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

Spring 2010

E 316K • Masterworks of Lit: World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34560 to 34625 Multiple Sections

Course Description

Global Modern Literature-- The course will be segmented to work towards 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 towards 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, 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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