COMPLIT 350 - The Text and Its Cultural Context
Section: 001 Conflict of Interpretation
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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This course proposes to familiarize students with different, and sometimes conflicting ways of reading and representing stories and events. We will discuss well-known cases, such as Shakespeare’s "The Tempest," Charlotte Brontë’s "Jane Eyre," Joseph Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness," and Vladimir Nabokov’s "Lolita," as well as the various interpretations or translations these works have received over time in different cultural settings. This exploration will allow us to better understand the production of cultural works — Shakespeare’s "Tempest" and Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness," for instance, are themselves complex literary interpretations of other texts and historical events — and their reproduction and diffusion through re-writing, translation, and transposition in a different medium (e.g., film).

Evaluation will be based on regular attendance and participation in class discussion, keeping a regular reading and viewing journal, a mid-term assignment, and a final paper. Students from all disciplines are welcome.

COMPLIT 350 - The Text and Its Cultural Context
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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