Literary Reinvention

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Literary Reinvention

Spring 2019

Taught By: Carolyn Vellenga Berman

Section: A

CRN: 3544


This course explores ways literature thrives on reinvention of various kinds, making a rich connective tissue between texts in different times and spaces. Texts may also be reimagined in different genres or refracted through translation. We shall read six complete texts (of moderate length). These are Shakespeare's The Tempest, Oloudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative, Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock, Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. Together they represent a chronological spread from the early seventeenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and the literary genres of drama, life-writing, poetry and fiction. We shall think about ways reinvention (in its multiple identities) informs each text. The course utilizes audiovisual materials to help us to understand particular aspects of a given text (say early film for Waiting for Godot or eighteenth century hair styles for The Rape of the Lock). Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section (LLST 2006) of this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 60

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 5:46am 8/16/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 66 5th Ave

Room: 101

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019