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C LIT 200 A: Introduction To Literature

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:30am - 11:20am
Location: 
DEN 206
SLN: 
11772
Instructor:
Gordana Crnkovic

Syllabus Description:

SLAV_200_v3.jpgLiterature—from simple oral styles such as jokes or riddles to modern day music lyrics, stories, or novels—has a history that is as long as that of the human race itself, and that has shaped human history in crucial ways. Intended both for those who have had little or no experience with literature as well as for the avid readers, this course provides an introduction to the ways in which great literature works and creates its magic.  We will read fiction and poetry from various times and places, a few selections from several of the world’s most famous novels, and one whole novel.  From poetry set to music by the Beatles, Beethoven, or anonymous Slavic folk artists, to Hemingway, Kafka, Proust, Borowski, Kiš, Bulgakov, Steinbeck or Murakami, with an emphasis on literature written in English and that from the Slavic area, the readings of this course will give a small “taste” of the incredible wealth and pertinence of world literature.  This beginning study of literature will also provide familiarity with some basic literary forms and stylistic devices (e.g., metaphor, allegory, irony, narrative styles, and so on).  While these specifically literary ways of using the language enable a literary text to pack so much meaning and energy in it, the familiarity with these forms will improve every student’s own speaking, writing, and thinking. 

 

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Literature—from simple oral styles such as jokes or riddles to modern day music lyrics, stories, or novels—has a history that is as long as that of the human race itself, and that has shaped human history in crucial ways. Intended both for those who have had little or no experience with literature as well as for the avid readers, this course provides an introduction to the ways in which great literature works and creates its magic.  We will read fiction and poetry from various times and places, a few selections from several of the world’s most famous novels, and one whole novel.  From poetry set to music by the Beatles, Beethoven, or anonymous Slavic folk artists, to Hemingway, Kafka, Proust, Borowski, Kiš, Bulgakov, Steinbeck or Murakami, with an emphasis on literature written in English and that from the Slavic area, the readings of this course will give a small “taste” of the incredible wealth and pertinence of world literature.  This beginning study of literature will also provide familiarity with some basic literary forms and stylistic devices (e.g., metaphor, allegory, irony, narrative styles, and so on).  While these specifically literary ways of using the language enable a literary text to pack so much meaning and energy in it, the familiarity with these forms will improve every student’s own speaking, writing, and thinking. 

Catalog Description: 
Reading, understanding, and enjoying literature from various countries, in different forms of expression (e.g., dramatic, lyric, narrative, rhetorical) and of representative periods. Emphasis on the comparative study of themes and motifs common to many literatures of the world.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am
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