Comparative Literature | Narrative
C313 | 1181 | --

Prof. Oscar Kenshur	 1:00-2:15   MW         BH 317
*Carries AHLA Credit
The course will provide an introduction to a variety of Western narrative
forms. We will be concerned with the ways in which narratives are
structured and with the ways in which they undertake to represent or
explain reality. Although we will mainly be concerned with fictional
narratives, and will be especially attentive to aspects of the evolution
of the novel, we will also consider the relationship between imaginative
narratives on the one hand, and  narratives (biographical, historical,
mythic and scientific) that purport to explain how real individuals, or
entire nations, or the world as whole, came to be the way they are.
Accordingly, the readings will include ancient creation myths, Livy's
History of Rome,  and Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle, as well as the
following works of imaginative literature: Virgil's  Aeneid, Sir Gawain
and the Green Knight, Boccaccio's Decameron, Lazarillo de Tormes,
Voltaire's Micromigas, Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Stoker's Dracula,
Woolf's To the Lighthouse, and Charles Baxter's, First Light. There will
be a midterm, a final, and a short term paper.