Major Works of Literature: The Modern World (HUM 321)

2021 Summer
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Humanities(HUM)
3
5.00 / 5.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Kelly Todd Brewer brewer@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
HUM202 SPS102 HUM201 SPS101 HUM207
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning
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CONTENT

The course introduces students to a few major works of literature that have influenced their own times and continue to have an impact on our understanding of the modern world and its cultures. The works selected for the course have significantly shaped methodologies used by literary scholars to approach, evaluate and understand other works of literature. Although written in different geographies, depicting diverse situations, the following works are all variants of literary genres associated with the modern world. This course aims to afford students an opportunity to learn broader critical reading strategies and ways to approach texts.

OBJECTIVE

The course introduces students to a few major works of literature that have influenced their own times and continue to have an impact on our understanding of the modern world and its cultures. The works selected for the course have significantly shaped methodologies used by literary scholars to approach, evaluate and understand other works of literature. Although written in different geographies, depicting diverse situations, the following works are all variants of literary genres associated with the modern world. This course aims to afford students an opportunity to learn broader critical reading strategies and ways to approach texts.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Have broad range of knowledge of various modes of realist fiction and the writers associated with the movements
Understand the interdependent relationship between literature, politics and ideology
Have an understanding of how humanity and the ?human condition??both good and bad?are interconnected on a global scale
Demonstrate comprehension of the materials through a series of short papers.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Midterm 20
Exam 35
Assignment 30
Participation 15

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Readings

Leo Tolstoy--The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Chinua Achebe--Things Fall Apart
Gabriel Garcia Marquez--Big Mama's Funeral
Gabriel Garcia Marquez--Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother
Isabel Allende--House of Spirits