Spring 2021 - WL 103W D100
Early World Literatures (3)
Class Number: 6367
Delivery Method: In Person
Introduces ways of comparing early world literatures across time and space. May explore fundamental themes such as love, heroism, or the underworld. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.
PREMODERN WORLD LITERATURE: ON LOVE
How does love transform us? What can the wealth of literature teach us about the power of love? From Plato’s Diotima, who argues that love of the particular transforms into love of wisdom, to Dante’s Beatrice, whose love becomes a form of salvation, to Rumi’s philosophy of love as a religion, we will look into the ways in which love brings out the best and sometimes the worst in us. Exploring the bond between the lover and beloved we will see what happens when love faces social conflict, death and madness, beauty and metamorphosis, the ineffable and the inception of the poetic. Readings will include Plato’s Symposium, Ovid’s “Echo and Narcissus”, Dante’s La Vita Nuova, Nezami’s Leyla and Majnun, along with poetry by Rumi.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
- recognize ambiguity as an invitation to engage in interpretation
- develop an eye for detail in order to unpace close-readings
- explore the implications of your analysis
- write a thesis paper
- Attendance / Active Participation 10%
- Presentation 10%
- Midterm Paper (working 10% + final 20%) 30%
- Final Paper (working 10% + final 30%) 40%
- Art Project 5%
- Assignments 5%
Texts will be made available online.
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
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