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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 E603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33645 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
CAL 221

Course Description

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.

About the Professor

Professor Charles Rossman taught his first Plan II course in 1969. Since then, he has taught either English 603 or a Plan II seminar in all but a few years. He also served as Plan II director, 1977-81. Professor Rossman has received a number of teaching awards, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the President's Associates Teaching Award, the Texas Excellence Teaching Award, and the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award. He was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Professors in 1996. His chief scholarly interests are late 19th- and 20th-century British literature (with special focus on the fiction of James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf), the 19th-century European novel, and the contemporary Spanish-American novel. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Grading Policy

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).


Gabriel Garcëa Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Coetzee, Disgrace
Arundhati Roy, God of Small Things
James Joyce, Ulysses


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