COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Section: 001 Decline and Fall of the British Empire Through Novels
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

We will read and discuss some of the exemplary works of the 19th- and early 20th-century English prose literature — novels, novellas, and short stories — with an eye to understanding their import in light of some of the world historical events of the time, particularly centering around the fortunes of the British Empire.

The reading will include some of the following:

  • Jan Morris, Heaven’s Command: An Imperial Progress (Vol. I of Pax Britannica Trilogy) (1973)
  • Martin Green, Dreams of Adventure, Deeds of Empire (selected chapters) (1979)
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (first 3 chapters) (1719)
  • Edward Gibbon, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Edward Gibbon (selections) (1795)
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Anthony Trollope, The Warden
  • George Eliot, The Lifted Veil
  • Henry James, “The Aspern Papers”
  • Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands (selected chapters)
  • John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps
  • James Hilton, Lost Horizon
  • Graham Greene, The Third Man

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance and careful reading in advance of each class meeting, and active participation in the discussion; two midterm exams, several short writing assignments, and a final take-home essay exam

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COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0571290698
Heaven's command : an imperial progress, Author: Morris, Jan, 1926-, Publisher: Faber 2012
ISBN: 9780312065256
Frankenstein : complete, authoritative text with biographical and historical contexts, critical history, and essays from five contemporary critical perspectives, Author: Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851., Publisher: Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press 1992
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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The Lifted Veil, Author: Eliot, George, Publisher: [s.n.] 1880
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780141439907
The Aspern papers ; and, the turn of the screw, Author: James, Henry, 1843-1916., Publisher: Penguin 1986
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0230333451
Heart of darkness, Author: Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924., Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2011
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0062113720
Lost horizon : a novel, Author: James Hilton., Publisher: Harper Perennial [P.S. ed.] 2012
ISBN: 9780140432145
The warden, Author: Anthony Trollope ; edited with an introduction and notes by Robin Gilmour., Publisher: Penguin Reprinted. 1984
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 3958644252
The Riddle of the Sands, Author: Childers, Erskine.
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780140185331
The third man ; and, the fallen idol, Author: Graham Greene., Publisher: Penguin Reprinted 1977
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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