Reading, understanding, and enjoying literature from various countries, in different forms of expression (e.g., dramatic, lyric, narrative, rhetorical) and of representative periods. Emphasis on the comparative study of themes and motifs common to many literatures of the world.
Comparative Literature 200 is an introductory literature course composed of a selection of international works of varying genres and mediums. For the purpose of coherence, we will focus on a body of texts organized around the topic of ritual death and sacrifice. ’ Antigone. We will, then, move on to the Renaissance by reading Hydriotaphia, Urn Burial by Sir Thomas ’ Browne and The Oration on the Dignity of Man by Pico della Mirandola. We will proceed to Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and conclude with two texts of European Modernism: Thomas Mann’s The Black Swan and Witold Gombrowicz’s Cosmos. Throughout the quarter, we will also examine excerpts from the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, RenéGirard, and Georges Bataille that aim at theorizing ritual sacrifices.