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Western World Literature from the 17th Century to Present

Western World Literature from the seventeenth to twentieth century. Think of this course as a journey through the literary imagination of the West. We will read stories, novels, poems, and plays from the 17th century up to the present day, from Eastern Europe all the way to North and South America. In our travels we will encounter such literary giants as Voltaire (Candide), Gogol ("The Overcoat"), Blake ("The Tyger") Flaubert (Madame Bovary), Kafka (The Metamorphosis), and many others. These encounters will help us understand the ways in which Western literature has evolved in the last four hundred years, how literature became modern. This journey will also serve as an introduction to comparative literature, which is the study of the relationships among different cultures and languages and their respective literary productions.

Western World Literature II (Honors)

Beginning with the Enlightenment, this class examines the rich and varied literature of the Western tradition––both the canonical and not so canonical––up to the present day. We will delve into the philosophical assumptions and aesthetic values of this literature, and divine the thematic undercurrents of race, class, gender, and sexuality that flow through and around the Western tradition. Our main textbook, The Norton Anthology of Western Literature, Vol. 2, is a hefty tome; it is unlikely that we will cover everything within its pages in 15 weeks. However, such a volume allows us a great degree of pedagogical flexibility. Students will have the opportunity to choose writers from the anthology for study either in class or at home, especially in Units Two, Three, and Four. The aim of this class is to familiarize students with a broad range of the canonical texts of the Western intellectual tradition, but also encourage critical thinking, enhance verbal and written skills, and last but not least, nurture a passion for reading. Hence, while we may delve into one of two writers in detail, we will take advantage of the extensive Norton Anthology and endeavor to read as much of the marvelous literature contained within its pages as is possible in one semester.
Course Time:
TR 11:00 am-12:15 pm

Asian-American Literature

MWF 12:20 pm-01:10 pm

MWF 01:25 pm-02:15 pm

MWF 02:30 pm-03:20 pm

Through a survey of works by American authors of Asian descent, this course seeks to familiarize students with the cultural traditions and social and historical backgrounds of Asian ethnic groups within the United States. Students will examine literary depictions of the immigration experiences and problems of assimilation encountered by each ethnic group, as well as explore themes of identity, cultural opposition, gender, and violence. Some of the works covered will be John Okada's No-No Boy, Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, Chang-Rae Lee's Native Speaker, and David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly.

Comparative Ethnic American Literatures

MWF 09:05 am-09:55 am

MWF 10:10 am-11:00 am

A comparative study of ethnic literatures in the United States, including African-American, Arabic-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Jewish-American, and Native-American literatures. Questions such as 'Who are you and where do you come from?' usually get the easiest answers from people born in this country, but it becomes harder if you or your parents were born somewhere else, or belong to a minority group. A number of contemporary authors whose multiple voices struggle to be heard will provide some of these harder answers. CMLT 2500 is part of the UGA Cultural Diversity Requirement-- an initiative that offers students a chance to gain access to ethnically and racially diverse experiences, in a local and global context. Drawing upon the rich cultural mosaic of American society, the course will provide these diverse experiences through the close reading and analysis of a number of literary works, written by authors of various ethnic or racial backgrounds. They describe aspects of common life in America, such as language, family, society, identity, multiculturalism from their own viewpoint and experience. The course will thus focus on preparing students for cross-cultural experiences, encouraging debates, raising questions and suggesting topics for further investigation in relation to the literary works studied. We will also show some films dealing with intercultural experience.

Multicultural Black Diaspora Literature (Honors)

T R 09:30 am-10:45 am

Imagine a world without hip hop. Imagine a world without jazz, without the blues, without rock and roll. Take away the contribution of African-American music to our culture and what do you get? A world so bland, so boring, it is almost impossible to imagine. The same is true for literature and other domains. Try to imagine twentieth-century American literature without Langston Hughes, without Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Alice Walker, Toni Morison. Again, without this rich contribution, our literature is significantly impoverished. But black literature covers more ground than that. It stretches from Africa to Latin America and the Caribbean to Canada and Europe. This course is an introduction to the literature of African descendants all over the world. We will read representative works--stories, novels, poems, plays, films--and examine such topics as slavery and the struggle for freedom, colonialism and racism, black cultural identity and black literary aesthetics.

Literature and Medicine

M W F 12:20 pm-01:10 pm

M W F 01:25 pm-02:15 pm

This course examines how literature—mostly novels and short stories—treat the tasks of a physician, in particular, and the medical field, in general. The chosen texts address the challenges facing physicians in their daily practice: empathy, illness and suffering, dialogue with patients as well as colleagues, the challenges of practicing medicine with little resources, and the power of the human story. Additionally, we will read literature written from the patient's point of view in order consider how literature integrates the health care world from all angles. Evaluation in the course will be carried out in paper writing. Those writing assignments will serve the additional purpose of pursuing the links between the writing and reading skills of a humanist and the diagnostic skills of a physician.

Masterpieces of the Indian Tradition


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