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New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007 Programs of Study For Liberal Arts Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Comparative Literature 195 Courses  


01:195:101Introduction to World Literature (3) Classics of Western and Eastern literature. Readings may include the Odyssey, the Tao Te Ching, Roman poetry, Beowulf, Shakuntala, The Tale of Genji, troubadour poetry, and Dante's Inferno.
01:195:102Introduction to World Literature: Colloquium (1) Readings and in-depth discussion and analysis of literary texts as well as works in theory. Corequisite: 01:195:101.
01:195:135Introduction to Short Fiction (3) The novella, short story, and short novel in Western and non-Western literary traditions. Authors: Boccaccio, Kleist, Hoffmann, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Mann, Kafka, Gide, and Akutagawa.
01:195:136Introduction to Short Fiction: Colloquium (1) Readings and in-depth discussion and analysis of short fiction as well as works in theory. Corequisite: 01:195:135.
01:195:150World Mythology (3) Story, structure, and meaning in myths of many cultures. Myth as a primary literary phenomenon, with some attention to anthropological and psychological perspectives.
01:195:151World Mythology: Colloquium (1) Readings and in-depth discussion and analysis of mythological and folkloric texts as well as works in theory. Corequisite: 01:195:150.
01:195:160Topics in Comparative Study (2) Designed to introduce students to the discipline of comparative literature by exposing them to six major literary texts within the context of critical and theoretical texts both of the period in which they originated and of later periods.
01:195:201Literature across Borders (3) The concept and practice of comparative literature across historical periods, cultures, and genres. Team-taught by the core faculty, and each year considers a different theme or critical problem.
01:195:203,204Masterworks of Western Literature (3,3) Comparative study of selected classical texts from the Western literary tradition. First term: Antiquity and Middle Ages. Second term: Renaissance to the present.
01:195:216Introduction to World Literatures in English (3) Survey of English language literatures, including Asian, African, and Caribbean, in a global context. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:216.
01:195:237Introduction to Classical Arabic Literature (3) Survey of a wide selection of Arabic literary texts in translation, dating from the 6th to the 12th centuries, including poetry and prose in both classical and colloquial Arabic.
01:195:241Masterpieces of Modern Greek Literature in Translation (3) Readings and discussions of representative works from the Erotokritos of Vitzentos Kornaros to the contemporary works of Giannis Ritsos. Credit not given for both this course and 01:489:241.
01:195:243Introduction to the Literatures of India (3) Indian literatures from Vedic times to the present. Emphasis on the Golden Age of Sanskrit literature and on the modern Indian novel and short story.
01:195:244Introduction to Myth (3) Myths of various cultures; their structures and functions in social and especially literary contexts. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:244.
01:195:245Introduction to Folklore (3) Major genres of folklore, including folktale, folk song, and legend, with attention to the methods of collecting and analyzing these materials. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:245.
01:195:249Modern Literatures of India (3) Short stories, novels, autobiographies, plays, poems, television dramas, and films that articulate identities on the Indian subcontinent during important periods of social change from 1400 to present. Topics include nationalism, gender relations, the language questions, communalism, the independence movement, and marginalized groups. All works read and viewed in translation.
01:195:301Introduction to Literary Theory (3) An examination of theoretical concepts and contexts that constitute and frame contemporary views of literature. Critical analysis of formalist, psychoanalytic, structuralist, post-structuralist, Marxist, and feminist approaches to theory and literature. Structured to familiarize students with recent debates in critical and cultural theory. Credit not given for both this course and either 01: 353:301 or 302. 01:353:301 or 302 may be counted for major core or minor core requirement with permission of undergraduate director.
01:195:303Genre in Cultural Context (3) Analysis of exemplary generic formations in their cultural contexts; genres considered cross-culturally. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:385. 01:353:385 may be counted for major core or minor core requirement with permission of undergraduate director.
01:195:304Fiction and Ideology (3) Fictional narratives as statements about the social order. Texts by major thinkers such as Marx, Lukács, Goldmann, Benjamin, and Williams.
