COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 001 Telling Stories
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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This course is designed to help you refine your skills in reading and writing critically. We will practice carefully reading and interpreting a variety of literary texts in order to hone our skills in articulating and refining our ideas about them. We will do this through writing and a lot of rewriting. In other words, we will treat drafting and revision as processes that aid in the development of ideas. We will pay very close attention to the mechanics of writing itself, i.e., how to use the drafting process as a tool for the advancement of thought.

To this end, we will read a variety of short stories and novels as well as watch movies adapted from them. In a parallel focus to the mechanism of writing, we will pay close attention in our readings to the mechanism of story telling itself. We will discuss not only the plot or content of the stories but also their formal narrative properties or the ways in which they are told. To help us better understand the relation between form and content, we will also explore what happens to a story when it is told in a different way, for example by being translated to a different medium, genre, or cultural context. This should help us become more self-aware as writers ourselves, as we learn to see more clearly the relation between how we write and what we say.

Some authors we will focus on are Latin American writers such as Jorge Luis Borges, Ricardo Piglia, Manuel Puig, Juan Rulfo, and Jose Maria Arguedas, but we will also read texts that have influenced their writings, ranging from the Arabian Nights to the works of Edgar Allan Poe. What these texts have in common is the exploration of the power and the stakes involved in the act of story telling itself.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
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001 (REC)
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (REC)
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (REC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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