Comparative Literature | Comparative Literary Analysis: Words and Silence
C205 | 29334 | Professor Alina Sokol

MWF 1:25-2:15
fulfills A&H and IW credit
*this class is required for CMLT majors*

This course offers an introduction to comparative literary analysis
through close readings of works from various genres (poetry, prose,
drama), periods, and traditions, with a specific focus on the
relationship between words and their meaning. We will trace the ways
in which writers use literary forms to examine the communicative and
expressive potential of language: the ability of words to convey their
intended meanings and various instances in which these intended
meanings are silenced. Readings may be drawn from such texts/authors
as Lazarillo de Tormes, William Shakespeare, Abbé Prévost, Oscar
Wilde, Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Tyutchev, and Jorge Luis Borges, among

This course is required for Comparative Literature majors, but is open
to all students interested in literature. The course fulfills the
Intensive Writing requirement. Coursework will include 3-4 short
essays on assigned topics and informal writing exercises.