World Literature: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century

COM LIT XL 1C

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.

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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 18th 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, as well as 19th- and 20th-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.
Suggested Prerequisites

It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for World Literature: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century.

Satisfaction of Subject A requirement or consent of instructor.

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