Comparative Literature Requirements

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In addition to sharpening your ability to analyze literature, you will learn about at least two different literary traditions, study literature written in a foreign language, and develop your understanding of relationships among literature, other kinds of writing, and other forms of art.  

A total of 37 semester hours is required; see semester conversion chart.

Required courses (10 credit hours):

  • CS 2099 The Question of Comparative Studies
  • CS 2301 Introduction to World Literature
  • CS 3990 Approaches to Comparative Studies
  • CS 4990 Senior Seminar in Comparative Studies


Concentration core (15 credit hours):

At least four in Comparative Studies or Religious Studies and no more than two at the 2000 level. See the list of available classes below. 

  • CS 2101 Literature and  Society
  • CS 2102.01 Literature and Religion
  • CS 2103 Literature and the Self
  • CS 2104 Literature, Science, and Technology
  • CS 2105 Literature and Ethnicity
  • CS H2864 Modernity & Postmodernity: Issues and Concepts
  • CS 3603 Love in World Literature
  • CS 3604 Women in East Asian and Asian-American Literature
  • CS 3606 The Quest in World Literature
  • CS 3607 Film and Literature as Narrative Art
  • CS 3608 Representations of the Experience of War
  • CS 4803 Studies in Asian American Literature and Culture
  • CS 4804 Studies in Latino Literature and Culture
  • CS 4805 Literature of the Americas
  • CS 4808 Utopia and Anti-Utopia (3808 Utopia and Dystopia)
  • CS 4809 The Twentieth-Century Novel: Transnational Contexts
  • RS 4877 (3877) Myth and Ritual
  • CS 4903 World Literature: Theory and Practice
  • RS 4972 (3972) Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • CS 5602 Poetry & Politics 20th century Mediterranean
  • CS 5864  Modernity & Postmodernity: Concepts and Theories
  • CS 5691 Topics in Comparative Studies (subject to adviser's approval)

Electives (12 credit hours):

Students must take coursework in two different literary traditions, only one of which may be in the English language.  At least 6 credit hours in a non-English literary tradition at the 3000-level or above must be taken in the original (foreign) language.  (Prerequisites may in some cases be required; these will not be counted toward the major.)  The remaining 9-12 credit hours may be in English, in the original or in translation. These must be focused in a particular area and must include at least 3 credits in related non-European and non-North American literatures (e.g., African, Caribbean, East Asian).

Coursework is to be chosen from the departments of English, African American and African Studies, East Asian, Greek and Latin, French and Italian, German, NELC, Spanish and Portuguese, and  Slavic and East European. The list of courses that satisfy this requirement is below.

ELECTIVE COURSES IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

Comparative Studies (department list)

  • 2214 Intro to Sexuality Studies
  • 2264 Introduction to Popular Culture Studies
  • 2265 Intro to Visual Representation
  • 2301 Intro to World Literature
  • 2321 Intro to Asian American Studies
  • 2322 Intro to Latino/a Studies
  • 2340 Intro to Cultures of Science and Technology
  • 2341 Technology, Science and Society
  • 2350 Intro to Folklore
  • 2360 Intro to Comparative Cultural Studies
  • 2370 Intro to Comparative Religion
  • 2864H Modernity and Postmodernity: Issues and Ideas
  • 3603 Love in World Literature
  • 3604 Women in East Asian and Asian American Literature
  • 3606 The Quest in World Literature
  • 3607 Film and Literature as Narrative Art
  • 3608 Representations of Experience of War
  • 4560 Wexner Center Seminar
  • 4564 Topics in Literary Studies
  • 4565 History of Literacy
  • 4803 Asian American Literature and Culture
  • 4804 Latino/a Literature and Culture
  • 4805 Literature of the Americas
  • 4808 Utopia and Anti-Utopia
  • 4809 20th-century Novel: Transnational Contexts
  • 4822 Native American Identity
  • 4877 Myth and Ritual
  • 4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality
  • 4972 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • 4903 World Literature: Theory & Practice
  • 4990 Senior Seminar
  • 5602 Poetry and Politics in the 20th-Century Mediterranean
  • 5668 Studies in Orality and Literacy
  • 5691 Topics in Comparative Studies
  • 5864 Modernity and Postmodernity: Concepts and Theories
  • 5957.01 Comparative Folklore
  • 5957.02 Folklore in Circulation

