Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Masterpieces of World Literature: (3 semester hours) A study of selected themes in world literature. This course will serve as a prerequisite for all upper-division literature courses.
Specifically, this course is a survey of World Literature from the beginnings of known literature through the 16th century. Each work assigned will be examined, both individually and in comparison to the others, in terms of form and content and in terms of its time period and the culture it reflects. We also will explore the historical/biographical and cultural/religious foundations and relationships between centuries, cultures, genres, literary traditions, and literary movements. We will investigate the functions of mythology, archetypal characters and plots, the influence of culture, history and biography, and various themes in the course of this semester. The general course theme consists of the heroic journey. "Heroic," in this sense, includes the epic, tragic, religious, and/or spiritual by way of these texts, their histories, and corresponding cultural contexts.
Puchner, Martin, et.al. eds. The Norton Anthology of World Literature: Beginnings to 1650. 3rd ed. Package 1: Vols. A, B, & C. New York: W.W. Norton Co., 2012. ISBN 978-0-393-93365-9.
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