Comparative Literature | Comparative Literary Analysis
C205 | 1119 | Prfo. Pao

*Satisfies COAS AHLA and Intensive Writing requirement*

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). There will be four papers on specific assigned topics. The
thematic focus this semester will be on the performance of identity
across different genres.  Readings may include works by Austen,
Balzac, Pushkin, Chekhov, Yeats, Camus, Beckett, Calvino, Friel, and
Deavere Smith.
Critical concepts and interpretive techniques will be introduced
through close readings of lyric poems, plays, essays, and pieces of
short fiction.