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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
83970 MTWThF
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
PAR 105

Course Description

The course will examine issues in twentieth-century literature from a variety of cultures, proceeding through a loosely connected series of texts. For instance, we will explore "ways of dying" in western literature from Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych through two classics of modernism, Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis".

Moving through issues arising in non-western cultures, we will explore issues in Indian literature through texts by Rabindranath Tagore, Premchand, Mahasweta Devi, and Anita Desai. China is represented in texts by Lu Xun and Zhang Ailing. The postcolonial situation of Africa and African diasporic communities will be examined in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, as well as in texts by Wole Soyinka, Birago Diop, and Derek Walcott. A final segment may explore literature from either the Middle East or the Spanish language nations.

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 Norton Anthology of World Literature: The Twentieth Century (Vol F)
The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy (Dover Thrift Edition)


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