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C LIT 200 B: Introduction To Literature

Dynamite Reads: World Literature and the Nobel Prize

Meeting Time: 
T 11:30am - 1:20pm
SAV 260
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Naomi Sokoloff

Syllabus Description:

C LIT 200 Au 19: Dynamite Reads -- World Literature and the Nobel Prize

This course offers a grand tour of world literature as seen through the writings of Nobel Prize winners. Each year, it features a different group of authors from a range of countries, languages, and traditions. In Autumn 2019, we will read selections from T.S. Eliot (USA/Britain laureate 1948), Albert Camus (France, 1957), Ivo Andrić (Yugoslavia, 1961), Camilo José Cela (Spain, 1989), Gao Xingjian (China, 2000),  Seamus Heaney (Ireland, 1995), Orhan Pamuk (Turkey, 2006), Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus, 2015),  and Bob Dylan (USA, 2016). Along the way, this team-taught course also provides a unique view of the many language and literature departments at UW, including Asian L & L, Classics, English, French and Italian,  Germanics, Near Eastern, Slavic,  and Spanish and Portuguese, as well as Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media. Lectures by faculty from each unit will explore wide-ranging questions of literature and the politics of prizes. Who wins? (Who doesn’t?) And why? What does that tell us about literature and about the world in which we live? Assignments include online discussion posts and quizzes in section. 3 credits (for "credit or no credit"), VLPA.

Questions? Please contact Prof. Naomi Sokoloff


Catalog Description: 
Reading, understanding, and enjoying literature from various countries, in different forms of expression (e.g., dramatic, lyric, narrative, rhetorical) and of representative periods. Emphasis on the comparative study of themes and motifs common to many literatures of the world.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 29, 2019 - 2:22pm