Comparative Literature | Narrative
C313 | 1126 | Prof. Kenshur


9:30-10:45	TR 	BH 331

*Satisfies COAS AHLA requirement.
This course provides and 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 other narrative
(mythic, historical, and scientific) that support to explain how real
individual, or entire nations, or the world as a 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 Micromégas, 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 s short
term paper.