-Presentation and definition of Comparative Literature within the Literary and Cultural Studies.
-A brief history of Comparative Literature and the latest trends. World Literature. East & West and the concept of tradicion.
-The construction of national literatures and the identity processes. Dialogical relationships between National literature and World literature.
-How Comparative Literature influences identity processes such as: Images of the Other, Gender Studies and Postcolonial Literatures.
-Inter-Art relations: Literature and Visual Arts; Literature and Cinema; Literature and Media.
Unit 1.- Origins of the Comparative Literature
Unit 2.- The Concept of Comparative Literature and Literary Genre
Unit 3.- Paradigms of Comparison. Themes and Myths
Unit 4. Methods and Perspectives on Comparative Literature
Unit 5.- Literature and the Arts
Unit 6.- Literature and Philosophy. On the Beautiful and the Sublime
Unit 7.- Otherness and Identity. The role of the 'doppelgänger' in Fantasy Literature
Unit 8. Imagology, Postcolonialism and Gender Studies
READINGS AND AUTHORS
A selection of texts from, among others, the following authors: Charles Baudelaire, Joseph Conrad, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, César Vallejo, Henry James, Jorge Luis Borges, Flannery O'Connor and Carson McCullers.