Reading Across Cultures (3) Comparative approaches (studying international literary periods, themes, genres, etc.) and principles of literary interpretation introduced through readings representing various cultures.
CMLIT 100 Introduction to Comparative Literature (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
CMLIT 100 is an introductory course to the discipline of Comparative Literature. The course is built around a central theme (or series of themes) and the reading assignments are chosen to complement this central concept of the course. Past themes have included "Literatures of the Body," "Mortality and Immortality," "Art and Life," "Personal Narratives The Diary," "Close Encounters Africa and the West," "Knowledge and Power," among others. Through various traditional (books) and non-traditional (film, multimedia, hypermedia) texts from around the world, students will develop the ability to analyze literature in different ways. Students will examine the works both within their individual and diverse cultural contexts, and in their relationship to broad or universal themes that transcend the boundaries of time and place. As an introductory course, CMLIT 100 is intended to lay a solid foundation for further study in any college-level courses on cultures or literature. Through an examination of a wide range of world literature, we will explore the practical aspects of what it means to deal with literary works in a comparative global context. The course is intended to help you develop your analytical and comparative skills and to simultaneously introduce you to a wide variety of interesting world literatures. Students are evaluated on essay exams, in-class discussion, group projects, and a final comprehensive exam/essay. Evaluation may also include web-based activities, on-line discussion and written student journals/reaction papers. Note CMLIT 100 is a required course for students intending to major in Comparative Literature and is recommended for students in other humanities fields. General Education students are also encouraged to enroll. The course fulfills the General Education Humanities requirement, the Bachelor of Arts Humanities requirement, and the General Education United States and International Cultures requirement.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.