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

Fall 2007

E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35510 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
PAR 310

Course Description

Global Modern Literature--
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 role 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.)

We will call the remaining class sessions a miscellany, using the opportunity to examine some compelling texts and areas of literary culture in the fashion of the "whirlwind world tour." Expect to visit India, China, Africa, and South America. We continue to invoke the role of history, as well as post-colonialism, globalization, and hybrid identities, along with national and regional cultures.

Grading Policy

Discussion Section-- Attendance, participation, short assignments 15%
2-3-page review of live world culture event 10%
Test one (European Literary periods) 20%
Essay test, on second set of readings. (3-4 pages) 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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