Department of Literature

The Department of Literature provides the literature cluster of the Liberal Arts program with the aim of enabling students enjoy the richness and diversity of written works throughout history.

Some of the engaging subjects under this program are:

  • Classical Literature (LIT101) is primarily focused on two major works from ancient Greece and Rome, the Iliad and the Aeneid. Supplementary works may also be taken up to serve as an introduction to the course or as a breather between epics. Such works are the poetry of Sappho, Horace, Hesoid, Tyrtaeus, Simonides, the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, and Medea by Euripedes.
  • Renaissance Literature (LIT102) takes up the works of the 16th century poets and playwrights Edmund Spencer, Sir Philip Sidney and William Shakespeare. The sonnet form is particularly emphasized, as it was the prevailing literary form in the 16th century.
  • Medieval Literature (LIT103) focuses only on the Divina Commedia by Dante Alighieri. All three canticles are taken up in one semester. Thus, no other work is included under this course, considering the bulk of this single work. Medieval Literature provides a discussion forum wherein students develop and exchange ideas on man’s quest for God.
  • Modern Literature (LIT104) takes up both Western and Eastern modern-contemporary writers and various literary genres besides the epic, sonnet and the essay are discussed. The short story, other forms of drama and the novel are introduced to the students. The Russian writers of the 19th century Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekov, while not exactly modern-contemporary, are taken up, as they are the equivalents of Homer and Virgil of the classical past.
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