The Comparative Literature Seminar with Dr. Mark Calkins

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The Comparative Literature seminar currently alternates reading works of world fiction and theory with selections which Dr. Calkins distributes via PDF from "Poems for the Millennium Vol. 3" and Monroe Beardsley's "Aesthetics: From Classical Greece to the Present." Concurrent with this curriculum we are making our way through selections from "The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights." World fiction and theory readings are organized into thematic units, but the program is flexible and sometimes serendipitous. In addition to selections from "Poems" and "Aesthetics," during the 2018-19 Seminar we read: "Oedipus at Colonus," "The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin," "The Communist Manifesto," "The Epic of Gilgamesh," "The Confusions of Young Torless," "Wide Sargasso Sea," Civilization and Its Discontents," and "Madame Bovary." If interested in the 2019-20 curriculum, please contact Dr. Calkins at mcalkins@sfsu.edu.

The semester will begin on September 11, 2019, and end February 26, 2020.

  • The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6:45pm to 7:45pm at Mechanics' Institute, following the Proust Seminar at Mechanics' Institute.
  • The semester will begin on September 11, 2019, and end February 26, 2020.
  • Registration is open to all. Mechanics' Institute members pay $70 for each 5-month session; Members of the public pay $100.

Space is limited for this Seminar. If interested in the 2019-20 curriculum, please contact Dr. Calkins at mcalkins@sfsu.edu.

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