Category Archives: Literature


  • 21L.001 Foundations of Western Culture I: Homer to Dante, Spring 2000
    This subject introduces the student to some of the literary, philosophical and religious texts which
  • 21L.002-2 Foundations of Western Culture II: Renaissance to Modernity, Spring 2003
    This subject offers a broad survey of texts (both literary and philosophical) drawn from the Western
  • 21L.002-3 Foundations of Western Culture II: Modernism, Spring 2004
    This course comprises a broad survey of texts, literary and philosophical, which trace the developme
  • 21L.002 Foundations of Western Culture II, Fall 2002
    Complementary to 21L.001. A broad survey of texts – literary, philosophical, and sociological – stud
  • 21L.003 Introduction to Fiction, Fall 2003
    This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in a range of novels and narrative style
  • 21L.003 Introduction to Fiction, Spring 2002
    This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in a range of novels and narrative style
  • 21L.004 Major Poets, Fall 2001
    This subject follows a course of readings in lyric poetry in the English language, tracing the main
  • 21L.004 Major Poets, Fall 2005
    This subject is an introduction to poetry as a genre; most of our texts are originally written in En
  • 21L.005 Introduction to Drama, Fall 2004
    Drama combines the literary arts of storytelling and poetry with the world of live performance.
  • 21L.006 American Literature, Fall 2002
    This is a HASSD -CI course. Like other communications-intensive courses in the humanities, arts, and
  • 21L.007J / 21F.020J After Columbus, Fall 2003
    Sometime after 1492, the concept of the New World or America came into being, and this concept appea
  • 21L.009 Shakespeare, Spring 2004
    Three hundred and eighty years after his death, William Shakespeare remains the central author of th
  • 21L.012 Forms of Western Narrative, Spring 2004
    This class will investigate the ways in which the formal aspects of Western storytelling in various
  • 21L.015 Introduction to Media Studies, Fall 2005
    Introduction to Media Studies is designed for students who have grown up in a rapidly changing globa
  • 21L.015 Introduction to Media Studies, Fall 2003
    Introduction to Media Studies is designed for students who have grown up in a rapidly changing globa
  • 21L.310 Bestsellers: Detective Fiction, Fall 2006
    This course focuses on works that caught the popular imagination in the past or present. It emphasiz
  • 21L.420 Literary Studies: The Legacy of England, Spring 2006
    Topic: The English sense of humor. This course examines English literature across genre and historic
  • 21L.421 Comedy, Fall 2001
    This is a second variation of the course. It includes a survey of a range of comic texts from differ
  • 21L.421 Comedy, Spring 2001
    This class surveys a range of comic texts from different media, the cultures that produced them, and
  • 21L.422 Tragedy, Fall 2002
    \”Tragedy\” is a name originally applied to a particular kind of dramatic art and subsequently to ot
  • 21L.432 / CMS.915 Understanding Television, Spring 2003
    The subtitle of the course for the spring 2003 term is \”American Television: A Cultural History.\”A
  • 21L.435 / CMS.840 Shakespeare, Film and Media, Fall 2002
    Filmed Shakespeare began in 1899, with Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree performing the death scene from Kin
  • 21L.449 End of Nature, Spring 2002
    This subject offers a broad survey of texts (both literary and philosophical) drawn from the Western
  • 21L.450 Literature and Ethical Values, Fall 2002
    The aim of this subject is to acquaint the student with some important works of systematic ethical p
  • 21L.451 Introduction to Literary Theory, Spring 2004
    This subject focuses on the ways in which we read, providing an overview of some of the different st
  • 21L.455 Classical Literature: The Golden Age of Augustan Rome, Fall 2004
    Roman Literature of the Golden Age of Augustus Caesar, produced during the transition from Republica
  • 21L.460 Medieval Literature: Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Spring 2005
    The course explores the literary masterworks of three of the most celebrated authors of the Middle A
  • 21L.470 Eighteenth-Century Literature: Versions of the Self in 18th-C Britain, Spring 2003
    When John Locke declared (in the 1690 Essay Concerning Human Understanding) that knowledge was deriv
  • 21L.471 Major English Novels: Reading Romantic Fiction, Spring 2002
