Courses in Comparative Literature (Division 354)

240. Introduction to Comparative Literature. (3). (HU).

This course offers an introduction to the methods and practice of comparative literature and attempts to answer the question, "What is literature?" Typically the instructor treats a variety of theoretical approaches, from the works of such traditional comparatists as Erich Auerbach and E.R. Curtius to more recent structuralist and post-structuralist critics. The course will also examine the major genres narrative, poetry, drama. Readings will include representative works from both Western and non-Western societies, and in past years have ranged from the writings of an Australian Aborigine storyteller (Paddy Roe) to the tragedies of Sophocles; from the New Testament to e.e. cummings, John Barth and Julio Cortazar. The student will acquire a sense of the origins and history of the discipline while developing the tools of a practicing comparatist. Pending anticipated new faculty, course requirements are unavailable at this time. Students should contact the office of the Program in Comparative Literature, 411 Mason Hall, for further information during registration and over the summer.

495. Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature. Senior standing and concentration in Comp. Lit. (3). (Excl).

This seminar is designed as the culmination of the student's undergraduate work in Comparative Literature. As such, it provides an opportunity for the student to synthesize course work and develop a seminar paper, or a substantial part of an Honors thesis. The first part of the course will consist of an overview of the state of current literary theory. Readings will include Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction, U. Weisstein, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, and a course pack of selected essays. Student presentations will relate the issues raised by Eagleton, Weisstein, and others to their own areas of interest. Thus, students will share a common body of theoretical materials, but approach these materials from very different standpoints. Students will then develop seminar papers in a tutorial situation with the instruction and regroup again during the last three weeks for class presentation and commentary.

498. Directed Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

This course is intended for Comparative Literature concentrators. It offers a student the opportunity to work closely with an Associate Faculty member of Comparative Literature on a comparative topic chosen by the student in consultation with the professor. Together they will develop a reading list; establish goals, meeting times, and credit hours (within the range); and plan papers and projects which the student will execute with the tutorial assistance of the instructor. The student will be required to submit a written proposal of his or her course to the Program office. For further information, contact the Program in Comparative Literature, 411 Mason Hall.


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