Comparative Literature | Romance and the Western Tradition
C219 | 15062 | B. Karahan

The Department of Comparative Literature Spring 2007

CMLT-C 219 # 15062

Romance and the Western Tradition

TR 01:00P-02:15P 	B. Karahan	BH 006
Satisfies A&H requirements

This class will examine one of history’s most enduring modes of
literature: the romance. In this course we will study the romance as
a genre subject to ever-evolving literary conventions. Our readings
will begin with classical texts and will follow the development of
the romance through the centuries, ending with a speculation on the
survival of the romance in contemporary literature. While we will
explore the relation of the romance to “love,” our approach will
expand beyond this limited notion to consider the subtle
developments of this literary genre. Moreover, we will trace the
romance not solely through its literary forms, but also through
painting and film. Students will learn to identify the various
attributes of the genre, and will learn to critique many diverse
texts within this framework. Course work will include two papers,
four short writing assignments, a final and a group presentation.