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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
33658 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

"Most novels are in some sense knowable communities," writes the literary critic Raymond Williams. They are also houses and countries. For the Spring semester of this course, we will take up residence in the literary super-genre known as Prose Fiction (with a small detour into drama), which begins for us in 16th Spain, moves to the 19th century Russian and Sicilian countryside, a fantasy 20th century America and a fantasized middle ages within modern Italy, and ends in a post-colonial Trinidad and Kenya, and a hybridized North London and a post-modern Japan. Our template throughout will be a poetics of space, situating the novel's development and its specific concerns within the confines of domestic and national belonging, house and country, home and land. Primary emphasis in this course will be placed on interpretive will and scrutiny in the service of configuring our own poetics of space, or spaces, i.e., the space of reading and the space of exegesis. [Its not as hard as it sounds; but it will be challenging, and you will enjoy the challenge.]

Grading Policy

1. Participation that is as energetic and sedulous as it is dialogic (60%).
2. Every week, a short 1-page paper of close reading (a passage, motif or other formal detail) (10%).
3. 12 page term paper, to be preceded by a topic proposal and outline, due on May 12th (30%)


Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
Dead Souls, Nikolai Gogol
The Leopard, Giussepe di Lampedusa
Amerika, Franz Kafka
Henry IV, Luigi Pirandello
A House for Mr. Biswas, V. S. Naipaul
Arrow of God, Chinua Achebe
Foe, J. M. Coetzee
White Teeth, Zadie Smith
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami


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