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C LIT 251 B: Introduction To Comparative Literature: Themes

Friendship

Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
SMI 115
SLN: 
11795
Instructor:
Donald Gilbert-Santamaria

Syllabus Description:

It has been frequently said that what makes friendship truly unique among human relationships is the fact that we choose our friends.  That element of choice will serve as the focal point for this course as we undertake a sampling of the different ways in which friendship has functioned over the last five hundred years or so.  Starting with the Renaissance, we will explore how early notions of perfect friendship evolve into the much more practical vision that we encounter in contemporary literature and film.  Among the questions we will ask are:  What is the purpose of friendship?  What makes a friendship thrive—or not?  What should we expect of our friends?  Is it possible to have a friendship with someone very different from oneself?  What are the differences between love and friendship?  The readings and films for this class will be designed to open up a broad discussion on these and other questions relating to that most mysterious of human relationships, the friendship.

Readings may include, among others: Cervantes, Don Quijote (excerpts): Shakespeare, Hamlet; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn,Yasmina Reza, Art.  There will also be at least two films to be viewed on library reserve.

 

Additional Details:

It has been frequently said that what makes friendship truly unique among human relationships is the fact that we choose our friends.  That element of choice will serve as the focal point for this course as we undertake a sampling of the different ways in which friendship has functioned over the last five hundred years or so.  Starting with the Renaissance, we will explore how early notions of perfect friendship evolve into the much more practical vision that we encounter in contemporary literature and film.  Among the questions we will ask are:  What is the purpose of friendship?  What makes a friendship thrive—or not?  What should we expect of our friends?  Is it possible to have a friendship with someone very different from oneself?  What are the differences between love and friendship?  The readings and films for this class will be designed to open up a broad discussion on these and other questions relating to that most mysterious of human relationships, the friendship.

Readings may include, among others: Cervantes, Don Quijote (excerpts): Shakespeare, Hamlet; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn,Yasmina Reza, Art.  There will also be at least two films to be viewed on library reserve.

Catalog Description: 
Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating themes such as love, sex, and murder, haunted houses, and dreams and memory. Selections drawn from European, English, and American literature, not limited to period and genre.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
April 28, 2016 - 9:20am
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