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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 E603 • E603: Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30025 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
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Course Description

We will explore the imaginative world of several modern fiction writers, all of whom are considered master stylists. We will examine the aesthetic assumption that a piece of fiction rises to the status of a value when the technique matches what it comprehends. And we’ll be defining and redefining the word beauty as it applies to literary creations.

About the professor: Michael Adams teaches in the Humanities Division, the Religious Studies Program, and the English Department. He is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Liberal Arts Council Teaching Award and the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award. He is a novelist and short story writer (Blind Man's Bluff, Anniversaries in the Blood) and just completed a book on the history of the nature of Christ. The author of a textbook on writing (The Writer's Mind) and a consultant on legal writing, Dr. Adams also serves as a columnist for the Fifth Circuit Reporter. His classes include "The Quest for Meaning"; "The Modern Short Story"; "The Bible in British and American Literature"; “The American Novel." Apart from writing, his consuming passion is his award-winning hunting dog, Blue, whom he trains regularly and from whom he has learned all his wisdom: "To err is human, to forgive canine."

Grading Policy

Five Essays (4-8 pages) 80% (one of these as final exam) Quizzes: 10% Report 10% Attendance required: 5 points off final average for each unexcused absence 5 points off final average for every three times late to class If you miss a quiz because of an absence you must make it up upon your return. I reserve the right to make this a credit/non-credit quiz.


Pars Lagerkvist, Barabbas Raymond Carver, Where I’m Calling From Flannery O’Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son Cortazar, Cronopois & Famas Camus, The Stranger Eudora Welty, A Curtain of Green Tomas Rivera, And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Gwendolin Brooks, Maude Martha Hermann Hesse, Sidhartha Calvino, Invisible City Alice Munro, Dance of the Happy Shades


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