T C E603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
This course aims to provide an exciting encounter with many of the major works of Western literature, with a special focus on the drama. Conflict--between passionate individuals, competing world-views, differing ideas of the good, or whole human societies--has been at the center of the Western literary tradition since the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon that opens The Iliad, and the devastating war between Greeks and Trojans that Homer's epic depicts. While we will continue exploring the way competing ideas and personalities are expressed in many forms, from the lyric to the novel, the drama will be at the center of our investigations. In plays from Chekhov, Beckett, and Stoppard, competing perspectives, embodied in powerful rhetoric, allow us to come to a many-sided understanding of the basic problems of human life. We will listen to those voices, and try them out ourselves, in the second half of our year-long exploration.
About the Professor James Loehlin is a Plan II alumnus with a Master's from Oxford and a Ph.D. from Stanford. He is Director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program in the English Department and has written histories of Henry V and Romeo and Juliet in performance, and is currently working on a book on Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. He has also directed and acted in dozens of productions, and enjoys theatre, movies, fly-fishing, sports, and poker.
Requirements will include two short papers, a midterm, a term paper, and active participation in class, including performing excerpts from the works we are studying.
Milton, Paradise Lost Moliere, Tartuffe Sheridan, The Rivals Blake/Wordsworth/Coleridge, poems Flaubert, Madame Bovary Conrad, Heart of Darkness Chekhov, Three Sisters Mann, Death in Venice Eliot, The Waste Land and other poems Woolf, To The Lighthouse Beckett, Waiting for Godot Stoppard, Arcadia