This course is an introduction to the history and methods of comparative literature. In a larger sense, this course introduces students to comparative thinking, a multi-perspective view of literature and life itself. There are inherent advantages to thinking from more than one perspective, and anyone studying or working at NTU DFLL knows two perspectives. For those with no plans to become a comparatist, the course offers the opportunity to think about what it means to think and inhabit two or more cultures, which is especially relevant to NTU DFLL students since everyone in the DFLL does just that, is a kind of comparatist by default. Students will be encouraged and educated in how to become a comparatist in the future if they so choose. There is no multiple-language requirement; all of our readings and work will be done in English.
This is a seminar, not a lecture course. To pass the course, participants must carry an equal share of the discussion.
A pdf of the syllabus will be posted on Ceiba a week before class begins. Before that, you can see pdf's of previous syllabi, though please be aware that the course evolves and improves semester to semester, so previous syllabi won't be as good as this term's syllabus.