Introduction to Comparative Literature ANG 341 - Winter 2019
ANG 341 - Introduction to Comparative Literature was a course offered at the Université de Sherbrooke for the 2019 Winter semester. This course introduced approaches and problems in Comparative Literature. In an age of global culture, comparative literary studies offer an important space for understanding the inter-relatedness of cultures. A comparative approach to literature also stresses interdisciplinary methods of reading literatures. Students studied the correlation between theories of literature and theories of identity and representation in other disciplines such as anthropology, philosophy, history, gender studies, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies. While Comparative Literature once focussed primarily on comparing national literatures in various languages (for example, comparing Chinese and British Literature or Canadian and Latin American Literature), it now encompasses much broader questions about the relationship of literature to other arts (for example, film, painting, popular media such as TV and romance fiction), the relevance of cross-cultural studies within, as well as among, national literatures (for example, migrant, multicultural, diasporic, and regional writing), the postcolonial and gender issues expressed variously in World Literature, the emergence of marginalized and minority writing, and the relationship between literature and other forms of self-expression such as autobiography, oral culture, and performance arts. With these broad contexts in mind, the objectives of this course were: To read and compare several samples of national and migrant literature from various countries (in translation). To trace ways of story writing and self-representation within an international context. To examine narrative strategies of depicting geopolitically rooted and migrant identities with reference to interdisciplinary theories of self and nation. To compare selected literary works from within Canada in French and English, or across other cultures, and between Canada and other nations. To identify cultural diversity and cross-cultural themes within short works and to compare them within a cross-cultural, international framework. To introduce students to concepts behind World Literature and Comparative Canadian Literature. ~Roxanne Rimstead

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