Graduate Seminar in Comparative Literature
This course introduces graduate students to the changing conceptions in the comparative study of literatures and societies by introducing interdisciplinary methods in literary and social studies. The course has two sets of interrelated objectives: First to broaden the theoretical foundation of comparative studies to include non-European traditions and thematics, and second to negotiate a conversation between literary studies and social sciences. Students are expected to have a preliminary familiarity with the discipline in which they wish to do their doctoral work. This reading list is meant to facilitate class discussions — narrowing in from multiple perspectives on the nature of a changing discipline. The readings and discussions are divided into three components — an introductory theoretical part and two complementary sets of readings addressing some of the dominant issues in comparative studies of literatures and societies.