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Surveys classics of Western literature in their cultural context. The course is divided into three parts, each focused on one of the genres featured in the course title. The first section of the course considers the sweep of drama from its earliest religious and ritual context (Oedipus the King) to works that reflect a culture adrift from its moorings (Waiting for Godot). The second section presents poetry as a "rediscovering of common experience," beginning with William Shakespeare's sonnets and moving through William Blake, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Adrienne Rich. In the third part of the course, a survey of narrative literature, students read and discuss authors such as Charles Dickens, Emily Brontė, Herman Melville, Franz Kafka and Alice Walker.
Semester Hours: 3
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