Narrative Literature

Catherine S. Cox, Narrative Literature, Summer 2018

Course Objectives

EngLit 0080 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study a variety of narrative texts from classical epic to the modern novel to contemporary children’s literature to current arthouse film. We will read and analyze a range of narrative selections with an attentive consideration of the development of narrative form and of the relationship between voice and content; we will examine the works in their historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts and consider a variety of critical approaches. Enrollment in EngLit 0080 is selective, and presupposes academic skills appropriate for college work, as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading and writing about literature, art, people, and their cultural contexts.
This is a WoK “Global History & Culture” course, with the learning outcome of helping students develop their ability to analyze critically the differences and/or interconnectedness among peoples and their cultures.

Required Texts:

Four books, relatively inexpensive editions, are required for this course: Homer’s The Odyssey, Mandelbaum translation (10: 0553213997); Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being (10: 0061148520); Bechdel’s Fun Home (10:0618871713); and Dubuc’s The Lion and the Bird (10:1592701515). The O’Brien short story text will be distributed in class; the film will be shown in class. You will need to bring basic classroom supplies--paper and writing utensils, necessary texts and related materials – and avail yourself of out-of-class document preparation and printing services (campus computer labs are equipped with Word software, poster templates, printers, etc). Access your Pitt email for batch announcements and reminders.

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Tuangtip Klinbubpa, Narrative Literature, Spring 2018

Course Description:

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:
Aronson, Louise. A History of the Present Illness. New York: Bloomsbury, 2013. Print.
Bauby, Jean-Dominique. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. New York: Vintage Book, 1997. Print. Genova, Lisa. Still Alice. New York: Gallery Books, 2009. Print.
Grinker, Roy Richard. Unstrange Minds. Philadelphia: Basic Books, 2008. Print.
Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. London: Penguin, 2002. Print.

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Catherine S. Cox, Narrative Literature, Summer 2016

Course Description

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

-Bantam/Mandelbaum edition of Virgil's Aeneid
-Norton Critical Don Quijote
-Bantam/Ginsburg Notes from Underground
-Alison Bechdel's Fun Home

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Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Narrative Literature, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

-Mary Prince’s History of Mary Prince
-Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountain Echoed
-Patricia McCormick’s Sold
-Octavia Butler’s Blood Child
-Sir Hugh Clifford’s “Flight of the Jungle Folks”

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Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Narrative Literature, Spring 2015

Course Description:

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

-Yasunari Kawabata’s Thousand Cranes
-Knut Hamsun’s Growth of the Soil
-Donia Bijan’s Maman’s Homesick Pie
-Laura Esquival’s Like Water for Chocolate

Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Narrative Literature, Fall 2014

Course Description:

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

-Hosseini, Hhaled. Kite Runner. New York: The Berkley, 2003.
-Le, Nam. The Boat. New York: Vintage Books, 2008.
-Marquez, Garbriel Garcia. One Hundred Years of Solitude. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.
-Mukherjee, Bharati. The Middleman and Other Stories. New York: Groove, 1988.

Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Narrative Literature, Spring 2013

Course Description:

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

-Booth, Alison and Kelly J. Mays, eds. The Norton Introduction to Literature. ( Portable Tenth Edition). Bedford, St. Martin: Boston, 2011.
-Cather, Willa. My Antonia. Penguin: New York, 1994.
-Brook, Geraldine. People of the Book. Penguin: 2008.

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Catherine S. Cox, Narrative Literature, Summer 2014

Course Description

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

Norton Critical Don Quijote
Bantam/Ginsburg Notes from Underground
New Directions/Levitin Soulstorm.

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Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Narrative Literature, Spring 2014

Course Description:

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

Abbott, H. Porter. The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative. 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Heaney, Seamus, trans. Beowulf. Bilingual Edition. New York: W.W. Norton, 2000.

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. Idylls of the King. London: Penguin Books, 2004.

Tzu, Sun. The Art of War. London: Oxford University Press, 1971.

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Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Narrative Literature, Fall 2013

Course Description:

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink by Kevin Young
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir by Bich Minh Nguyen

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