Courses in Comparative Literature (DIVISION 354)

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

Now is the time for stories. And these are the best stories. They come from afar and from all over the world. The tell about sphinxes and ghost ships, about talking pottery, about women who lie in other men's beds, about God's visitations to the earth, robotic fleas, and Nazis, about unpacking your memories from a cardboard box, striptease, and the Eiffel Tower made of puff pastry. These stories are full of wild invention, people familiar and outlandish, bittersweet moments and flights of fancy. Poetry, drama, myth, history, psychopathology, politics, philosophy. Read Isak Dinesen, Balzac, Garcia-Marquez, Tolstoy, Sartre, Nikolai Leskov. 3 short papers. No exams. Free to travel to other lands. Cost:2 WL:1 (Siebers)

424. Literature and Other Disciplines. Upperclass standing and one course in literary studies. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of nine credits.
Beyond Occidentalism Rethinking How the West Was Born.
See American Culture 496.003 (Coronil)

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 honor thesis. The first part of the course will consist in an overview of the state of the current literary theory. Reading will include Teryy Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction, and a course pack of selected essays. Students presentations will provide an opportunity for applying theoretical insights to their own areas of interest. Thus, students will share a common body of theoretical materials, but approach these materials from individual standpoints. Students will then develop seminar papers in a tutorial situation with the instructor and regroup again during the last three week for class presentation and commentary. Cost:3 WL:2 (Somé)

496. Honors Thesis. Comp. Lit. 495 and Honors concentration in Comp. Lit. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

In the Honors Thesis course the Honors student typically develops the seminar work done in Comp. Lit. 495 (Senior Seminar) into a longer, more thorough study under the auspices of a faculty thesis director. Students who need help in arranging for a thesis director should contact the Comparative Literature office. Cost:1 WL:5, Independent study; permission of instructor required; Department office can issue override.

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 a faculty member associated with 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. Cost:1 WL:5, Independent Study; permission of instructor required. Go to Comparative Literature Office.


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