Comparative Literature | Comparative Literary Analysis: Writing about Writing
C205 | 15726 | S. Van der Laan


3 cr
Meets TR 11:15 am -12:30 pm
Carries A&H and COLL Intensive Writing Credit
This course is required for CMLT Undergraduate Majors

This course introduces students to methods of comparative literary
analysis. We will study works from a range of genres, periods, and
national traditions, with a focus on texts that are themselves about
writing or otherwise conscious of themselves as texts. By exploring
the literary techniques that these works use to call attention to
their status as works of art, we will also learn to expose
additional, hidden potential readings and meanings in literature.
Students will refine their close-reading skills and improve their
ability to craft essays in literary criticism—to write about writing
themselves. Readings will include William Shakespeare, Hamlet; Pedro
Calderon de la Barca, Life Is a Dream;  Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern Are Dead; Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote; A. S.
Byatt, Possession; short stories by Jorge Luis Borges; Italo
Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler; and a selection of lyric
poems.