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C LIT 240 F: Writing In Comparative Literature

Meeting Time: 
MWF 11:30am - 1:20pm
SMI 307
Yasaman Naraghi

Syllabus Description:

Course Description: Succession, Continuity, and Intertextuality


Succession, related to a precedent, not imitation, is the correct expression for any influence that the products of an exemplary author can have on others.

-Immanuel Kant


Any text is constructed as a mosaic of quotations; any text is the absorptions and transformation of another.

-Julia Kristeva


There were (and are) schools of thought that regard the meaning of a text deriving from an interaction between the reader and the text itself. Although a valid claim, in this course, we will focus our attention away from this solitary relationship and will instead focus our attention on the interplay between texts, authors, and readers. To this end, we will read and examine a selection of texts that are either in succession to or in conversation with each other. We will consider how a literary text succeeds another and how we read (or can read) the influences of other texts on it. A primary question that will guide our reading, writing, and class discussions pertains to how our understanding of a literary text comes to being and is reshaped once the text is introduced within a constellation.



Required Texts

 Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Light in August by William Faulkner

The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

 (Available at the University Bookstore under C Lit 240A)

Catalog Description: 
Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements Met: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:12pm