Interested in becoming a part of CLUJ? Join the Fall 2015 DeCal!
First meeting on 8/31/2015 at 5:30 PM – 7 PM at 78 Barrows Hall.
For more information, please see the syllabus for this semester here.
Whenever I tell anyone that I am majoring in Comparative Literature, I inevitably get the question: “You mean English? What’s Comparative Literature? Do you just, like, compare stuff?” Of course, comparing is a fundamental aspect of the major, but for me, it is the implications of the very act of comparison that embody the nuances of Comparative Literature. Comparing, by definition, requires more than one – a view that includes an “other” – and by simply expanding the myopic vision of just one language and culture, I believe that Comparative Literature touches upon a vein in humanity that is inaccessible otherwise. Frantz Fanon, an African psychiatrist who was part of the critical negritude movement, once said that “Parler une langue; c’est assumer une culture” “To speak a language is to carry the weight of an entire culture”…