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Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

CMLIT 111 (GH;IL) Introduction to Literatures of India (3) Narrative, lyric, religious, oral, and dramatic literature, as well as film from India studied in translation from a global perspective.

CMLIT 111 Introduction to Literatures of India (3)
(GH;IL)

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

CMLIT 111 examines readings and cultural texts from India and other parts of South Asia, including both classical and modern texts from a variety of traditions. Readings from languages other than English will be in translation. You will read, discuss, and write about these texts from the viewpoint 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 lesser known and even marginalized works by Asian writers in this study of cultural and social identities and contexts. CMLIT 111 will also help you understand the influence of classical texts, as well as classical and modern culture, on recent literary productions of South Asia. You will gain an understanding of different national literatures and cultures, as well as knowledge of the historical, philosophical, and political contexts that produced them. Ideas such as "the other," gender, and Orientalism will also be included in discussions of the texts. CMLIT 111 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 requirement, or the Intercultural/International requirement. Methods of evaluation might include at least 2-3 unit quizzes based on identification/short description and/or 2-3 short essays; in-class discussion; group presentation; use of discussion threads of coursetalk for supplemental discussion; creative project/final essay.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and 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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