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

Spring 2005

T C E603B • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31325 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
PAR 204

Course Description

In the second half of our year-long course, we will continue to hone our skills in critical thinking, reading, and writing. During the fall semester, we studied poetry and drama. In the spring, we will concentrate primarily on prose fiction; that is, novels and short stories. The syllabus is still under construction, but spring readings will likely include the authors and works listed below. A course packet will include selected secondary readings. We will also view at least one film as a class, possibly Almovadar's Talk to Her.

About the Professor Phillip Barrish is an Associate Professor in the Department of English. His research interests include post-Civil War American literature and culture, critical "race" theory, masculinity as a cultural construction, and gender studies.

Grading Policy

Attendance and participation are of crucial importance. Students will write several short essays and one longer term paper (6-8 pages). Students will also be responsible for an in-class presentation.


Samuel Richardson, Clarissa Honoré de Balzac, Sarrasine, Père Goriot, or Colonel Chabert George Eliot, Middlemarch Charles Dickens, David Copperfield Herman Melville, Benito Cereno Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth Henry James, Daisy Miller or What Maisie Knew Thomas Mann, Death in Venice Ernest Hemingway, Short Stories Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children or Satanic Verses Poetry by William Wordsworth, Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Wallace Stevens


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