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Postgraduate Course: Theories and Methods of Literary Study I (CLLC11024)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCommon Courses (School of Lit, Lang and Cult) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course introduces students to the practice of Comparative Literature. It begins with an overview of the subject and of the wider field of Comparative Literature before looking into literature in a global context. The course then focusses on particular aspects of Comparative Practice such as translation (both in cultural and linguistic terms), deconstruction, and literature and intermediality. Each seminar will concentrate on the discussion of one or two reasonably short texts on the topic in question, frequently followed by an analysis of a literary text in the light of the discussed issues.

All texts taught on this course will be available in English / translation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 23/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
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Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Thorough understanding of the subject and field of Comparative Literature; ability to reflect on a variety of concepts of Comparative Literature and their development over time; ability to develop an independent view of the subject; critical reading of theoretical texts; ability to assess a range of different aspects of comparative practice and their usefulness for the students' own research interests; further development of communication, presentation and writing skills.

All texts taught on this course will be available in English / translation.
Assessment Information
One essay of 4,000 words.

Formative feedback will be provided in an essay writing/feedback workshop.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 2 Introduction to the subject area: What is Comparative Literature? (Dr Frauke Matthes)
3 World Literature (Dr Frauke Matthes)
4 Postcolonial Criticism and Writing (Dr Frauke Matthes)
5 Cultural Translation and Exchange (Dr Frauke Matthes)
6 Cultural Mediation via Translation (Dr Sharon Dean-Cox)
7 Derrida I (Prof Peter Dayan)
8 Derrida II (Prof Peter Dayan)
9 Literature and Photography (Dr Dora Osborne)
10 Literature and Film (Dr Dora Osborne)
11 Final session: open questions and summary (Dr Frauke Matthes)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Bassnett, Susan, Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993)

Bernheimer, Charles, ed., Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism (Baltimore and London: John Hopkins University Press, 1995)

Damrosch, David, Natalie Melas, and Mbongiseni Buthelezi, eds, The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature: From the European Enlightenment to the Global Present (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2009)

Guillén, Claudio, The Challenge of Comparative Literature (Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press, 1993)

Kushner, Eva, The Living Prism: Itineraries in Comparative Literature (Montreal and Ithaca: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001)

Leerssen Joep, and Karl Ulrich Syndram, eds, Europa Provincia Mundi: Essays in Comparative Literature and European Studies offered to Hugo Dyserinck on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday (Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA : Rodopi, 1992)

Mohan Chandra, ed., Aspects of Comparative Literature: Current Approaches (New Delhi: Reliance Publ., 1989)

Saussy, Haun, ed., Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization (Baltimore and London: John Hopkins University Press, 2005)

Schulz, Hans Joachim, and Philipp H. Rhein, Comparative Literature: The Early Years, An Anthology of Essays (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1973)

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty, Death of a Discipline (New York: Columbia University Press, 2003)

Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven, Comparative Literature: Theory, Methods, Application (Amsterdam and Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1998)

--, et al., eds, Comparative Literature Now: Theories and Practice (Paris: Honoré Champion, 1999) [includes an extensive bibliography until 1999]
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Frauke Matthes
Tel: (0131 6)51 1483
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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