Comparative Literature | The History and Theory of Narrative Forms
C313 | 25184 | Prof. R. McGerr

Department of Comparative Literature Fall 2006
CMLT-C 313(25184) /513(25161)
The History and Theory of Narrative Forms
Prof. R. McGerr
TR 1:00-2:15 BH 146

This course will introduce students to the variety of narrative
forms found in literatures from different times and cultures.   We
will examine some of the ways in which critics and theorists
interpret the aesthetic, psychological, and philosophical aspects of
narrative.  Among the issues we will explore are the social
functions of narrative texts, the relationship of gender and
narrative form, the role of inter-textuality in narrative tradition,
and the interplay of closed and open forms of narrative. In addition
to examples of myth, fairy tale, parable, and legend, we will study
more complex forms such as epic, romance, frame narrative, and
novel.  The readings for the course will include texts from ancient
times to the twentieth century: we will read a selection of
traditional and literary fairy tales, legends, and fables, as well
as The Odyssey, The Tale of Genji, Yvain, Inferno, The Decameron,
Lazarillo de Tormes, Candide, The Sorrows of Young Werther, Pride
and Prejudice, To the Lighthouse, Things Fall Apart, “The Garden of
Forking Paths,” and In the Labyrinth.  Students in C513 will have
additional reading assignments in critical theory.

Writing Requirements:
Students in C313 will write one comparative essay (5-7 pages), take
two quizzes on critical terms, and take a final exam.

Students in C513 will prepare two short class presentations on
critical readings, a proposal for a comparative research project,
and the completed research project.

*This course satisfies A&H requirements