Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Simmons, Kyle
Discipline and Number
LIT 2331 Section 001
MWF Time 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Course Title
Masterpieces of World Literature

Description of Course:

This course will examine short works of fiction from various influential authors of world literature, spanning from the 1830’s to the 1980’s. Short fiction has been utilized to express diverse perspectives and the following voices will be considered: male, female, African American, Jewish, German, Russian, South American, Asian, gay/lesbian and many more. The authors will range from Pre and Post Civil War American writers, distinct pre-World War I voices, including Russian, German, Irish, and British, as well as post World War II topics like race relations and science fiction stories. Longer short works from the following authors (Tolstoy, Conrad, Joyce, Mann, and Kafka) serve to highlight extended applications of themes from the totality of semester readings, as well as representing contrasting cultural views of common motifs found in literature. Additionally, poets such as Dickinson, Whitman, Eliot, Auden, Yeats, Ginsberg, Sexton, Plath and many more, will be considered in conjunction with the aforementioned writers, illustrating how poets and fiction writers differ in their approaches and techniques.

Required Texts:

The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction (Seventh Edition). ISBN 978-0-393-92611-8

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Participation and in class discussion (15%), Attendance (10%), Reading quizzes (10%), Weekly response assignments (15%), and two (2) analytical essays (25% each).

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