T C 603A • Composition and Reading in World Literature
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Literature has power. This course will examine various ways in which that power works, looking at literature that responds to other literature or presents characters affected by literature. The fall semester of the course will be dedicated to epic and drama. We will begin with the Western tradition of epic, looking at the chain of influence from the Near Eastern tradition of heroic poetry through Homer and Vergil to Dante. We will then examine how dramatic works interact with each other and with other works of literature, both in the European tradition and in Japan.
The spring semester we will dedicate to lyric poetry, novels, and short stories that respond in significant ways to other literature. Readings will include lyric poets ranging from Sappho to Keats, and novels such as Petronius' Satyricon and Flaubert's Madame Bovary.
Weekly Journal: 10%
Four short papers (4-6 pages each), some with rewrites: 65%
Class participation (includes formal and informal oral presentations and quizzes as deemed necessary): 25%
Epic of Gilgamesh Homer, Iliad Virgil, Aeneid Dante, Inferno Aeschylys, Oresteia Euripides, Hippolytus and Electra Aristophanes, Frogs Plutarch, Antony Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest Stoppard, Travesties Selected Japanese Nó and Kyógen plays Terence, The Brothers Hrotsvit, Dulcitius