Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Simmons, Kyle
Discipline and Number
LIT 2331 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Masterpieces of World Literature

Description of Course:

Literature reflects human ideas, languages, and culture in the medium of writing. Literature is more than a story told for entertainment purposes, or a tale to teach a moral lesson, and it is much more than fiction, as the thoughts and beliefs, as well as the hopes and fears, of a culture are wrapped up in its Literature. Theology, history, philosophy, mythology, politics, social relations, scientific investigations, art, music, drama, poetry, songs (in other words: that which makes us Human) are all contained within the pages of Literature. This course will examine the Literature of numerous cultures and various historical epochs, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, India, Japan, and Renaissance Europe. We will also explore foundational religious texts, including excerpts from The Old and New Testaments, as well as the Koran. This course will demand an open mind and a willingness to hear ideas that are foreign and sometimes antithetical to your own beliefs, which of course is the greatest gift that the written word preserves: the human spirit in all of its differing voices.

Required Texts:

• Barnet, Sylvan and William Cain. A Short Guide to Writing About Literature. Eleventh Edition. (ISBN 978-0205602957)
• Lawall, Sarah. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, Package 1 (Volumes A, B, C): Beginnings to 1650. (ISBN 978-0-393-92453-4)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Weekly Reading Quizzes 25%
Essay #1 (4-5 pages): 10%
Essay #2 (4-5 pages): 10%
Essay #3 (4-5 pages): 10%
Essay #4 (4-5 pages): 10%
Participation/Discussion 25%
Attendance 10%
Total 100%

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