Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Schulte, Rainer
Discipline and Number
LIT 4329 Section 501
R Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Major Authors

Description of Course:

LIT 4329.501
Major Authors
Prof. Rainer Schulte
Thurs. 7:00pm-9:45pm, JO 3.908

This course should be of particular interest to students who would like to expand their literary horizons beyond the English speaking scene of modern writers. Most of the authors to be discussed in the course have had a major influence on American writers and have excited the readers with their new ways of interpreting the world. In each session students will establish a dialogue with the works rather than being lectured on them. Naturally, not all the texts can be read in their entirety, thus excerpts will be provided by the instructor. Students should consider this course a voyage through different cultures of the world. Among the works to be considered are excerpts from García Marquez, Günter Grass, Franz Kafka, Paul Mondiano, Hermann Hesse, Julio Cortázar, Gustave Flaubert, Ilse Aichinger, Samuel Beckett, as well as several American and international poets and short story writers. Students who are open to new ideas and different ways of looking at today’s world should be interested in this course.


Students will be asked to read excerpts of the various texts under consideration, they will be actively involved in bringing the characters to life from their individual points of view, and asked to perform poems and dialogues of plays during class sessions. In addition to recreating their own interpretations of fictional and poetic texts, students may also want to write poems on the poems they have read and/or also create a short story. The instructor hopes to encourage the students’ own creativity and enjoyment of being immersed in the texts.

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