Comparative Literature

Explorations in World Literature: Leaving Home

CAS XL 100 (4 credits)

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.

Introduction to Comparative Literature: Western Literature (in English Translation)

CAS XL 222 (4 credits)

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; no prerequisites. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

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.

Introduction to Comparative Literature: East Asian Literature (in English Translation)

CAS XL 224 (4 credits)

Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of some of the most influential texts of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature. Readings may include The Tale of the Genji, Dream of the Red Chamber, and Nine-Cloud Dream. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.

Introduction to Comparative Literature: South Asian Literature (in English translation)

CAS XL 225 (4 credits)

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.

Major Contemporary Foreign Language Authors (in English translation)

CAS XL 254 (4 credits)

Introduction to contemporary literature through works that have had major influence on the literature of the world.

Gateway to Asian Cultures

CAS XL 260 (4 credits)

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. Also offered as CAS LC 260, CAS LJ 260, CAS LK 260, AND CAS LN 260.

Holocaust Literature and Film (in English translation)

CAS XL 281 (4 credits)

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 and CAS RN 385.

Images from Africa: Introduction to African Cinema

CAS XL 285 (4 credits)

Exploration of recent African films in their social and historical contexts, with attention to the theory and practice of filmmaking in sub-Saharan Africa today. Themes include popular culture, tradition versus modernity, political problems, and women's rights. (Films shown with English subtitles.)

Topics in Classical and Modern Literature

CAS XL 310 (4 credits)

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.

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