Based on a broad anthology, this course examines the variety of literary genres and types in a range of cultures from the earliest times to the present day. We discuss a variety of topics alongside the readings themselves, including the problems of translation, the nature of excerpts, the nature of the hero, the formation of an authorial voice, and genres such as lyric, drama, proverb, myth, and epic. We also get a chance to read three major plays entire — Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. The class is not overly demanding, but can be a lot of fun, and a comfortable introduction to reading and thinking in a literary mode.
Course Website: World Literature
Instructor: Alexandra Dascalu Nelson
Starts: September 13, 2023
Ends: June 1, 2024
Wednesday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET
The ability to write a clear essay of three to five paragraphs is an enormous advantage on exams. Students unfamiliar with the process are advised to take some writing instruction.
Textbooks and Materials
This item is required:World Literature , Authors: Susan Wittig Albert, Richard Cohen, Rose Sallberg Kam, David Adams Leeming, Thomas Monsell, Carroll Moulton, Susanna Nied, Eileen Hillary Oshinsky
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Be sure to obtained the revised edition as specified by the ISBN. Copies are available used at ridiculously low prices: do read the descriptions of their condition to avoid getting something that is just falling apart.
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