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EN 208 - Weeks 1 and 2

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EN 208 - Weeks 1 and 2 EN 208

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Notes from readings of first two weeks
World Literature
Dr. Wells Addington
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Josie Rykhus on Thursday September 22, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EN 208 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Dr. Wells Addington in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 78 views. For similar materials see World Literature in English at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.


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Date Created: 09/22/16
I. Islamic Poetry a. Moghuts – Mir i. Founded by Babur Urdu ii. Believed themselves to be descended from Genghis Khan th th iii. 16  – 18  Century b. Ottomans – Mihiri Khatun, Nedim i. Turthsh th ii. 14  – 19  Century c. Persians th i. 6  Century AD ii. Mecca, Saudi Arabia iii. Muhammed 1. Prophet iv. Qu’ran 1. Holy Text th th v. Islamic Golden Age (8  – 13  Century) 1. Rumi (1207 – 1273) a. Poet, sufi mystic 2. Music, poetry, dancing, etc. was of God  3 .     Ghazal – poems of melancholy, love, often addressed to a  beloved (a person or God) a.   Rhyming, often containing refrains d.  Readings: i.   Mir’s Couplets ii.   Mihiri Khatun’s Poems iii.   Nedim’s Poems II.       Critical Reading of Literature a.   Assumption: every mark on the page contributes to our understanding b.  Steps for Critical Reading i.   Surface meaning/plot ii.   Setting 1.   Where, when iii.   Characters 1.   Who, jobs, function, features iv.   Narrator (prose)/Speaker (poetry)  1 .     First person – narrator is in the story  2 .     Third person – narrator is not in the story v. Language Use 1. Tone, structure, imagery 2. Figurative language – metaphor, etc. 3. Dialogue vs. description c. Readings: i. Matsuo Bashu Haikus 1. 1644 – 1694 2. Japanese poet 3. Haiku line structure a. 5 syllable b. 7 syllable c. 5 syllable ii. Ming/Qing Dynasty – Chinese Poems 1. 1500 – 1800 III. Cao Xuequin (1715 – 1763) a. Qing Dynasty i. Descended generals and politicians b. Wrote first 80 or so chapters of The Story of the Stone i. Also called Dream of the Red Chamber c. Reading: i. The Story of the Stone – Chinese Novel 1. Personification of the magic jade 2. Patriarchal culture 3. Plato – Realm of Forms 4. Religion examples in the text a. Daoists give jewelry in exchange for seeing the jade 5. Appearance vs. Real Self (Confucius) a. Pg. 122 – last paragraph i. Narrator intrudes into story ii. Videos – Confucianism and Daoism 1. Confucius a. Born 551 BC b. Analycts – his works written down by others c. Central ideas of Confucianism i. Ceremony is important 1. Ritual propriety ii. Treat parents with reverence 1. Filal piety iii. Be obedient to honorable people 1. Wisdom is greater than our own  thought 2. Old is greater than new iv. Cultivated knowledge is greater than creativity 2. Lao Tzu th a. 6  Century BC b. Central ideas of Daoism i. Nature ii. Flowing action iii. Taking in experiences iv. Patience v. Get in touch with yourself c. Wrote the Tao Te Ching d. Dao – the path to happiness 3. Concurrent movements a. About 2500 years ago b. Confucianism vs. Daoism i. Rule based vs. experiences ii. Social vs. self iii. World sucks vs. world is lovely iv. Rules vs. suggestions v. Worldly vs. metaphysical


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