Great Books of the Western World

LIT 2230. Sinclair Community College

Fall 2019.

Juan Pablo Melo

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COURSE SCHEDULE

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Week 1

 

August 26. What is Western Literature?

  1. Introductions

  2. Syllabus

 

August 28. How to read literature.

  1. Readings     

    1. Terry Eagleton. “What is Literature?” in Literary Theory: An Introduction, pg. 1 - 14.

 

UNIT 1: ANCIENT GREEK TRAGEDY

 

Week 2

 

September 2: Holiday, no class

 

September 4

  1. Readings

    1. Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Pg. 22 – 40.

    2. Rush Rehm, “Sophocles’ OEDIPUS TYRANNUS” in Greek Tragic Theatre, pg. 107 – 120.  

 

Week 3

 

September 9

  1. Readings

    1. Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Pg. 41 – 60

 

September 11

  1. Readings

    1. Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. Pg. 61 – 94.

 

 

UNIT 2: MEDIEVAL ROMANCE

 

Week 4:

 

September 16

  1. Readings 

  1. J. Huizinga. Chapter 1, “The Violent Tenor of Life” The Waning of the Middle Ages, pg. 9 – 29.

 

September 18

  1. Reading

    1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 55 – 95.

 

UNIT 3: EARLY MODERNITY

Week 5

 

September 23

  1. Readings

    1. Shakespreare. Act 1

 

September 25

  1. Readings

    1. Shakespeare. Hamlet. Act 2, Scene 2.

 

Week 6

 

September 30

  1. Readings

    1. Shakespeare. Hamlet. Act 3. (Haley)

 

October 2

  1. Readings

    1. Shakespeare. Hamlet. Act 4. (Elisebeth)

    2. Optional Reading: Indira Ghose, “Hamlet and Tragic Emotion,” in Hamlet and Emotions, pg. 17 – 40.

 

UNIT 4: ENLIGHTENMENT/ROMANTICISM

 

Week 7

October 7

  1. Reading

    1. Edgar Allan Poe. “The Fall of the House of Usher.” (Sheri)

 

October 9

  1. Readings

    1. Charlotte Perkins Gilman. "The Yellow Wallpaper." (Karrie)

    2. Charles Taylor, Hegel and Modernity, pg. 1 - 14. 

Week 8

October 14

  1. Readings

    1. Tolstoy. “The Death of Ivan Ilych.” pg. 39 - 72 (Rachel)

 

October 16

  1. Readings

    1. Tolstoy. “The Death of Ivan Ilych.” pg. 73 - 91. 

    2. Being reading; David Harvey. "Modernity and Modernism," chapter 2 of The Condition of Postmodernity

 

UNIT 5: MODERNISM

 

Week 9

October 21

  1. Readings

    1. Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway. pg. 3 - 42.  (Caleb)

    2. Continue reading; David Harvey. "Modernity and Modernism," chapter 2 of The Condition of Postmodernity

 

October 23

  1. Readings

    1. Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway, pg. 42 - 72. (Olivia

 

Week 10

October 28

  1. Reading

    1. James Joyce. The Dead. Read to pg. 30 on the pdf

    2. Peter Mahon. Joyce: A guide for the Perplexed. Chapter One. 

 

October 30

  1. Readings

    1. James Joyce. The Dead. Read from pg. 30 on the pdf until the end. (Richard)

Week 11

 

November 4

  1. Readings

    1. Brecht. Mother Courage and Her Children, through pg. 61

    2. "Epic Theatre" https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/mediatheory/keywords/epic-theater/

 

November 5

  1. Readings

    1.  Brecht. Mother Courage and Her Children. pg. 61 through the end. 

 

UNIT 6: POSTWAR/ALTERNATIVE MODERNITIES

Week 12

 

November 11: Holiday, No Class

 

November 13

  1. No class - I will be out of town.

 

Week 13

 

November 18

  1. Readings

    1. Gabriel García Márquez. One Hundred Years of Solitude. 1 - 103. (Sarah)

 

November 20

  1. Readings

    1. Marquez. One Hundred Years of Solitude, 103 - 121. (Taylor)

Week 14

 

November 25

  1. Readings

    1. Borges: The Library of Babel

    2. Borges: Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

    3. Bill Richardson, Borges and Space, pg. 165 - 181

 

November 27

1. Readings

          1. J.M. Coetzee. "The Lives of Animals"

         

UNIT 7: NEW DIRECTIONS

Week 15

December 2

  1. Readings

    1. Ursula K. LeGuin. The Left Hand of Darkness. Intro + 1 - 44.

December 4

  1. Readings

    1. Ursula K. LeGuin. The Left Hand of Darkness. 44 - 75. (Andrew)

    2. Kim Stanley Robinson. "Dystopias Now." https://communemag.com/dystopias-now/

UNIT 7: NEW DIRECTIONS

 

Week 16

 

December 9

  1. Ursula K. LeGuin. The Left Hand of Darkness. 76 - 131

  2. Optional. Fredric Jameson. Radical Fantasy.

 

December 11

  1. Ursula K. LeGuin. The Left Hand of Darkness. 131 - 158.