COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Section: 002 Reading to Live
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Course Note:
A course in the LSA First-Year Seminar Program. Led by a faculty member, COMPLIT 140 is a study of selected topics in literature through classroom discussion and the writing of essays.
Requirements & Distribution:
Theme, FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
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:

Why read? Why live? What does one have to with the other? Some people live to read, others read to escape life, maybe still others live to escape reading. But what does reading to live look like? In this course, we will explore and experiment with reading as a life enhancing practice. As such, the course aims to contribute to the Fall 2010 LSA Theme Semester "What makes life worth living?" by investigating the role that reading might play in responding to that question and in making life worth living. In the process, we will explore but surely not exhaust such questions as:

    What do we mean by meaning?
  • What is close reading and what is it good for?
  • What is the importance, if any, of affects such as joy and sadness in reading?
  • What do we mean, when we are reading, by knowledge, information, uncertainty?
  • In what sense of the verb "to live" can we speak of reading to live?

Authors we'll read may include: William Carlos Williams, Carson McCullers, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jorge Luis Borges, John Keats, Julio Cortázar and others.

Regular short informal reflections, and two short papers and very active in class participation will be expected.

COMPLIT 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780980200447
Slow reading, Author: by John Miedema., Publisher: Litwin Books 2009
ISBN: 0393093247
Passionate attention : an introduction to literary study, Author: Richard L. McGuire., Publisher: W. W. Norton [1st ed.]. 1973
ISBN: 9780195394726
A handbook of critical approaches to literature, Author: Wilfred L. Guerin ... [et al.]., Publisher: Oxford University Press 6th ed.
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