Summer 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Kaiser, Angela
Discipline and Number
LIT 2331 Section 55A
MW Time 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Course Title
Masterpieces of World Literature

Description of Course:

LIT 2331 presents a study of selected themes in world literature and serves as a prerequisite for all upper-division literature courses. In this course, we will examine various world masterpieces and how they relate to boundaries and the breaking of boundaries as a starting point for reading and discussion. What distinguishes texts from different time periods and geographical regions, and how do they address or transcend boundaries, real or imagined, including borders dividing self from others, human from non-human, country from country, native from wanderer, wanderer from exile, masterpiece from non-masterpiece, etc.? When do writers choose to break the boundaries of identity, form, body, word, and so forth? Finally, what do authors choose to exclude from the bounds of the texts, and why is this space important?

Required Texts:

Continental Short Stories. Ed. Edward Mitchell and Rainer Schulte. W.W. Norton, 1969. ISBN 9780393097979

The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. Ed. Ilya Kaminsky and Susan Harris. NY: HarperCollins, 2010. ISBN 9780061583247

Shibli, Adania. Touch. Tr. Paula Haydar. Northampton, MA: Clockroot Books, 2010. ISBN 9781566568074

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