Comparative Literature

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  • CAS XL 100: Leaving Home: Explorations in World Literature
    Growing up. Moving to the big city. Wisdom quest. Immigration. Tourism. How have the world's great literatures portrayed and shaped these experiences? How have literary works themselves found new worlds through translation and adaptation? Counts for credit toward all WLL majors. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS XL 222: Introduction to Western Literatures
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of influential texts of the Western tradition from antiquity to present. Topics include genre, translation, appropriation, interpretation, theories of literary production and effect. All works read in English. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS XL 223: Introduction to Middle Eastern Literatures
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of some of the most influential texts of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew literature. Readings may include The Arabian Nights, Shahnameh, lyric poetry, and novels from the twentieth century. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS XL 224: Introduction to East Asian Literatures
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Explores why and how to compare literatures and cultures and envisions the place of East Asia's traditions in World Literature. Embarks on theoretical reflection and close reading of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean texts from three millennia. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS XL 225: Introduction to South Asian Literatures
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of some of the most influential texts of Indian and other South Asian literatures. Readings may include Shakuntala, The Ramayana, bhakti and Sufi literatures. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS XL 230: Topics in Big Fat Books
    Enters deeply into the world of one literary work and explores its reverberations across national and disciplinary boundaries. Topic for Spring 2018: Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov. Close, careful study of Dostoevsky's masterpiece, with eye to philosophical, theological, cultural, and literary significance.
  • CAS XL 260: Gateway to Asian Cultures
    Panoramic introduction to the cultures of East and South Asia in comparative perspective (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India). Examines shared foundations, transformative inflection points, sites, peoples, and ideologies over the past two millennia through primary texts and media. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS XL 281: Holocaust Literature and Film (in English translation)
    Questions of representation in literature and film about the Holocaust, including testimonial and fictive works by Wiesel and Levi, Ozick, and others; films include documentaries and feature films. Discussions of the Holocaust as historical reality, metaphor, and generative force in literature. Also offered as CAS CI 269 A1 and CAS RN 385 A1.
  • CAS XL 310: Topics in Classical and Modern Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one literature course.
    Selected works of modern literature read together with older texts that influenced them. Topic varies. All works read in English translation. Topic for Spring 2016: Global Core Texts. Study of core texts including Iliad, Ramayana, Nibelungenlied, Journey to the West, Tale of Genji, and Frankenstein, using a comparative approach. Themes include journeys, empires, allegory, the monster figure, and the transformation of those elements through translation, adaptation, and retelling.
  • CAS XL 315: Film and Identity in the Islamic World
    Introduction to film history in the Islamic world, correlated with literary history. Topic for Fall 2015: From Page to Screen: Film Adaptations of Persian and Arabic Literature. In this course we explore film, and other media, adaptations of Arabic and Persian literature. Students examine competing theories of adaptation and the historical changes that have occurred in film production in the Arab world and Iran. Also offered as CAS CI 390 A1 and CAS LY 470 A1. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS XL 342: Travel Writing and the Muslim World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    How have Muslim travelers past and present written about places and people they saw abroad, and how have Western travelers in the Muslim lands described their travels in "the East"? Readings include Nasir Khusraw, Ibn Battuta, Eliza Fay, and Robert Byron. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS XL 343: Alexander the Great in the East
    Study of the various narratives about Alexander the Great, also known as Sikandar or Iskandar, as conqueror, philosopher-king, and hero, in medieval Middle Eastern and Asian literatures. Modern filmic representations of the historical figure are also compared. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS XL 351: The Faust Tradition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one literature course or consent of instructor.
    Comparative study of the Faust theme, 1500 to present: Marlowe, Goethe, Mann, Gertrude Stein, Jan Svankmajer, others. Transmission and adaptation of literary themes within and between national traditions. Emphasis on close reading and research, use of theory and criticism. Meets with CAS LG 283.
  • CAS XL 381: Topics in Gender and Literature (in English translation)
    Topic for Fall 2018: Change and Continuity on the Silk Road. Focused on the Central Asian portion of the Silk Road from the border of China to Istanbul students explore written and visual texts to understand shifts in gender dynamics in societies caught between Islam, communism, and globalization. Also offered as CAS WS 304 B1.
  • CAS XL 382: Topics in Gender and Film (in English translation)
    Topic for Spring 2018: Middle East Gender and Globalization. Exploration of the intersection of gender, sexuality, and globalization in Middle Eastern films. Analysis and interrogation of films' contributions to the construction of gender and sexual norms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Also offered as CAS CI 390 C1 and CAS WS 303 B1.
  • CAS XL 383: Dante's Hell (in English translation)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one literature course.
    A close reading of one text, Dante Alighieri's Inferno, with attention to its medieval contexts: philosophical, theological, and historical. Analysis of the poetic means by which Dante represents both human evil and human hope. Bilingual text. Lectures and discussions in English. Also offered as CAS LI 555 and CAS RN 555.
  • CAS XL 384: Arthurian Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two literature courses or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2016: Arthurian Traditions. Tradition and innovation in works of literature, paintings, and films inspired by King Arthur's court (6th-21st centuries). Themes include spiritual and erotic love; history and imagination; conquest and nationalism; memory and forgetting; tropes of quest; sin and redemption. Conducted in English. Also offered as CAS EN 390 B1 and CAS LF 430 A1.
  • CAS XL 385: Dante: The Divine Comedy II: Purgatorio and Paradiso
    Focus on the literary, philosophical, and theological ideas Dante uses to represent his experience of himself and of human nature. Bi-lingual texts. Lectures and discussions in English. Also offered as CAS LI 556 and CAS RN 556.
  • CAS XL 386: Africa on Screen
    Introduction to the history and analysis of African film. Topics include traditional practices and social change; education; popular culture; immigration; gender roles; sexuality. Discussion of films by Sembene, Mambety, Faye, Folly, Teno, Kobhio. Also offered as CAS CI 390 B1.
  • CAS XL 387: The Holocaust Through Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    An examination of film using the Holocaust as its central topic. What are the political and cultural effects when genocide is represented through film? Can feature films portray history, and if so, what are the consequences for an informed society? This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course