JS518 Comparative Literature 1

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Comparative Literature 1
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Comparative Literature 1 and 2 introduce students to selected issues in comparative literature. Comparative Literature 1, offered in the spring, focuses upon methodological and theoretical issues about a specific theme. All readings (primary and secondary) are available in English. This year, we will consider various theoretical approaches to narrative. In the first half of the course, students will read important theoretical texts in narratology, focusing on fundamental issues such as narrative situation, narrative time, and history and narrative. In the second half of the course, we will explore selected topics (based on the interests of students and the instructor). Possible topics include approaches to modern Japanese literature, comparative poetics; film as narrative; and cognitive narratology. While many of the theoretical texts are grounded in literary studies, students from other disciplines are also welcome, as the issues explored in the course should be relevant in other related fields.
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M.A. in Japanese Studies
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