    Though the era of British Romanticism (ca. 1790-1830) is sometimes exclusively associated with the p
  • 21L.471 Major English Novels, Spring 2004
    This course studies several important examples of the genre that between the early 18th century and
  • 21L.472 Major European Novels, Fall 2001
    This subject traces the history of the European novel by studying texts that have been influential i
  • 21L.476 Romantic Poetry, Spring 2005
    This course examines readings of the major British Romantic poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byr
  • 21L.481 Victorian Literature and Culture, Spring 2003
    The course covers British literature and culture during Queen Victoria\’s long reign, 1837-1901. Thi
  • 21L.485 20th-Century Fiction, Fall 2002
    Tradition and innovation in representative fiction of the early modern period. Recurring themes: the
  • 21L.486 Modern Drama, Spring 2006
    This course analyzes major modern plays featuring works by Shaw, Pirandello, Beckett, Brecht, Willia
  • 21L.487 Modern Poetry, Spring 2002
    This course considers some of the substantial early twentieth-century poetic voices in America. Auth
  • 21L.488 Contemporary Literature, Spring 2003
    This semester, Contemporary Literature (21L.488) deals with Irish literature, a subject broad and de
  • 21L.501 The American Novel, Fall 2002
    The theme for this class is \”American Revolution.\” We will read authors who record, on the one han
  • 21L.701 Literary Interpretation: Literature and Photography: The Image, Fall 2005
    This course introduces the practice and theory of literary criticism. The seminar focuses on topics
  • 21L.701 Literary Interpretation: Beyond the Limits of the Lyric, Fall 2006
    In this seminar we\’ll read individual poems closely within a set of questions about the moral and p
  • 21L.701 Literary Interpretation: Interpreting Poetry, Fall 2003
    This seminar offers a course of readings in lyric poetry. It aims to enhance the student\’s cap
  • 21L.702 Studies in Fiction: Stowe, Twain, and the Transformation of 19th-Century America, Fall 2004
    This seminar looks at two bestselling nineteenth-century American authors whose works made the subje
  • 21L.703 English Renaissance Drama: Theatre and Society in the Age of Shakespeare, Fall 2003
    Shakespeare \”doth bestride the narrow world\” of the English Renaissance \”like a colossus,\” leavi
  • 21L.703 Studies in Drama: Stoppard and Churchill, Spring 2004
    What is the interplay between an event and its \”frames\”? What is special and distinctive about sta
  • 21L.704 Studies in Poetry – British Poetry and the Sciences of the Mind, Fall 2004
    Do poems think? Recurrent images of the poet as an inspired lunatic, and of poetry as a fundamentall
  • 21L.704 Studies in Poetry: “What’s the Use of Beauty?”, Fall 2005
    This course explores variations on the proposition that an adequate recognition of beauty could, how
  • 21L.704 Studies in Poetry: From the Sonneteers to the Metaphysicals, Spring 2006
    This course introduces students to some of the most important practitioners of poetry in sixteenth-
  • 21L.704 Studies in Poetry: “Does Poetry Matter”, Fall 2002
    The landscape we will explore is the troublesome one of the relevance, impact, and importance of poe
  • 21L.704 Studies in Poetry: Gender and Lyric — Renaissance Men and Women Writing about Love, Spring 2003
    The core of this seminar will be the great sequences of English love sonnets written by William Shak
  • 21L.705 Masterworks in American Short Fiction, Fall 2005
    For some reason, American literature (like French, Irish, and Russian, among others) has been especi
  • 21L.705 Major Authors: Oscar Wilde and the ’90’s, Spring 2003
    At this distance Oscar Wilde seems not only to be on the threshold between centuries and between cul
  • 21L.706 Studies in Film, Fall 2005
    This course investigates relationships between two media, film and literature, studying works linked
  • 21L.707 Writing Early American Lives: Gender, Race, Nation, Faith, Fall 2005
    This course focuses on the period between roughly 1550-1850. American ideas of race had taken on a c
  • 21L.707 Arthurian Literature and Celtic Colonization, Spring 2005
    The course examines the earliest emergence of stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round
  • 21L.708 / CMS.910 Technologies of Humanism, Spring 2003
    This course explores the properties of non-sequential, multi-linear, and interactive forms of narrat