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Course: World Literature

V World Literature • 2019 listing - for reference only • Grade 7 or above • Literature Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Bruce McMenomy
* Sections
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Section dates, meeting times, and tuition are still being determined.
* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's World Literature website.
* Description
Based on a broad anthology, this course examines the variety of literary genres and types in a range of cultures from the earliest times to the present day. We discuss a variety of topics  alongside the readings themselves, including the problems of translation, the nature of excerpts, the nature of the hero, the formation of an authorial voice, and genres such as lyric, drama, proverb, myth, and epic. We also get a chance to read three major plays entire, including Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. The class is not overly demanding, but can be a lot of fun, and a comfortable introduction to reading and thinking in a literary mode.
* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Regular readings in the textbook, accompanied by quizzes in preparation for class discussions. Should require half an hour to an hour a day outside class.
* Prerequisites
* Recommended background
The ability to write a clear essay of three to five paragraphs is an enormous advantage on exams. Students unfamiliar with the process are advised to take some writing instruction.
V Textbooks and Materials
* World Literature
Susan Wittig Albert, Richard Cohen, Rose Sallberg Kam, David Adams Leeming, Thomas Monsell, Carroll Moulton, Susanna Nied, Eileen Hillary Oshinsky
This text is required.
ISBN: 0030514096
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Be sure to obtained the revised edition as specified by the ISBN. Copies are available used at ridiculously low prices: do read the descriptions of their condition to avoid getting something that is just falling apart.

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