Comparative Literature

Students may complete a major or minor in Comparative Literature.

Co-Directors

Israel Burshatin, Professor and Co-Director of Comparative Literature (Haverford College)
Maria Cristina Quintero, Professor of Spanish and Co-Director of Comparative Literature (Bryn Mawr College) [Co-Director semester I; on leave semester II]
Azade Seyhan, Professor and Chair of German and Comparative Literature and the Fairbank Professor in the Humanities, and Interim Co-Director of Comparative Literature (Bryn Mawr College) [Interim Co-Director semester II]

Steering Committee

Bryn Mawr College

Elizabeth Allen, Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature (on leave semesters I and II)
Martín Gaspar, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Interim Coordinator of Romance Languages (Interim Coordinator semester II)
Jennifer Harford Vargas, Assistant Professor of English (on leave semesters I and II)
Pim Higginson, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Shiamin Kwa, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies on the Jye Chu Lectureship in Chinese Studies Hoang Nguyen, Associate Professor of English and Film Studies (on leave semesters I and II)
Roberta Ricci, Chair and Associate Professor of Italian (on leave semesters I and II)

Haverford

Imke Brust, Assistant Professor of German
Roberto Castillo Sandoval, Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Robert Germany, Assistant Professor of Classics
Maud McInerney, Associate Professor of English
Jerry Miller, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Deborah Roberts, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature
Ulrich Schoenherr, Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature
David Sedley, Associate Professor of French
Travis Zadeh, Assistant Professor of Religion

The study of Comparative Literature situates literature in an international perspective; examines transnational cultural connections through literary history, literary criticism, critical theory, and poetics; and works toward a nuanced understanding of the socio-cultural functions of literature. The structure of the program allows students to engage in such diverse areas of critical inquiry as East-West cultural relations, global censorship and human rights, diaspora studies, film history and theory, and aesthetics of modernity. Therefore, interpretive methods from other disciplines also play a role in the comparative study of literature; among these are anthropology, ethnology, philosophy, history, history of art, religion, classical studies, area studies (Africana studies, Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, among others), gender studies, and 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: Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature and 399: Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature.

Students must complete a writing requirement in the major. Students will work with their major advisors in order to identify either two writing attentive or one writing intensive course within their major plan of study.

*In the case of languages for which literature courses in the original language are not readily accessible, students may on occasion be allowed to count a course taught in English translation for which they do at least part of the reading in the original language.

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.

NOTE: Please note that not all topics courses (B223, 299, 321, 325, 326, 340) count toward COML elective requirements. See adviser.

COURSES

COML B110 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema
An introduction to the analysis of film through particular attention to the role of the spectator. Why do moving images compel our fascination? How exactly do film spectators relate to the people, objects, and places that appear on the screen? Wherein lies the power of images to move, attract, repel, persuade, or transform its viewers? In this course, students will be introduced to film theory through the rich and complex topic of identification. We will explore how points of view are framed in cinema, and how those viewing positions differ from those of still photography, advertising, video games, and other forms of media. Students will be encouraged to consider the role the cinematic medium plays in influencing our experience of a film: how it is not simply a film’s content, but the very form of representation that creates interactions between the spectator and the images on the screen. Film screenings include Psycho, Being John Malkovich, and others. Course is geared to freshman and those with no prior film instruction. Fulfills History of Art major 100-level course requirement, Film Studies minor Introductory course or Theory course requirement. Syllabus is subject to change at instructor’s discretion.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B110
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Spring 2015)

COML B200 Introduction to Comparative Literature
This course explores a variety of approaches to the comparative or transnational 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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Higginson,P.
(Spring 2015)

