241. Topics in Comparative Literature. Comp. Lit. 240 recommended.
Section 001 – Fatal Attractions. Human beings are caught in fatal relationships where violence erupts. This course is called "Fatal Attractions" because it focuses on the violent clash between men and women, families, cultures, and nations, as represented in tragic drama and performed in twentieth-century theater, opera, dance, and film. How is tragedy recreated as spectacle within a variety of contexts, ranging from African ritual and feminist revisions to experimental theater and gospel? We will read selected classical plays and consider modern performances alongside some critical reflections on tragedy and representation. Requirements: class journal, lively discussion, three short papers. Cost:2 WL:2 (Prins)
430. Comparative Studies in Fiction. Upperclass
standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 – Fiction and Love: A User's Guide. In this course on "fiction," we'll be reading in the most apparently unfictional of genres: the how-to book. Or, to be more exact: the how to make love book. We will read books that say again and again that all they want to do is to teach us how to love, while at the same time doing a lot of other things – contradicting themselves, talking about everything under the sun – making fiction, in short. This class will thus not teach you how to love. Reading of these literary how-to books will lead us to ask (and perhaps even answer!) big questions about what we want when we talk about love and what we want when we tell (or read) stories. Since our readings come from Classical and Medieval literature, we will also be asking and answering questions about the culture(s) of the European Middle Ages. Readings will include: Ovid, Art of Love; Andrew the Chaplain, The Art of Courtly Love; Juan Ruiz, The Book of Good Love; Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, The Romance of the Rose; Alfonso Martinez, Little Sermons on Sin. (Brown)
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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