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C LIT 252 A: Introduction To Comparative Literature: Genres

The Search for Self

Meeting Time: 
TTh 9:30am - 11:20am
MLR 301
Jennifer E. Dubrow

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What separates the man from the monster, the dutiful daughter from the public revolutionary, or the rebellious lover from the obedient citizen? This course explores these questions and more. The course examines the search for self in works of literature from ancient Greece (Antigone), ancient and modern India (Sakuntala), nineteenth-century England (Frankenstein), and America. The readings all highlight the acts of rebellious individuals against established social expectations, gender roles, and/or political and cultural norms. We will ask throughout the course how identities are made, and how the process of self-formation is explored by works of literature and some films.

The course is designed as an introduction to comparative literature. No prior knowledge is assumed. The course will be divided into four units, each focused on a contrasting pair of readings and a particular genre (short story, novel, drama, poem).

The major texts for this course are:
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Sophocles, Antigone
Kalidasa, Sakuntala
Various short stories and poems available through online reserves.

Catalog Description: 
Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:19am