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Core Course List

NOTE: Please note that not all topics courses (B223, 209, 321, 325, 326, 340) count toward COML elective requirements. See adviser.

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's master calendar.

Fall 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
COML B200-001 Introduction to Comparative Literature Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 212E Seyhan,A.
COML B212-001 Borges y sus lectores Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 111 Sacerio-Garí,E.
COML B213-001 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities: Critical Theories Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 251 Higginson,P.
COML B223-001 Topics In German Cultural Studies: Remembered Violence Semester / 1 LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Kenosian,D.
Lecture: Date/Time TBA
COML B306-001 Film Theory Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Carpenter Library 13 King,H.
Film: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM T Carpenter Library 21
COML B325-001 Etudes avancées: Novels and Newspapers in 19th C France & Quebec Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Cutchin,A.
COML B375-001 Interpreting Mythology Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 223 Edmonds,R.

Spring 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
COML B110-001 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Carpenter Library 25 King,H.
Film: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM Carpenter Library 25
COML B293-001 The Play of Interpretation Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 212A Seyhan,A.
COML B311-001 The Myth of Venice (1800-2000) Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 102 Monserrati,M.
COML B325-001 Etudes avancées: Ecrire la Grande Guerre Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Mahuzier,B.
COML B350-001 Voix médiévales et échos modernes Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Armstrong,G.
COML B399-001 Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature Semester / 1 Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM M Thomas Hall 102 Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2016

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Haverford Fall 2015 Course List

Course #

Course Name

Instructor

Days and Times

Location

COMLH210A001

Spanish and Spanish American Film Studies

Michelotti, Graciela

TTH 2:30pm-4:00pm

STO301

COMLH214A001

Writing the Nation: 19th-Century Literature in Latin America

Huberman, Ariana

MW 11:30am-1:00pm

HLL6

COMLH250A001

Quixotic Narratives

Burshatin, Israel

MW 1:00pm-2:30pm

HLL6

COMLH262A001

Post-Wall German Film

Brust, Imke

MW 1:00pm-2:30pm

STO118K

COMLH293A001

Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice

Roberts, Deborah H

TTH 1:00pm-2:30pm

HLL112

COMLH312A001

Advanced Topics in French Literature: Le Congo/Zaire

Anyinéfa, Koffi

M 1:30pm-4:00pm

GST102

COMLH322A001

Politics of Memory in Latin America

Gomez Unamuno, Aurelia

T 1:30pm-4:00pm

HLL106

COMLH351A001

Writing and Social Construction of Subjectivity

Noonan-Ngwane, Zolani

M 1:30pm-4:00pm

GST103

COMLH398A001

Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature

Burshatin, Israel

M 7:30pm-10:00pm

HLL106

Haverford Spring 2016 Course List

Course #

Course Name

Instructor

Days and Times

Location

COMLB110001

Identification in the Cinema

King, Homay

MWF 11:10am-12:00pm

COMLB293001

The Play of Interpretation

Seyhan, Azade

MW 2:40pm-4:00pm

COMLB311001

The Myth of Venice (1800-2000)

Monserrati, Michele

TTH 2:25pm-3:45pm

COMLB325001

Etudes avancées-Ecrire la Grande Guerre

Mahuzier, Brigitte

TH 2:10pm-4:00pm

COMLB350001

Voix médiévales/échos moderne

Armstrong, Grace

W 2:10pm-4:00pm

COMLB399001

Sr Seminar in Comparative Lit

Quintero, Maria Cristina

M 7:10pm-10:00pm

 

2015-16 Catalog Data

COML B110 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema Spring 2016 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. Writing Intensive Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as HART B110 Counts toward Film Studies

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COML B200 Introduction to Comparative Literature Fall 2015 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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COML B211 Primo Levi, the Holocaust and Its Aftermath Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Cross-listed as ITAL B211 Cross-listed as HEBR B211

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COML B212 Borges y sus lectores Fall 2015 Primary emphasis on Borges and his poetics of reading; other writers are considered to illustrate the semiotics of texts, society, and traditions. Prerequiste: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as SPAN B211

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COML B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Critical Theories Fall 2015 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.
Current topic description: Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Feminism, Postcolonialism
Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ITAL B213 Cross-listed as RUSS B253 Cross-listed as PHIL B253

