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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 603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43355 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CRD 007B

Course Description

This spring we will continue our adventures in the power of literature. First, a bit more drama, as we see how the plays of the ancient Romans Plautus and Terence found their way into Medieval convents, Shakespeare's theater, and the Broadway stage, and how Shakespeare turned Plutarch's moralizing biography into an apotheosis of love. We will then read novels of ancient Rome and nineteenth-century France featuring characters obsessed with literature, and two very different responses by American women novelists to the harshness of the West. Finally, we will turn to lyric verse, examining how poets from around the world have responded to love, death, and what it means to be human.

About the Professor

Timothy Moore holds degrees from Millersville University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published books on the Roman authors Livy and Plautus, and a translation of one of Terence's plays. He enjoys bicycling, hiking, and swimming. His three greatest loves, however, are comic theater, vocal music, and all things Roman. He has had the incredible good fortune to be able to combine these passions in his current research project, a book on the role of music in ancient Roman comic theater.

Grading Policy

Weekly Journal: 10%
Four short papers (5-7 pages each) : 65%
Class participation (includes formal and informal oral presentations and quizzes as deemed necessary): 25%


Plutarch, Antony
Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, Comedy of Errors
Plautus, The Menaechmi
Terence, The Brothers
Hrotsvit, Dulcitius
Petronius, Satyricon
Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Cather, O, Pioneers!
Proulx, Close Range
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time


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