Comparative Literature | Romance and the Western Tradition
C219 | 11322 | K. Yang


3 cr
Meets TR 4:00 -5:15 pm
Fulfills A&H Distribution Credit

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. Readings will
begin with classical texts and will follow the romance through the
development of the western literary tradition, ending with a
speculation on the existence of the romance in literature today.
While we will explore romance as a genre of "love," our approach
will focus on generic conventions that expand beyond this recurring
motif to consider the manifestations of romance in other forms,
including music, paintings, poetry, drama, and films. Students will
learn to identify the various attributes of the genre, and will
learn to compare and critique many diverse texts within this
framework.

Major coursework will include two short papers, a group
presentation, and a mid-term and final exam.