Comparative Literature | Comparative Approaches to Literature
C305 | 1126 | Halloran, V


Section meets COAS Arts & Humanities requirement

Class Meets:  MW 2:30-3:45   BH 245

This course introduces undergraduate literature majors to important
critical theories and practices that have shaped the study of
literature.  The comparative focus of this course is two-fold:  we
will discuss literary theory and reading practices developed by
influential thinkers from around the world and apply the theories
discussed in class to four short works of literature from various
eras and different cultural traditions:   two plays, Euripides’s
Medea and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and two novels, Gabriel García
Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Edwidge Danticat’s
Breath, Eyes, Memory.  Among the issues we will consider in this
course are: what criteria should we employ when comparing literature
from different cultural or linguistic traditions?  How does
translation complicate or simplify the comparative study of
literature?  How is comparative literature different from or similar
to the focused study of national literatures?

There will be a midterm exam, a final exam, and a term paper