New Course - Spring 2019

New Course - Spring 2019

Introduction to Comparative Literature and Literary Theory

Comparative Literature 14, Philosophy 14

Tuesdays 1:15-3:55

Richard Eldridge

Tayib Salih
Season of Migration to the North 

Rainier Maria Rilke
Neue Gedichte 

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
“Can the Subaltern Speak?”

Adrienne Rich
When We Dead Awaken

John Donne
“The Canonization”

Frantz Fanon
The Wretched of the Earth

Dionne Brand
Thirsty

György Lukács
 “Art and Objective Truth”

This course will survey major theories of the literary object and how to understand it (New Critical Close Reading;Structuralism; Russian Formalism; Psychoanalytic Theory; Deconstruction; Marxism and Neo-Marxism; New Historicism; Post-Colonialism; Feminism and Gender Theory; Distant Reading; Philosophical Approaches; World Literature) juxtaposed with attention to a wide range of literary objects in different languages and from different cultures. This juxtaposition will enable us to highlight and assess various conceptions of the cultural functions of literature and of literary critical knowledge. This is an introductory level theory and analysis course, and all texts will be in English, though working with a few short originals in other languages will be possible and encouraged.  Pre-requisite: one course in either Literature (any language) or philosophy.