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World Literature

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Course Description

World Literature introduces literary works from four different countries, written in the second half of the 20th century: a Czech novel by Bohumil Hrabal, stories by Argentine master Jorge Luis Borges, a novel by German Nobel Laureate Heinrich Boll, and Little Red Riding Hood versions by British novelist Angela Carter. Through close reading and discussion, you will gain an understanding and appreciation of works of fiction in general, and of our writers' countries and histories in particular. Artistic and political movements will be introduced as they impact the works, and we will focus on authorial strategies and analyze themes they explore. Furthermore, you learn the appropriate terminology as tools for textual and critical analysis.

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Appreciate diversity and human differences in a variety of cultures;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of literature as a work of art;
  • Identify and define literary elements, genres, and artistic movements;
  • Ask informed questions, discuss interpretations, experiment with new ideas, share your insights with others;
  • Have acquired a literary vocabulary and developed an understanding of how to access new texts;
  • Apply the acquired conceptual tools with which to approach literature to other fields;
  • Critically analyze a text based on your own observations and close reading;
  • Think, write and speak critically and analytically about crucial issues and then use your new skills to write clear, coherent, well-structured papers using a given text as support to your claims and as illustrations of your thesis about a literary work;
  • Have a better understanding and appreciation of literature from other cultures;
  • Finally, you will have developed some learning skills, as well as adult-level writing and conversation techniques, that should serve you well throughout your college career.

Students must love to read and be open to new experiences.

Please note that in addition to a three-hour, in-person class, World Literature uses Canvas "an online course management tool" to communicate with students, provide course material, distribute assignments, etc. If students can bring a computer to campus, then that would be helpful. For those who do not bring a computer with them to campus, several computing clusters are available. They are equipped with PCs and Macs, printers, and scanners.

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