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

Fall 2005

T C E603A • Composition and Reading in World Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32241 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 104

Course Description

This course aims to provide an exciting encounter with many of the major works of Western literature, with a special focus on the drama. Conflictbetween passionate individuals, competing world-views, differing ideas of the good, or whole human societieshas been at the center of the Western literary tradition since the quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon that opens the Iliad, and the devastating war between Greeks and Trojans that Homer's epic depicts. While we will explore the way competing ideas and personalities are expressed in many forms, from the lyric to the novel, the drama will be at the center of our investigations. In plays from Aeschylus and Shakespeare to Chekhov and Beckett, competing perspectives, embodied in powerful rhetoric, allow us to come to a many-sided understanding of the basic problems of human life. We will listen to those voices, and try them out ourselves, in our year-long exploration.

About the Professor James Loehlin is a Plan II alumnus with a Master's from Oxford and a Ph.D. from Stanford. He is Director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program in the English Department and has written histories of Henry V and Romeo and Juliet in performance, and is currently working on a book on Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. He has also directed and acted in dozens of productions, and enjoys theatre, movies, fly-fishing, sports, and poker.

Grading Policy

Requirements will include several short papers, a final exam in the fall and a term paper in the spring, and active participation in class, including performing excerpts from the works we are studying. Fall: Paper 1: 10% Paper 2: 15% Paper 3: 15% Final exam: 25% Participation: 35% Spring: Paper 1: 10% Paper 2: 10% Midterm exam: 20% Term Paper: 25% Participation: 35%


Fall: Homer, The Iliad (tr. Lombardo) Aeschylus, Oresteia Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannous Euripides, Medea Aristophanes, Lysistrata Dante, Inferno Chaucer, Canterbury Tales Medieval Mystery Plays Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV Ibid, King Lear Spring: Milton, Paradise Lost Blake/Wordsworth/Coleridge, poems Flaubert, Madame Bovary Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard Conrad, Heart of Darkness Woolf, To The Lighthouse Mann, Death in Venice Eliot, The Waste Land Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children Beckett, Waiting for Godot Stoppard, Arcadia


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