Comparative Literature 139. Fictions of Kin and Kind

Instructor: Marc Shell

Mondays, 2-4 pm, Location: Dana Palmer 102 (FAS)

The literature and rhetoric of kinship. Special attention to the incest taboo, orphanhood, the human-animal distinction, and social fictions of nationhood. Readings include texts by modern theorists of language as well as by Sophocles, Marguerite of Navarre, Elizabeth Tudor, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Racine, Schiller, Goethe, Melville, and Nabokov.

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