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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2006

T C 603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42610 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CRD 007A

Course Description

One of the reasons we read is to enter into thought worlds different from our ownto learn to comprehend those worlds, to understand their assumptions, to see how they differ from what we are more accustomed to. I have chosen readings from some of those "thought worlds" which have engaged me most in my own life and which teach lessons still valuable and fascinating for us today: India, medieval Europe, Jewish history, anti-Semitism, Germany on its way to Hitler (Thomas Mann), the absurdist world of Franz Kafka's imagination, and the poetry of T.S. Eliot.

About the Professor Robert King studied mathematics, medieval and modern German literature, and Germanic linguistics before settling on language and linguistics as his main interests, since expanded to include India, Jewish history, and Yiddish language and literature.

Grading Policy

A synopsis (1 page) of every work we read in the course, due the day we start it. Two papers (5 pages each) analyzing or arguing about issues that arise in our readings. A description (3 pages) of the term paper topic. A first draft of the term paper. A term paper (7-10 pages).


Bhagavad-Gita (tr. Barbara Stoler Miller) Rudyard Kipling, Kim (Penguin edition with introduction by Edward Said) Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things Gottfried von Strassburg, Tristan Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Slave Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis and Other Stories Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Stories T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems


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