COML B211 Primo Levi, the Holocaust and Its Aftermath
A consideration, through analysis and appreciation of his major works, of how the horrific experience of the Holocaust awakened in Primo Levi a growing awareness of his Jewish heritage and led him to become one of the dominant voices of that tragic historical event, as well as one of the most original new literary figures of post-World War II Italy. Always in relation to Levi and his works, attention will also be given to other Italian women writers whose works are also connected with the Holocaust.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B211; HEBR-B211
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B212 Borges y sus lectores
Primary emphasis on Borges and his poetics of reading; other writers are considered to illustrate the semiotics of texts, society, and traditions. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B211
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities
An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time. This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B213; RUSS-B253; PHIL-B253; HART-B213
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B214 Italy Today: New Voices, New Writers, New Literature
This course, taught in English, will focus primarily on the works of the so-called “migrant writers” who, having adopted the Italian language, have become a significant part of the new voice of Italy. In addition to the aesthetic appreciation of these works, this course will also take into consideration the social, cultural, and political factors surrounding them. The course will focus on works by writers who are now integral to Italian canon – among them: Cristina Ali-Farah, Igiaba Scego, Ghermandi Gabriella, Amara Lakhous. As part of the course, movies concerned with various aspects of Italian Migrant literature will be screened and analyzed.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B212
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B220 Writing the Self in the Middle Ages
What leads people to write about their lives? Do men and women present themselves differently? Do they think different issues are important? How do they claim authority for their thoughts and experiences? We shall address these questions, reading a wide range of autobiography from the Medieval period in the West, with a particular emphasis on women’s writing and on feminist critiques of autobiographical practice.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B220
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B222 Aesthetics: The Nature and Experience of Art
Here are some questions we will discuss in this course: What sort of thing is a work of art? Can criticism in the arts be objective? Do such cultural entities answer to more than one admissible interpretation? What is the role of a creator’s intentions in fixing upon admissible interpretations? What is the nature of aesthetic experience? What is creativity in the arts? Readings will be drawn from contemporary sources. Prerequisite: One introductory course in philosophy.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B222
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B223
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B225 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance
The course is in English. It examines the ban on books and art in a global context through a study of the historical and sociopolitical conditions of censorship practices. This semester our focus will be on the US, the Middle East, Latin America, and Germany (including the former German Democratic Republic). The course raises such questions as how censorship is used to fortify political power, how it is practiced locally and globally, who censors, what are the categories of censorship, how censorship succeeds and fails, and how writers and artists write and create against and within censorship. The last question leads to an analysis of rhetorical strategies that writers and artists employ to translate the expression of repression, trauma, and torture into idioms of resistance. German majors/minors can get German Studies credit. Prerequisite: EMLY B001 or a 100-level intensive writing course.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; Middle East Studies
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B225
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Fall 2014)

COML B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Felipe Alfau, Julia Alvarez,, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, and others.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B231; ANTH-B231
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B232 Encuentros culturales en América Latina
This course introduces canonical Latin American texts through translation scenes represented in them. Arranged chronologically since the first encounters during the conquest until contemporary times, the readings trace different modulations of a constant linguistic and cultural preoccupation with translation in Latin America. Translation scenes are analyzed through close reading, and then considered as barometers for understanding the broader cultural climate. Special emphasis is placed on key notions for literary analysis and translation studies, as well as for linking the literary text with cultural, social, political, and historical processes. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202).
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B234 Postcolonial Literature in English
This course will survey a broad range of novels and poems written while countries were breaking free of British colonial rule. Readings will also include cultural theorists interested in defining literary issues that arise from the postcolonial situation.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B234
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Tratner,M.
(Spring 2015)

COML B237 The Dictator Novel in the Americas
This course examines representations of dictatorship in Latin American and Latina/o novels. We will explore the relationship between narrative form and absolute power by analyzing the literary techniques writers use to contest authoritarianism. We will compare dictator novels from the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Southern Cone.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B237; SPAN-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B238; RUSS-B238; HART-B238
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B239 Classical Traditions and SciFi
What might ancient classics say about the modern world? In this course we explore intersections between ancient, Greco-Roman texts and the genre that is most characteristic of the modern, technoscientific world, science fiction. Raising questions about genres and traditions; the role of the ‘humanities’ in relation to ‘technology’; and ways of discovering and evaluating ‘knowledge’, we consider the possibility that, although antiquity and the present day differ, at base ancient literature has given science fiction its profound sense of wonder about the world. Texts from authors such as Sappho, Sophocles, and Plato; Lucretius, Ovid, and Apuleius; Shelley, Borges, Dick, and Eco; Le Guin, Morrison, Atwood, and Edson; Cameron, Cronenberg, and Demme; and Benjamin, Baudrillard, Haraway, and Hayles. Suggested Preparation: No prior knowledge is assumed, but some knowledge of one or more of the texts is helpful. So as to emphasize the high value of rereading, students are strongly encouraged to have read one or more of the ancient texts before the beginning of the course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B238
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Stevens,B.
(Spring 2015)

