COMP 110
Introduction to Comparative Literature Spring 2015
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 241 / COMP 110
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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 Sentimentalism, 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, Goethe, Kleist, Wilde, Chekhov, Woolf, Gogol, Kafka, Mishima, and Satrapi. All readings will be in English.
The Class: Format: lecture with some discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 35
Class#: 3300
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular attendance, participation, three 1-page response papers, two 5-page papers, and a final take-home exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students considering a major in Comparative Literature
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 241 Division I COMP 110 Division I

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