Comparative Literature

  • GRS XL 741: 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two literature courses and consent of instructor.
    What is The Thousand and One Nights? How has this ever-expanding collection appealed to its diverse audiences? Focus on Nights structure and themes, notable translations and offshoots in western literature and art, and later appropriations by Arab and Muslim writers.
  • GRS XL 742: Travel Writing and the Muslim World
    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.
  • GRS XL 743: 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.
  • GRS XL 951: Directed Study in Comparative Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department.
    A directed study in the field of comparative literature. May be repeated for credit.
  • GRS XL 952: Directed Study in Comparative Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department.
    A directed study in the field of comparative literature. May be repeated for credit.