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LITERATURE

For a minor in literature, students take five courses which bear the LI designation. Three must be Eckerd College courses, and two LI courses must be 300 level or higher. A Writing Workshop course may be substituted for one of these courses.

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LI 101H: Introduction to Literature: Short Fiction
Short stories and novels, concentrating on critical thinking, clear, concise written and spoken exposition, and values embodied in great works.

LI 102H: Introduction to Literature: The Genres
Plays, poems, fiction, non-fiction, concentrating on critical thinking, clear, concise written and spoken exposition, and values embodied in great works. Attendance is required.

LI 104H: The Stranger in Literature
Stories, poems, and plays about cross-cultural interaction, drawing on examples from the Bible and classical antiquity to the present. Emphasis on interactions between Americans and Europeans and between Western and non-Western cultures.

LI 106E: Southern Literature and the Environment
What is Southern environmentalism, and what can we learn from it? An investigation of Southern environmental literature, activism, and history with an emphasis on agrarianism, sustainability, and conservation.

LI 108H: Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to the form, style, and theme of poetry ranging from early modern England to contemporary America. Readings from a broad range of poets, movements, and genres.

LI 195H: Four Authors
Study the literary work of four authors (will vary according to year, instructor, etc.) but will include different times and places and a range of genres.

LI 201H: Introduction to Children's Literature
Fable, fairy tale, short story, poetry, novel, information books, children's classics. Young readers and their development. Integration of visual and literary arts.

LI 210H: Human Experience in Literature
Theme-based introduction to literature. Basic human experiences such as innocence/experience, conformity/rebellion, love/hate, and death approached through poems, stories, and plays from a range of times and places.

LI 212H: Introduction to Comparative Literature
Key texts in European and world literature studied comparatively and in relation to philosophy and visual art. Authors will vary from year to year but may include Aeschylus, Dante, Goethe, Baudelaire, Tolstoy, and Beckett.

LI 216H: Literature, Justice, and Law
What can great literature teach about law and justice, vengeance and mercy? How do literary depictions reflect the real-world legal/judicial system? Readings from authors such as Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Dickens, Faulkner. Field trips to observe court.

LI 221H: American Literature I
Literature of 17th, 18th and 19th century America. The development and transfiguration of American attitudes toward art, nature, religion, government, slavery, etc., traced through literary works. Readings from Jefferson, Paine, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whittier, and Whitman.

LI 222H: American Literature II
Readings from American writers from the Civil War to the present. Stories, poems and plays by such writers as Faulkner, Ellison, Twain, O'Connor, Crane, Williams, Dos Passos, O'Neill, Hurston, Hughes, Silko, Walcott, and Morrison.

LI 224H: Southern Literature
Readings from Southern novels, short fiction, and poetry with an eye to how the idea of a Southern region is established and transformed over time. Works by Chesnutt, McCullers, Warren, Faulkner, O'Connor, Welty, Wolfe, Porter, Hurston, Komunyukaa.

LI 228H: The American Short Story
Introduction to genre and survey from the mid 19th century to present. Major writers include Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Wharton, London, Hemingway, Faulkner, O'Connor, and a range of contemporary writers.

LI 235H: Introduction to Shakespeare
Shakespeare through dramatic genres: comedy, tragedy, history and romance. Assessment and appreciation of his plays on page, stage, and film.

LI 236H: Great Plays: History of Drama I
Two semester course; either may be taken independently. Part I includes Greek drama through the Restoration and early 19th century. Part II includes modern and contemporary classics.

LI 237H: Great Plays: History of Drama II
Two semester course; either may be taken independently. Part I includes Greek drama through the Restoration and early 19th century. Part II includes modern and contemporary classics.

LI 238H: English Literature I: to 1800
General survey from the Old English to the Neoclassic period, highlighting historical literary traditions which the authors create and upon which they draw.

LI 239H: English Literature II
General survey of British literature from 1800 to the present, including Romantic, Victorian, modern, and contemporary writers. Attention to historical tradition and outstanding individual artists.

LI 241H: Major American Novels
Major American novels, their narrative art, their reflection of American culture, their engagement of the readers' hearts and minds; exploring some of life's great questions as revealed by masterful writers.

