Comparative Literature | Comparative Literary Analysis
C205 | 1272 | Pao, A


Meets:  TR  2:30-3:45    BH 317

This is an introductory course in literary interpretation required
of Comparative Literature majors and recommended for other students
interested in the study of literature.  Class sessions will
introduce basic methods and concepts of criticism through close
reading and discussion of texts by major authors (drama, short
fiction, and poetry).  The thematic focus this semester will be on
the performance of identity across different genres.  This course
carries writing intensive credit.

Readings will include Honoré de Balzac’s Sarrasine, short stories
and a play by Anton Chekhov, poems and a play by W.B.Yeats, poems by
Charles Baudelaire, short dramatic works by Samuel Beckett, Italo
Calvino’s Cosmicomics, modern noh plays by Yukio Mishima, Wole
Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel and Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in
the Mirror.  Critical concepts and interpretive techniques will be
introduced through close readings of lyric poems, plays, essays, and
pieces of short fiction.  There will be four short papers on
assigned topics