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Comparative Literature

Directors:
Elizabeth C. Allen
Israel Burshatin, at Haverford College

Advisory Committee at Bryn Mawr:
Elizabeth C. Allen
Francis Higginson
Maria Cristina Quintero
Bethany Schneider
Azade Seyhan

Advisory Committee at Haverford:
Israel Burshatin
Maud McInerney
Roberto Castillo Sandoval
Ulrich Schoenherr
David Sedley
Michael Sells

Affiliated Faculty:
Including, but not limited to, faculty members from the Bryn Mawr College and/or Haverford College Departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, East Asian Studies, English, French, German, Greek, History of Art, Italian, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Russian and Spanish.

The study of comparative literature situates literature in an international perspective; examines connections among literary history, literary criticism, critical theory and poetics; and works toward an understanding of the sociocultural functions of literature. Interpretive methods from other disciplines that interrogate cultural discourses also play a role in the comparative study of literature; among these are anthropology, philosophy, history, religion, classical studies, Africana studies, gender studies and cultural studies, as well as other arts.

Comparative literature students are required to have a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language adequate to the advanced study of literature in that language. Some comparative literature courses may require reading knowledge of a foreign language as a prerequisite for admission. Students considering graduate work in comparative literature should also study a second foreign language.

Major Requirements

Requirements for the comparative literature major are: Comparative Literature 200: Introduction to Comparative Literature (normally taken in the sophomore year); six literature courses at the 200 level or above, balanced between two literature departments (of which English may be one) — at least two of these (one in each national literature) must be at the 300 level or above, or its equivalent as approved in advance by the adviser; one course in critical theory; two electives; Comparative Literature 398 and 399: Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature.

Honors

Students who, in the judgment of the advisory committee, have done distinguished work in their courses and in the senior seminar will be considered for departmental honors.

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the minor are: Comparative Literature 200 and 398, plus four additional courses — two each in the literature of two languages. At least one of these four courses must be at the 300 level. Students who minor in comparative literature are encouraged to choose their national literature courses from those with a comparative component.

Both majors and minors are encouraged to work closely with the chairs and members of the advisory committee in shaping their programs.

COML B200. Introduction to Comparative Literature

This course explores a variety of approaches to the comparative or trans- national study of literature through readings of several kinds: texts from different cultural traditions that raise questions about the nature and function of storytelling and literature; texts that comment on, respond to and rewrite other texts from different historical periods and nations; translations; and readings in critical theory. (Quintero, Sedley, Seyhan, Division III)

COML B201. Cleopatra: Images of Female Power

(Gaisser, staff, Division III; cross-listed as Greek, Latin and Classical Studies 201) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B202. Culture and Interpretation

(Krausz, Division III; cross-listed as Philosophy 202) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B209. Introduction to Literary Analysis: Philosophical Approaches to Criticism

(Seyhan, Division I or III; cross-listed as German and German Studies 209 and Philosophy 209)

COML B211. Primo Levi, the Holocaust and Its Aftermath

(Patruno, Division III; cross-listed as Hebrew and Judaic Studies 211 and Italian 211) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B212. Borges y sus lectores

(Sacerio-Garí, Division III; cross-listed as Spanish 211) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B213. Approches critiques et théoriques

(Higginson, Mahuzier, Sedley, Division III; cross-listed as French and French Studies 213)

COML B215. "Memoria negra": la literatura afro-hispánica en África y las Américas

(Lima, Division III; cross-listed as Spanish 215) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B220. Writing the Self

(Conybeare, Division III; cross-listed as Greek, Latin and Classical Studies 220) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B222. Aesthetics: the Nature and Experience of Art

(Krausz, Division III, cross-listed as Philosophy 222)

COML B229. Movies and Mass Politics

(Tratner, Division III; cross-listed as English 229) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B230. Poetics of Desire in the Lyric Poetry of Renaissance Italy and Spain

(Quintero, Division III; cross-listed as Italian 230 and Spanish 230) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B231. Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile

(Seyhan, Division III; cross-listed as Anthropology 231 and German and German Studies 231) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B234. Postcolonial Literature in English

(Tratner, Division III, cross-listed as English 234) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B245. Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture

(Meyer, Seyhan, Division III; cross-listed as German and German Studies 245 and History of Art 246)

