COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Section: 001 Welcome to the Twentieth Century
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Welcome to the ride through the most diverse and wonderful literary and artistic era! This course is envisioned as a survey of the literary and artistic movements of the past century that will be introduced and placed in context with the historical developments that accompanied them. Departing from the wildest experimentations with language and form of the historical avant-gardes from the beginning of the century, our journey takes us through the post-WWII disillusionment of Theatre of the Absurd, all the way to postmodern fragmentation of text and image. Besides some of the most important names of the European and American literature and art, look for the many unexpected texts from the world’s “cultural peripheries,” intended to give a rounded idea of how the Western ideas in literature and art were disseminated to other parts of the globe. This is a truly comparative course that will expose students to a variety of genres, forms of expression, periods and cultures. Course materials include textual and visual materials. We will spend a lot of time in the reconstructed UM museum learning about the arts of the century. Requirements: regular class participation and reading, class presentation, midterm paper and a final project.

COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

-Any edition of the listed books is good for this class.  
-IMPORTANT: The Bedford Anthology Vol. 6 is the compilation of 20th century texts we will be reading. You need NO OTHER volumes of this anthology! 
- Please note that FATELESS must be purchased from, as the bookstore cannot provide it.
ISBN: 031240266X
The Bedford anthology of world literature, Author: edited by Paul Davis ... [et al.]., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 2003
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0143105280
Mother Courage and her children, Author: Bertolt Brecht ; translated by John Willett ; edited with an introduction by John Willett and Ralph Manheim ; introduction to the Penguin Classics Edition by Norm Roessler ; foreword by Olympia Dukakis., Publisher: Penguin Books 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0810110490
Fateless, Author: Imre Kertesz ; translated by Christopher C. Wilson and Katharina M. Wilson., Publisher: Northwestern University Press 1992
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0811216020
A streetcar named Desire, Author: Tennessee Williams., Publisher: Univ. of the South 4. Dr. 2004
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0571197787
Samuel Beckett : waiting for Godot, Krapp's last tape, endgame, Author: John Fletcher., Publisher: Faber 1. publ. 2000
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0812979656
The god of small things, Author: Arundhati Roy., Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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