African American and African Studies (department list)

  • 2201 Major Readings in African American and African Studies
  • 2251 Introduction to African Literature
  • 2253 Introduction to Caribbean Literature
  • 3440 Theorizing Race
  • 3451 Themes in Francophone African and Caribbean Literature
  • 4407 Eco-Literature in China
  • 4452 Swahili Literature I
  • 4453 Swahili Literature II
  • 4460 Theories in Africana Literature
  • 4551 Topics in Africana Literature
  • 4582 Special Topics in African American Literature
  • 4584H Literature and the Modern Expericence in Africa
  • 4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality

Arabic  (department list)

  • 2701 Classical and Medieval Arabic Literature in Translation
  • 2702 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • 2705 The Arabian Nights
  • *3105 Intermediate Literary Arabic Reading
  • *4626 Intro to the Arabic Qur'an 
  • 5401 Translation: Theory and Practice
  • *5627 Classical Arabic Poetry
  • *5628 Classical Arabic Prose
  • *5651 Contemporary Arabic Prose Fiction
  • *5652 Contemporary Arabic Poetry and Drama
  • 5701 The Qur'an in Translation 
  • 5702 Arabic Folk Narrative in Translation

Chinese  (department list)

  • 2451 Chinese Literature in Translation
  • 4401 Chinese Poetry in Translation
  • 4402 Traditional Chinese Fiction in Translation
  • 4403 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
  • 4404 Chinese Drama
  • 4405 China in Chinese Film
  • 4407 Eco-Literature in China
  • 4406 China Pop: Contemporary Popular Culture and Media in Greater China
  • 6451 History of Chinese Literature I
  • 6452 History of Chinese Literature II
  • 6453 Classical Chinese Literature in Modern China

Classics (department list)

  • 2220 Classical Mythology
  • 2401 Intro to the New Testament: History and Literature 
  • 2890H Topics in Ancient Literature and Society
  • 3100 Topics in Ancient Literature and Culture
  • 3101 Greek and Roman Epic
  • 3102 Greek and Roman Drama
  • 3103 Comic Spirit in Antiquity
  • 3104 The Ancient Novel: Narrative Fiction in Greece and Rome
  • 3203 War in Ancient Greek and Roman Literature
  • 3403 The Hero in Classical Mythology
  • 4201 Political Thought and Institutions in the Greco-Roman World
  • 5101 Classical Literature: Theoretical Perspectives and Critical Readings

East Asian (department list)

  • 3446 Asian American Film
  • 4407 Early Asian Cinema
  • 5475 Women Writers, Culture, and Society in East Asia

English  (department list)