COML B251. Romantic Prose Fiction

This seminar studies representative works of Romantic poetry's "poor relation" — prose fiction. Readings include novels from England, France, Germany and Russia, such as The Sorrows of Young Werther, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, A Hero of Our Time and The Red and the Black, as well as short stories. Discussions include such topics as national varieties of Romanticism, the Romantic ideals of nature, love and the self, and the impact of the revolutionary era on art. Illustrative examples of Romantic painting and music are also considered. All readings and discussions in English. (Allen, Division III) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B257. The Realist Novel Revisited

This seminar undertakes the study of a deceptively simple cultural and literary historical concept — realism — by closely reading well-known 19th-century novels by George Eliot, Gustave Flaubert, Theodor Fontane, Henry James, Stendhal, Leo Tolstoy and Ivan Turgenev, all of which have traditionally been placed within realism's parameters. Critical essays exploring the nature of realism, either in general or in a particular author's works, are also discussed. The ethical implications of the realist enterprise and, more broadly, the possible relations between art and life receive special scrutiny. (Allen, Division III)

COML B260. Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americano

(Sacerio-Garí, Division III; cross-listed as Spanish 260)

COML B270. Classical Heroes and Heroines

(Gaisser, Division III; cross-listed as Greek, Latin and Classical Studies 270) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B271. Literatura y delincuencia: explorando la novela picaresca

(Quintero, Division III; cross-listed as Spanish 270) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B275. Interpreting Mythology

(Edmonds, Division III; cross-listed as Greek, Latin and Classical Studies 275) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B279. Introduction to African Literature

(Beard, Division III; cross-listed as English 279) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B299. Cultural Diversity and Its Representations

(Seyhan, Division III; cross-listed as German and German Studies 299 and History of Art 298)

COML B302. Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débuts

(Armstrong, Division III; cross-listed as French and French Studies 302)

COML B306. Film Theory

(Kahana, Horne, Division III; cross-listed as English 306 and History of Art 306.)

COML B320. Topics in German Literature

(Meyer, Schönherr, Seyhan, Division III; cross-listed as German and German Studies 320)

COML B323. Culture and Interpretation

(Krausz; cross-listed as Philosophy 323)

COML B325, B326. Etudes avancées de civilisation

(Lee, Mahuzier, Division III; cross-listed as French 325, 326)

COML B340. Topics in Baroque Art: Representation of Gender and Power in Habsburg Spain

(McKim-Smith, Quintero, Division III; cross-listed as History of Art 340 and Spanish 340) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B350.Voix médiévales et échos modernes

(Armstrong, Division III; cross-listed as French and French Studies 350) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B354. Topics in Art Criticism

(Levine, Division III; cross-listed as History of Art 354)

COML B359. Sacrifice, Identity and Law

(Elkins, Division III; cross-listed as Philosophy 359 and Political Science 359) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B364. Irony and Inquiry: Plato and Nietzsche

(Elkins, Salkever, Division III; cross-listed as Philosophy 364 and Political Science 364) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B381. Post-Apartheid Literature

(Beard, Division III; cross-listed as English 381) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B387. Allegory in Theory and Practice

(Hedley, Division III; cross-listed as English 387) Not offered in 2004-05.

COML B398. Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature (Allen)

COML B399. Senior Seminar

COML B403. Supervised Work (staff)

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Comparative Literature:

205b. Studies in the Spanish-American Novel
210b. Spanish and Spanish-American Film Studies
212b. Classical Tradition in Western Literature
214a. Writing the Nation: 19th Century Literature in Latin America
218a. The Western Dramatic Tradition
250a. Quixotic Narratives
251a. Music, Film and Narrative
255a. Cinema français/francophone et colonialisme
262a. Islamic Literature and Civilization
275b. Romancing/Passing
289a. Children's Literature
302a. Topics in Medieval English Literature: Speaking in Tongues
303a. Seminar in Religion, Literature and Representation
312. Advanced Topics in French Literature
317a. Novels of the Spanish-American "Boom"
320a. Contemporary German Fiction (1970-2000)
330a. Cinema Nostalgia
332a. Topics in Twentieth Century Continential Philosophy
334b. Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing
352a. Evita and Her Sisters
377b. Problems in Postcolonial Literature
385a. Popular Culture, Cultural Identity and the Arts in Latin America
399b. Senior Seminar

 
     
 
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