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C LIT 240 B: Writing in Comparative Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
THO 231
Head shot of Richard Boyechko
Richard Boyechko

Syllabus Description:

Bong Joon-ho making two of his Oscar awards kiss.

The 2020 Academy Awards were an important milestone for the South Korean director BONG Joon-ho*, whose most recent film Parasite (2019) won four Oscars, including Best Picture. In fact, the film made Academy Awards history for being the first non-English language film to win that coveted award. Even before this boost in international acclaim, however, over the past twenty years Bong had been an acclaimed director in his native country and around the world. In this class, we will celebrate the director's achievements by watching and discussing his works starting from Parasite and working in reverse chronological order down to his film school projects from the 1990s.

For full syllabus, see Full Syllabus page.

Required Materials

  • Gerald Graff and Kathy Birkenstein's They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, 4th edition, W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.

    Available from the University Bookstore or Amazon, among other places. Any edition will do, including ebook from Amazon or publisher website.

  • Parasite (dir. Bong Joon-ho, 2019)

    We will be watching this during second week. The film can be bought or rented in the US from YouTube, Prime Video, Google Play, and Vudu. On April 8th, the film will also be part of Hulu's line-up, so you will be able to watch it there with Hulu subscription.

* His family name is Bong, his given name is Joon-ho.

** Course image by Laurène Boglio from Little White Lies interview.

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: 
February 11, 2020 - 9:12pm