This survey of world literature will focus on free thinkers from Europe to the Americas. We will trace their ideas of myth and magic, metaphysics and natural science, to examine how literature migrates across national boundaries, how it encounters and influences its host countries, and how it is itself transformed in the encounter. Our texts will include a variety of genres, including poetry, drama, essay, treatise, and manifesto. The writers we consider may include Michel de Montaigne, Giordano Bruno, Guaman Poma De Ayala, Baruch Spinoza, Thomas Vaughn, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Friedrich Schiller. All works will be read in English translation, and you need not have prior familiarity with global literary history to succeed in this class.
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
Multicultural, International Cultures (IC) courses study world cultures in critical perspective. They either treat an international culture in view of the issues raised in AC and IP courses (i.e., race and ethnicity, pluralism and mono-culturalism, prejudice and tolerance) or they analyze worldviews that differ substantially from those that prevail in the present-day United States.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.