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FL 298: World Literatures - Spring 2013

October 17, 2012

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FL 298:  World Literatures - Spring 2013


For the first time, Lewis & Clark is offering an exciting new course in World Literatures.  This team-taught class will be organized into three units with works including:


A Millennium in the Ancient World/The Gods and Man - The Epic of Gilgamesh (Mesopotamia), Prometheus Bound (Greece), Songs of the South (China)

A Century in the Middle Ages/The Beloved - Chrétien de Troyes’ Cligès (France) and Gottfried von Strasbourg’s Tristan (Germany), The Confessions of Lady Nijo (Japan), the poetry of Rumi and The One Thousand and One Nights (Persia).

A Decade in the Modern Age/The Individual and Society - Kawamata’s Death Sentences (Japan), Giardinelli’s Sultry Moon (Argentina), and Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter (Senegal).


World Literatures will foreground the diversity of texts among different times and places, giving students a glimpse of how wide the range of historical, geographic and linguistic coordinates for the study of world literature can be.


Prerequisites:  201 level of any foreign language or its equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Team-taught by Prof. Molly Robinson Kelly ( and Prof. Bruce Suttmeier (

MWF 12:40-1:40pm

Spring 2013

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