T C E603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Reading a book can change your life. For many, a book has provided a formative experience that shaped personality, led to a conversion experience, or provided guidance in a time of crisis.
During the first semester we will explore early classics of the western tradition that have enlightened or guided many readers-works that inspired extreme reactions almost immediately and for centuries afterward.
For the spring semester, the books will be chosen in consultation with the students. There will be some guidelines and an attempt to pick texts that work well together, continuing some of the themes developed during the first semester. However, the focus and specific works will be decided on by each class.
Students will be required to write four analytical or creative papers and one autobiographical essay of 3-5 pages each during the first semester. During the second semester, three slightly longer papers will be assigned that will incorporate some research and reading of scholarly articles. Classes will be conducted by discussion and close reading of texts. Each student will be responsible for one or two short informal oral presentations per semester as well as regular class participation. Attendance is required.
Some works chosen by students in recent years:
Geoffrey of Vinsauf, Poetria nova
Gulistan of Sa'di
Writings of Christine de Pisan
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Harakumi, Norwegian Wood
Roy, The God of Small Things
Dangarembga, Nervous Condition