World Literature 1, Spring 2020

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CRN 25677 ENGL 2111.11 MW 11–12:15 COAS-210 Spring 2020

World Literature I focuses on textual studies of the major genres of this period, epic and tragedy, how those genres influenced later literary works, and how they portray “humanist” issues throughout the Greek and Roman national literary traditions and beyond.

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ENGL 2111 demonstrates the continued relevance of ancient works in understanding ourselves as “humans.” Major works covered will include Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and works by Sophocles, Euripides, and Ovid. Since any survey course has much more literature than one semester-long class can cover, we will attempt to cover only a few works in as much detail as time allows, rather than many works only cursorily.

Introduction

The document you’re reading is your syllabus. Everything you need for this class is on this page and linked off of it. Bookmark it now and return here if you get lost or confused.[1]

For a head start on how to approach all work in this course, see “How to Do Well in My Class” and “Research & Response.”

Please read this document and those it links to carefully at the beginning of the semester. There is much information to process, and it can be somewhat daunting — especially if you read cursorily. If you are confused, do your best to work through it by (re)reading this document carefully and completely, searching this site, or consulting the FAQ. I promise, there is an answer to your question. If all else fails, you may contact me. Trust yourself to follow directions and find the answers. Be careful and deliberate.

Course Information

Student Learning Outcomes

Students of any ENGL 2000-level literature survey (ENGL 2111, 2112, 2121, 2122, 2131, 2132, 2141 or 2142) will:

  • interpret and critically analyze texts (MGA General Education Learning Goal C),
  • communicate effectively, in a professional manner, in discussing or writing about works of literature in the given area/time period,
  • acquire knowledge of genres, literary and historical periods, and at least implicitly, basic approaches to literary theory,
  • engage in effective library research processes,
  • appreciate how literary works reflect the aesthetic qualities and cultural values inherent in literary works.

Notes

  1. While you may certainly choose to print it—we will do our best to follow the schedule hereon—it may change during the course of the semester due to unforeseen circumstances. Should this occur, I will let you know in class and via an announcement (see Announcements), but ultimately, this online document has the final say—not a printed one.
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