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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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 Deane-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)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Students form study groups and discuss the reading in preparation for each seminar (1h/week).
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 4,000 words.

Formative feedback will be provided in an essay writing/feedback workshop.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
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.
Reading List
Apter, Emily S., Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability (New York and London: Verso, 2013)

--, The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006)

--, 'Global Translatio: The "Invention" of Comparative Literature, Istanbul, 1933', Critical Inquiry, 29.2 (Winter 2003), 253-81

Bassnett, Susan, Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993)

Berman, Sandra, and Michael Wood, eds, Nation, Language and the Ethics of Translation (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006)

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

Brown, Catherine, The Art of Comparison: How Novels and Critics Compare (London: Legenda, 2011)

--, lecture 'Literature and Form 4: What is "Comparative Literature"?', University of Oxford, English Faculty, Trinity Term 2012, podcast «»

--, 'What is "Comparative" Literature?', Comparative Critical Studies, 10.1. (2013), 67-88

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)

Derrida, Jacques (trans. Eric Prenowitz), 'Who or What Is Compared? The Concept of Comparative Literature and the Theoretical Problems of Translation', Discourse, 30.1-2 (Winter-Spring 2008), 22-53

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)

Moretti, Franco, Distant Reading (London and New York: Verso, 2013)

Nicholls, Stephen G., and Richard B. Vowles, eds, Comparatists at Work: Studies in Comparative Literature (Waltham, Mass.: Blaisdell Publishing, 1968)

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)

--, An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012)

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]

Weisstein, Ulrich, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory: Survey and Introduction, trans. William Riggan in collaboration with the author (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, 1973)

Zima, Peter V., Komparatistik: Einführung in die Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, 2nd edn (Tübingen: Francke, 2011 [1992])
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Frauke Matthes
Tel: (0131 6)51 1483
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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