  • 2201 Selected Works of British Lit: Medieval through 1800
  • 2202 Selected Works of British Lit: 1800 to Present
  • 2220 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • 2264 Intro to Popular Culture Studies
  • 2275 Thematic Approaches to Literature
  • 2277 Intro to Disability Studies
  • 2280 The English Bible 
  • 2281 Intro to African American Literature
  • 2282 Intro to Queer Studies
  • 2290 Colonial and U.S. Literature to 1865
  • 2291 Colonial and U.S. Literature: 1865 to Present
  • 2296H Honors Seminar: Literature and Intellectual Movements
  • 3361 Narrative and Medicine
  • 3364 Special Topics in Popular Culture
  • 3372 Science Fiction and/or Fantasy
  • 3378 Spec Topics in Film and Literature
  • 4513 Intro to Medieval Literature
  • 4514 Middle English Literature
  • 4515 Chaucer
  • 4520.01 Shakespeare
  • 4520.02 Special Topics in Shakespeare
  • 4521 Renaissance Drama
  • 4522 Renaissance Poetry
  • 4523 Special Topics in Renaissance Literature and Culture
  • 4531 Restoration and 18th‑Century Literature
  • 4533 The Early British Novel: Origins to 1830
  • 4535 Special Topics in Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature and Culture
  • 4540 19th-Century British Poetry
  • 4542 19th-Century British Novel
  • 4543 20th-Century British Fiction
  • 4547 20th-Century Poetry
  • 4549 Modern Drama
  • 4550 Special Topics in Colonial and Early National Literatureof the U.S.
  • 4551 Special Topics in 19th-Century U.S. Literature
  • 4552 Special Topics in American Poetry through 1915
  • 4553 20th‑Century U.S. Fiction
  • 4559 Intro to Narrative and Narrative Theory
  • 4560 Special Topics in Poetry
  • 4561 Special Topics in Fictional and Nonfictional Narrative
  • 4562 Studies in Literature and the Other Arts
  • 4563 Contemporary Literature
  • 4564.01 Major Author in Medieval and Renaissance Brit Lit
  • 4564.02 Major Author in 18th- and 19th-entury British Literature
  • 4564.03 Major Author in American Lit to 1900
  • 4564.04 Major Author in  20th Century Lit 
  • 4569 Digital Media and English Studies
  • 4575 Special Topics Literary Forms &Themes
  • 4576.01 History of Critical Theory I: Plato to Aestheticism
  • 4576.02 History of Critical Theory II: 1900 to Present
  • 4576.03 History of Critical Theory III: Issues & Movements in Critical Theory
  • 4578H Special Topics in Film
  • 4579 Special Topics in Non-Fiction
  • 4580 Special Topics in LGBTQ Literatures and Cultures
  • 4581 Special Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literatures
  • 4582 Studies in African American Literature
  • 4583 Special Topics in World Literature in English
  • 4584 Special Topics in Literacy Studies
  • 4585 History of Literacy
  • 4586 Studies in American Indian Literature and Culture
  • 4587 Studies in Asian American Literature and Culture
  • 4588 Studies in Latino/a Literature and Culture
  • 4590HH590 Honors Seminar: Major Periods in Literary History
  • 4590.01 Honors Seminar: The Middle Ages
  • 4590.02 Honors Seminar: The Renaissance
  • 4590.03 Honors Seminar:  18th-century
  • 4590.04 Honors Seminar: Romanticism
  • 4590.05 Honors Seminar: Later 19th Century
  • 4590.06 Honors Seminar: Modern Period
  • 4590.07 Honors Seminar: Literature in English after 1945
  • 4590.08 Honors Seminar: U.S. and Colonial Literature
  • 4590.09 Honors Seminar: Selected Topics in Literature and Literary Interpretation
  • 4592 Special Topics in Women in Literature and Culture
  • 4595 Literature and Law

French  (department list)

  • 2501 Topics in French Literature and Culture in Translation
  • 2801 Classics of French Cinema
  • *3201 French Literary and Visual Texts
  • *3202 Literary and Visual Texts of the Francophone World
  • *3401 Intro to Contemporary France
  • 3701 Intro to French Cinema
  • 4053 French and Italian Cinema
  • *5103 French Translation and Interpretation
  • *5201 Gothic to Renaissance: Texts and Contexts
  • *5202 Versailles to the Enlightenment: Texts and Contexts
  • *5203 Romanticism to Surrealism: Texts and Contexts
  • *5204 World Wars and Beyond: Texts and Contexts
  • *5205 Black Africa & Diaspora: Texts and Contexts
  • *5206 North Africa: Texts and Contexts
  • *5207 Quebec: Texts and Contexts
  • *5401 Louis XIV to WWI
  • *5402 The Roaring 20s to the 21st Century
  • *5403 Topics in French-Speaking Cultures and Literatures
  • *5701 Topics in French and Francophone Cinema
  • 5702 Studies in Contemporary French Cinema

German (department list)

  • 2251 German Literature and Popular Culture
  • 2252H The Faust Theme
  • 2253 Magic, Murder, and Mayhem
  • 2350 Intro to German Studies
  • *3200 Topics in German Literature, Art, and Film
  • 3252 The Holocaust in Literature and Film 
  • *3300 Topics in German Culture Studies
  • 3351 Democracy, Fascism, and German Culture
  • *3451H Religion in Modern German Literature and Philosophy
  • *3600 Topics in German Linguistics/Language
  • 3603 Translation I
  • 4252 Masterpieces of German Literature
  • 4670H Cinema and the Historical Avant Garde

