Courses in Comparative Literature (DIVISION 354)

241. Topics in Comparative Literature. Comp. Lit. 240 recommended. (3). (HU).

METAMORPHOSES, OR COMPARATIVE LITERATURE AS LITERARY TRANSFORMATION. Literature transforms things, experiences, and desires into words. At an extreme, it transforms other arts, and our languages themselves. This course will study these METAMORPHOSES OR TRANSFORMATIONS as they work upon themselves and come to form what we recognize as literary and cultural traditions. Three series of critical analyses of pieces of literature about transformations; of literature which transforms visual art objects into words; and of films transforming literature and painting will introduce students to COMPARATIVE LITERATURE as both a characterization of literature (it always compares itself with what it transforms) and a way of studying it. Readings will be drawn from a COURSE PACK of verse and prose by Homer, Sappho, Vergil, Ovid, Dante, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Kleist, Keats, Rilke, W. H. Auden, W. C. Williams, Wallace Stevens, Francis Ponge, and others, and from PAPERBACK EDITIONS of Flaubert's A SIMPLE HEART and Kafka's THE METAMORPHOSIS. We will also study slides of sculpture and painting, and two films by Werner Herzog and Peter Handke. Three sessions per week: one lecture and two discussion periods (attendance and participation required). Four short papers; no midterm or final. (Bahti)

422. Literature and the Other Arts. Junior or senior standing. (3). (HU). May be elected for a total of 9 credits.

VIENNA AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. This interdisciplinary seminar will attempt to analyze the breadth of cultural activity of Turn-of-the-Century Vienna against the backdrop of the Habsburg Empire's political disintegration. The transition form GRUNDERZEIT eclecticism to ART NOUVEAU/Symbolism and to Modernism will be traced in literature (Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal, Kraus, Musil), music (Mahler, Schonberg, Berg), painting (Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka), architecture (Wagner, Loos), design (Hoffman, WEINER WERKSTATTE), philosophy (Mach, Schlick, Wittenstein), and psychology (Freud, Weininger, Adler). The emergence of Modernism will be studied as a highly interconnected social and aesthetic process. Guest speakers will contribute from their specialist perspectives, but each student will also do some original investigation in one of the areas covered. Two class texts (FIN-DE-SIECLE VIENNA, Schorske, 1980 and WITTGENSTEIN'S VIENNA, Janik/Toulmin, 1973) will be supplemented by mimeographed readings, tapes, slides, and films. Class reports are to be developed into a substantial term paper. A knowledge of German is not required, but will be useful. (Seidler)

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.

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 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.


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