Comparative Literature | Romance & The Western Tradition
C219 | 22027 | Kristin Reed


CMLT-C 219 (22027): Romance & The Western Tradition
Instructor: K. Reed,  TR 1:00-2:15,
Fulfills A&H requirements.

This class will examine one of history's most enduring modes of
literature: the romance. Our readings will begin with classical
texts and we will follow the romance through its development in the
West.   After coming to an understanding of what "Romance" means as
a Western genre, we will trace similar literary forms in Asian,
Middle Eastern, and African literatures, questioning the nature of
the genre as a whole, and coming to an understanding of how similar
motifs and stylistic traits unite literatures from a variety of
cultural traditions.   While we will explore romance as a genre
of "love," our approach will expand far beyond this limited
conceptualization of the romance as a literary work.   We will trace
the romance not solely through its literary forms, but also through
painting, music and film.  Students will learn to identify the
various characteristics of the genre, and will learn to critique
many diverse texts within this framework.   Course work will include
two papers, four short writing assignments and a final.