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Diana I Behler
C LIT 396
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Comparative Literature

Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

Class description

This course will focus on texts that exude the aura of the "fantastic" in German, English, American, French, and Russian literature, most originating the the 19th century. We will read and discuss stories by Tieck, Hoffmann, Kleist, Mary Shelley, Melville, Poe, Schnitzler, Nerval, Gautier, and Gogol that deal with the phenomen of the inscrutable in life and literature. We will also draw on various theories about demonic, gothic, fantastic, and romantic imaginaton and relate them to the texts we are analyzing.

Student learning goals

Analysis of texts

Insights into the "fantastic"

Develop good discussion skills

Developing writing skills

General method of instruction

Lectures and active in-class discussions. New ideas encouraged.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Writing of short paragraphs, written mid-term essay and short-answer exam, and a final take-home essay exam.

Active class participation, timely short paragraph assignments, graded exams, attendance.


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 Diana I Behler
Date: 11/12/2007