ENGL 241 Spring 2013 Introduction to Comparative Literature

Cross Listed as COMP110
Comparative literature involves reading and analyzing literature that represents different times, movements, cultures, and media. In this class, we will study English translations of texts from eras spanning the ancient to the contemporary; literary movements including Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism; national traditions arising in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America; and media including prose fiction, the graphic novel, and film. Throughout the course, we will consider what it means to think about all these different works as literary texts. To help with this, we will also read selections of literary theory that defines literature and its goal in abstract or philosophical terms. Assignments will focus on close reading of relatively short texts by authors such as Cervantes, Garcia Marquez, Kleist, Tolstoy, Maupassant, Satrapi, Wilde, Shklovsky, Bakhtin, and Foucault. All readings will be in English.
Class Format: lecture with some discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: regular attendance, three 1-page response papers, two 5- to 7-page papers, a final exam.
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: students considering a major in comparative literature or literary studies
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 30
Class Number: 3322
ENGL241-01(S) LEC Intro to Comparative Lit Division 1: Languages and the Arts Julie A. Cassiday
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Weston 010 3322
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