Great Books in Continental Literature: Renaissance to Modern

English 201

This course will introduce the student to Great Books of European literature from the Renaissance to modern times. Some emphasis will be placed on the literature in the context of general historical and artistic periods and movements: Renaissance humanism, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism. When appropriate, the function and form of literary works (for instance, the lyric, the novel, the short story) will be discussed. Authors studied may include Petrarch, Erasmus, Montaigne, Cervantes, Voltaire, Goethe, Rousseau, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Camus, Sartre, and Solzhenitsyn.