ENGL 241
Introduction to Comparative Literature Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 110 / ENGL 241

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Comparative literature involves reading and analyzing literature drawn from 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 postmodernism; national traditions arising in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America; and media including prose fiction, graphic memoir, 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 define literature and its goal in abstract or philosophical terms. Assignments will focus on close, creative reading of relatively short texts by authors like Homer, Sei Shônagon, Kleist, Lermontov, Zola, Borges, Wilde, Mamet, Bechdel, and others. All readings will be in English.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 35
Class#: 3065
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, participation, two 5-page papers, a few short responses, midterm 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:
COMP 110 Division I ENGL 241 Division I

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