Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

LITR 200 European Masterpieces

Fall 2013

LITR 200 – European Masterpieces – JFRC – Fall 2013 – Dr. Di Biagi

Course description:

Major European literary texts will be examined in an historical and cultural context and in their trans-historical, universal aspects that make them masterpieces. Students will understand how literary masterpieces help us develop consciousness of our experience.

Classwork-participation:

Attendance is more than recommended. Students are expected to come to every class well prepared, & having read textbooks, pay attention, then contribute to the class discussion. Students should be familiar with the Honor Code of University Life, abide by its standards at all times, & expect similar behavior from their peers.

 

Personal experience of crisis and exile.

Readings            …and…            Films:

Tonio Kröger, Thomas Mann –> Tonio Kröger (Rolf Thiele, 1964)

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad –> Apocalypse Now (Coppola, 1979)

The Stranger, Albert Camus –> The Battle of Algiers (Pontecorvo, 1966)

Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi –> Garden of Finzi-Contini (De Sica, 1970)

The Book of Laughers and Forgetting, Milan Kundera (only Part I)–> ?

 

Other choices for extra reading (choose one):

1.The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka                    2.The Late Mattia Pascal, Luigi Pirandello

3.A World Apart, Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski     3.Nausea, Jean-Paul Sartre

4.The Leopard, Tomasi di Lampedusa                5.The Mandarins, Simone De Beauvoir 

6.The Diary, Ann Frank         7.Death in Venice, Thomas Mann           8.1984, George Orwell

Grading scale and percentages:

Final grade is actually the result of reading texts, attending classes, studying, and “thinking”. The following scale and percentages will be used to evaluate the student’s work and performance: SCALE: A = 100-96  A- = 95-93  B+ = 92-91  B = 90-87  B- 86-85  C+ = 84-83  C = 82-79  C- = 78-77  D+ = 76-75  D = 74-72  D- = 71-70  F = Below 70; PERCENTAGES: Class particip.+Oral report: 20% -Quizzes: 20% -Midterm: 20% -Final: 20% -Research paper: 20%.

 

      DAY-BY-DAY SCHEDULE:

Sep.3 (TUE): intro, Europ. Lit., Lit. Analysis + intro to Tonio Kröger

Sep.5 (THU): Tonio Kröger

Sep.10 (TUE): Death in Venice

Sep.12 (THU): Death in Venice

Sep.17 (TUE): (Quiz 1) + intro to Heart of Darkness

Sep.19 (THU): Heart of Darkness

Sep.24 (TUE): Heart of Darkness

Sep.26 (THU): Apocalypse Now

Oct.1 (TUE): Apocalypse Now

Oct.3 (THU): (Quiz 2) + intro to The Stranger

October 4-13: FALL BREAK

Oct.15 (TUE): review/recap

Oct.17 (THU): Midterm Exam

Oct.22 (TUE): The Stranger

Oct.24 (THU): The Stranger

Oct.29 (TUE): The Stranger

Oct.31 (THU): The Battle of Algiers

Nov.5 (TUE): The Battle of Algiers

Nov.7 (THU): (Quiz 3) + intro to Survival in Auschwitz

Nov.12 (TUE): Survival in Auschwitz

Nov.14 (THU): Survival in Auschwitz

Nov.19 (TUE): Garden of Finzi -Contini

Nov.21 (THU): Garden of Finzi -Contini

Nov.26 (TUE): (Quiz 4) + oral reports (one novel selected from the list)

November 28-December 1: THANKSGIVING

Dec.3 (THU): oral reports (one novel selected from the list)

Dec.5 (TUE): oral reports, recap, conclusions, final exam

   Final Exam: December 7/12, Tuesd. or Thursd.(Room GL1, 9:00-11:00 or 11:30-1:30 or 3-5 PM)