Comparative Literature stresses the use of Philippine and Southeast Asian Cultures as matrix for comparative studies in literary theory, gender studies, etc. It encourages the study of works in the original language and simultaneously promotes translation as an access to other cultures. Its cross-cultural, intertextual approach to the various national/regional literatures enriches the student’s encounter with varied cultural texts.

Areas of Concentration: Asian Literatures, European Literatures, Philippine Literatures in English and in English Translation

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Course Offerings (Undergraduate and Graduate)

30 Survey of European Literature: Selected works in continental European literature, in English translation.
40 Survey of Asian Literature: Selected works in Asian literature written in or translated into English.
50 Survey of Philippine Literature: Introduction to Philippine Literature in English.
53 Survey of Third World Literature: Selected works in Asian, African, and Latin American literature reflecting Third World consciousness written in or translated into English.
56 Survey of Emergent Literature: Introduction to non-canonical literatures.
100 Introduction to Comparative Literature: Nature, scope, methods, and problems of comparative literature as a discipline; major trends and developments in the field.
104 Literature and Other Arts I: A comparative study of literature and the visual arts.
105 Literature and Other Arts II: A study of literature and its relation to music and the performing arts.
106 Literature, Politics, and Social Changes: The study of the dynamics of politics and literary developments, particularly in post-colonial cultures.
107 Literature and the Natural Sciences: The study of the relationships between literatures and the natural sciences.
108 Literature and Gender: A study of gender issues in literature.
110 Literature and Social Sciences: An introduction to the study of the relationship between literature and the social sciences.
117 Major Traditions in European literature I: Classicism to Pre-Enlightenment.
118 Major Traditions in European literature II: Modernism and Postmodernism.
121 Critical Approaches to Literature I: Literary theory and criticism from ancient times to the nineteenth century.
122 Critical Approaches to Literature II: Contemporary literary theory and criticism.
123 Non-western Literary Criticism: Critical perspectives developed in Asian, Latin American and African countries, and Third World and post-colonial societies.
132 The Literature of Ancient Civilization: Selected works of Greco-Roman and Hebraic civilization in English translation.
133 The Literature of Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Selected works in the literature of medieval and Renaissance Europe, in English translation.
134 Modern European Literature: The literature of continental Europe from the end of the Renaissance to the Modern period, in English translation.
135 Literature of Contemporary Europe: The literature of continental Europe in the contemporary period, in English translation.
138 European Drama: Analysis of selected continental European plays, in translation.
140 The Literature of the Near and Middle East: Selected works in the literature of the Near and Middle East in English, or in translation.
141 The Literature of South Asia: Selected works in the literature of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, written in or translated into English.
142 Literature of Southeast Asia I: Selected works in the literature of Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar, in English translation.
143 Literature of Southeast Asia II: Selected works in the literature of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, in English translation.
144 The Literature of China: Selected works in the literature of China, in English translation.
145 The Literature of Japan: Selected works in the literature of Japan, in English translation.
147 Third World Fiction: Selected fictional works from Asia, Africa and Latin America reflecting Third World consciousness, written in or translated into English.
148 Third World Drama: Selected dramatic works from Asia, Africa and Latin America reflecting Third World consciousness, written in or translated into English.
149 Third World Poetry: Selected poetic works from Asia, Africa and Latin America reflecting Third World consciousness, written in or translated into English.
150 The Literature of the Philippines in English I: Selected works in the literature of the Philippines from the earliest times to 1940, written in or translated into English.
151 The Literature of the Philippines in English II: Selected works in the literature of the Philippines from 1940 to the present, written in or translated into English.
152 Philippine Regional Literatures in English Translation: Readings in the traditional as well as in the modern literatures of the various Philippine ethnolinguistic groups.
153 Philippine Women Writers in English: Selected works by Philippine women writers, written in or translated into English.
160 The Literature of Africa: Selected works in the literature of Africa, written in or translated into English.
166 The Literature of Latin America: Selected works in the literature of Latin America, written in or translated into English.
170 Folk Literature: Selected folk epics, myths, legends and folktales of various countries, in English translation.
171 Popular Literature: Selected popular literature forms including romance, horror, detective and science fiction.
172 Children’s Literature: Selected works written for children in English or in translation.
182 Western Feminist Theories and Literary Practices: Introduction to Anglo-American and European feminist theories and writings.
183 Non-western Feminist Theories and Literary Practices: Feminist perspectives developed by Third World/post-colonial women.
184 Gay Writing: Selected works by gay writers.
185 Literary Translation: Theory and practice in the translation of literary texts into English.
191 Seminar: Approaches to Comparative Literature.
198 Selected Topics.
199 Research: Undergraduate thesis in comparative literary study.
200 Undergraduate Thesis.
201 Areas and Methods of Comparative Literature Study.
202 Literary Theory and Criticism: Theory and practice of literary criticism.
203 Aesthetics and Literary Criticism: Analysis of the relationship between aesthetics and literary criticism.
206 Literary History: Theories and methods of literary history.
211 The Novel: Analysis of the forms of the novel in selected works.
212 Poetry: Analysis of various forms of poetry.
213 The Drama: Analysis of various forms of drama.
214 The Essay: Analysis of various forms of prose.
216 Lyric and Narrative Poetry: Analysis of the lyric and narrative forms in selected works.
220 Emergent Literatures: Alternative hegemony to the dominant literatures, particularly in Third World Countries.
230 European Literature: Selected readings from Continental European literatures.
234 Philippine Literature in the Vernacular.
240 Asian Literature: Selected readings from East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.
247 Third World Literature: Analysis of representative works from Asia, Africa and Latin America, reflecting Third World consciousness.
250 Philippine Literature in English: The development of Filipino writing in the English language.
251 Philippine Literary Relations: Sources and relations of Philippine Literature.
270 Folk Literature: Advanced studies in folk literature in English and in English translation.
271 Popular Literature: Advanced studies in popular literature.
282 Feminist Perspective in Literature: Feminist theory and practice in the study of selected literary works.
284 Gender Issues in Literature: Role of gender in the production and reception of literature.
285 Literary Translation: Theory and practice in the translation of literary texts from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
286 Literary Translation (Practicum): Practice in the translation of literary texts.
287 Relay Translation: Translation of literary texts through English as an intermediary language.
288 Problems in Literary Translation: Problems and issues in the process of translation.
298 Directed Readings.
299 Research: Bibliography and methods of comparative literary research.
300 Master’s Thesis.
301 Seminar: Areas and Methods of Comparative Literature.
302 Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism.
304 Seminar: Literary Genres.
305 Seminar: Literature and the Other Arts.
306 Seminar: Literary Influence and Reception.
307 Seminar: Literary Periods and Movements.
310 Seminar: Literature and the Social Sciences.
317 Seminar: Literary Tradition.
330 Seminar: European Literature.
340 Seminar: Asian Literature.
347 Seminar: Third World Literature.
350 Seminar: Philippine Literature in English.
360 Seminar: The Literature of Africa.
366 Seminar: The Literature of Latin America.
370 Seminar: Folk Literature.
371 Seminar: Popular Literature.
385 Seminar: Literary Translation. Advanced studies in the theory and practice of literary translation.
395 Problems in Comparative Literature.
399 Research.
400 Doctoral Dissertation.