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

Spring 2004

T C 603 • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39625 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
wch 4.118

Course Description

The spring semester of this year-long world literature course will be centered on select classical and modern narratives of journeys, beginning with one of the greatest epics of the ancient world, Virgil’s Aeneid, and ending with one of the great postmodern novels of our own time, Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night….. In our discussions we will explore a number of topics, but in particular we will examine how journeys in narratives address questions related to the search for identity, as well as how they serve as a vehicle for the authors to reflect on their own artistic development as storytellers.

About the professor: Professor Biow works on Renaissance Italian literature and Italian film, and holds a doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University. His most recent book, Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries, was the recipient of a Robert W. Hamilton Award. He has recently completed a book-length study on the culture of cleanliness in Renaissance Italy, and is planning on writing another book, just to keep out of trouble. From time to time he plays the violin, though admittedly no longer very well. He used to garden but has given up on that one.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be based on 5 short papers (4-6 pages typed) (75%), and class participation and formal oral presentations (25%). Attendance is required.


Aeneid, Virgil Inferno, Dante To the Lighthouse, Woolf Lolita, Nabokov If on a Winter’s Night, Calvino One more novel (perhaps two?)—to be decided


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