World Literature: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century


Study major texts in world literature, with an emphasis on Western civilization. Authors may include Swift, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Goethe, Flaubert, Ibsen, Strindberg, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Joyce, Woolf, and Stevens.


What you can learn.

  • Read and analyze literary masterworks from the Enlightenment to the 20th Century
  • Understand diverse literary traditions
  • Identify the topics and issues addressed by a text
  • Explain why those topics and issues mattered to the author

About this course:

Literature since the European eighteenth century is marked by fundamental changes in our thinking about what it means to live in this world as rational beings. We remain heirs of that enlightened tradition in which humans, in their glory and darkness, are at the center of our focus. This course examines some masterworks of the Western tradition from the Enlightenment: Pope's Essay on Man, Voltaire, and Goethe; nineteenth and twentieth century literature, including poetry of the French symbolists, Emily Dickinson, and T. S. Eliot; works by Tolstoy, Ibsen, Woolf, Pirandello, and Kafka; selections from Sigmund Freud; and the literary postmodernism of Jorge Luis Borges and Alain Robbe-Grillet.Transferable for UC credit.
Enforced requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 2CW or 4CW.

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