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COML B214 Italy Today: New Voices, New Writers, New LiteratureItaly Today Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ITAL B212 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Film Studies

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COML B216 Topics: Introduction to Chinese Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Dream of the Red Chamber Not offered 2015-16 This is a topics course. Topics may vary. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as EALC B212 Cross-listed as HART B214 Counts toward Film Studies

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COML B220 Writing the Self in the Middle Ages Not offered 2015-16 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as CSTS B220 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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COML B223 Topics In German Cultural Studies
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Remembered Violence Fall 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German. The current topic will be taught in English with an additional meeting for students taking the class as a German course. Current topic is Remembered Violence. Description: As Germany was rebuilding from two world war wars and the Holocaust, its history was being redefined in an international context where non-Germans were also confronting the legacy of violent conflict with Germany. We will explore the conditions that raise the question of a central feature of memory in the modern era: does a common sense of history emerge from this international dialogue or does the cultural legacy of violence come out of an ongoing contest over divergent memories?
Current topic description: As Germany was rebuilding from two world war wars and the Holocaust, its history was being redefined in an international context where non-Germans were also confronting the legacy of violent conflict with Germany. We will explore the extent to which a central feature of memory in the modern era emerges: does a common sense of history emerge from this international dialogue or does the cultural legacy of violence come out of a ongoing contest over divergent memories?
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as GERM B223

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COML B225 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance Not offered 2015-16 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. 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. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Cross-listed as GERM B225 Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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COML B230 Poéticas del deseo en la poesía hispana Not offered 2015-16 A study of the evolution of the love lyric in Spain beginning with the Renaissance and the Baroque periods in Spain and continuing to the present. Topics include the representation of women as objects of desire and pretexts for writing; the self-fashioning and subjectivity of the lyric voice; the conflation and conflict of eroticism and idealism; theories of imitation; parody; and the feminine appropriation of the poetic tradition. Among the poets we will examine: Luis de Góngora, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rosalía de Castro, Federico García Lorca, and contemporary women poets such as Gloria Fuertes and Ana Rossetti. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another 200-level. Cross-listed as SPAN B230

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COML B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile Not offered 2015-16 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. Writing Attentive Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as GERM B231 Cross-listed as ANTH B231 Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures Counts toward International Studies

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COML B232 Encuentros culturales en América Latina Not offered 2015-16 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). Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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COML B234 Postcolonial Literature in English Not offered 2015-16 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ENGL B234

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COML B237 The Dictator Novel in the Americas Not offered 2015-16 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ENGL B237 Cross-listed as SPAN B237 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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COML B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945 Not offered 2015-16 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as ENGL B238 Cross-listed as RUSS B238 Cross-listed as HART B238 Counts toward Film Studies

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COML B239 Classical Traditions & SciFi Not offered 2015-16 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as CSTS B238

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COML B240 Literary Translation Workshop Not offered 2015-16 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ARTW B240

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COML B245 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Kafka's Prague and Freud's Vienna Not offered 2015-16 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Taught in English. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as GERM B245 Cross-listed as CITY B245 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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COML B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americano Not offered 2015-16 A study of the transformations of Ariel/Calibán as images of Latin American culture. Prerequiste: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course. Critical Interpretation (CI) Inquiry into the Past (IP) Cross-listed as SPAN B260 Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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COML B266 Travel and Transgression Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as ENGL B266

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COML B269 Ecologies of Theater: Performance, Play, and Landscape Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as ARTT B270

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COML B271 Litertura y delincuencia: explorando la novela picaresca Not offered 2015-16 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. Prerequiste: SPAN B110 and/or B120 (previously SPAN B200/B202); or another SPAN 200-level course. Cross-listed as SPAN B270 Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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COML B274 From Myth to Modern Cinema Not offered 2015-16 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as CSTS B274

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COML B279 Introduction to African Literature Not offered 2015-16 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as ENGL B279 Counts toward Africana Studies

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COML B293 The Play of Interpretation Spring 2016 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as PHIL B293 Cross-listed as ENGL B292 Counts toward International Studies

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COML B302 Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débuts Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as FREN B302 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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COML B306 Film Theory Fall 2015 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. Prerequisite: A course in Film Studies (HART B110, HART B299, ENGL B205, or the equivalent from another college by permission of instructor). Cross-listed as HART B306 Cross-listed as ENGL B306 Counts toward Film Studies