COML B240 Literary Translation Workshop
Open to creative writing students and students of literature, the syllabus includes some theoretical readings, but the emphasis is practical and analytical. Syllabus reading includes parallel translations of certain enduring literary texts (mostly poetry) as well as books and essays about the art of translation. Literary translation will be considered as a spectrum ranging from Dryden’s “metaphrase” (word-for-word translation) all the way through imitation, adaptation, and reimagining. Each student will be invited to work with whatever non-English language(s) s/he has, and to select for translation short works of poetry, prose, or drama. The course will include class visits by working literary translators. The Italian verbs for “to translate” and “to betray” sound almost alike; throughout, the course concerns the impossibility and importance of literary translation.
Crosslisting(s): ARTW-B240
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B245 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Taught in English.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B245
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kenosian,D.
(Spring 2015)

COML B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americano
A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B260
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B261 The Russian Anti-Novel
A study of 19th- and 20th-century Russian novels focusing on their strategies of opposing or circumventing European literary conventions. Works by Bulgakov, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Pushkin, and Tolstoy, are compared to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and other exemplars of the Western novelistic tradition. All readings, lectures, and discussions in English.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): RUSS-B261
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B266 Travel and Transgression
Examines ancient and medieval travel literature, exploring movement and cultural exchange, from otherworld odysseys and religious pilgrimages to trade expeditions and explorations across the Atlantic. Mercantile documents, maps, pilgrim’s logbooks, and theoretical and anthropological discussions of place, colonization, and identity-formation will supplement our literary analysis. Emphasizes how those of the Middle Ages understood encounters with “alien” cultures, symbolic representations of space, and the development of national identities, exploring their influence on contemporary debates surrounding racial, cultural, religious, and national boundaries.
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B266
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B269 Ecologies of Theater: Performance, Play, and Landscape
Students in this course will investigate the notion of theatrical landscape and its relation to plays and to the worlds that those landscapes refer. Through readings in contemporary drama and performance and through the construction and evaluation performances, the class will explore the relationship between human beings and the environments they imagine, and will study the ways in which those relationships impact how we think about our relationship to the world in which we live. The course will culminate in a series of public performances.
Crosslisting(s): ARTT-B270
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Lord,M.
(Fall 2014)

COML B271 Litertura y delincuencia: explorando la novela picaresca
A study of the origins, development and transformation of the picaresque genre from its origins in 16th- and 17th-century Spain through the 21st century. Using texts, literature, painting, and film from Spain and Latin America, we will explore topics such as the construction of the (fictional) self, the poetics and politics of criminality, transgression in gender and class. Prerequisite: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B270
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B274 From Myth to Modern Cinema
This course explores how contemporary film, a creative medium appealing to the entire demographic spectrum like Greek drama, looks back to the ancient origins. Examining both films that are directly based on Greek plays and films that make use of classical material without being explicitly classical in plot or setting, we will discuss how Greek mythology is reconstructed and appropriated for modern audiences and how the classical past continues to be culturally significant. A variety of methodological approaches such as film and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory will be applied in addition to more straightforward literary-historical interpretation.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B274
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B279 Introduction to African Literature
Taking into account the oral, written, aural and visual forms of African “texts” over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, translation and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata Epic, Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah, Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments, Mariama Bâ’s Si Longe une Lettre, Tsitsi Danga-rembga’s Nervous Conditions, Bessie Head’s Maru, Sembène Ousmane’s Xala, plays by Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, The Muse of Forgiveness and Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat. We will address the “transliteration” of Christian and Muslim languages and theologies in these works.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B279
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B293 The Play of Interpretation
Designated theory course. A study of the methodologies and regimes of interpretation in the arts, humanistic sciences, and media and cultural studies, this course focuses on common problems of text, authorship, reader/spectator, and translation in their historical and formal contexts. Literary, oral, and visual texts from different cultural traditions and histories will be studied through interpretive approaches informed by modern critical theories. Readings in literature, philosophy, popular culture, and film will illustrate how theory enhances our understanding of the complexities of history, memory, identity, and the trials of modernity.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B293; ENGL-B292
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Spring 2015)

