University of Notre Dame

Literary Visions and Revisions

Course Number: ENGL 13186-7
Instructor: Yasmin Solomonescu

In his poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” T. S. Eliot writes that there is time "for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea.” While this seminar doesn’t promise toast and tea (although that’s negotiable), it does promise a feast of literary works well worth digesting, specifically ones about the many “visions and revisions” involved in literature itself. Through the study of poetry, plays, and a novel from across five centuries, we will become acquainted with literature as a mode of expression that involves artful negotiation with one’s cultural and historical heritage, notably through adaptation, echoing, imitation, and allusion. We will also discuss and practice the kinds of critical vision and revision involved in thinking and writing about literature at the university level. Writers figuring prominently in the schedule are likely to include William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, and Tom Stoppard.