500 - Theories & Methods in Comparative Literature

Fall 2010-2011. Otaibi Building Meeting Room. Monday 4:00-7:00



Apter, Emily. The Translation Zone: A New Comparative Literature. NJ: Princeton, 2006.

Bassnett, Susan. Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction. UK: Blackwell, 1998.

Bernheimer, Charles. Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism. Baltimore: John Hopkins, 1995.

Damrosch, David, Natalie Melas and Mbongiseni Buthelezi. The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature From the European Enlightenment to the Global Present. NJ: Princeton, 2009.

Milanes, Cecilia Rodrigues. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles. NY: Ig Publishing, 2009.

Zhang, Longxi. Unexpected Affinities: Reading Across Cultures. Toronto: Univ of Toronto Press, 2007.

Saussy, Haun. Comparative Literature in an Age of Globalization. Baltimore: John Hopkins, 2006.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. Death of a Discipline. NY: Columbia, 2003.


Grades & Requirements:  (click http://drhanan.com/macomp/grades.htm to view grades)

10% Participation.

20% 2 page academic response to be submitted as an email attachment to mail@drhanan.com and brought to class for discussion on the first day each book is to be addressed. These responses will address the reading assignment for that week, either the entire content of the textbook or an article of your choice from among the selected articles for that week. No response required on the day you are presenting.

10% 10-20 minute presentation of on one of the textbooks assigned, given the first day that textbook is discussed. These should be accompanied by a one-page outline to be distributed in class. You are in charge of the remaining hour of class time, up to our coffee break, so find ways to fill the time in case class discussion wavers or goes out of track.

20% Midterm Exam, due 29 November: a take home exam testing your knowledge of the material covered up to that date.

20% Final Exam, due 17 January: a take home an examination of your ability to understand and critique Spivak, Apter and Zhang.

20% Final project of 15 pages, due 10 January: A comparative literary analysis that draws upon the different aspects within the field, elaborating on the justifications behind your choice of this comparative technique and how it is/was related to the critics we discuss in class. 5 points of the grade are reserved for a 5 minute paper presentation.



27/9 Introductions - Bassnett
4/10 Damrosch Part 1&2 - Ch 1-5, 9, 12-14, 17
11/10 Damrosch Part 3 - Ch 18-24 (Fatma S)
18/10 Damrosch Part 4 - Ch 26-29, 31 (Naila)
25/10 Bernheimer - Intro, Ch 1-6, 8-11
1/11 Saussy Part 1 - Ch 1-2, 4-6, 11-12
8/11 Saussy Part II - Ch 14-17, 19 (Abeer)

15/11 Eid Holiday

22/11 Selective Reading (Tageldin, Teorey, Walker, Zerba) (View abstracts here)

Thursday 25/11 take-home exams emailed, email answers by Monday 29/11

29/11 Milanes
6/12 Spivak - Ch 1 (Fatma Q)
13/12 Spivak - Ch 2-3
20/12 Apter Part 1&2
27/12 Apter Part 3&4
3/1 Zhang (Fajr)

10/1  Paper presentations

Thursday 13/1 take-home exams emailed, email answers by Monday 17/1