Comparative Literature, West Chester University, PA: Courses

Comparative Literature Courses


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165 Introduction to World Literature (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to literature representative of both Western and non-Western cultures. Can be taken as an alternative to LIT 165. Not open to English majors.


201 Classical Mythology in the 20th Century (3)
Classical myths and their significance in selected works of literature, film, and art.


203 African Studies (3)
This course studies African culture through literature, anthropology, and history. It focuses on the socio-cultural and historical contexts of African writing through the colonial and post-colonial periods.


258 Women's Literature I (3)
A survey of world women's literature from 800 BCE to 1800. Readings are chosen from the works of Sappho, Aspasia, Diotima, Mutta, Auvaiyar, Sei Shonagan, Sule Sankavya, Murasaki, Hildegard von Bingen, Marguerite de Navarre, Phillis Wheatley, Aphra Behn, Madame d Stael, Jane Austen, and Fanny Burney, among others.


259 Women's Literature II (3)
A survey of world women's literature from 1800 to the present. Readings are chosen from the works of Harriet Jacobs, Ida B. Wells, Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Bronte, Jean Rhys, Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras, Christa Wolf, Merce Rodoreda, Jamaica Kincaid, Tsitsi Dangarembgna, Alifa Rifaat, Louise Erdrich, Cherrie Maraga, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Arundati Roy, among others.


260 World Literature I (3)
A survey from Homer through the 17th century.


261 World Literauture II (3)
A survey from the 18th century to the present.


270 Life, Death, Disease (3)
A course treating the study of literary works, film, and selected readings from other areas (history, science, fiction, and non-fiction) to generate an understanding fo the relationship of human values to medicine, illness, and issues of related importance to physicians.


297 Themes in Contemporary Literature (3)
Topics to be announced each time the course is offered.


304 Women and Film (3)
An examination of the role of women in contemporary world cinema and feminist film.


310 Contemporary Literature Criticism (3)
A survey of the major developments in European literary criticism during the 20th century with emphasis on the developments of the last twenty years.


311 Contemporary Latin-American Narrative (3)
An examination of Latin-American narrative (short story, novella, novel, and testimonial literature). Writers in Spanish and Portuguese from South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean will be studied, from the period of magical realism (1950s and 1960s) through the present.


329 Gender and Peace (3)
An examination of the ways in which social constructions of gender interact with perceptions and experiences of war and peace.


333 Latina Women's Writing (3)


350 Computer Applications in the Humanities (3)
An introduction to the computer and its applications in a number of humanistic disciplines (literature, history, and writing); some attention will also be given to foreign languages, linguistics, music, and art.


351 African Literature (3)
A study of the representation of Africa through the perspectives of African and other writers.


352 Modernity/Postmodernity (3)
A critical analysis of the modernity/postmodernity debates from the integrated perspectives of literature, philosophy, history, and politics.


361 Modern World Drama (3)
This course seeks to develop and to extend an understanding of the basic elements of drama. The student will be exposed to a range of theatrical practices and diverse traditions of world drama.


362 Modern World Fiction (3)
This course seeks to develop and to extend and understanding of the basic elements of fiction. The students will be exposed to a range of fictional practices and to diverse traditions of world fiction.


363 Soviet Literature and Film (3)
A comparative approach to selected 20th-century Soviet works in fiction, poetry, drama, and film.


365 African-American Film (3)
The history, form, and content of African-American film. The films chosen are from various genres and cover older and contemporary films.


367 Comparative Mythology (3)
An examination of world mythology, emphasizing the epic traditions of Persia, Greece, Italy, India, and China.


368 Culture, Myth, and Society (3)
The influence of Greek mythology on contemporary Western literature and thought.


369 Literature and Film (3)
The interrelation between selected works of world fiction and their film adaptations.


371 Law, Literature, and Communications (3)
A look at the presentational aspects of law--legal writing and oral argument--its constructions in narrative--law as literature and literature as law--and the relationship of law to anthropology, psychology, history, and sociology.


400 Comparative Literature Seminar (3)
Topics such as Beckett/Joyce, Homer/Joyce, Greek Comedy, Greek Tragedy, Myth and Film are offered periodically. Required of comparative literature majors in their junior or senior year. May be repeated for credit.


410 Independent Study in Comparative Literature (3)


411 Foreign Study in Comparative Literature (3)



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