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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Spring 2007

T C E603A • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33635 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 310

Course Description

This is a close reading class; we will begin with The Iliad, and the instructor will fill in with notes and brief remarks on The Odyssey. Homer's works call for oral reading, much like what must have been done in those times, and students will have the opportunity to read to the class; the instructor will do the same, but the bulk of the oral reading will come from the students. The plays chosen are but a small number of the many universal dramatic contributions made by the Greeks; time is a telling judge of merit and the works attest to their continuing worth and longevity.

Aside from assigned reading, the students will also assume the roles of various characters and thus bring to life their actions and the resulting consequences of such actions. Cultural presentations and Aristotelian precepts of what constitutes a drama will be given as additional information by the instructor, who expects high student participation.

It is expected that the course will serve as an introduction for further interest/study by the students.

About the Professor

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor at UT's English department. His Klail City Death Trip Series consists of thirteen novels. Some of his work has been translated into Dutch, French, German, and Italian. Articles, master's and doctorate theses have been written on his work in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden. The latest book on his work is Rolando Hinojosa: A Reader's Guide by Dr. Klaus Zilles of Ramñn Llul University in Barcelona.

Grading Policy

Four essays (4-6 pages each): (10%, 20%, 20%, and 20%) 70%

Lively seminar discussion, occasional quizzes, and one or more formal oral presentations on the reading: 20%

Exam (either mid-term or final): 10%


Marcel Proust, Time Regained
Heinrich B õll, Billiards at Half Past Nine
Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo mysteries
Other readings to be announced


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