T C E603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
The experience of taking over someone else's World Literature course halfway through the year will be a new experience for me, so I will be feeling my way a bit as I think about and teach the course, trying to get the balance right between student continuity and my own particular approach. We will probably begin where Professor Hilfers course ends (after Shakespeare), read only works written in English (in order to address matters of style), and read them roughly chronologically. My inclination at present is to choose major texts by Milton, Keats, Austen, Yeats, Conrad, Joyce, Faulkner, Eliot, and Beckett, but I will contact students in the course during the fall semester to solicit your input.
About the Professor
Professor Alan Friedman, who holds a doctorate from the University of Rochester, specializes in twentieth-century British and American literature, although he teaches a Shakespeare course at every opportunity. His most recent book, Fictional Death and the Modernist Enterprise, examines cultural and literary attitudes towards death and the radical changes they underwent around the turn of the century and, again, around mid-century. His six edited books include, most recently, one on Samuel Beckett and Situating College English: Pedagogy and Politics at a Contemporary American University, about hot cultural and educational issues and life in general within UT's English Department. He has taught at universities in England, Ireland, and France, including the Sorbonne in Spring 2000. He plays chess, bridge, and ping pong, pitches for a city league softball team that is full of academics, is an avid squash player, and, with his family, takes walks, attends theater, and travels whenever possible.
I will likely replicate following requirements employed when I last taught E 603B, but again, I will contact you in the fall for final input. Writing assignments will likely include two essays of 4-5 typed double-spaced pages each, with revisions of essays whose grade is not in the "A" range; brief journals on readings; a term paper of approximately 10 pages. Oral assignments will include introductions to the class of two reading assignments and a presentation of the term paper.
Classes will be run as seminars, with everyone expected to participate actively and thoughtfully. Grades will be based on the average of your essays, the quality of your any revisions (if necessary), and the oral assignments. Quality and quantity of class participation (including your oral presentations) will help determine genuine borderline grades. Grades will be as earned (no curve), and they are non-negotiable.
NB: Readings remain tentative; the final list will be chosen in consultation with students.
Milton, Paradise Lost
Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Yeats, Selected Poems
Conrad, "The Nigger of the Narcissus," Youth, and Heart of Darkness
Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Eliot, The Wasteland and Other Poems
Beckett, Waiting for Godot