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Fall 2019 Comparative Literature & Society GU4111 section 001

Call Number 58853
Day & Time
W 10:10am-12:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor David B Lurie - e-mail, homepage
Course Description Philology, broadly defined as the practice of making sense of texts, is a fundamental human activity that has been repeatedly institutionalized in widely separated places and times. In the wake of the formation of the modern academic disciplines in the nineteenth century and their global spread, it became difficult to understand the power and glory of older western philology, and its striking parallels with other pre- and early modern forms of scholarship around the globe. This class seeks to create a new comparative framework for understanding how earlier generations made sense of the texts that they valued, and how their practices provide still-vital models for us at a time of upheaval in the format and media of texts and in our scholarly approaches to them. Students will encounter key fields of philology—textual criticism, lexicography, grammar, and, above all, commentary—not in the abstract but as instantiated in relation to four foundational works—the Confucian Analects, the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki, the Aeneid, and the Tale of Genji—and the scholarly traditions that grew up around them. We are never alone when we grapple with the basic question of how to read texts whose meaning is unclear to us. Over the course of the semester, this class will foster a global understanding of the deep roots and strange parallels linking contemporary reading and interpretation to the practices of the past.
Web Site Vergil
Department Comparative Literature and Society, Institute for
Enrollment 17 students (20 max) as of 4:04PM Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Status Full
Subject Comparative Literature & Society
Number GU4111
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To GSAS
Campus Morningside
Section key 20193CPLS4111W001

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