T C E 603A • E 603A: Composition and Reading in World Literature
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Love and War are the predominant subjects of World Literature. Figured as Aphrodite and Ares, embodied in the triangle of Paris-Helen-Menelaus, or recast in German trenches of WWI, the relationship between life and death, sexual frenzy and battle frenzy, domestic affection and the brotherhood of soldiers, recurs in all of the works we will read.
About the Professor Professor Lance Bertelsen specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and is the author of The Nonsense Club: Literature and Popular Culture 1749-1764 and Henry Fielding at Work: Magistrate, Businessman, Writer. He has also published essays on WWII and media, and served as faculty on the Normandy Scholar Program during 1992-94 and again in 1999. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
I will lecture occasionally, but usually the class will be taken up with group discussions based on topics I will ask you to consider as you read. You will be required to write five essays, ranging in length from 3 to 5 pages. These will be subject to peer editing. You will also participate in a 3-to-4 member group that will be assigned to lead class discussion on a segment of The Iliad.
Homer, The Iliad (trans. Fagles) Shakespeare, Henry IV pt.1; Henry V Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front Smith, Not So Quiet WWI poetry (packet) Jones, The Thin Red Line Twelve OClock High (film) Das Boot (film) The Best Years of Our Lives (film)