Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this course students will become familiar with the most important aesthetic movements and innovations of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries including: Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, Existentialism, and post-Modernism. Besides the works in our reading list, we will be looking at paintings and film clips in order to get a firmer grasp of what these literary and artistic movements were seeking to portray.
Using the technique of close readings you will be taught how to analyze a literary text from different perspectives (such as sociological,historical, phenomenological,or psychoanalytical). The class will be conducted as a seminar requiring active participation from all students involved.
1.) Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
2.) Jane Austen, Persuasion
3.) Emile Zola, Nana
4.) Jorge Isaacs, Maria
5.) Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence
6.) F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night
7.) William Faulkner, As I lay Dying
8.) Juan Rulfo, Pedro Paramo
9.) Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood
10.) Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Two ten-minute oral presentations on selected passages, and a twenty page paper to be handed in on the last day of class. All students will meet with the professor for a tutorial in order to prepare for their oral presentations.