ideas from this course into action.
Click here to see all five courses of Online Field School 2021.