Comparative Literature

Introduction to Literature

CAS XL 100 (4 credits)

This writing course introduces students to techniques of academic writing through analysis of texts from a wide variety of literary traditions, and of adaptations inspired by those texts. May count for both CAS WR 100 and XL major or minor credit.

2014FALLCASXL100 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00:00 AM 12:30:00 PM STH ARR

Introduction to Comparative Literature: Middle Eastern Literature (in English Translation)

CAS XL 223 (4 credits)

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.

2014FALLCASXL223 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00:00 AM 12:30:00 PM CAS 114B

Topics in Gender and Film (in English translation)

CAS XL 382 (4 credits)

Topic for Fall 2014: Gender in East Asian Film. What roles have cinematic representations played in constructing or challenging gender norms in twentieth century East Asia? How have images of sexuality evolved across linguistic and cultural boundaries in East Asia? Films from China, Japan, and Korea. No prerequisites. Also offered as CAS LC 470 A1, CAS LJ 451 B1, and CAS LK 470 A1.

2014FALLCASXL382 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 02:00:00 PM 03:30:00 PM CAS 427

Primo Levi Within Holocaust Literature

CAS XL 459 (4 credits)

A study of Primo Levi's writings and scientific, literary, theological, and philosophical approaches to the Holocaust. Other theorists (Arendt, Wiesel, and Müller-Hill) and other survivors' testimonies (Delbo, Borowski, Fink) are read in conjunction with Levi's works. Also offered as CAS LI 459 and RN 459.

2014FALLCASXL459 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 09:30:00 AM 11:00:00 AM GCB 204

Topics in Comparative Literature

CAS XL 470 (4 credits)

Three topics are offered Fall 2014. Students may take one, two, or three for credit. Section A1: Literature in Iran and Afghanistan. Readings are premodern and modern texts, as well as film viewings, with the aim of understanding how the two nations have received a shared literary heritage. What modern cultural concerns are reflected in the different views of the Persian past? Also offered as CAS LZ 380 A1. Section B1: Russia in the Middle East: Literary Encounters. How have Russian writers imagined the Muslim world? How have Arab writers imagined Russia and the USSR? What happened when these fantasies collided during real-life encounters (diplomacy, study abroad, war, exile)? Knowledge of Arabic or Russian useful but not necessary. Also offered as CAS LY 470 A1 and CAS LR 456 B1. Section C1: Melodrama. Melodrama as genre of fiction and film with focus on Japanese texts, viewed from a comparative perspective. Reading and discussion in English. Also offered as CAS LJ 451 A1.

2014FALLCASXL470 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 02:00:00 PM 03:30:00 PM STH 636
2014FALLCASXL470 B1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 04:00:00 PM 07:00:00 PM STH 318
2014FALLCASXL470 C1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30:00 PM 02:00:00 PM CAS 430

Topics in Religion and Literature

CAS XL 560 (4 credits)

Topic for Fall 2014: Apocalypse and Literature. Literary responses to the biblical book of Revelation, from ancient to modern times. Systematic analysis of the biblical text. Readings from Dante, Langland, Rabelais, Blake, Hölderlin, Dostoevsky, García Lorca, Samuel Beckett, and Flannery O'Connor. Reference to artistic and musical representations of apocalypse. Also offered as CAS RN 524 A1.

2014FALLCASXL560 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 03:00:00 PM 06:00:00 PM JSC 201