COMPLIT 495 - Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature
Section: 001 Identity in Literature and Other Media
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior standing and concentration in Comparative Literature.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course invites students from Comparative Literature, and senior students from other departments to explore the complexities of identity in its relation to literature and other media. We will examine our relation to real and imaginary others, and the interplay of desire, anxiety, and aggression involved in these relations. The course will also address issues related to class, gender, and ethnicity that are inextricably linked to the definition of the self as an individual. Finally, we will explore the ways in which the boundaries between the natural and the artificial, the familiar and the alien, the private and the public are often challenged. Readings will include texts by Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, James Baldwin, Vladimir Nabokov, Toni Morrison, and modern and contemporary science fiction authors. Further examples will be drawn from art, film, and advertisement.

Evaluation will be based on participation in class discussion, two short papers, and a final essay or media project.

COMPLIT 495 - Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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