Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Comparative literature course descriptions Winter 2017

C LIT 102 B1 World Literature II

Instructor: Jay Friesen
Winter 2017 | T R 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
An introduction to major works of the world's literary heritage, presented in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Covers the period from the 17th century through the present day. Not open to students with credit in C LIT 100.

C LIT 207 B1 History of Literary Theory II

Instructor: Irene Sywenky
Winter 2017 | M W F 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Major recent and contemporary theoretical schools, including structuralism, poststructuralism, reader response, hermeneutics, feminism, queer theory, Marxism, and postcolonialism.

C LIT 210 B1 Cyberliterature

Instructor: Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon
Winter 2017 | M W F 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
This course discusses the condition of literature in electronic media. Starting from the late 1990s, the course surveys early attempts to experiment in new genres using features of the digital world, and moves on to analyze some of the current literary experiences in the cyberspace as well as examining some of the issues that characterize the production of literary works on electronic platforms. The course focuses on fan fiction communities, social networks, videogames, visual novels and several other spheres of literary activity. It also explores some of the lesser known subgenre of cyber literature, such as newsgames, interactive documentaries and virtual reality.

C LIT 220 B1 Mythology and Literature

Instructor: Mansoureh Modarres
Winter 2017 | T R 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Examines how world mythologies have been given literary expression, both in ancient texts and modern reworkings.

C LIT 230 X51 Scandalous Fictions

Instructor: Gary Kelly
Winter 2017 | T 5:30 p.m. - 8:20 p.m.
The importance of scandal both to the reception of particular literary works, and to literary history in general.

C LIT 242 B1 Science Fiction

Instructor: Jerry Varsava
Winter 2017 | M W F 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
An introduction to science fiction as an international genre and a survey of works and trends

C LIT 243 B1 Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

Instructor: Albert Braz
Winter 2017 | M W F 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
This course is designed to introduce students to representative print adaptations of traditional oral fairy tales as well as to the genre of the literary fairy tale. Students will be introduced to the history and development of folk and fairy tales and will examine a wide range of representative texts from a variety of historical periods and traditions. Given the oral origins of fairy tales, we will explore how the nature of the genre is inevitably transformed when oral texts are translated into written ones, and thus a public activity like speaking gives way to private reading. In addition, we will investigate the questions of both authorship and adaptation in a genre founded on anonymous works. Analysis of literary texts will be complemented by film screenings and examples from other media. The class format will combine lectures and discussions.
The texts for this course will likely be Maria Tatar, ed., The Classic Fairy Tales, Jack Zipes, ed., Spells of Enchantment: The Wondrous Fairy Tales of Western Culture, and Adam Gidwitz, A Tale Dark and Grimm.