Literary Origins and Echoes

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Literary Origins and Echoes
Fall 2024
Taught By: Val Vinokur
Section: A

CRN: 17342

Credits: 4

This course meets the introductory course requirement for Literary Studies majors and is intended for beginner Literary Studies students. This course introduces students to the origins of literature through an examination of some of the earliest texts that have shaped the literary history of the world. Reading sacred texts (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), African dilemma tales, and poetry, we will study the historical, thematic, and stylistic origins of the literary genres and texts that have endured since antiquity. We will also listen for echoes of these works in later writers such as Sor Juana Inés de Cruz, Tolstoy, Kafka, and Zora Neale Hurston. Among the larger questions that we will consider are the personal and social functions of reading and writing; the complex uses that writers make of the material they inherit from their traditions; the politics of canon-formation; and the role literature can play in a liberal education.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

* 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: 2:58am EDT 6/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/9/2024