Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Nichols, Allene
Discipline and Number
LIT 2331 Section 002
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 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 upper-division literature courses.

Throughout the twentieth century, marginalized groups struggled for equal rights and to have their voices represented in literature. Many of those struggles have continued in some form. For instance, the Occupy movement’s demand for financial parity reflects early twentieth century concerns for worker rights and criticisms of unbridled capitalism. Other groups that demanded to be heard include women, African Americans, people whose countries were recovering from colonial rule, the lgbt community, and those who oppose war.

In this course, we will explore literature written about or by members of these groups in order to understand their literary and cultural legacy. In addition to poems, plays, and short stories, we will read primary documents to help us understand how and why a particular work relates to the period in which it was written even as it remains vital and relevant today.

Required Texts:

*Shaw, Bernard. Arms and the Man. Dover Thrift Editions: Dover Publications, 1990. ISBN-13: 978-0486264769
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. Vintage; Rep Rei edition, 2004.ISBN-13: 978-0679755333
*Boucicault, Dion. The Octoroon. Kessinger Publishing, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1419175879
*Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. Dover Thrift Editions: 1992. ISBN-13: 978-0486270623
Shange, Ntozake. For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf. Scribner; Reprint edition, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-0684843261
Hwang, David Henry. M. Butterfly. Dramatists Play Service, Inc, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0822207122
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Penguin Books, 1976. ISBN-13: 978-0140481341
Kramer, Larry and Tony Kushner. The Normal Heart and the Destiny of Me. Grove Press, 2000.
ISBN-13: 978-0802136923

* Available electronically online and through UTD library's public domain ebook collection:
http://mcdermott.lib.overdrive.com/0658C012-B08C-462A-8B65-56C02A2DC017/10 /1031/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm.

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