Knowledge of the most important theoretical approaches and concepts in the field of comparative literature as well as current research and debates; ability to apply theoretical insights critically to particular cases, and to situate ongoing debates within their historical context.
This course introduces students to the core theories and approaches of Comparative Literature and examines the most important on-going debates within the field. As such, it provides a foundation for the more specialized courses that follow. An emphasis is placed on the question of comparison as a method and as an object of study: in short, what is the comparative in Comparative Literature and how is it studied? What are the theoretical, methodological, practical, ethical and political implications of comparison? The course will situate current and ongoing debates within the field in their historical context.|
This course serves as preparation for a PhD program in the humanities as well as non-academic careers paths by training students in the following transferable skills:
Academic and critical thinking and writing, discourse analysis, communication skills, presentation skills, peer review, advanced language skills.
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AlgemeenThe course consists of one meeting per week, which lasts three hours, and which includes a close discussion of the readings and case studies, as well as group work.
Voorbereiding bijeenkomstenStudents are expected to read assigned texts carefully in advance of the class and to critically reflect on them in weekly written responses. Students are expected to participate actively in the discussion and will be asked to work in small groups to prepare discussion questions.
Bijdrage aan groepswerkStudents are expected to give short presentations and lead discussion in groups. The group presenting should provide handouts with summaries, key background information, and discussion questions for the class, and to pick out key passages from each assigned text to look at and discuss more closely.
BeoordelingParticipation: attendance, participation in class discussion, evidence of preparation of readings.
Weekly responses: understanding of and critical reflection on readings.
Presentation and discussion leading: delivery, structure and content, ability to lead discussion, engaging discussion questions.
Final paper: knowledge of the relevant theories and debates, ability to apply theoretical insights critically in the analysis of particular cases, paper clearly and correctly written.
DeadlinesShort responses due every week, active participation includes one presentation/discussion leading, final paper due in week 8.