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COML B308 Teatro del Siglo de Oro: negociaciones de clase, género y poder Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as SPAN B308

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COML B310 Detective Fiction Not offered 2015-16 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. Suggested Preparation: One literature course at the 200 level. Writing Intensive Cross-listed as ITAL B310 Counts toward Film Studies

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COML B311 The Myth of Venice (1800-2000) Spring 2016 The Republic of Venice existed for over a millennium. This course begins in the year 1797 at the end of the Republic and the emerging of an extensive body of literature centered on Venice and its mythical facets. Readings will include the Romantic views of Venice (excerpts from Lord Byron, Fredrick Schiller, Wolfang von Goethe, Ugo Foscolo, Alessandro Manzoni) and the 20th century reshaping of the literary myth (readings from Thomas Mann, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Henry James, and others). A journey into this fascinating tradition will shed light on how the literary and visual representation of Venice, rather than focusing on a nostalgic evocation of the death of the Republic, became a territory of exploration for literary modernity. The course is offered in English; all texts are provided in translation. Suggested Preparation: At least two 200-level literature courses. Cross-listed as ITAL B311 Counts toward Film Studies

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COML B312 Crimen y detectives en la narrativa hispánica contemporánea Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as SPAN B311

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COML B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as SPAN B322 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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COML B323 Culture and Interpretation Not offered 2015-16 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. Writing Intensive Cross-listed as PHIL B323 Counts toward International Studies

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COML B325 Etudes avancées
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Ecrire la Grande Guerre
Section 001 (Spring 2016): Ecrire la Grande Guerre
Section 001 (Fall 2015): Novels and Newspapers in 19th C France & Quebec Fall 2015, Spring 2016 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.
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.
Current topic description: Long before binge-watching and Netflix or Walter White and Carrie Bradshaw, newspapers and the novels they published in installments took France and Quebec by storm! How did literature and journalism in France and Quebec develop differently in the 19th century? How do fact and fiction relate to one another when novels are published serially in newspapers? How do different genres affect the ways society and its problems are represented, to contemporary and 19th-century readers?
Cross-listed as FREN B325

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COML B332 Novelas de las Américas Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as SPAN B332 Cross-listed as ENGL B332 Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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COML B340 Topics in Baroque Art Not offered 2015-16 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-listed as HART B340 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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COML B345 Topics in Narrative Theory Not offered 2015-16 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Cross-listed as ENGL B345 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies Counts toward Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures

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COML B350 Voix médiévales et échos modernes Spring 2016 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. Cross-listed as FREN B350

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COML B365 Erotica: Love and Art in Plato and Shakespeare Not offered 2015-16 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." Cross-listed as ENGL B365 Cross-listed as POLS B365 Cross-listed as PHIL B365 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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COML B375 Interpreting Mythology Fall 2015 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. Cross-listed as CSTS B375

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COML B381 Post-Apartheid Literature Not offered 2015-16 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. Cross-listed as ENGL B381

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COML B388 Contemporary African Fiction Not offered 2015-16 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 90's 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. Cross-listed as ENGL B388 Counts toward Africana Studies

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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.

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COML B399 Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature Thesis writing seminar. Research methods.

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COML B403 Supervised Work

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Haverford Comp Lit Course Descriptions

200. Introduction to Comparative Literature
(Burshatin)

The course offers a comprehensive reconstruction of literature from the Renaissance period to the present, by focusing on a) the changing relationship between literature and religion, b) the construction of identities (class, gender, race), c) the representation of history, and d) models of literary self-referentiality. In addition, the class will introduce a variety of literary and cultural theories necessary for the analysis of (non)fictional texts.

