Comparative Literature | Comparative Approach to Literature: Theory & Method
C305 | 1124 | Prof. Hoesterey

*Satisfies COAS AHLA requirement*

Like most humanities disciplines, Comparative Literature has enriched
its critical practice by integrating recent theoretical perspectives
in its core program.  We will rub key concepts of critical theory such
as textuality and history, intertextuality, critique of master
narratives, deconstruction, and others against more traditional
approaches that continue to be profitable to the ambitious
comparatist.  Work on the genres of poetry and narrative, in
particular, is still greatly facilitated by the knowledge about
earlier reception patterns; the analysis of narrative structures in
prose texts can be made surprisingly productive for projects that
compare cultural discourses or that trace a minor genre like pastiche
across the spectrum of the arts.  We will be reading selected
theoretical and primary texts.  Requirements include a mid-term
practice paper and a final exam.