COMPLIT 495 - Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature
Section: 001 Text and Image
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior standing and concentration in Comparative Literature.
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May not be repeated for credit.
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How does language (re)present images? The question has long fascinated authors, critics, philosophers, and theorists—and understandably so. More than simply an aesthetic matter, the relation of texts to images informs some of the most contested domains of human culture, from religious quarrels over “idolatry” vs. “religion of the Word” to the construction of the objectified female form to the ethnic and racial hierarchies underlying the formation of intellectual disciplines. At the same time, wonder over language’s imagistic capacity has spawned one of the richest of all creative and intellectual traditions, with landmarks in countless works of the past and new exemplars continuing to appear. In this course we’ll focus on one branch of the text/image problematic, the dialogue between Greco-Roman antiquity and the later Western tradition. Our key term will be ekphrasis, the description of art objects, whether understood as a critical act or a literary form. We’ll read theory, criticism, art history, and most of the major literary genres of antiquity, in addition to a series of postclassical ekphrastic poems engaging in manifold ways with the classical tradition.

COMPLIT 495 - Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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