Thursday, November 9, 2017

Global Lit: Tolstoy's Folk Tales

Leo Tolstoy, who lived and worked in Russia during the Enlightenment, Romantic, Realist, and Naturalist periods (even a bit into the Modernist era), is one of the most influential writers in the world. 

Global Lit Assignments: November 9 through Nov 29

Thursday November 9 Tolstoy, "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" and "Three Questions"

Tuesday November 14: Kafka, "The Hunger Artist"

Thursday November 16: Samuel Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape

Tuesday November 21: “Yellow Woman,” 1684-1690; “Wedding at the Cross,” 1692 -1702

Tuesday-Thursday November 27 and 29: Movie, Wadja. We'll be watching it in class.

Global Lit: Blake, Tennyson, Browning

William Blake

William Blake is an early Romantic poet.


Romantics  are reacting to the Enlightenment thinkers in Europe and England – you’ll remember that the Enlightenment were those 18th Century philosophers and scholars who believe, more or less, in the power of human reason to fix the world; who believe, that is,

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Global Lit: Assignments November 2 - November 16

Thursday November 2: William Blake, 582-587; Tennyson, 644 - 645; Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "The Musical Instrument."


Voltaire, Candide

Voltaire wrote Candide in 1759, during the Enlightenment Era.

Voltaire – philosopher, skeptic, poet, playwright, satirist – was infamous in his time, persecuted and prosecuted, exiled from France, jailed in the Bastille, reviled and beloved. 

Though religious, he had real issues with many parts of the Christian bible, and particularly with the ways in which that text was interpreted and used in the world; and he had similar issues with other religions. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Alexander Pope, Essay on Man

Alexander Pope: Essay on Man (1733-744)

Though it was written during the Enlightenment, Alexander Pope’s attempt to address the imperfect state of the world is in its essence not an Enlightenment work.

The Enlightenment is a period which runs (broadly speaking) from somewhere around 1650 to somewhere around 1800 in Europe, England, and America. It is characterized by writers, philosophers, and political activists (such as – for instance – Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and Benjamin Franklin) who reject traditional ways of thinking about knowledge, authority, religion, literature, and the social order.  Voltaire is one of the main figures in the Enlightenment, and everyone recognized his influence even at the time.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

ENGL 2013 Global Lit Assignments for October 19 - November 7

Thursday October 19: Optional Draft of Paper is due -- class will not meet. Work on paper, and turn in draft to me by 4:00 p.m. Bring the paper to my office, Vines 139, or email it to me at