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Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

CMLIT 083S (GH;IL) First-Year Seminar in Comparative Literature (3) International topics in literature and culture; each seminar will have a specific topic as announced (see the Comparative Literature Web site).

CMLIT 083S First-Year Seminar in Comparative Literature (3)

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

One of the most important trends of our time is the increasing emphasis on internationalism and globalization. This course offers an international, intercultural approach to the study of literature, crossing the boundaries of time, place, nationalities, languages, and cultures. The range of literature taught in Comparative Literature as a discipline draws from every continent of the globe and from the ideas, experiences, and inspiration of women and men across thousands of years.

With an entire world of literature to choose from, the content of the course varies with the expertise and interests of the faculty member. Sample topics include 'Literature and Illness,' 'Literary Reflections of Biblical Themes,' 'The Power of Literature to Change Our Lives,' and 'America Seen Through Foreign Eyes.' Each seminar focuses on a specific topic that highlights the nature of literary study and research, presents debates in the discipline, and opens the way to further investigations. Topics for each semester are posted on the department's website: .

At the end of the seminar, students will be acquainted with representative texts from multiple literatures, with the methods of comparative literature study, and with selected important literary genres, themes, periods, and styles.

This seminar can be used to fulfill the General Education or Bachelor of Arts Humanities requirement, the Intercultural/International Competence requirement, and the first-year seminar requirement. Students will have gained experience in writing, speaking, information synthesis, and international approaches. The seminar will help prepare students for a variety of additional courses in literature and the humanities generally.

In addition to the academic topic of this course, students should gain a general introduction to the University as an academic community, including exploring their responsibilities as members of that community. They should also develop an understanding of the academic tools and resources available to them, including the opportunity to work with faculty and other students who share their academic interests.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

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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