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Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

CMLIT 004 (GH;IL) (ASIA 004) Introduction to Asian Literatures (3) Comparative interpretations of narrative, drama, lyric, and other writings from East Asia and other regions, viewed as world literature.

CMLIT 004 Introduction to Asian Literatures (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

CMLIT 004 is an introduction to Asian cultures through literary readings and other cultural texts (film is often included). No knowledge of Asian languages is needed. Though concentrating on East Asian and modern/contemporary literature, the course allows for the study of race, gender, culture, religion, philosophy, and ethnicity in a comparative, global, and historical perspective. While improving your understanding of difference and diverse cultures, this course incorporates not only works recognized as major, but also lesser known and even marginalized works by Asian writers as we study cultural and social identities and contexts. The course often focuses on fiction, though it includes readings from several literary genres. We will question generalizations about the meaning of "Asian" by showing the wide range of characteristics that can be found in Asian literary productions in different times and places. CMLIT 004 is one of the many choices of survey courses which count towards the Comparative Literature major and the World Literature minor. This course also fulfills the General Education Humanities requirement, the Bachelor of Arts Humanities and Other Cultures requirement, and the United States and International requirement.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Humanities
Effective: Fall 2010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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