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Comparative Literature

Trinity's comparative literature minor encourages students to explore literature, unrestricted by national boundaries and conventional demarcations of culture. Courses recognize that all literary texts exist within the framework of world culture and emphasize the importance of bringing a multicultural perspective to the understanding of literary traditions.

As an interdisciplinary program, the minor draws faculty from across University departments including, English, modern languages and literatures, religion, human communication and theatre, and political science.

The student experience in comparative literature offers students a program that combines their diverse areas of interest into one interdisciplinary area of study with an international perspective. There are opportunities for students to participate in the Study Abroad program as well as participate in events and lectures.

Courses

Comparative Literature Core Courses

CMLT 1300 - Introduction to Comparative Literatures
Examines texts from around the world with a cross-cultural perspective.

CMLT 2301 - World Literature and the Environment
Examines literary texts from around the world with an emphasis on environmental issues and a global perspective.

CMLT 3-90 - Reading and Conference
Individual work under faculty supervision not covered by other courses

Two Literature courses in a language other than English

Courses in the Department of Classical Studies

GREK 2302 - Readings in Classical Greek Literature

GREK 2303 - Readings in the New Testament

GREK 3301 - Homer and the Greek Epic

GREK 3302 - Attic Prose

GREK 3303 - Greek Drama

GREK 3304 - Greek Historians

LATN 3302 - Virgil and Latin Epic

LATN 3303 - Latin Prose to 43 B.C.

LATN 3304 - Lyric and Elegiac Poets

LATN 3305 - Latin Prose from 45 B.C. 

LATN 3306 - Comedy and Satire

Courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

CHIN 3312 - Chinese Cinema

CHIN 4321 - Topics in Modern Chinese Literature 

CHIN 4351 - Classical Chinese

FREN 3305 - Introduction to French Literature I

FREN 3306 - Introduction to French Literature II

FREN 4301 - Medieval French Literature

FREN 4302 - Topics in French Literature of the Sixteenth-Century

FREN 4303 - Topics in French Literature of the Seventeenth-Century

FREN 4304 - Topics in French Literature of the Eighteenth-Century

FREN 4305 - Topics in French Literature of the Nineteenth-Century

FREN 4306 - Topics in French Literature of the Twentieth-Century

FREN 4307 - French Cinema

FREN 4310 - Senior Seminar in Literature

GERM 3305 - Introduction to German Literature I

GERM 3306 - Introduction to German Literature II

GERM 4301 - Genre Studies in German Literature

GERM 4310 - Seminar in German Literature

RUSS 3305 - Introduction to Russian Literature I

RUSS 3306 - Introduction to Russian Literature II

RUSS 4301 - Genre Studies in Russian Literature

RUSS 4310 - Seminar in Russian Literature

SPAN 3321 - Spanish Cinema

SPAN 3322 - Spanish American Cinema

SPAN 3331 - Introduction to Spanish Literature 

SPAN 3332 - Introduction to Spanish American Literature

SPAN 4331 - Medieval Spanish Literature

SPAN 4332 - Spanish Golden Age Literature

SPAN 4333 - Don Quixote

SPAN 4334 - Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature

SPAN 4335 - The Generation of ‘98

SPAN 4336 - Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature

SPAN 4338 - Spanish Woman Writers

SPAN 4341 - Literature of Colonial Spanish America

SPAN 4342 - Spanish American Literature of the Nineteenth Century

SPAN 4343 - Twentieth-Century Spanish American Poetry

SPAN 4344 - Twentieth-Century Spanish American Novel

SPAN 4345 - Twentieth-Century Spanish American Short Story

SPAN 4346 - Twentieth-Century Spanish American Drama

SPAN 4347 - National and Regional Literatures of Spanish America

SPAN 4348 - Spanish American Women Writers

SPAN 4349 - Sexualities in Literature and Film

SPAN 4361 - Literature of Social Protest in Spanish America

At least one of the following courses with strong comparative components

CLAS 1305 - Classical Mythology

CLAS 1307 - Gender and Identity in the Ancient World

CLAS 3302 - Greek and Roman Epic

CLAS 3303 - Greek and Roman Drama

CLAS 3304 - The Ancient Romance and Novel

CLAS 3305 - Antiquity and Modernity

CMLT 1300 - Introduction to Comparative Literatures 

DRAM 2333 - History of Drama and Theatre I

DRAM 2334 - History of Drama and Theatre II

DRAM 3335 - Studies in Classical Drama

DRAM 3336 - Modern Drama

DRAM 3337 - Contemporary Drama

ENGL 2306 - World Literature

ENGL 2306 - Medieval Imagination

ENGL 3305 - Culture and Creativity in the Middle Ages

ENGL 3322 - Greek and Roman Drama

ENGL 3329 - Jewish Literature

ENGL 3337 - Literary Theory

ENGL 3338 - Ideology

ENGL 3359 - Medieval Literature

ENGL 3375 - Postmodern Literature

ENGL 3385 - The Continental Novel

ENGL 4323 - Studies in American Literature: The Circum-Atlantic World: The Haitian Revolution

ENGL 4327 - Literature of the Holocaust

FILM 2301 - International Cinema

ML&L 3320 - German Literature in Translation: Fairy Tales

ML&L 3320 - German Literature in Translation: Faust - Early Superman

PHIL 3325 - Existentialism

PHIL 3336 - Philosophy of Literature

PLSI 1332 - Film, Literature, and Politics of the Third World

RELI 3346 - Islamic Literatures

Faculty

  • Erwin F. Cook, Ph.D., T. Frank Murchison Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies
  • Stephen L. Field, Ph.D., Lee Professorship in Chinese Languages and Literatures, modern languages and literatures
  • Thomas Jenkins, Ph.D., associate professor, classical studies
  • Rugyya Y. Khan, Ph.D., associate professor, religion
  • Timothy M. O'Sullivan, Ph.D., associate professor, classical studies
  • Michael Soto, Ph.D., associate professor, English
  • Heather I. Sullivan, Ph.D., associate professor, modern languages and literatures; chair
  • Rita D. Urquijo-Ruiz, Ph.D., associate professor, modern languages and literatures
  • Michael T. Ward, Ph.D., associate professor, modern languages andliteratures
Minor Description: 

The minor in comparative literature is designed for students who want to pursue the study of literature unrestricted by national boundaries and conventional demarcations of culture. Comparative literature recognizes that all literary texts exist within the framework of world cultures and emphasizes the importance of bringing a multicultural perspective to understanding literary traditions.