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CWL 151 EK - Cross-Cultural Thematics - Mad Knights and Fair Maidens

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Explores a combination of western and non-western literature through the focus on a shared theme, exploring differences in treatment both within and among different cultures. Two such thematic focuses are offered in rotation; one on concepts of love and one on ways of writing about death. Both themes introduce students to a wide array of famous texts from different cultures and also offer some varied perspectives for their own inevitable thoughts on these major topics. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term.

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Swords and Roses: The Romance in Cross-Cultural Perspective Course description: This course approaches the world of knights and fair maidens from a cross-cultural perspective. Through literature and film, we will examine classic Greek, Persian and Chinese tales, medieval Arthurian romances, and modern parodies of the genre. We will examine the illusions and disillusions of romance, including themes like star-crossed lovers, chivalry, social identity and war.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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