Courses in Comparative Literature (Division 354)

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

This course will take as its point of departure the ways in which writers and readers construct other worlds with the words and materials of this world. How are images of space, time, bodies, figures and shapes textured by and constructed in language? What relation does the activity of reading bear to our daily episodes of thinking about, and experiencing with our senses, the world in which we live, and which we must no less critically learn to "read"? What are the embedded signs in any image or discourse that guide interpretation, whether through subtle seduction or overpowering suggestion or else disrupt interpretation, through their mere material presence and density? How can one peer around and behind these signs? These are the sorts of questions that will be asked in this course, through a selection of readings in literature, literary theory, and contemporary culture: from newspaper clippings, advertisements, essays on "going to the theatre," and legal discourse, to more conventional literary genres in English and in translation, to recent critical and theoretical writings (all in course pack). For further information, contact the Program in Comparative Literature or the instructor. (Porter)

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. (Clej)

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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