01:195:306Literature and Cultural Conquest (3) Dissemination and reception of hegemonic literatures: the function of travel literature; the transformation and appropriation of popular cultures. Credit not given for both this course and 01:353:326. 01:353:326 may be counted for major core requirement with permission of undergraduate director.
01:195:307Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures and Theories (3) Study of novels, poetry, essays, and films from regions of the world deemed postcolonial, which may include Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean. Discussion of major issues in postcolonial theory and criticism.
01:195:308Gender, Race, and Textual Imagination (3) Literature as the privileged representation of the other. The connection between the form(s) of creative writing and the evolution of the very notion of sexual, and/or racial, differences. Theoretical readings: Irigaray, Kristeva, Johnson, Gates.
01:195:309Major Literary Trends (3) Survey of the major literary periods or movements such as classical, medieval, Renaissance, romanticism, realism, and naturalism.
01:195:310Literary Institutions (3) Literature as a socially determined phenomenon. The historical evolution of the status of the writer, of the work, of the critic, as well as of the means of, and the obstacles to, the dissemination of literary writing in various societies.
01:195:312Literature and the Psyche (3) Texts by Freud, Lacan, and Jung. Introduction to the various literary questions raised by modern theories in psychology, particularly psychoanalysis.
01:195:314Literature as a Kind of Language (3) Introduction to criticism influenced by modern philosophies of language. Emphasis on formalism, structuralism, semiotics, and deconstruction. Readings: Saussure, Jakobson, Levi Strauss, Barthes, Derrida, de Man.
01:195:315Dante and Medieval Culture (3) Dante's work in historical perspective: the theological antecedents, memory of the classical writers, and new profane literary experience. Credit not given for both this course and 01:560:315.
01:195:316Politics, Literature, and the Arts (3) Discussion and analysis of political elements in selected aesthetic works that vary with the instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 01:790:316.
01:195:318Literary Approaches to Sacred Texts (3) Literary analysis of the formation and structure of the major texts of several world religions. Attention to style, genre, and cross- cultural interpretation. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:322.
01:195:320World Cinema I (3)Developments in French, Italian, British, Russian, and other national cinemas from 1896 to World War II; also examines cross-influences between foreign and American cinema.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:354:320.
01:195:321World Cinema II (3)Development in French, Italian, British, Russian, Japanese, and other national cinemas after World War II; also examines cross-influences between foreign and American cinema.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:354:321.
01:195:324Twentieth-Century Literature in a Global Context (3)Twentieth-century writing in English other than British and American.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:350:378.
01:195:326Background of Homoerotic Literature (3)Survey of gay and lesbian literature form Greeks to the 1920's stressing formal and generic analysis between cultures.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:315.
01:195:327Women's Traditions in Literature (3)Fiction and poetry by women in three periods: Heian Japan (800-1200), the continental European Renaissance, and 19th-century England. Focus on the social context of a feminine literacy tradition and the relationship between gender and genre.
Prerequisite: One course in women writers or permission of instructor.
01:195:329Modern Japanese Novel and the West (3) Introduction to Japanese literature in translation from 1885 to the present, focusing on the influence of Western cultural ideals and literary forms. Special emphasis on the development of the novel form. Authors: Sőseki, Tőson, Akutagawa, Tanizaki, Kawabata, and Mishima.
01:195:331The Novel, East and West (3) The novel of the last one hundred years as a cross-cultural form. Comparison of novels from America, Europe, Asia, India, and Africa.
01:195:332Love, Honor, and Suicide in Japanese Literature (3) Suicide as a theme in Japanese literature from the eighth century to the present, with comparisons to the theme of suicide in Western literature. Selected texts from Western literature read to gain a comparative perspective. Films shown as well. Credit not given for both this course and 01:565:317.
01:195:333Modern Writers and East Asia (3) Influence of Asian literature and philosophy on the development of Western poetry, drama, and fiction of the 20th century. Works include poems of Pound, Brecht, and Gary Snyder; plays of Yeats and Brecht; novels of Forster, Conrad, and Hesse.
