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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Summer 2007

E s316K • Masterworks of Literature: World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84480 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
PAR 105

Course Description

The course will be segmented to work toward several, related approaches to literature. In the first section we will read texts that are representative of several literary periods since the 17h century: Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism, with at least a nod toward the impact of Marxism in literature. (Moliere, Wordsworth, Dostoevsky, Joyce, Woolf, Borges, Murakami, Brecht)

A second section explores the Middle Eastern and Northern African literature available in the anthology. Besides exploring regional cultural specificity, we will look at the roles of History, of Empire Building, and of global forces and nationalism, as these elements all function to shape literature. (Texts from the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, etc.)

Primary goals of the class will be to gain knowledge of terms applied to contemporary literature, as well as the historical and cultural issues that are explored in writing from varied writing communities. A secondary goal is to introduce students to important writers of our time, inspiring students to read more widely and to be able to locate important texts for their life-long reading practice.

Grading Policy

Discussion, attendance, in-class assignments 15%
2-3-page review of film text from selected list of texts 10%
Test one, on Realism to Modernism (Ways of Dying) 20%
Essay test (3-4 pages), on second set of readings 20%
Final exam, covers all material since first test 35%


The Longman Anthology of World Literature, volumes D, E, F
Supplementary Material Available on Electronic Reserves
Some Film Texts will be required


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