T C 603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
The spring semester of this year-long world literature course will concentrate on select post-classical and modern works of (primarily) imaginative literature. We will examine these works in light of the themes of the first semester course with Dr. Raffa. In particular we will consider at the end of the semester if post-modernism represents, as Frederic Jameson put it, a "waning of affect" in artistic forms. We will also have a mini-symposium at the end of the semester; students will be required to read a book (ideally in pairs) and present their ideas to the class in a formal, graded presentation.
About the Professor Professor Biow works on Renaissance Italian literature and Italian film, and holds a doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book, Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries, was the recipient of a Robert W. Hamilton Award. He has recently completed a book-length study on the culture of cleanliness in Renaissance Italy and is planning to write another book, this one on irreverent odd-balls and eccentrics of the Italian Renaissance, just to keep out of trouble. From time to time he plays the violin, though admittedly no longer very well. He used to garden but has given up on that.
Grades will be based on 5 short papers (4-6 pages typed) (75%), and class participation and formal oral presentations (25%). Attendance is required.
[NB: Readings subject to change before the semester begins.] Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night Montaigne, A selection of essays Conrad, Heart of Darkness Mann, Death in Venice Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera Camus, The Plague Woolf, To the Lighthouse Joyce, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man Nabokov, Lolita Calvino, If on a Winter's Night...