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Comparative Literature

Students may complete a major or minor in Comparative Literature.

Directors

Elizabeth C. Allen
Israel Burshatin, at Haverford College

Faculty

Sooyong Kim, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Culture

Advisory Committee at Bryn Mawr

Elizabeth C. Allen
Francis Higginson
Maria Cristina Quintero
Roberta Ricci
Bethany Schneider
Azade Seyhan

Advisory Committee at Haverford:

Israel Burshatin
Maud McInerney
Jerry Miller
Deborah Roberts
Roberto Castillo Sandoval
Ulrich Schoenherr
David Sedley

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: COML 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; COML 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: COML 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, Division III)

COML B202 Culture and Interpretation

(Krausz, Division III; cross-listed as PHIL B202) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B209 Introduction to Literary Analysis: Philosophical Approaches to Criticism

(Seyhan, Division III; cross-listed as GERM B209 and PHIL B209) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B211 Primo Levi, the Holocaust and Its Aftermath

(Patruno, Division III; cross-listed as HEBR B211 and ITAL B211) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B212 Borges y sus lectores

(Sacerio-Garí, Division III; cross-listed as SPAN B211) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B213 Approches critiques et théoriques

(Mahuzier, Division III; cross-listed as FREN B213) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B215 "Memoria Negra": La literatura afro-hispánica

(Lima , Division III; cross-listed as SPAN B215) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B220 Writing the Self

(Conybeare, Division III; cross-listed as CSTS B220)

COML B222 Aesthetics: The Nature and Experience of Art

(Krausz, Division III; cross-listed as PHIL B222)

COML B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies: Global Masculinities: Male Body in Contemporary Cinema

(staff, Division I or III; cross-listed as GERM B223 and HART B223)

COML B226 Cine y sociedad en la España contemporanea

(Arribas, Division III; cross-listed as SPAN B226) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B229 Movies and Mass Politics

(Tratner, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B229) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B230 La poética del deseo en España e Hispanoamérica

(staff; cross-listed as SPAN B230)

COML B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile

(Seyhan, Division III; cross-listed as ANTH B231 and GERM B231) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B234 Postcolonial Literature in English

(Tratner, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B234)

COML B245 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture: Post-War Austria

(Meyer, Division III; cross-listed as GERM B245 and CITY B246)

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)

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) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B260 Ariel/Caliban y el discurso americano

(Sacerio-Garí, Division III; cross-listed as SPAN B260)

COML B265 The Islamic Literary Tradition

(Kim, Division III; cross-listed as GNST B265) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B266 Travel and Transgression

(Taylor, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B266)

COML B269 Ecologies of Theater: Performance, Play and Landscape

(Lord, Division III; cross-listed as ARTT B270)

COML B271 Literatura y delincuencia: explorando la novela picaresca

(Quintero, Division III; cross-listed as SPAN B270) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B275 Interpreting Mythology

(Edmonds , Division III; cross-listed as CSTS B275)

COML B277 Topics in Islamic Literatures: Travel Narrative

(Kim, Division III; cross-listed as GNST B277)

COML B279 Introduction to African Literature

(Beard, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B279) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B299 Cultural Diversity and Its Representations

(Werlen, Division I or III; cross-listed as GERM B299 and HART B298) Not offered in 2006-07.

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

(Armstrong, Division III; cross-listed as FREN B302)

COML B308 Spanish Drama of the Golden Age

(Quintero, Division III; cross-listed as SPAN B308) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B312 Crimen y detectives en la narrativa hispánica contemporánea

(Song, Division III; cross-listed as SPAN B311)

COML B319 A Sense of Place

(Briggs, Division III; cross-listed as ENGL B319) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B320 Topics in German Literature and Culture: No Place Like Home: Nostalgia

(staff, Division III; cross-listed as GERM B320, HEBR B320 and HART B320)

COML B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Vienna 1900

(Meyer, Division III; cross-listed as CITY B319, GERM B321and HART B348)

COML B323 Culture and Interpretation

(Krausz, Division III; cross-listed as PHIL B323) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B325 Etudes avancées de civilisation

(Mahuzier, Division III; cross-listed as FREN B325)

COML B350 Voix médiévales et échos modernes

(Armstrong, Division III; cross-listed as FREN B350) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B354 Topics in Art Criticism

(Levine; cross-listed as HART B354) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B359 Sacrifice, Identity and Law

(Elkins; cross-listed as PHIL B359 and POLS B359) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B364 Political Philosophy: Irony and Inquiry

(Salkever; cross-listed as PHIL B364 and POLS B364)

COML B398 Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature

This course, required of all senior comparative literature majors in preparation for writing the senior thesis in the spring semester, explores both theoretical and applied, or practical, literary criticism, in which literary theories are put to work, often in combination, to elucidate particular texts. Throughout the semester, students collect and review theoretical and applied critical materials bearing on their own comparative thesis topics in order to situate those topics in an appropriate critical context. (staff) Not offered in 2006-07.

COML B399 Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature

(Allen, Roberts)

COML B403 Supervised Work

(staff)

Haverford College currently offers the following courses in Comparative Literature:

COML H200 Introduction to Comparative Literature
COML H205 Studies in the Spanish American Novel
COML H215 Tales of Troy
COML H228 The Logos and the Tao
COML H232 Inquiring Minds: Inquisition, Writing and the Early Modern Subject
COML H235 Spanish American Theater
COML H241 Anthropology of the Mediterranean
COML H255 Cinéma français/francophone et colonialisme
COML H293 Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice
COML H301 Topics in Medieval English Literature
COML H303 Evangelicalism, Anti-Slavery and Feminism in Uncle Tom's Cabin
COML H312 Advanced Topics: L'art du ridicule
COML H312 Advanced Topics in French Literature
COML H359 Music-Text-Performance
COML H381 Textual Politics: Marxism, Feminism, and the Deconstruction
COML H387 The Post-Modern: Theory and Fiction
COML H398 Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature

 
     
 
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