Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

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

Description of Course:

World literature can include everything from ancient epics to modern movies. We will read masterpieces of literature from around the world, and review adaptations of those works. We will juxtapose old and new, East and West, and will look for other, less obvious contrasts and similarities. We will discuss cultural appropriation, foreignness, and Otherness (from various perspectives) as we study texts such as heroic quests, trickster tales from around the world, and detective stories from various centuries and continents.

Course Objectives:
Students will gain a greater awareness and appreciation of world literature, from antiquity to the present day.
Students will read and respond to the texts with clarity and critical awareness.
Students will learn to identify and interpret archetypal characters and themes across texts and cultures, such as the hero/heroine, the trickster, the quest, and the Other.
Students will analytically and creatively evaluate fundamental concepts of literature, story, and adaptation.

Required Texts:

Gilgamesh: A New English Version. Stephen Mitchell (Author/Translator)
ISBN-13: 978-0743261692 this translation/editor only, please

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation. Seamus Heaney (Translator)
ISBN-13: 978-0393320978
Also acceptable: The Norton Critical edition with Seaney’s translation, ISBN-13: 978-0393975802
or Ray Liuzza’s Broadview verse translation, ISBN-13: 978-1551111896

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. (video, 1977). You will need to watch this outside of class. The UTD library has a copy on course reserve which you may watch in the library. I will also schedule a group viewing time outside of class.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes. Edith Hamilton (Author)
Grand Central Publishing; ISBN-13: 978-0446574754
any edition of the Hamilton text is acceptable (many diff. bindings available)

The Bible, King James Version (KJV), New King James (NKJV), English Standard Version (ESV) or New International version (NIV) translation.
Any print edition of these translations, or available free online.

Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An). Robert van Gulik (Translator)
Publisher: Dover; ISBN-13: 978-0486233376
any edition should be acceptable (however, I only know of the one edition)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher: Anchor; ISBN-13: 978-1400034772
any edition/binding of the McCall Smith text is acceptable

Many of our shorter readings will be available to you via links on our class eLearning website.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Dover Thrift Editions) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Author)
ISBN-13: 978-0486474915
(this text is available free online, but as this edition is quite inexpensive you may opt for it in print)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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