ENGL 241
Introduction to Comparative Literature
Last Offered Spring 2024
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 225
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

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 Europe, Asia, and the Americas; and media from prose fiction to theater, comics, 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, Bechdel, and others. All readings will be in English.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3545
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: Comparative Literature majors
Unit Notes: This course can be substituted for COMP 111 to satisfy the gateway requirement for Comparative Literature majors.
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 225 Division I ENGL 241 Division I

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