Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Towner, Theresa
Discipline and Number
LIT 3300 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Western Literary Tradition

Description of Course:

Required for all literary studies majors, this course introduces students to several works at the core of Western literary themes and practices as well as to the concept of “tradition” in literature and culture. “Tradition” and “culture” -however staid and stuffy they may sound in the abstract -are always in flux: they change in response to challenges, and they evolve also as individual artists attempt to explain them for new audiences.

Required Texts:

Homer, The Odyssey
Aeschylus, The Oresteia
Sophocles, Three Theban Plays
Aristotle, Poetics
Plato, The Republic (selections)
Dante, Inferno
Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (selections)
Shakespeare, Hamlet
John Milton, Paradise Lost (selections)
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land and Other Poems
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Course requirements include three examinations, including a comprehensive final exam, and in-class writing assignments.

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