Examines writing inspired by the experience of peoples brought into contact through the commercial, colonial, and military expansion of Europe beginning in 1492. Geographical and historical focus varies, but always includes several literatures (Colonial French, Anglo-American, South Asian, African, and Latin American). Non-English works read in translation. Readings include literary works (novels, poetry, and song lyrics) and non-fictional writing (diaries, historical accounts, and legal documents). Taught in English.