E 316K • Masterworks of Literature: World (31940-31995)
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
The ambition of the course is to give students a broad understanding of literary and cultural currents at work in the present. The broad terms for some of the intellectual-historical developments leading to the present are The Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, Postmodernism, and Postcolonialism, with influences of French Symbolism, Existentialism, and Marxism. We will read one or two representative texts from each of these periods, with context provided by short essays by philosophers, historians, social theorists, and psychoanalysts.
To better understand the postcolonial, the global, and the effects of internationalism on literature, we will have some extended forays into non-western literature. We will look, across cultures, at such notions as family, the social function of gender, patriotism and war, and the effect of colonialism and technology on the literatures of the world.
Discussion, Attendance, Assignments in TA Sections 15%
2-3 Page review, narration of live world cultural event 10%
Test one, on "literary periods" in Europe and the West 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, and F