Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Jenkins, Mark
Discipline and Number
LIT 2331 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 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.

Literature transcends geographical, political, and language boundaries. This course will consider representative writers and texts from around the world from the last hundred and fifty years to explore universal themes and issues such as love, war, death, and humor. This course will also examine the way writers speak to one another across time and space as they use poetry and short stories to make sense of their own experiences.

We will consider what elements a writer utilizes to make a poem or short story work, such as sound, imagery, voice, occasion, plot, character, and use these tools for careful, close readings, incorporating context and criticism where appropriate.

Required Texts:

Bradbury, Ray. The Illustrated Man. ISBN: 0062079972

Kaminsky, Ilya and Susan Harris, eds. The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry ISBN 0061583243

Halpern, Daniel. The Art of the Story: An International Anthology. ISBN: 0140296387

Fountain, Carrie. Burn Lake. ISBN: 9780143117711

Vendler, Helen. Poems, Poets, Poetry 3rd Edition Only ISBN 0312463197

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Participation, Weekly Reading journal, Midterm, final paper/project 6-8 pages.

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