Comparative Literature | Comparative Approaches to Lit.: Theory & Method
C305 | 1218 | Angela Pao

Comparative Approaches to Literature - Theory and Method

TR 9:30-10:45    BH 331

This section carries A & H credit

This course provides an introduction to major critical theories and
methods that have been central to literary analysis since the 1960s.
We will examine key issues and debates regarding the acts of writing,
reading and interpretation.  Our survey will include structuralist,
deconstructive, psychoanalytic, postmodern, postcolonial and reader
response approaches.  We will consider problems connected with the
application of theories across cultures.  As a class, we will consider
these theories as they might apply to one narrative work (Manuel
Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman) and one dramatic work (Shakespeare's

There will be two exams during the semester and a final 7-8-page paper
in which you will apply one of the theories to a short work of your
choice.   There will also be informal short written assignments on the
assigned readings.