Courses in Comparative Literature (DIVISION 354)

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

Where did the body go? Who took it and why? Can we get it back? How? Do we want it? No, this is not a course in detective fiction though it might have been. Instead, we are going to follow the disappearance of the human body in a number of scientific, literary, and political classics from the Enlightenment to the present (Europe, the U.S., and Latin America). Then, we are going to try and find the missing body by looking at some equally classic texts from the same (and maybe other) periods. Your role will be to read, to think, to write and to help come up with the motive(s) and some answers to the above questions. Oh yes, you will be evaluated on a body of work that will include class participation, on-going class journals, and one final 10 to 12 page paper. Cost:2 WL:4 (Colás)

350. The Text and Its Cultural Context. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.
Journeys in Intercultural Space.
The world we call "modern" is characterized by a fundamental belief in Western notions of progress, scientific investigation, and organic wholeness. In recent decades the term "postmodern" has appeared in our vocabularies and, with it, a challenge to our assumptions about reason, justice, and meaning itself. In this course we will discuss how literature reflects this changing awareness, this "paradigm shift" away from objective certitude toward a radical questioning of subjective reality. We will focus particularly on issues of cultural and personal identity in works by V.S. Naipaul, Alejo Carpentier, Maxine Hong Kingston, Marita Golden, and others. Philosophical, anthropological and political questions will be raised and addressed, and students will be encouraged to apply interdisciplinary methodologies to the study of literary texts. (Mullaney)

424. Literature and Other Disciplines. Upperclass standing and one course in literary studies. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of nine credits.
Dante and the Philosophy of Reflection.
This seminar has two objectives. The first is to provide an advanced undergraduate course, in translation, on Dante's Comedy, one of the greatest works of world literature. The second is to introduce and to test the following hypotheses: (1) Literature can reflect a coherent philosophic system, in this case the worldly, cosmological and divine one that Dante wove from classical and Christian texts; (2) This reflection of philosophy by literature is built upon further theories of reflection between this life and an afterlife, for example, and between act and meaning, representation and judgment; (3) Such kinds of reflection inscribed in Dante's work are enabled structured by verbal figures of reflection such as conversion, inversion, reversal, and the very possibility of representation itself. The course will be conducted in seminar format, with regular participation in question/answer discussions the first requirement. Students will have the choice of writing one term paper or two shorter papers. Cost:3 WL:2 (Bahti)

430. Comparative Studies in Fiction. Upperclass standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 Faust and the Faust Legend in English Translation.
For Winter Term, 1994, this section is jointly offered with German 442. (Amrine)

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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