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Soh Yeun Kim
C LIT 240
Seattle Campus

Writing in Comparative Literature

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Comparative Literature 240 is a course designed to help you become a more confident, flexible, and thoughtful writer focusing on both literary texts and scholarship about literature. This course has two main goals: to develop a) the ability to read literature critically and analytically; b) the ability to write about literature with an argument. To achieve this end, you will be asked to engage with a variety of literary and theoretical texts as well as films.

To achieve these goals, this course is reading- and writing-intensive. Your writing will enrich your reading as much as your reading will enrich your writing, a relationship that will expand the way in which you have previously thought about reading and writing. Thus, expect to be reading and writing in a consistent manner throughout the quarter.

Student learning goals

1) Reading, analyzing, and synthesizing complex texts purposefully in order to generate writing that emerges from a meaningful engagement with the texts you read. As such, you will be asked to read closely and carefully throughout the quarter, pushing your thought to the limits of close, textual analysis.

2) Producing complex, analytic, and persuasive arguments which matter in the field of literary studies. This means that the lines of inquiry you develop need to be rigorous, thought provoking, and, in the end, lead us to a more profound understanding of the texts under consideration.

3) Creating complex claims which are supported by evidence and analysis. Your line of inquiry needs to have a meaningful organizational strategy which is employed to arrive at a new critical sensibility about the texts.

4) Gaining awareness of the strategies writers use in this academic context. This includes employing the style, tone, and conventions of critical, analytical writing, and an awareness of the audience you are trying to reach. Finally, this involves cultivating an awareness of your own writing and the choices you make in it.

5) 5) Developing flexible strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading your own writing. In this course, you will have the opportunity to revise your papers, based upon my comments and those of your peers to improve them through successive revisions.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

30% Class Participation 7% Group Presentation 63% Short Writing Assignments and longer papers


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Soh Yeun Kim
Date: 03/04/2014