T C E 603A • E 603A: Composition and Reading in World Literature
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Below is the reading list for our full year's work. Although we will generally take up the reading in chronological order, we will occasionally depart from this order so that we may better pursue certain concepts or themes in our readings. During the first semester, our class will pay special attention to the Trojan War, tracing the history and consequences of this extraordinary event. The Trojan War may seem rather arcane, but I can assure you that it will prove to be an exciting topic of investigation with surprising relevance to modern life. During the spring, we will focus on a particular modern genre, the novel.
About the Professor Professor Charles Rossman taught his first Plan II course in 1969. Since then, he has taught either English 603 or a Plan II seminar in all but a few years. He also served as Plan II director, 1977-81. Professor Rossman has received a number of teaching awards, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the President's Associates Teaching Award, the Texas Excellence Teaching Award, and the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award. He was elected to the Academy of Distinguished Professors in 1996. His chief scholarly interests are late 19th- and 20th-century British literature (with special focus on the fiction of James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf), the 19th-century European novel, and the contemporary Spanish-American novel. He holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California.
Although there will be occasional lectures, usually we will discuss as a group certain questions related to the assigned reading. Come to class prepared to participate in discussions. No midterms or final exams will be given, but expect to write four or five essays (4-5 typed pages long) each term, plus occasional quizzes or brief (one-page) papers in class. No late papers will be accepted. Attendance is presumedno one absent more than five classes in a semester will receive a passing grade. Grades will depend largely on the writing assignments, with each major paper counting one-fourth or one-fifth (depending on whether there are four or five papers) of the final grade. Class participation will be taken into account and can affect your final grade by as much as a full letter (in extreme cases).
Fall The Odyssey, Homer "Ulysses," Tennyson Inferno, Dante The Oresteia, Aeschylus The Trojan Women, Euripides The Aeneid (first six books), Virgil Hamlet, Shakespeare The Flies and No Exit, Jean-Paul Sartre Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert Spring Ulysses, James Joyce One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez White Noise, Don DeLillo Beloved, Toni Morrison God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy