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The World Literatures major is designed for students who are interested in both literature and globalization. In this new major, students are encouraged to explore a wide range of literary texts in English translation produced across major geo-political regions of the world: Africa; East and South Asia and the Pacific Islands; Europe and North America; Latin America and the Caribbean; and the Middle East. Advanced study of a foreign language is encouraged, but is not required to complete the major.
As a World Literatures major, you will develop critical and analytical skills through close readings of representative literary texts and also through the study of historical and theoretical questions related to:
Students investigate many complex issues that surround the subject of world literatures: What is lost when literature is translated from one language to another? How are the globalizing forces of today different from those of the past? How is literature related to social change and stability? As world literatures majors, students consider these and many other questions about literature and globalization.
Like students majoring in other disciplines in the College of Arts and Sciences, students majoring in world literatures develop skills in critical thinking and verbal communication that are essential to many positions in government and other service institutions, in business and industry, and in education. The world literatures major also prepares students to further their education in professional schools and in graduate degree programs in the humanities.
Selected representations of love in different cultures and time periods.
Representations of war in works of literature, religious texts, and film from diverse cultures and time periods.
Analysis of oral and written literatures of diverse cultures and historical periods.
Relationships between film and literature; emergence of cinematic art as a form of representation with emphasis on diverse cultural traditions.
Introduction to issues and problems inherent to translating literatures and cultures.
Comparative Studies majors and minors meet and discuss current issues, arrange field trips to culturally-interesting sites, view films, and participate in community events.
There are many study abroad opportunities within the major.
Comparative Studies 4191: Intensive research experience in Comparative Studies; individualized research training; students collaborate closely with faculty member on research project; projects either student-initiated or faculty research. Please arrange with instructor.