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

Fall 2007

T C 603A • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44665 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
CRD 007B

Course Description

Literature has power. This course will examine various ways in which that power works, looking at literature that responds to other literature or presents characters affected by literature. The first semester of the course will be dedicated to epic and drama. We will begin with the Western tradition of epic, looking at the chain of influence from the Near Eastern tradition of heroic poetry through Homer to Vergil. We will then examine how dramatic works interact with each other and with other works of literature, both in ancient Greece and in Japan. The spring semester we will dedicate to lyric poetry, novels, and short stories that respond in significant ways to other literature. Readings will include lyric poets ranging from Sappho to Keats and novels such as Petronius' Satyricon and Flaubert's Madame Bovary.

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 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 dramatic comedy.

Grading Policy

Weekly Journal: 10%
Four short papers (5-7 pages; the first two will be rewritten for credit): 65%
Class participation (includes formal and informal oral presentations and quizzes as deemed necessary): 25%


Epic of Gilgamesh Homer, Iliad Virgil, Aeneid Aeschylus, Oresteia Euripides, Hippolytus, Electra Aristophanes, Frogs, Clouds Selected Japanese Nô and Kyôgen plays Plato, Apology


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