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LIT-467 Adv Std in World Literature Course Level: Undergraduate

Advanced Studies in World Literature (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics in a wide range of literature from around the world, with emphasis on research. Crosslist: LIT-667. Usually Offered: fall, spring, and summer. Repeatable for credit with different topic.

Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Anc Greek & Roman Drama/Perf
Ancient Greek and Roman Drama and Performance (3) Terms like "Oedipal" or "cathartic" pervade everyday speech, testifying to the enduring influence of classical drama. Perhaps no other body of texts have exerted such a powerful hold on the Western imagination, contributing to the revival of humanist thought in the Renaissance and informing subsequent literary movements, from Romanticism through Modernism. This course surveys the philosophical ideas, aesthetic principles, cultural attitudes, and theatrical practices that coalesced to produce this extraordinary period of world drama. Students read representative plays by the Greek dramatists Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and the Roman dramatists Terence and Seneca. Additionally, the class reads and discusses several key critical writings by theorists such as Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Girard that attempt to make sense of these famous, and, in some cases, infamous, plays. Meets with LIT-667 001.
Term: Summer 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Literature Without Borders
Instructional Method: Online. Literature Without Borders (3) This course resists monolithic claims about "hostile nations" and explores how to search for and interpret contemporary literature (and, where available, films) from the seven "countries of concern" designated by the Executive Order of January 27, 2017. Students are not expected to speak the languages of these many countries. Course readings begin by using material curated by and translated for the website Words without Borders. Throughout the course, each student is assigned one country from the list and researches beyond the scope of the course material. Students write a culminating paper and present their material to the rest of the class. Meets with LIT-667 001.