01:195:335Minority Literatures (3) Cross-national and comparative studies of literature of one or more ethnic, racial, or cultural groups. Topics vary; consult department announcement. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:369.
01:195:336Literatures of Migration, Immigration, and Diaspora (3) Writings, mainly in English, that foreground representations of place, community, and identity in relation to national and international movement and displacement. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:366.
01:195:340Renaissance and Baroque (3) Intellectual currents and representative works, including epic, lyric, prose fiction, and drama of the European Renaissance. Readings from Marlowe, Rabelais, Montaigne, Erasmus, More, and others.
01:195:341European Neoclassicism (3) European literature in the 17th and early 18th centuries and its connections with political, philosophical, and scientific thought of the time. Authors: Galileo, Descartes, Corneille, Moličre, Milton, Dryden, Pope, and Grimmelshausen.
01:195:342The Romantic Movement (3) Intellectual currents and representative works, including lyric, prose fiction, and drama of the European romantic movement. Major romantic texts of France, Germany, and Russia.
01:195:344Myth and Modern Greece (3) Various expressions of myth in modern Greece and their relation to the country's contemporary history. Ancient myth and its re-adaptation in modern context. Credit not given for both this course and 01:489:344.
01:195:345Literary Modernism (3) Exploration of the concept of "modernism" through major literary works written in English and other languages.
01:195:346Classical Backgrounds of Literature (3) Influence on literature of classical Greek and Roman epic, tragedy, comedy, and other literary forms. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:317.
01:195:347The Life and Works of Odysseus Elytis (3) Examination of the works of Odysseus Elytis; the writers and artists who influenced his work. Credit not given for both this course and 01:489:347.
01:195:348Byzantine Literature (3) Key genres and works of Byzantine literature, late 6th through 15th century. Readings drawn from history, hagiography, poetry, theology, orations, romance, satire, and laments. Credit not given for this course and 01:190:316 or 01: 489:316.
01:195:349The Bible and Western Literature (3) Influence of the King James and other versions of the Bible on literature in English. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:319.
01:195:350Theory of Narrative (3) Logic of narrative and its implications in modern culture. Theoretical texts by Jakobson, Foucault, Genette, and Propp. Modern fiction (Poe, Borges, Robbe-Grillet), newspaper articles, and advertisements. Prerequisite: One course in literature or permission of instructor.
01:195:352The European Novel (3) Comparative study of the emergence of forms, themes, and techniques of the novel from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
01:195:354The 19th-Century Novel (3) Major works of fiction in their historical and social context. Authors include Balzac, Stendhal, Dickens, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Eliot, and Mann.
01:195:356Modern Fiction (3) Major works of fiction from 1900 to 1945 in their historical and political context. Works by such authors as Lawrence, Gide, Woolf, Mann, Malraux, Kafka, Proust, Sőseki, and Lu Xun.
01:195:357Contemporary Novel (3) Major novels written since 1945. Authors include Camus, Solzhenitsyn, Kundera, Böll, Tanizaki, Kawabata, Lessing, and Pavese.
01:195:358Odysseus: From Homer to Kazantzakis (3) Examination of the Homeric figure of Odysseus; his reincarnation and transformation in modern Greek. Credit not given for both this course and 01:489:358. Taught in English.
01:195:359Literature of the Fantastic (3) Short stories of the 19th and 20th centuries, with some consideration of longer forms and parallel literary developments in ancient and Eastern cultures. Structuralist and psychological approaches to genre.
01:195:360Autobiography (3) Major works with special focus on theory and poetics. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:341.
01:195:370Germany Confronts the Holocaust (3) Analysis of the shifting role of the Holocaust in postwar German public life-in art, literature, museums and other memorials, film, television, and political discourse. Some attention will also be given to Austria and Switzerland; contrasts will be drawn to the place of the Holocaust in postwar and contemporary America. Credit not given for this course and 01:470:370 or 01: 563:370.
01:195:375The Devil in the Text (3) An investigation of the devil's image in literature across cultures and centuries. Departing from the biblical text, a study of the personalization of evil as reproduced in literary works.