210. Spanish and Spanish-American Film Studies
(Michelotti)

Exploration of films in Spanish from both sides of the Atlantic. The course will discuss approximately one movie per class, from a variety of classic and more recent directors such as Luis Buñuel, Carlos Saura, Pedro Almodóvar, Lucrecia Martel among others. The class will focus on the cinematic discourse as well as the cultural and historic background of each film. The course will also provide advanced language training with particular emphasis in refining oral and writing skills.; Crosslisted: COML and SPAN)

 

214. Writing the Nation: 19th-Century Literature in Latin America
(Huberman)

An examination of seminal literary texts written in Latin America in the nineteenth century. Novels, essays, travelogues, short stories, miscellaneous texts, and poetry will be analyzed and placed in the context of the process of nation-building that took place after Independence from Spain. A goal of the course will be to establish and define the nexus between the textual and ideological formations of 19th-century writings in Latin America and their counterparts in the 20th-century.; Crosslisted: COML and SPAN; Pre-Requisite(s): SPAN 102, placement, or consent of instructor.


250. Quixotic Narratives

(Burshatin)

Study of Cervantes, Don Quixote and of some of the works of fiction, criticism, philosophy, music, art and film which have drawn from Cervantes's novel or address its formal and thematic concerns, including self-reflexivity, nation and narration, and constructions of gender, class, and "race" in narrative. Other authors read include Borges, Foucault, Laurence Sterne, Graham Greene, Vladimir Nabokov, and Kathy Acker. Course taught in English.This course fulfills the “pre 1898” requirement.; Crosslisted: COML and SPAN.

 

262. Post-Wall German Film
(Brust)

This course provides a brief introduction to film studies and explores in particular post-wall German film. We will investigate how the selected films represent ideas of the nation visually, and how they aim to create or deconstruct certain myths of the German nation. Furthermore, this course will scrutinize in what ways the films depict issues of gender and race as part of the German national narrative struggle. In conclusion, we will focus on the role of memory within the national consciousness, and how certain post-wall German films fit within the heated discussion about a normalization of German history, which the reunification entailed. (Taught in English with an extra session in German.); Crosslisted: COML and GERM.

 

293. Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice 
(Roberts)

An exploration of the theory and practice of translation: from language to language, from culture to culture, and from medium to medium. We will consider different approaches to translation in theoretical writings and in case studies drawn from works in different languages, with attention to changing views and to areas of controversy. Assignments will include both papers and translations, and students may develop translation projects of their own.; Pre-requisite(s): Students must be at least at the intermediate level of one language other than English.; Crosslisted: COML and CSTS .

312. Advanced Topics in French Literature: Le Congo/Zaire
(Anyinefa)

As a geographical space, The Congo/Zaïre has long been the poster child for inhumane and predatory colonial policies in Africa, the continent’s postcolonial predicaments and its “backwardness.” In this course we will discuss well-known literary representations of the Congo covering works by J. Conrad, Hergé and V.S. Naipaul. Then moving beyond the cliché of the “Heart of Darkness, ” we will also study works by various “post-colonial” writers and filmmakers such as Y. V. Mudimbe, A. Césaire, B. Kingslover and R. Peck and explore the distinctive visual arts and the vibrant music of the Congo.

 

316. Women and the Armed Struggle in Latin America
(Gómez-Unamuno)

An examination of socialist armed struggles in 1970s, women’s rights and feminist movements in Latin America. A comparative study of literary texts, testimonials and documentary films addresses theoretical issues such as Marxism, global feminism, hegemony and feminisms produced in the periphery.; Pre-requisite(s): 200 level, preferred 300 level course.

 

322. Politics of Memory in Latin America
(Gómez-Unamuno)

This course explores the issue of memory, the narration of political violence and the tension between truth and fiction. A selection of documents, visual archives and documentary films are compared with literary genres including testimonies memories, diaries, poetry, and fiction writing. This course also compares the coup and dictatorship of Pinochet, with the repression of the student movement of 68, and the guerrilla warfare in Mexico.; Crosslisted: COML and SPAN

 

351. Writing and Social Construction of Subjectivity
(Noonan-Ngwane)

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of writing as a social institution, personal ritual, cultural artifact and a technology. Beginning with some debates in the social sciences concerning the place of literacy in individual cognitive development and social progress, we will proceed to explore some core assumptions about speech and writing in western thought from Plato to recent French feminist theory. The goal of this course is to offer students a genealogical account of anthropological ways of thinking about the human being as a creative agent and a social subject.

 

398.  Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature
(Burshatin) 

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.

 

399. Senior Seminar
(Roberts)

Oral and written presentations of work in progress, culminating in a senior thesis and comprehensive oral examination.