Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Kaiser, Angela
Discipline and Number
LIT 2331 Section 001
MWF Time 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
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 upper-division literature courses.

In this course, we will read and discuss various world masterpieces by focusing on the themes of motion and stasis. Many of the texts employ repeated images of walls, cages, and other kinds of physical and mental boundaries that hinder movement or change. We will ask how texts from different time periods and geographical regions address such boundaries, whether real or imagined, including walls dividing self from other, human from non-human, country from country, native from wanderer, wanderer from exile, and so forth.

Which figures are allowed to move from their confines, and how do static boundaries function in these cases? Which things are considered living, and to which does the author grant agency? Finally, when do writers choose to move from static ideas of identity, form, word, and so forth, and what do they choose to exclude—or free—from the bounds of the text?

Required Texts:

(Provisional list)
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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