Curriculum Overview


UNDERGRADUATE COURSES IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
(see LSA Course Guide for more detailed descriptions of courses offered each semester)

COMPLIT 122. Writing World Literatures (4). (FYWR). May not be repeated for credit. An intensive writing course focusing on multiple translations of works, asking students to consider how these translation reflect different cultural times and milieu as well as choices in language. Students work intensely with issues of composition, argument, and source material related to the creative texts.

COMPLIT 140. First-Year Literary Seminar Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. A course in the LS&A First-Year Seminar Program. Led by a faculty member, this course is a study of selected topics in literature through classroom discussion and the writing of essays.

COMPLIT 222 / GTBOOKS 212. Great Books in World Literatures (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. Students will read great books of world literatures across temporal and geographic boundaries, to explore a central theme (for example, “Youth” or “Revolution” or “The City”).  The course encourages students to appreciate the complexity of texts in diverse cultural contexts, and to reflect on the idea of “World Literature.”  

COMPLIT 240. Literature Across Borders (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.  Emphasizing international and interdisciplinary approaches to literary studies, this course introduces students to current topics in comparative literature. Readings come from Western and non-Western cultures and are considered within a variety of contexts. This course may be counted toward concentration in International Studies (subplan in Comparative Culture & Identity).

COMPLIT 241. Topics in Comparative Literature (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. W. An introduction to the range of comparative literature through topics representative of the discipline. Subjects vary but might include literary periods or movements (e.g., symbolism), genres (e.g., comedy), themes (e.g., the Don Juan theme), influence across national boundaries, relations between literature and other disciplines.

COMPLIT 260. Europe and Its Others (3). (HU). May be elected twice for credit. This course is designed to introduce students to the pan-European origins of literary study and alternatives to them, and to increase their cultural fluency. This course may be counted toward concentration in International Studies (subplan in Comparative Culture & Identity).

COMPLIT 280. America and Its Others (3). (HU). May be elected twice for credit. Introduces students to the cross currents between the United States and other countries, to understand this tradition and alternatives to it, and to increase cultural fluency. This course may be counted toward concentration in International Studies (subplan in Comparative Culture & Identity).

COMPLIT 322. Translating World Literatures (3)(HU)(ULWR). May not be repeated for credit. This course provides an opportunity for students to use their skills in a foreign language to think about the history, theory, and practice of translating literary texts, and to work on a translation project of their own choosing.  To meet the Upper Level Writing Requirement, the course is structured around a series of critical and creative writing assignments. The course also includes a range of readings in translation studies, with an emphasis on the cultural function of translation and the role of the translator in cross-cultural communication. This course may be counted toward concentration in International Studies (subplan in Comparative Culture & Identity).

COMPLIT 340 / MODGREEK 340. Travels to Greece (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. The course examines the literature of modern travel to Greece and the issues it raises about antiquity, modernity, ethnography, otherness, exoticism, orientalism, and Western identity. Readings include works by British, French, German, American, and Greek authors. Art, film, and the media are also used to provide different measures of comparison.

COMPLIT 350. The Text and Its Cultural Context (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. A comparative study of literature and some expository writing from diverse cultures, focusing on the interdependence of text and context.

COMPLIT 362. Comparative Studies in Form and Genre (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. This topics course provides a general introduction to comparative studies in form and genre. Subject matter might include comparative poetics or the study of the novel across national boundaries. It might include comparative studies of such literary forms as the epic, lyric, or sonnet. In each case, a basic understanding of the issues of form or genre would supplement the close examination of literary works.

COMPLIT 364. Comparative Literary Movements and Periods (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. This topics course proves an introduction to studies in literary movements and periods across national boundaries. Examples include the traditional literary periods such as Romanticism or Modernism as well as movements such as surrealism, dada, or futurism, to name only a few. In each case, a basic understanding of the issues concerning literary movement or period would supplement the close examination of literary works.

COMPLIT 372. Literature and Identity (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. This course explores the emergence of literary works in relation to identity, tracing how literary and human kind relate and how this relation changes.

COMPLIT 374. Literature and the Body (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
This course interrogates the corporeal context of literary creation and meaning. It focuses not only on the influence of gender, sex, ability, disability, and race within the world of the text but questions the relation between literary and bodily form.

COMPLIT 376. Literature and Ideas (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.  This course offers a general consideration of the ways in which particular ideas have affected the creation and history of literature, whether considered in terms of the history of ideas or as the content of an individual work.

COMPLIT 382. Literature and the Other Arts (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.  This course focuses on a comparative study of at least two art forms, such as literature and painting, poetry and music, or drama and film.

COMPLIT 384. Literature and Other Disciplines One course in literary studies. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Introduces students to the study of literature and its relation to other disciplines, such as anthropology, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and others.  It poses general questions about the concerns shared by different disciplines as well as arguments between them. Introduces students to basic ideas about how literature connects with fields of knowledge distinctly defined and broadly conceived, contributing to fundamental discussions about how knowledge is formed and disseminated.

COMPLIT 430. Comparative Studies in Fiction Upperclass standing. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.  A cross-cultural study of the novel as narrative, social text, cultural document, etc.

COMPLIT 432. Comparative Studies in Non-Fictional Prose.
Junior Standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Advanced introduction to the comparative study of non-fictional prose.

COMPLIT 434. Comparative Studies in Poetry.
Junior standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Advanced introduction to the comparative study of poetry.

COMPLIT 436. Comparative Studies in Drama.
Upperclass standing. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 9 credits. An examination of the genre across linguistic and national boundaries.

COMPLIT 438. Comparative Studies in Film.
Junior standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. An advanced introduction to the comparative study of film.

COMPLIT 490. Comparative Cultural Studies Junior standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. An advanced introduction to comparative studies in culture and cultural theory. This course may be counted toward concentration in International Studies (subplan in Comparative Culture & Identity).

COMPLIT 492. Comparative Literary Theory Junior standing. (3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. An advanced introduction to comparative studies in literary theory.

COMPLIT 495. Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature Senior standing and concentration in Comparative Literature. (3). May not be repeated for credit. F. The culmination of undergraduate work in comparative literature. Course consists of an overview of current literary theory; readings; and student presentations of seminar papers developed in a tutorial situation with the instructor.

COMPLIT 496. Honors Thesis Consent of instructor required. COMPLIT 495 and Honors concentration in Comparative Literature. Permission of instructor. (3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. F, W, Sp/Su, Sp, Su. Tutorial for writing the honors thesis, a paper usually begun in the Comparative Literature Senior Seminar taken in a previous term.

COMPLIT 498. Directed Reading Consent of instructor required. Permission of instructor.
(1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. F, W, Sp/Su, Sp, Su.
Intended for concentrators, this course is individually developed by a student in consultation with an instructor who may be any associated faculty member of the Program.