Jennifer E. Dubrow
C LIT 252
Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.
Spring 2011: The Search for Self
What separates the man from the monster, the dutiful daughter from the public revolutionary, or the rebellious lover from the obedient citizen? These questions and more will be explored in this course. The course examines the search for self in works of literature from ancient Greece (Antigone), ancient and modern India (Sakuntala), nineteenth-century England (Frankenstein), and America. The readings all highlight the acts of rebellious individuals against established social expectations, gender roles, and/or political and cultural norms. We will ask throughout the course how identities are made, and how the process of self-formation is explored by works of literature and some films.
The course is designed as an introduction to comparative literature. No prior knowledge is assumed. The course will be divided into four units, each focused on a contrasting pair of readings and a particular genre (short story, novel, drama, poem).
Major readings are: Frankenstein (Mary Shelley), Antigone (Sophocles), Sakuntala (Kalidasa), and various short stories and poems
Student learning goals
Read and analyze works of literature
Discuss literature comparatively
Do close reading, use techniques for reading for context, theme, and imagery
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, and weekly sections.
No prior background is assumed.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments include: short writing assignments, a midterm exam and final essay, and participation in weekly sections