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 sleep in the rain, 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)

430. Comparative Studies in Fiction. Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 Genres of Identity: The Case of Gay Male Writing.
This course will study the genres of gay male writing (specifically the coming out narrative, the AIDS narrative, the cruising narrative) through some recent examples. It will ask also whether "gay male writing" itself isn't a genre; and whether the phenomenon of genre a social classificatory practice that serves to mediate communicative interactions doesn't offer a model for approaching the vexed question of identity. Classes mainly by discussion; some theoretical readings as well as "primary" texts; and two short papers. No midterm or final. Texts: Ackerley, My Father and Myself; Barthes, Incidents; Bartlett, Who Was That Man?, Ready to Catch Him; Guibert, To The Friend Who Did Not Save My Life; Michaels, Unbecoming; Monette, Becoming a Man; a course pack of readings. Recommended: Abelove, Barale, Halperin, eds. The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. Cost:3 WL:2 (Chambers)

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, G411 Mason Hall. Cost:1 WL:5, Independent Study; permission of instructor required. Go to Comparative Literature Office.


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