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COLT 10: What is Comparative Literature?

Particular offerings of this course seek to introduce the student to the aims, assumptions and methodologies of reading and the study of literature. This course is designed as an introductory course to the Comparative Literature major and other literature and humanities majors. It is recommended that students complete English/Writing 5 before enrolling in Comparative Literature 10.

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Children on the Streets

The lives of abandoned or neglected children living on the streets of major cities have inspired writers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists across the world. From Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Match Girl to the young protagonists of Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, the street child as a fictional character embodies a range of anxieties about modern society. In order to investigate this issue, we will examine texts of different periods, geographical locations, and genres from a variety of theoretical perspectives. How can reading about a social phenomenon shape our understanding of literary representation? Authors and filmmakers may include Charles Dickens, Mohamed Choukri, Horatio Alger, and Hector Babenco.   (LIT)

Last Updated: 3/28/14