COML B302 Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débuts
This study of selected women authors from the Carolingian period through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and 17th century—among them, Marie de France, the trobairitz, Christine de Pisan, Louise Labé, Marguerite de Navarre, and Madame de Lafayette—examines the way in which they appropriate and transform the male writing tradition and define themselves as self-conscious artists within or outside it. Particular attention will be paid to identifying recurring concerns and structures in their works, and to assessing their importance to women’s writing in general: among them, the poetics of silence, reproduction as a metaphor for artistic creation, and sociopolitical engagement.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): FREN-B302
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B306 Film Theory
An introduction to major developments in film theory and criticism. Topics covered include: the specificity of film form; cinematic realism; the cinematic “author”; the politics and ideology of cinema; the relation between cinema and language; spectatorship, identification, and subjectivity; archival and historical problems in film studies; the relation between film studies and other disciplines of aesthetic and social criticism. Each week of the syllabus pairs critical writing(s) on a central principle of film analysis with a cinematic example. Class will be divided between discussion of critical texts and attempts to apply them to a primary cinematic text.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B306; ENGL-B306
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Fall 2014)

COML B308 Teatro del Siglo de Oro: negociaciones de clase, género y poder
A study of the dramatic theory and practice of 16th- and 17th-century Spain. Topics include the treatment of honor, historical self-fashioning and the politics of the corrales, and palace theater. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B308
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B310 Detective Fiction
In English. This course explores the Italian “giallo” (detective fiction), today one of the most successful literary genres among Italian readers and authors alike. Through a comparative perspective, the course will analyze not only the inter-relationship between this popular genre and “high literature,” but also the role of detective fiction as a mirror of social anxieties. Italian majors taking this course for Italian credit will be required to meet for an additional hour with the instructor and to do the readings and writing in Italian. Prerequisite: One literature course at the 200 level.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B310
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Monserrati,M.
(Spring 2015)

COML B312 Crimen y detectives en la narrativa hispánica contemporánea
An analysis of the rise of the hard-boiled genre in contemporary Hispanic narrative and its contrast to classic detective fiction, as a context for understanding contemporary Spanish and Latin American culture. Discussion of pertinent theoretical implications and the social and political factors that contributed to the genre’s evolution and popularity. This course will be given in conjunction with Cities 229. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B311
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B321; CITY-B319
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
Spring 2015: Current topic description: In the condition of exile, the writers, whose works were banned or censored in their own countries, cannot pursue their craft, unless their works are translated, either by professional translators or by themselves. Many writers who are in exile in Germany today write directly in German as a form of self-translation. This course will examine how works of diverse cultures survive in German translation and contribute to German culture. Crosslisted with GERM B321.

COML B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World
The course examines literary, historical, and legal texts from the early modern Iberian world (Spain, Mexico, Peru) through the lens of gender studies. The course is divided around three topics: royal bodies (women in power), cloistered bodies (women in the convent), and delinquent bodies (figures who defy legal and gender normativity). Course is taught in English and is open to all juniors or seniors who have taken at least one 200-level course in a literature department. Students seeking Spanish credit must have taken BMC Spanish 110 and/or 120 and at least one other Spanish course at a 200-level, or received permission from instructor.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B322
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Quintero,M.
(Fall 2014)

COML B323 Culture and Interpretation
This course will discuss these questions. What are the aims of interpretation? Must we assume that, for cultural objects—like artworks, music, or literature—there must be a single right interpretation? If not, what is to prevent one from sliding into an interpretive anarchism? What is the role of a creator’s intentions in fixing upon admissible interpretations? Does interpretation affect the identity of the object of interpretation? If an object of interpretation exists independently of interpretive practice, must it answer to only one right interpretation? In turn, if an object of interpretation is constituted by interpretive practice, must it answer to more than one right interpretation? This course encourages active discussions of these questions.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B323
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Krausz,M.
(Fall 2014)