LI 244G: Postcolonial Literature
An introduction to major postcolonial writers, primarily from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Authors may include Chinua Achebe, Aime Cesaire, J.M. Coetzee, Jamaica Kincaid, and Jean Rhys.

LI 250H: Children's Literature
(Directed Study) The best of children's literature in various genres. Required projects: both creative (e.g., writing children's story) and scholarly (e.g., essay on history of nursery rhymes).

LI 281H: Rise of the Novel
The European novel from its origins to the early nineteenth century by authors such as Cervantes, Defoe, Laclos, Goethe, and Austen. Focus on the historical, philosophical, and aesthetic significance of the genre.

LI 282H: The Modern Novel
The nineteenth- and twentieth-century novel from realism to modernism by authors such as Balzac, Dickens, Flaubert, Conrad, and Woolf. Discussions focus on the role of fiction in understanding, troubling, or shaping modern culture and identity.

LI 308: The Poetry of Shakespeare's Age
Poetry from the flowering of Renaissance England, including writers such as Wyatt, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Milton. Forms of poetry (sonnet, epigram, satire, elegy, pastoral, etc.), and the two major English poetic traditions.

LI 314G: Caribbean Literature and Film
Major writers and filmmakers from the English-, French-, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Particular attention to questions of postcolonial identity, culture and globalization, and relationships between literature and film. All texts in translation.

LI 319H: British Romantic Poetry
Major poetry (and relevant prose) of Romantic era (1798-1832). Poets: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Major themes: Nature, Self (individualism, consciousness), Transcendence (God), and Art / Poetry. Related themes: Industrial revolution, social change, Romantic painting.

LI 320H: Modern British Poetry
Readings of major British poets from the 1880's through the 1930's including Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, and Auden. Supplementary materials in criticism and philosophy. Freshmen require instructor's permission.

LI 322H: Modern British Fiction
Readings of late 19th, early 20th century novels by writers such as Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Forster, Mansfield and Lawrence. Course includes film. Focus on experimental works and artists. Freshmen require instructor's permission.

LI 323H: Victorian Poetry and Poetics
Readings of late 19th century British poets, including Tennyson, Browning, Meredith, Arnold, and Hopkins. Supplementary critical readings. Freshmen require instructor's permission.

LI 325H: Modern American Poetry
Major American poets from 1900, concentrating on the image of American and the development of modernism. Poets may include Frost, Pound, Eliot, Williams, Stevens, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Richard Wilbur, Denise Levertov.

LI 327: Chaucer to Shakespeare
Survey of major authors and forms of earlier English non-dramatic poetry, with emphasis on Chaucer, Spenser and Shakespeare. Prerequisite: LI 235H or LI 238H.

LI 338H: Drama after 1900:US/UK/Ireland
Representative plays by dramatists such as O'Neill, Synge, Glaspell, Williams, Miller, Beckett, Pinter, Wilson, McDonagh, and the influences and theory that helped shape modern and post-modern drama.

LI 348H: Literature after Auschwitz
Inquiry into the cultural significance of the Holocaust and the challenges of living in its aftermath through study of testimony, literature, visual art, film, philosophy, and memorials.

LI 361: Literary Criticism and Theory
Readings in literary criticism from classical, Renaissance, neo-Classical, and modern writers. Representative figures include Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, Sidney, Johnson, Coleridge, Arnold, and selected modern thinkers. Freshmen: Instructor's permission.

LI 382H: Contemporary American Poetry
Poems of post-1950 American poets, opposing movements that developed and the values they represent, and the difficult relations between poet and reader.

LI 405: Literature and Ethics
What does it mean to act ethically? How might literature promote and/or undermine responsible thought and action? Readings to include philosophy (e.g. Kant, Levinas) and selected literary texts (e.g. Baudelaire, Melville, Lispector). Prerequisite: 300-level course in literature.

LI 425: Seminar on Shakespeare
In depth study of selected sonnets and several plays of Shakespeare (including instances of performance), supplemented by readings in theory and current criticism. Junior and Senior literature majors.

LI 432: Major Authors
This course will focus on one or two important authors (John Milton; Donne and Jonson; Whitman and Dickinson; Flaubert; Charles Dickens; Joyce and Woolf, Ibsen and Miller, etc.) Junior/Senior standing.

LI 498: Comprehensive Examination

LI 499: Senior Thesis

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