Comparative Literature - 2nd semester


This course is designed to develop a degree of competence in analysis and critical production and to reinforce reading, theoretical reflection and argumentation skills applied to the comparative study of Literature.
The capacity to build up relations and theoretical problems will be trained through the analysis of a selection of works and themes, with focus on theoretical, interarts and interdisciplinary relations.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Clara Maria Abreu Rowland


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





BROWN, Sarah A., Ovid. Myth and Metamorphosis. London: Bristol Classical Press.

CLARKE, Bruce, Allegories of Writing. The Subject of Metamorphosis. Albany: SUNY, 1995.
CLARKE, Bruce, Posthuman Metamorphosis. Narrative and Systems. New York: Fordham U P, 2008.
GROSS, Kenneth, The Dream of the Moving Statue. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1992.

MASSEY, Irving, The Gaping Pig. Literature and Metamorphosis. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976.
SAUSSY, Haun (org.), Comparative Literature in an Age ofGlobalization. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins U. P., 2004.
WARNER, Marina, Fantastic Metamorphosis, Other Worlds, Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002.

Teaching method

Lectures with integrated discussion. The films under analysis will be commented and discussed in the classroom.

Evaluation method

Evaluation will be the result of two classroom written assignments.

Subject matter

The destabilization of forms and identities we call metamorphosis is a challenging figure for the type of critical interrogation at stake in the comparative reading of artistic representations. In this course, we will ask what happens when literature, film and art in general take metamorphosis as subject matter. We will consider, on the one hand, how art problematizes identity through transformation; and how the metamorphosis of this very subject throughout the centuries reflects a continuous interrogation of the transformative powers of art itself. We will read and discuss works by Ovid, Gogol, Stevenson, Bergman, Cassavetes, Lispector, Cortázar, Cronenberg, Kafka, Guimarães Rosa, and Tourneur).


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