English-200-Literary Studies-Strangers and Journeys

Prof. Clark

Tolstoy wrote that “all great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes 
to town." With that quote in mind, this course will explore ideas of exoticism, travel, society, hospitality, 
and xenophobia as they appear in a variety of literary genres from various cultures and time periods. We 
will interrogate Tolstoy’s claim with texts that stretch the definitions of “stranger” and “journey.” And we 
will ask why stories of outsiders and odysseys continue to compel our imagination even as we consider 
how our authors work to reinvent these classic plots.

Required Texts (Including Film): 
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Trans. W.S. Merwin Knopf, 2004. ISBN: 0375709924
- The Tempest. William Shakespeare Modern Library, 2008. ISBN: 0812969103
- The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Eds. Bausch and Cassill Norton, 2006. ISBN: 0393926125
- Brave New World. Aldous Huxley Harper Perennial, 2010. ISBN: 0061767646
- The Boys of My Youth. Jo Ann Beard Back Bay Books, 1999. ISBN: 0316085251
- The Oxford Book of American Poetry. Eds. Lehman and Brehm Oxford UP, 2006. ISBN: 019516251X
- Babette’s Feast. 1987. Dir. Gabriel Axel Showing arranged in class and copies on reserve for library viewing