Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Russel Black
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


The last notable sighting of the Flying Dutchman occurred in 1942 off the coast of South Africa by German naval officers. During this time, naval and commercial ships began the use of radar, aviators mapped the last remaining uncharted regions of the globe, and rocketry would soon usher in a new era of communications. The limits of the unknown moved to the new frontier of space. Monsters, spirits, and other supernatural beings found new form, occupying a new space beyond bounds of our language. Today, many in the scientific community, as do many in pseudo-scientific counter culture, actively seek the alien, a category marked by its own {\em Diff\'erance}. In this class we will explore works about aliens and the alien. What is meant by ``alien?'' How does this category function in our works of literature and to what is the term referring? Does the alien represent the other, that which is removed from our world and world view, or is it merely a reflection of ourselves?

_The War of the Worlds_, H.G. Wells _The Sparrow_, Mary Doria Russell _Solaris_, Stanislaw Lem

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

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 Russel Black
Date: 03/31/2014