Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Towner, Theresa
Discipline and Number
LIT 4329 Section 001
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
William Faulkner

Description of Course:

William Faulkner, the Mississippi-born writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1950, wrote nineteen novels, well over a hundred short stories, some middling poetry, and a few fables which he illustrated himself. This course will introduce you to several of his most well-regarded novels and short stories. Throughout the semester, we will investigate recurrent patterns and themes in the fiction set largely in Faulkner’s mythical Mississippi county, Yoknapatawpha.

Required Texts:

Available at the UTD Book Store, Off-Campus Books, and commercially, the texts we will use are all Vintage International editions, which are REQUIRED EDITIONS FOR THE COURSE:

The Sound and the Fury
Light in August
Absalom, Absalom!
Go Down, Moses
The Reivers
Collected Stories (just Vintage, not Vintage International; only one edition in print)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Four assignments, each worth 25% of your course grade, will be turned in on time throughout the semester. These assignments include two exams, an oral report on and accompanying summary of a Faulkner novel not on the common reading list, and a final examination. Course requirements also include attendance and participation, and the quality of those two elements will decide cases of borderline grades.

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