Greek  (department list)

  • *2101 Attic Prose
  • *2102 Homer
  • *2103 The Greek Historians
  • *2104 Greek Tragedy
  • *5011 Greek Epic
  • *5012 Greek Lyric, Iambos, Elegy
  • *5013 Greek Historians
  • *5014 Greek Drama
  • *5016 Readings in Greek Philosophy
  • *5030 Special Topics in Greek Literature

Hebrew  (department list)

  • 2700 Biblical and Post‑Biblical Hebrew Literature in Translation 
  • 2701 Medieval Hebrew Literature in Translation 
  • 2702 Modern Hebrew Lit in Translation 
  • 2703 Prophecy in the Bible and Post‑Biblical Literature 
  • 2704 Women in Biblical and Post‑Biblical Hebrew Literature
  • 2705 The Holocaust in Lit and Film
  • 2708 Biblical and Post-Biblical Wisdom Literature
  • *4601 Modern Hebrew Short Story
  • *4602 Modern Hebrew Poetry
  • *5601 Intro to Hebrew Literary & Cultural Texts
  • *5602 The Bible as Literature: Selected Readings 
  • *5603 Readings in Rabbinic Literature
  • 5802 The Problem of Evil in Biblical & Post‑Biblical Literature

History  (department list)

  • 2125 The History of Latin America through Film
  • 2260 European Thought and Culture, 19th Century
  • 2261 European Thought and Culture, 20th  Century
  • 2455 Jews in American Film
  • 2965 Colonialism at the Movies: American History in Film

History of Art  (department list)

  • 2901 Introduction to World Cinema
  • 3901 World Cinema Today
  • 4901 Classic Film Theories
  • 5901 Silent Cinema: 1895-1927
  • 5902 Classical Sound Cinema: 1927-1948
  • 5903 Recent Cinema: 1948-Present
  • 5905 Avant Garde Cinema
  • 5910 History of Documentary Cinema

Italian  (department list)

  • 2053 Intro to Italian Cinema
  • 2054 Dante in Translation
  • 2055 Mafia Movies
  • *3220 Italian Culture through the Ages
  • *3221 Reading Italy: Italian Lit and Culture
  • *4223 Italian Cinema
  • *4224 Survey of Italian Literature
  • 4331 Italian Translating

Japanese  (department list)

  • 2451 Japanese Lit in Translation
  • 2452 Modern Japanese Lit in Translation
  • 4400 Japanese Film and Visual Media
  • 4401 Japanese Lit and Film in Critical Perspective
  • *5454 Japanese Lit: Classical Period
  • *5455 Japanese Lit: Medieval and Edo Periods
  • *5456 Japanese Lit: Modern Period

Korean  (department list)

  • 2451 Korean Literature in Translation
  • 5400 Performance Traditions of Korea
  • 5405 Korean Drama in Translation
  • 6445 Studies in Korean American Literature
  • 6454 Korean Literary Traditions

Latin  (department list)

  • *2101 Cicero
  • *2102 Vergil
  • *2104 Ovid
  • *2105 Latin Lyric
  • *2106 Roman Comedy

Modern Greek  (department list)

  • 2100 Greece and Beyond: The Crossing of Borders through Film
  • 2500H Greek Identities: Ancient and Modern
  • 3710 Modern Greek Lit in Translation
  • *5000 Modern Greek Language and Literature
  • *5510 Contemporary Greek Prose
  • *5520 Contemporary Greek Poetry

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures  (department list)

  • 2244 Films of the Middle East
  • 3702 Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World
  • 3703 Middle Eastern Literature and Post Colonial Theory
  • 3704 The Novel in the Middle East
  • 4601 Israeli and Palestinian Literature
  • 5202 Representing the Middle East in Film
  • 5568 Studies in Orality and Literacy
  • 5571 Canon and Communities in the Near East
  • 5672 Poetry and Politics in the 20th-century Mediterranean

Persian  (department list)

