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Jean M Dornbush
C LIT 493
Seattle Campus

Comparative Literature Honors Seminar

Special topics in comparative literature. Required of Honors students in comparative literature.

Class description

In this seminar we'll explore modern revisions of four classic texts of the Western canon--Shakespeare's The Tempest, Bronte's Jane Eyre, COnrad's Heart of Darkness, and Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In addition to the four works, we'll read revisions produced by advocates for colonial and postcolonial cultures in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the cultures of the African diaspora. Readings from postcolonial and feminist criticism will accompany our discussion of the social, political, and interpretive controversies these works have generated.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

A small seminar setting (15 max.) encourages participation of groups members from diverse backgrounds.

Recommended preparation

Literature and non-literature majors in the Honors Program and those with special interest in the topic are encouraged to register.

Entry code is available in the Comparative Literature main office (Padelford, B-531).

Class assignments and grading

Grades based on participation (class discussion, response papers) and three five-page 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 Jean M Dornbush
Date: 03/31/2003