T C E603A • Composition and Reading in World Literature
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Fall: Love and War are the predominant subjects of World Literature. Figured as Aphrodite and Aries, 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. Spring: As is appropriate to the spring, we will explore some of the great couples of world literature: Adam and Eve, Darcy and Elizabeth, Catherine and Heathcliff, Charles and Emma Bovary, Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashby.
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. He has served several times as director of the Oxford English Summer Program and on the faculty of the Normandy Scholar Program. He likes to surf (longboards only).
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. In the fall you will also participate in a three to four member group that will be assigned to lead class discussion on a segment of The Iliad.
Fall: Homer, The Iliad (tr. Fagles) Anonymous, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Shakespeare, Henry IV pt.1 and Henry V Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front Smith, Not So Quiet Selected Poems Spring: Milton, Paradise Lost Austen, Pride and Prejudice Bronte, Wuthering Heights Flaubert, Madame Bovary Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises