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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

CMLIT 153 (GH;IL) International Cultures: Film and Literature (3) Comparison of narrative techniques employed by literature and film in portraying different cultures, topics may vary each semester.

CMLIT 153 International Cultures Through Literature and Film (3)
(GH;IL)

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

This course will compare narrative and artistic techniques employed by literature and film in portraying different social and cultural environments, which will range widely around the globe and may include Africa and the Middle East, East Asia, and South America, as well as European and North American examples. Students will view approximately twelve to fourteen films and read five to six novels or other texts such as short stories, plays, and poems. The purpose of this course is to have students examine how the selected artists have developed their intentions and their subject matter in their respective medium, literature or film, and to allow students to study modes of narration across different cultures and media. Through a combination of lectures and comparative discussions, students will examine how narrative components, including plot, genre, environment, character, and point of view are developed in films and fiction from diverse cultures.

The comparative nature of the course allows students to understand, evaluate, and appreciate both the universal and unique qualities of the human condition. The study of narrative technique will help students develop analytical skills in discussing and writing about the literary and cinematic expression of cultural values.

Student performance will be evaluated through means such as midterm and final short answer and essay examinations, a short initial paper (1-2 pages), and a final comparative paper (4-5 pages). The individual instructor may choose to replace or supplement some of these assignments with oral presentations. The examinations and papers will allow the student to demonstrate competency in evaluating and comparing cultures, artists and mediums, and in expressing their ideas.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2011

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