I had completely managed to forget but today is my first day of class. I am taking World Literary Masterpieces II this semester. I figured because this is the crazy time of year for me I would take a class that is easier on my brain. Reading and writing come to me much easier than math and science do because that’s what I do for fun!
For my fellow school and literature nerds here is an excerpt from my syllabus:
Course Description: This course will read and analyze a survey of literature of the late 18th century to the early 21st century from all over the world. We will read a variety of works, including poetry, novels, short stories, a play, and a graphic novel, by authors from non-English speaking countries, as well as some literature from Great Britain and America that raises issue of immigration, nationality, and belonging. In general, we will explore differing and changing views of race, gender, nationality, and authorship as represented by different cultures in the last few centuries. We will think about the ways that individual national identities can merge and grow to become what we think of today as a global identity. Since this is a Writing Intensive survey course, you will be asked to read a large array of literature, thinking critically about and responding to the texts in writing and class discussion.
- Candide by Voltaire
- The Overcoat and Other Short Stories by Nikolai Gogol
- Hedda Gablerby Henrik Ibsen
- Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Several Blackboard Readings—print them out and bring to class: “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift and Poetry by Sor Juana De La Cruz “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka “Araby” and “Eveline” by James Joyce “Diary of a Madman” by Lu Xun Poetry by Pablo Neruda “The Perforated Sheet” by Salman Rushdie “Gogol” by Jhumpa Lahiri Caribbean writers
Soooo excited. I’ve read very few of these so that’ll be nice. By the way, I don’t know if this totally breaks some literary lover rule but I’m gonna say right now I love Dover Thrift Editions. And I also love Swagbucks. I’ve bought three of my books that way and thanks to gift cards I redeemed from Swagbucks I have paid zero dollars and I still have a couple Amazon bucks to spend. I already own one of the books and another is on hold for me at the library. Back to school all frugal style baby.
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