COML B325 Etudes avancées
An in-depth study of a particular topic, event or historical figure in French civilization. This is a topics course. Course content varies. The seminar topic rotates among many subjects: La Révolution frantaise: histoire, littérature et culture; L’Environnement naturel dans la culture française; Mal et valeurs éthiques; Le Cinéma et la politique, 1940-1968; Le Nationalisme en France et dans les pays francophones; Etude socio-culturelle des arts du manger en France du Moyen Age à nos jours.
Crosslisting(s): FREN-B325
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Mahuzier,B.
Fall 2014: Current topic description: A study of the immediate and long lasting impact of WWI on French society, art, philosophy and material culture. Special attention will be paid to fictional and non-fictional “writing” of the Great War (letters, journals, news reels, pamphlets, novels, poems, etc.), to its inscription in material culture and “lieux de mémoire” (national places of memory), such as war monuments, memmuorials, commercial artefacts, as well as to questions raised by war historians and historiographers. Crosslisted with FREN B325.

COML B332 Novelas de las Américas
What do we gain by reading a Latin American or a US novel as “American” in the continental sense? What do we learn by comparing novels from “this” America to classics of the “other” Americas? Can we find through this Panamericanist perspective common aesthetics, interests, conflicts? In this course we will explore these questions by connecting and comparing major US novels with Latin American classics of the 20th and 21st century. We will read these works in clusters to illuminate aesthetic, political and cultural resonances and affinities. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: At least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B332; ENGL-B332
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gaspar,M.
(Fall 2014)

COML B340 Topics in Baroque Art
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B340
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B345 Topics in Narrative Theory
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B345
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B350 Voix médiévales et échos modernes
A study of selected 19th- and 20th-century works inspired by medieval subjects, such as the Grail and Arthurian legends and the Tristan and Yseut stories, and by medieval genres, such as the roman, saints’ lives, or the miracle play. Included are texts and films by Bonnefoy, Cocteau, Flaubert, Genevoix, Giono, Gracq, and Yourcenar.
Crosslisting(s): FREN-B350
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B365 Erotica: Love and Art in Plato and Shakespeare
The course explores the relationship between love and art, “eros” and “poesis,” through in-depth study of Plato’s “Phaedus” and “Symposium,” Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and “Antony and Cleopatra,” and essays by modern commentators (including David Halperin, Anne Carson, Martha Nussbaum, Marjorie Garber, and Stanley Cavell). We will also read Shakespeare’s Sonnets and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B365; POLS-B365; PHIL-B365
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B375 Interpreting Mythology
The myths of the Greeks have provoked outrage and fascination, interpretation and retelling, censorship and elaboration, beginning with the Greeks themselves. We will see how some of these stories have been read and understood, recounted and revised, in various cultures and eras, from ancient tellings to modern movies. We will also explore some of the interpretive theories by which these tales have been understood, from ancient allegory to modern structural and semiotic theories. The student should gain a more profound understanding of the meaning of these myths to the Greeks themselves, of the cultural context in which they were formulated. At the same time, this course should provide the student with some familiarity with the range of interpretations and strategies of understanding that people of various cultures and times have applied to the Greek myths during the more than two millennia in which they have been preserved. Preference to upperclassmen, previous coursework in myth required.
Crosslisting(s): CSTS-B375
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
South African texts from several language communities which anticipate a post-apartheid polity and texts by contemporary South African writers which explore the complexities of life in “the new South Africa.” Several films emphasize the minefield of post-apartheid reconciliation and accountability.
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B381
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B388 Contemporary African Fiction
Noting that the official colonial independence of most African countries dates back only half a century, this course focuses on the fictive experiments of the most recent decade. A few highly controversial works from the ’90s serve as an introduction to very recent work. Most works are in English. To experience depth as well as breadth, there is a small cluster of works from South Africa. With novels and tales from elsewhere on the huge African continent, we will get a glimpse of “living in the present” in history and letters.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B388
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Beard,L.
(Spring 2015)

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, has a twofold purpose: to review interpretive approaches informed by critical theories that enhance our understanding of literary and cultural texts; and to help students prepare a preliminary outline of their senior theses. Throughout the semester, students research theoretical paradigms that bear on their own comparative thesis topics in order to situate those topics in an appropriate critical context.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Fall 2014)

COML B399 Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature
Thesis writing seminar. Research methods.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2014-2015)

COML B403 Supervised Work
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2014)