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

Summer 2005

E s316K • Masterworks of Literature: World

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
83975 MTWThF
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
MEZ 2.124

Course Description

This is a course in early Classics: Classics of the West, of Africa, of the Middle East, and of the Far East. We will read nothing written after the 1400s. Works will be interpreted by teachers of the works, as nearly contemporaneous with the works as possible. Class lectures will tell you how and why these selections are "Classics": how they influence your culture. It will take you several sessions to figure out what is meant by "Classics".

Please stay ahead of me in the readings. I will start slowly (to show you the method of interpretation), pick up speed at mid-semester, and fly at the end of the semester.

Grading Policy

An average of three areas, each of which counts 1/3 of your final grade: attendance and quizzes, mid-term essay, final exam. To receive an A, you must have an A in all three areas; same for a B. If you fail any area, you fail the class. Miss more than 2 classes and your attendance grade is reduced by one full grade.


Norton Anthology of World Literature, 2nd ed., Volume A
Timaeus and Critias, ed. Desmond Lee
Sundiata, ed. D.T. Niane
Xerox packet (at IT Copy and Printing, on corner of MLK & Lavaca)


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