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C LIT 240 E: Writing in Comparative Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
MGH 074
Head shot of Richard Boyechko
Richard Boyechko

Syllabus Description:

(This page shows the class calendar. For the course syllabus, please see the Actual Syllabus page.)

All readings are from the two textbooks for the class or can be found on Canvas; the location is indicated in parentheses. I will keep the calendar updated throughout the term, notifying everyone whenever I make a significant change.

Week 1 (4/1–4/5)

  • Tue: (Nothing)
  • Thu: Hao Jingfang, "Summer at Grandmother's House" (Canvas, Web, Audio)
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response

Week 2 (4/8–4/12)

  • Tue: Albert Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus (Canvas, pp. 17–32, 107–111); Borges's "The Garden of Forking Paths" (Canvas or Labyrinths, pp. 19–29)
  • Thu: [reread stories from Tuesday]
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response

Week 3 (4/15–4/19)

  • Tue: Borges's "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" (pp. 3–18); "The Lottery in Babylon" (pp. 30–35); "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" (pp. 36–44)
  • Thu: [reread]
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response

Week 4 (4/22–4/26)

  • Tue: Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky's "Seams" (Canvas: pp. 61–86); Franz Kafka's "The Hunger Artist" (Canvas: pp. 268–77)
  • Thu: [reread]; Office Hours: 15:20-16:20
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response; Office Hours: 12:00-13:00

Week 5 (4/29–5/3)

  • Mon: (Due) Essay #1, Raw Ingredients
  • Tue: Borges's "The Secret Miracle" (pp. 88–94); "The Sect of the Phoenix" (pp. 101–104) ; "The Immortal" (pp. 105–118)
  • Thu: [reread]
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response

Week 6 (5/6–5/10)

  • Mon: (Due) Essay #1, Revision
  • Tue: Schulz's Collected Stories, pp. 1–53 (until "The Street of Crocodiles")
  • Thu: Collected Stories, pp. 54–80 (end of Cinnamon Shops)
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response

Week 7 (5/13–5/17)

  • Tue: Krzhizhanovsky's "Thirty Pieces of Silver" (Canvas, pp. 162–69); Borges's "Three Versions of Judas" (Labyrinths, pp. 95–100) and "The Shape of the Sword" (pp. ??–??)
  • Thu: [reread, until further notice]
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response

Week 8 (5/20–5/24)

  • Tue: Can Xue's "Blue Light in the Sky" (Canvas, pp. 1–12); "The Bizarre Wooden Building" (Canvas, pp. 13–19); and "The Hut on the Mountain" (Canvas, pp. 212–216)
  • Thu: Can Xue's "Night in the Mountain Village" (Canvas, pp. 104–126) and Afterword (Canvas, pp. 209-212)
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response

Week 9 (5/27–5/31)

  • Mon: [Holiday: Memorial Day]
  • Tue: Kafka's "A Country Doctor" (Canvas, pp. 220–25) and "The Wall of China" (Canvas, pp. 235–48)
  • Thu: Borges's "The Waiting" (pp. 165–68), "The Circular Ruins" (pp. 45–50) ; "Zhuang Zhou Dreams of a Butterfly" (Canvas)
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response

Week 10 (6/3–6/7)

  • Tue: Borges's "The God's Script" (pp. 169–73); Camus's "Absurd Freedom" (pp. 51–63)
  • Thu: Can Xue's "Mosquitoes and Mountain Ballads" (Canvas, pp. 201–8); Kafka's "Josephine the Singer" (Canvas, pp. 360–76); Krzhizhanovsky's "13th Category of Reason" (Canvas, pp. 125–32)
  • Fri: (Due) Reading Response
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: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm