T C E603A • Composition and Reading in World Literature
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Below is the reading list for our full year's work. Although we will generally take up the reading in chronological order, we will occasionally depart from this order so that we may better pursue certain concepts or themes in our readings. During the first semester, our class will pay special attention to the Trojan War, tracing the history and consequences of this extraordinary event. The Trojan War may seem rather arcane, but I can assure you that it will prove to be an exciting topic of investigation with surprising relevance to modern life. During the spring, we will focus on a particular modern genre, the novel. The overall pattern will be to start with classics of Western literature, then open the canon to other national literatures and forms. Another pattern is to give students useful subtexts to Joyce's Ulysses in the first semester, then conclude with this masterpiece of modernism in the second semester.
Although there will be occasional lectures, usually we will discuss as a group certain questions related to the assigned reading. Come to class prepared to participate in discussions. No midterms or final exams will be given, but expect to write four or five essays (4-5 typed pages long) each term, plus occasional quizzes or brief (one-page) papers in class. No late papers will be accepted. Attendance is presumed-no one absent more than five classes in a semester will receive a passing grade. Grades will depend largely on the writing assignments, with each major paper counting one-fourth or one-fifth (depending on whether there are four or five papers) of the final grade. Class participation will be taken into account and can affect your final grade by as much as a full letter (in extreme cases).
Homer, The Odyssey Tennyson, "Ulysses" Aeschylus, The Oresteia Virgil, The Aeneid (first six books) Shakespeare, Hamlet Jean-Paul Sartre, The Flies and No Exit Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary