ENGL. 1006 C Introduction to Literature
2005-06
MWF 12:30-1:20
Instructor: Dr. Andrea Schutz
Office: EC 319
Office Hours: First term: MWF 1:30-4:30
email: schutz@stthomasu.ca

 

The focus of this section will be on literary explorations of the human condition. In lectures and discussions we will investigate how ideas about humanity have changed and how they haven't. What has it meant to be human? What does it mean now? How has humanity been defined? Where is our place in the scheme of things? Are we social or political animals, or are we solitary ones? How are these questions addressed in literary texts and how can literature contribute to such a philosophical discussion?

To some extent the answer to the last question is simple: all literature is interested in relationships between people, and we will encounter and explore the themes of society, individualism, alienation; ideology, creativity, technology; otherness, liminality, marginality; inclusion, exclusion; exile, return; lonlieness and solitude. We will occasionally be taking an interdisciplinary approach because these questions necessarily address what it means to be a student of the Humanites. We will trace these questions and themes through a variety of genres, cultures and historical periods.

Evaluation:

5 short essays (1000 words each; best four count) 40%
Christmas exam 20%
Class participation* 20%
Final exam 20%

*Participation includes attendance, participation in discussions, group work, in-class exercises and quizzes. This part of your grade is your responsibility: you have to speak up in class, or volunteer to read, to be speaker for your group in group work exercises, etc.

Booklist (all books are available at the University bookstore)
Sophocles, Antigone (Oxford)
Ovid, Metamorphoses (Norton)
William Shakespeare, A Midsummernight's Dream (Oxford World Classics)
Charles Dickens, Hard Times (Oxford)

Class handout of poetry and short story selections