Literary Reinvention
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2820
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Humanities
  • Fiction
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 of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.