Courses in Comparative Literature (DIVISION 354)

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

Tall tales, short tales, long tales, fairy tales, folk tales; tales of suspense, horror, intrigue, love and death. How do they differ from culture to culture, from language to language, for medium (words) to medium (film)? Here's an opportunity t travel to far off places geographically and temporarily as well as to voyage within to the recesses of one's own psyche. Novels and short stories by Conrad, Coetzee, Borges, Cortazar, Kafka, Puig, and Carter; poetry by Baudelaire, Rich and Eliot. Movies will include "Kiss of the Spiderwoman," "Apocalypse Now," and "Blow-up." Come prepared to be shocked and surprised; to think constantly, talk frequently, and write occasionally. (McDougal)

430. Comparative Studies in Fiction. Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001: The Figure of Ulysses.
In this course, we will ask and answer a number of different but interrelated questions clustering around the enigmatic figure of Ulysses. Among the questions we will consider as we follow Ulysses through authors such as Homer, Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare, Giraudoux, Goethe, Kazantzakis, Joyce, and Pound are these: does Ulysses possess a determinable "set" of characteristics that govern his appearances? Why has this figure been so alluring for so many different authors? Can we view Ulysses as a type of social litmus test that might indicate something about the society in which he appears? What might Ulysses teach us about our own situation as we near the end of the twentieth century? We will proceed primarily in a discussion format, with an occasional lecture to introduce unfamiliar material. Several short papers and in-class presentations will be followed by an extensive final paper. Cost:3 WL:2 (Olson)

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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