Comparative Literature | Narrative: The History and Theory of Forms
C513 | 25610 | Prof. McGerr


C513 (25610)
Narrative:The History and Theory of Narrative Forms
Prof. R. McGerr
MW 1:00-2:15



This course will introduce students to the variety of narrative forms
found in literatures from different times and cultures.   We will
examine some of the ways in which critics and theorists interpret the
aesthetic, psychological, and philosophical aspects of narrative.
Among the issues we will explore are the social functions of
narrative texts, the relationship of gender and narrative form, the
role of inter-textuality in narrative tradition, and the interplay of
closed and open forms of narrative. In addition to examples of myth,
fairy tale, parable, and legend, we will study more complex forms
such as epic, romance, frame narrative, and novel.  The readings for
the course will include texts from ancient times to the twentieth
century.  We will begin with a selection of myths, fairy tales,
legends, and ancient and modern fables, and then turn to longer
narrative forms: The Odyssey, The Tale of Genji, The Arabian Nights,
Yvain, Inferno, The Decameron, Lazarillo de Tormes, The Sorrows of
Young Werther, Pride and Prejudice, To the Lighthouse, Things Fall
Apart, and In the Labyrinth.  Students in C513 will have additional
reading assignments in critical commentary.

Writing Requirements:

Students in C513 will prepare two short class presentations on
critical readings, a proposal for a comparative research project, and
the completed research project.