Fall 2015 - WL 102W D100
Literature Across Cultures (3)
Class Number: 8728
Delivery Method: In Person
Introduction to the study of literary texts from diverse linguistic and cultural origins. May examine the literature of cross-cultural interaction, or compare texts through thematic topics. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.
Why do we punish? Where do our definitions of good, bad, and evil come from? What happens to laws and regulations at times of revolution and shifts in power structures? We will explore these questions and the law’s machinery in relation to language, power, madness, morality, equality, authority, surveillance, punishment, and the prison. Readings will include Friedrich Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals, George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Michele Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, Kafka’s Penal Colony and his parable “Before the Law,” Lu Xun’s “Diary of a Madman,” Tewfiq Al-Hakim’s The Sultan’s Dilemma, and Leo Tolstoy’s “Too Dear.”
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Reading comprehension, retention, and discussion of difficult literary and philosophical works
- Introduction to critical thinking and analytical writing skills
- The structure of a close-reading paragraph
- How to write an effective thesis paper
- Midterm Exam 30%
- Final Paper 40%
- Class Participation 10%
- Journals 10%
- Art Project 5%
- Presentation 5%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
THE REQUIRED TEXTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE STUDENT BOOKSTORE. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ORDER THESE ONLINE OR BUY THEM AT A BOOKSTORE. PLEASE BE SURE TO PURCHASE THE INDICATED EDITIONS.
- Nietzsche, Friedrich. Basic Writings of Nietzsche. Translated by Walter Kaufman. Modern Library, 2000. ISBN: 0679783393
- Orwell, George. Animal Farm. Penguin, 2008. ISBN: 0141036133
- Foucault, Michele. Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. Vintage REP, 1995. ISBN: 0679752554
- Kafka, Franz. In the Penal Colony. Penguin Classics, 2011. ISBN: 0141196060.
- The Essential Tawfiq al-Hakim. Edited by Denys Johnson-Davies. The American University in Cairo Press, 2013. ISBN: 9774165926
- Rosenwasser, David and Jill Stephen. Writing Analytically. 5th Edition. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2008. ISBN: 1413033105
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