Courses - Faculty of Arts


Comparative Literature

Stage II

COMPLIT 200
15 Points

World Literatures I: Life, Death, War, Peace, Love

Myths, epics, bawdy tales, satires, songs, and plays make up traditions of ancient, medieval, early modern cultures. Compares cultural stories worldwide, from early writing to French Revolution. Includes Gilgamesh, Aztec myths, Roland, Tale of Genji, Scandinavian tales, Shakespeare's Tempest, Blake's poetry. Introduces skills for reading narratives by genre, theme, poetics. Texts are in English, with attention to texts' original languages.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

COMPLIT 202
15 Points

Interpreting Folktales

An introduction to the study and interpretation of folktales. Tales from many cultures will be examined. Contrasting theories on the origins and meaning of folktales will be explored.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

COMPLIT 203
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

COMPLIT 206
15 Points

When East Meets West

Western readers have encountered the literatures of East and South Asia, and Asian readers have encountered Western literature, in a variety of political and cultural contexts, including: colonial expansion, spiritual inquiry, modernisation, warfare, migration, and globalisation. A selection of works from East and West, which have played a key role in these encounters, especially in the modern period, will be studied.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Restriction: COMPLIT 302

COMPLIT 207
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

COMPLIT 208
15 Points

Directed Study in Comparative Literature

A directed reading and individual study course in a selected topic or topics, approved by the Academic Head or nominee.

Prerequisite: 60 points, and approval of Programme Coordinator

COMPLIT 210
15 Points

World Literatures 2: Machines and Modernities

Examines changing cultures and powerful ideas reflected in new literatures from the Industrial Revolution to the contemporary global era. Analyses and compares texts by genre, theme, and poetics. Includes poetry, narratives of European-Indigenous contacts, new culture movements in China and Japan, world drama, migrant writing, travel narratives. Texts are in English, with attention to texts' original languages.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

Stage III

COMPLIT 302
15 Points

When East Meets West

Western readers have encountered the literatures of East and South Asia, and Asian readers have encountered Western literature, in a variety of political and cultural contexts, including: colonial expansion, spiritual inquiry, modernisation, warfare, migration, and globalisation. A selection of works from East and West, which have played a key role in these encounters, especially in the modern period, will be studied.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: COMPLIT 206

COMPLIT 303
15 Points

Interpreting Folktales

An introduction to the study of folktales, including collection and classification, oral and literary tales, structure, interpretative frameworks, revisions and film versions. Tales from many cultures will be examined. Contrasting theories on the origins and meanings of folktales will be explored.

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

Restriction: COMPLIT 202

COMPLIT 304
15 Points

Intercultural Literary Studies

How do we gain understanding from reading literature from other periods and cultures? What critical skills can be helpful in more fully understanding these texts? This course equips students for in-depth study of other literatures through the exploration of a broad range of literary genres, periods, and critical approaches, on the basis of a wide selection of literary texts. All readings are in English.

Prerequisite: 60 points at Stage II

Restriction: COMPLIT 209

COMPLIT 305
15 Points

Special Topic

Prerequisite: 60 points at Stage II

COMPLIT 306
15 Points

Directed Reading and Research

Supervised research projects.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed at Stage II, and approval of Programme Coordinator

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

COMPLIT 701
30 Points

Telling and Retelling

Most storytelling involves the reworking of existing stories. Exploration of the processes involved in retelling, including: oral transmission, rewriting in a different period or culture, and adaptation from written form to cinematic or sung form. Poses questions about the psychological and social functions of retelling. Examples taken from Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

COMPLIT 702
30 Points

Rethinking Autobiography

A presentation of the lively debates on autobiography currently underway: theorisations of the self and the writing and construction of the self; women's autobiography; postcolonial autobiography; illustrated in a wide variety of autobiographical texts (including letters, diaries, memoirs, confessions, poetry, short stories, novels and video) from ancient and modern Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

COMPLIT 703
30 Points

COMPLIT 703A
15 Points

COMPLIT 703B
15 Points

Rethinking Literary Translation

Literary translation has come to be theorised as a dynamic and problematic process, central to comparative literature and shedding light on cross-cultural encounter, and colonisation and the post-colonial. Alongside such theoretical considerations students will undertake a practical translation project between languages in which they have expertise.

To complete this course students must enrol in COMPLIT 703 A and B, or COMPLIT 703

COMPLIT 704
15 Points

Special Topic

COMPLIT 705
15 Points

Reading Across Cultures

An advanced level review of approaches to the study of literature across cultures. Tests the potential and limits of theories of literature in the study of literary texts from many cultures and periods. Includes cross-cultural perspectives on authorship, intertextuality, reader-centred theories, literary translation, post-colonial literature, gender and sexuality, as well as reading across disciplines.

Restriction: COMPLIT 700, 709

COMPLIT 707
30 Points

Special Topic

COMPLIT 708
30 Points

Special Topic

COMPLIT 709
30 Points

Reading Across Cultures

An advanced level review of approaches to the study of literature across cultures. Tests the potential and limits of theories of literature in the study of literary texts from many cultures and periods. Includes cross-cultural perspectives on authorship, intertextuality, reader-centred theories, literary translation, post-colonial literature, gender and sexuality, as well as reading across disciplines.

Restriction: COMPLIT 705

COMPLIT 710
15 Points

Special Topic

COMPLIT 711
15 Points

Rethinking Literary Translation

Literary translation has come to be theorised as a dynamic and problematic process, central to comparative literature and shedding light on cross-cultural encounter, colonisation and the post-colonial. Alongside such theoretical considerations, students will undertake a practical translation project between languages in which they have expertise.

Restriction: COMPLIT 703

COMPLIT 750
15 Points

Directed Study

Supervised research essays on a topic or topics approved by the Programme Coordinator.

COMPLIT 751
30 Points

Directed Study

Supervised research essays on a topic or topics approved by the Programme Coordinator.

COMPLIT 777
15 Points

Study Abroad

Formal study in Comparative Literature in an approved overseas university. Enrolment requires the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Coordinator

COMPLIT 778
15 Points

Study Abroad

Formal study in Comparative Literature in an approved overseas university. Enrolment requires the approval of the Programme Coordinator.

Prerequisite: Permission of Programme Coordinator

COMPLIT 780
30 Points

COMPLIT 780A
15 Points

COMPLIT 780B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in COMPLIT 780 A and B, or COMPLIT 780

COMPLIT 790
60 Points

COMPLIT 790A
30 Points

COMPLIT 790B
30 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in COMPLIT 790 A and B, or COMPLIT 790

COMPLIT 792
45 Points

COMPLIT 792A
22.5 Points

COMPLIT 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in COMPLIT 792 A and B, or COMPLIT 792

COMPLIT 793A
45 Points

COMPLIT 793B
45 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in COMPLIT 793 A and B

COMPLIT 797A
60 Points

COMPLIT 797B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

To complete this course students must enrol in COMPLIT 797 A and B

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