T C E603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Our readings for the spring will continue the year-long plan initiated last August. We will turn exclusively to the novel in the spring, having started with the epic in the fall. In terms of class format, we will also continue as before, with class discussions and occasional presentations by the professor. The one change will be student presentations on Joyces Ulysses.
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 from 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 presumed--no 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).
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude Clarisse Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart Toni Morrison, Beloved Don DeLillo, White Noise James Joyce, Ulysses