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Courses Offered
Comparative Literary Studies

A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be  offered is based on the best projection of the home department and can be subject to change. 

Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social  Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement;  (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement. 

201. Introduction to Comparative Literary Studies. (H) Spring 2014 

Study of literature as a common human enterprise from ancient times to the present day, across  linguistic and national boundaries. Development of vocabulary and concepts for the analysis of  literary genres, themes and historical periods of literary development. Focus on literary texts from  various eras, cultures and languages. Readings will be in English. Bentzel 

220. The World of the Novel. (H) Fall 2013 

Since the time of its rise as a cultural force in the eighteenth century, the novel has changed our  sense of reality and ourselves. It became a form that has reshaped the literary universe. Readings in  this course will include works by Jane Austen, Gustave Flaubert, Fedor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka,  Willa Cather, and Vladimir Nabokov. Bernstein 

315. Introduction to Literary Theory. (H) Spring 2014 

As Jonathan Culler states, “Theory offers not a set of solutions but the prospect of further thought.  It calls for commitment to the work of reading, of challenging presuppositions, of questioning  the assumptions on which you proceed.” Students in this course will be introduced to theoretical  schools and concepts that shape the study of literature and the practice of literary analysis. Students  enrolling in this course should have taken at least one college-level literature course. Recommended  for students considering graduate studies in English. Same as ENG 315. Mueller 

Approved Courses For Electives

The courses listed below have been approved as Comparative Literary Studies electives.  Other courses, such as topics courses, may be approved by Scott Lerner, chairperson of  Comparative Literary Studies. Students should be aware that some of these courses have  prerequisites. 

JPN 220. Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature.

Spring 2014

LIT 230. Classical Myth.

Fall 2013

LIT 233. Religion in 20th Century Jewish Literature.

Fall 2014

LIT 315. Latin Comedy.


LAT 316. Latin Tragedy.


LAT 318. Latin Satire: Horace

Fall 2013

RST 112. Judaism

Fall 2013

RUS/LIT 214. Russian Novel from Pushkin to Tolstoy (19th Century).

Every Fall

RUS 217. Russia: The 20th Century in Print and Film.

Every Spring

TDF 110. Foundations of World Theatre.

Every Semester