01:195:380German-Jewish Literature and Culture from the Enlightenment to the Present (3) Survey of German-Jewish culture, 18th century to the present. Literature in political-historical context, with some attention to music, philosophy, and film. Credit not given for both this course and 01:470:380.
01:195:383The Life and Works of Nikos Kazantzakis (1885-1957) (3) Works of Nikos Kazantzakis (1885-1957) and the Eastern and Western ideas that influenced him-Homer, Henri Bergson, Nietzsche, Freud, and Buddhist philosophy. Pre- or corequisite: 01:489:241 or permission of instructor. Credit not given for both this course and 01:489:383.
01:195:384Poetry (3) Poetry from the ancient Greeks to the 20th century, including Western and Asian poetry.
01:195:385Modern Poetry (3) Comparative survey of poetry in languages other than English from 1850 to the present. Poets include Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Rilke, Brecht, Neruda, Vallejo, Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Pessoa, Apollinaire, and Artaud.
01:195:387Hybrid Western Modernity in Literature and the Arts (3) The formation of European modernity in literature and the arts from the 1880s-1930 under the impact of Japanese and other non-Western aesthetics.
01:195:388The Cultures of the Middle Ages (3) Detailed introduction to a particular aspect of the rich cultural diversity of the European Middle Ages. Topics vary. Credit not given for both this course and 01:350:388 or 01:667:388.
01:195:390Comedy (3) Study of the major comic traditions, especially the Menandrian (Menander, Plautus, Terence, Moličre) and its modern descendant, the comedy of social criticism (Beaumarchais, Gogol, Chekhov, Shaw).
01:195:391Tragedy (3) Study of the literature and theory of tragedy from the Greeks to the 20th century. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:326.
01:195:392The Realistic Theater (3) History of the realistic presentation of theatrical spectacles in Europe from the 18th to the 20th century. Equal emphasis on staging and playwriting. Includes Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw, and Becque.
01:195:393Israeli Theater and Film (3) Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to Israeli theater and film as a crossroads between East and West. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:393.
01:195:395Issues in Comparative Literature (3) Separate sections focusing on comparative, interdisciplinary topics. Specific titles announced at the time of registration. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be taken more than once. Content will differ each term.
01:195:399Service Learning Internship (1) One credit community service placement in comparative literature. Must be taken in conjunction with a designated CASE (Citizenship and Service Education) course offered in comparative literature.
01:195:407Homer and Joyce (3) Comparison of the Odyssey and Ulysses to show how a modern author employs the past in an attempt to construct a world epic. Homer read in translation.
01:195:419History of Criticism (3) History of criticism from Plato and Aristotle to the 20th century.
01:195:420History of Criticism (3) Major criticism of the 20th century.
01:195:437,438Twentieth-Century Arabic Literature (3,3) Survey of representative works of Arabic literature in translation, including poetry, the novel, the short story, and plays. Emphasis on how new literary trends reflect sociocultural change in the Arab world, including debates over tradition, gender relations, and cultural pluralism. Prerequisite: At least one prior course in literature (English or world) or one course in Middle Eastern studies. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:013:437,438 or 01:685:437,438.
01:195:440Seminar: Topics in Genre (3) Intensive study, in a discussion-oriented format, of a particular genre (e.g., pastoral, epic, comedy, lyric) or relationship among genres. Topics vary; consult department. Credit not given for both this course and 01:351:440.
01:195:480Special Topics in Comparative Literature (3) Variable content. Special studies in particular ideas, themes, forms, and historic units in literature. Designed by individual instructor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
01:195:490Modern Middle Eastern Literature in Translation (3) Modern literature in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish traditions, with focus on poetry, the short story, and the novel. Credit not given for both this course and 01:563:480 or 01:685:490.
01:195:493,494Independent Study (BA,BA) Independent reading under supervision of a member of the department. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department.
01:195:495,496Honors in Comparative Literature (3,3) Independent research on the honors thesis. Prerequisite: Permission of the department.
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