Comparative History of Literature
- The overall objective of this course is to provide students with theoretical tools and material substance for coparative analysis of trends, authors, and texts across national, cultural, and medial borders.
- Retracing the material of the entire Program's literary curriculum, the course enables students to obtain and finalize a panomaric view over the cultural and literary scene of the 19th to 21st centuries, as well as revise and sharpen their critical thinking about methods in comparative literature studies.
- analyzes, relates, and compares literary texts across lingual and cultural borders
- demonstrates a potential for undertaking independent research in the area of comparative literature studies
- questions and thinks critically about the historical, cultural, formal, ideological, and medial distinctions accepted normatively in comparative literature studies and related disciplines within arts and humanities
- understands and explains articulately the central theoretical concepts that account for literary relationships among several national traditions of the last two centuries in comparative terms
- The Indiscipline of Comparison—Looking Back from the Twenty-First Century
- The Political Unconscious of Nineteenth-Century Realism in Literature and Art
- Surrealism and Its Global Legacy
- In-Class ParticipationStudent are expected to attend all classes and participate in seminar discussions. During the tutorials, students demonstrate that they have read the texts assigned for homework by responding to the course instructor’s warm-up introduction of the topic, answering questions, commenting, and asking further questions to engage the class in a meaningful conversation
- TestOnline tests, 10 questions each, via LMS
- EssayAt the end of the first module, students submit a short comparative essay - 5 pages maximum (Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced).
- Online contributionThroughout the course, students submit various assignments to the course participants’ LMS forum (new topics, replies to topics and other students’ posts, attaching extra materials for others to see).
- Seminar presentationIn the second and third module, each student will make one 10-15 min. presentation (in English), focusing closely on one text from the assignment for that week. The presentation should avoid background information and summarization of the text; instead students should present a sustained argument with a strong thesis. The presentation should conclude with a question (or two) addressed to the class for further discussion.
- Final research paper7-8 pages (Times New Roman, 12 pt., double-spaced). At the end of the third module, students submit a research paper on a topic directly related to the content of the course. The important thing is the sophistication of your analytical approach. Therefore, you should refer to at least 1-2 of the theoretical/scholarly works from the syllabus (or other equally important theoretical/scholarly works).
- Behdad, A., & Thomas, D. R. D. (2011). A Companion to Comparative Literature (Vol. 1st ed). Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=391356
- Brodskai︠a︡, N. V. (2012). Surrealism. New York: Parkstone International. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=455960
- Brooks, P. (2005). Realist Vision. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=187667
- Damrosch, D. (2017). How to Read World Literature (Vol. Second edition). Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1553409
- Richardson, M. (2006). Surrealism and Cinema. Oxford: Berg Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=204125