Comparative Literature | World Literature since 1500
C301 | 25181 | Prof. Losensky


MW 11:15-12:30   SE 240

Since the earliest days of civilization, literature has documented
the values, passions, and conflicts that make us human. This course
surveys various forms of literary expression from the first written
records to the end of the Middle Ages. Our readings will encompass
all the major centers of urban civilization -- East and West Asia,
India, and the Mediterranean--with special emphasis given to "non-
Western" cultures.
The course will be divided into three units: religious and
cosmographic texts, including the hymns of ancient Egypt and India,
the scriptures of the Abrahamic faiths, and the writings of
Confucius and Lao Tse; the great epic traditions of the Near East,
Greece, and India; and lyric poetry from ancient China to medieval
southern Europe.  Requirements include class participation, quizzes
and a final exam, and three short papers.

*This course meets A&H, CS, and Intensive Writing  requirements