Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Comparative Literature courses 2019-2020

C LIT 242: Science Fiction (Fall 2019)
Instructor: Jerry Varsava

An introduction to literary science fiction and speculative fiction broadly, as an international literary genre, with emphasis on major works and germinal trends. The course will draw from a variety of cultural traditions and geopolitical areas extending from the early nineteenth century to the contemporary era, and will engage such topics as scientific hubris, class conflict, totalitarianism, genetic cloning, and environmental ruination.   
 

C LIT 102: World Literature II (Winter 2020)
Instructor: Jerry Varsava

The course ranges across global literature from 1700 to the present day, examining major genres and periods, with particular emphases on the socio-political and cultural importance of selected works and on what constitutes “world literature” in the early twenty-first century.

C LIT 502: Studies in World Literature II (Winter 2020)
Instructor: Jerry Varsava

The course covers selected global literature from 1700 to the present day, examining major genres and periods, with particular emphases on the socio-political and cultural importance of selected works, their formal design,  and on what constitutes “World Literature” in the early twenty-first century. Additionally, the course examines major theoretical issues related to Comparative Literature as a discipline, and in particular canonization, periodization, and anthologizing practices.