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Yasaman Naraghi
C LIT 200
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Literature

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.

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Ritual Death and Sacrifice

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. We will begin with two classical Greek tragedies, Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis and Sophocles’ 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, René Girard, and Georges Bataille that aim at theorizing ritual sacrifices.

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Last Update by Yuko Mera
Date: 02/18/2014