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 literary texts connect with each other over time and place, as well as with music, drama and film. We shall read six texts (of moderate length). The course is organized in units of two lectures for each text, the first close reading the text itself and the second exploring contexts (historical, geographical, literary) and ways cultural moment, music and the visual contribute to the text and our understanding of it. The six texts are William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock, Oloudah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative, Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, one from the early 17th century, two from the 18th century, one from the 19th century and two from the 20th century. Each has been important in its moment in culture, not just in its own day but afterwards; each has inherited something from previous cultural history, and each is understood best not just by reading the text but thinking about the relation of literary text to other art forms.
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.