Literary Inventions

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Literary Inventions
Fall 2023
Taught By: James Fuerst, Dianca Potts, and Val Vinokur
Section: A

CRN: 3254

Credits: 0

This course introduces students to the origins and evolution of literature through an examination of some of the earliest texts that have shaped the literary history of the world. Reading sacred texts (such as the the Book of Genesis, selections from the Qur'an, or works from other traditions), epics (such as Gilgamesh and The Odyssey), dramas (by Euripedes), philosophical dialogue (Plato), literary theory (Aristotle), folklore, and poetry, we will study the historical, thematic, and stylistic origins of the literary genres and texts that have endured since antiquity. Among the larger questions that we will consider are the personal and social func!ons of reading and writing; the complex uses that writers make of the material they inherit from their traditions; the politics of canon-forma!on; and the role literature can play in a liberal education. This course fulfills the Core Course requirement in Literary Studies. Students must register for both the lecture and discussion sec!on (LLST 2004) of this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 60

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 2:44pm EDT 9/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: L105
Date Range: 8/28/2023 - 12/17/2023