COMPLIT 222 - Great Books in World Literatures
Section: 001 Tales of Youth
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
WorldLit
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

  • How do different cultures and societies in the modern world understand youth?
  • What do they expect of their respective young?
  • Why are tales of youth a persistent genre in many traditions of modern literature? (Think the Twilight saga and Harry Potter!)
  • And what do such tales tell us about the modern world?

To address these questions, we will read a selection of representative novels, a short story, and some scholarly essays. We will discuss and reflect on how youth functions as a narrative theme across cultural locations. We will also explore why youth is a problematic experience in many social formations of the modern world.

Readings include texts by Jane Austen, Natsume Soseki, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Graham Greene, Tayeb Salih, Sylvia Plath, and Yu Hua.

Course Requirements:

Regular class attendance and active participation. There will be frequent discussions through CTools as well as occasional exercises in class. Writing assignments include three short papers (5-6 pages each).

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COMPLIT 222 - Great Books in World Literatures
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
23649
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Tu 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
25682
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3
 
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Th 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
25683
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0
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (DIS)
P
25684
Closed
0
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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Note:
It will make things much easier if we all use the same edition of the required textbooks. Some other texts will be made available through CTools.
ISBN: 0895267152
Kokoro : a novel, Author: by Natsume Soseki ; translated from the Japanese and with a foreword by Edwin McClellan., Publisher: Regnery Pub. 1999 print 2000
Required
ISBN: 1590173023
Season of migration to the north, Author: Salih, al-Tayyib, 1929-2009., Publisher: New York Review of Books op.
Required
ISBN: 0061148512
The bell jar, Author: Plath, Sylvia., Publisher: HarperPerennial 2013
Required
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