"...I love to go out in late September among the fat, overripe, icy blackberries... the ripest berries fall almost unbidden to my tongue, as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words...many-lettered, one-syllabied lumps, which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well int he silent, startled, icy black language..."
~American Poet Galway Kinnell
Prerequisites ENGL-121 (English Composition)
Instructor Patricia VanAmburg
Students read, analyze, and research diverse and significant literary texts from antiquity to the Renaissance in the context of their cultural values and historical periods and apply basic literary terms, concepts, and critical strategies while learning to appreciate the conventions of a variety of genres. This course is writing intensive.
Major Course Goals and Objectives
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Recognize and apply literary terms, concepts, and critical strategies in world literature.
2. Demonstrate critical and independent thinking in the interpretation of texts.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of ways the world literature reflects its intellectual, social, historical, and multicultural contexts.
4. Evaluate how global literary comparisons illuminate human experience, values, and challenges.
5. Communicate effectively an understanding of the literature and exchange ideas about literature in both whole-class discussions and small group discussions.
6. Perform basic literary research and use MLA-style documentation.
7. Understand and demonstrate the conventions of writing about literature.
I. The oral tradition
II. Issues of reading literature in translation
III. The relationship of the writers to their cultures and the writers' efforts to characterize the individuals within that culture
IV. The context for the emergence of a particular genre or style within a certain culture
V. Bridging the gap between cultures through an understanding of time, place, and circumstances, as well as universal symbols and other shared literary devices.
Through our selected readings, we’ll explore answers to the following questions:
Who are we?
What do we want?
How has that changed or remained the same?
How have language and narrative reflected and shaped our points of view?
Required learning activities or assignments include:
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Required Viewers, Plg-ins, or Players
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Class Communications: What to Expect fromYour Instructor
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Text and Materials
The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Shorter second edition. Volume 2. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. 2009.
Any recent handbook that contains information on MLA-style documentation; an introduction to literary criticism and/or a glossary of literary terms; a college-level or unabridged dictionary.
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