Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Jones, Christine
Discipline and Number
LIT 2331 Section 001
MWF Time 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Course Title
Masterpieces of World Literature

Description of Course:

Certain literary works are so influential that they form the foundation for understanding not only the rest of of the western literary canon, but also current popular culture. This course will examine the connections between these key literary works and present art, literature, and culture, through the reading of a selection of such influential works, including the Bible, Greek myths, and works by Shakespeare, as well as other works that continue to resonate in popular culture through references and adaptations, such as Austen's Pride and Prejudice, the poetry of Blake, Poe, Dickinson, Yeats, and Eliot, and others. In addition to examining these foundational works, this course will provide a broad overview of important authors from around the world, including Chekov, Joyce, Kafka, Achebe, and Borges.

Student Learning objectives:

1. To analyze and think critically about literature and to express these thoughts through writing, discussion, and presentations.
2. To gain exposure to a variety of canonical literary works and to recognize the importance of such works.
3. To make connections between the works and ideas of the past and the works and ideas of today.
4. To join in the conversation of responses to these important works through analysis and/or creative response.

Required Texts:

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Edition of student's choice. Available as a free e-book through UTD library website
The Bible. Version and edition of student's choice.
Daley, James, ed. The World's Greatest Short Stories. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2006. Print. ISBN 978-0486447162
Hamilton, Edith. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. New York, NY: Grand Central Pub., 1999. Print. ISBN: 978-0446574754
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet edition of student's choice. Available as a free e-book through UTD library
Shakespeare, William. Much Ado about Nothing edition of student's choice. Available as a free e-book through UTD library
Smith, Philip, ed. 100 Best-loved Poems. New York: Dover Publications, 1995. Print. ISBN: 978-0486285535
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five: Or, The Children's Crusade, a Duty-dance with Death. New York: Dell Pub., 1999. Print. 978-0385333849

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

10%: Attendance and Participation in class discussion
20%: Weekly reading quiz
10%: One brief presentation on a short story from The World's Greatest Short Stories
30%: Series of short reading response papers
30%: Final project including a presentation of an informative or creative nature with an accompanying 5-page written component.

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