  • 2301 Persian Mythology and Folklore
  • 2701 Persian Literature in Translation
  • 2704 Intro to Persian Epic
  • *5601 Persian Prose
  • *5602 Persian Poetry

Philosophy  (department list)

  • 2450 Philosophical Problems in the Arts
  • 2470H Honors Philosophy of Film
  • 5460 Philosophy in Literature

Polish  (department list)

  • 5230 Polish Literature

Portuguese  (department list)

  • 2150 Intro to Literatures of the Portuguese-Speaking World
  • 2335 Cannibal Brazil: Cultural Encounters and Negotiations of Identity in Lit & Culture
  • *3450 Intro to the Study of Literatures an d Cultures
  • 4510 Portuguese Translation
  • *4551 Literatures from Middle Ages to Neo-Classicism
  • *4552 Literatures from Romanticism to the Present
  • *4560 Cultural Experessions of Portugal and Lusophone Africa
  • *4561 Cultural Expressions of Brazil
  • 4597.01 Coloniality and Post-coloniality in the Literatures of Portugal and Portuguese-Speaking Africa
  • 4597.02 Representing Identity in the Cinema of the Portuguese-Speaking World
  • *5650 Topics in Literature of the Portuguese-Speaking World

Russian  (department list)

  • 2250 Masterpieces of Russian Literature
  • 3460 Modern Russian Experience through Film
  • 3644 Russian Fairy Tales and Folklore
  • 4220 Love and Death in Russian Literature and Film
  • 4221 Revolution and Restoration in Russian Literature
  • 5250 The Russian Writer

Scandinavian  (department list)

  • 3350 Norse Mythology and Medieval Culture
  • 4250 Masterpieces of Scandinavian Literature
  • 4450 The Films of Ingmar Bergman

Slavic (department list)

  • 2345 Introduction to Slavic Literature and Culture 
  • 3320 Science Fiction: East vs. West
  • 3360 Screening Minorities: Representations of the Other in Slavic Film
  • 4260H Dead Man Writing: LiteraryRepresentations of Capital Punishment
  • 4560H Cinderella’s Fantasy: Gender and Women in Western and Eastern Europe 
  • 5280 Slavic and East European Literature
  • 5570 The Austro-Hungarian Grotesque

Spanish  (department list)

  • 2320 Don Quixote in Translation
  • 2321 The Spanish Don Juan Theme in Theatre
  • 2380 Introduction to Latin American Film
  • 2520 Latin American Literature in Translation: Fictions and Realities
  • *3450 Introduction to the Study of Literature and Culture in Spanish
  • *4551 Spanish Golden Age Lit
  • *4552 Modern Spanish Lit
  • *4555 Indigenous, Colonial, and National Literatures of Spanish America
  • *4556 Modern Spanish American Literature
  • *4557.10 INtro to Latino/a Literature in the U.S.
  • *4557.20 Intro to Other Latino Literature in the U.S.
  • *4565H Latin American Indigenous Literatures and Cultures
  • *4580 Latin American Film
  • *4581 Spanish Film
  • *4590H Interdisciplinary Protocols: Identity and National Formation in Latin America: Perspectives from Literature

Theatre  (department list)

  • 2341H Moving Image Art
  • 3731 Theatre Histories and Literatures
  • 5341 Studies in the Documentary

Turkish   (department list)

  • 2701 Turkish Literature in Translation
  • 5241 Travels in Turkey
  • *5627 Classical Turkish Poetry
  • *5651 Modern Turkish Poetry and Prose

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies  (department list)

  • 2300 Approaches to Feminist Inquiry
  • 2550 History of Feminist Thought
  • 2702 Modern Arabic Literature in Translation
  • 3317 Hollywood, Women and Film
  • 3320 Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • 4375 Women and Visual Culture
  • 4527 Studies in Gender and Cinema
  • 4560 Chicana Feminism
  • 4576 Women and Visual Cultures of Latin America
  • 4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality

Yiddish  (department list)

  • 3371 Yiddish Literature in Translation
  • 3399 The Holocaust in Yiddish and Ashkenazic Literature and Film
  • *4721 Studies in Yiddish Literature
  • *5651 Modern Yiddish Prose



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