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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 2014

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
COML B213-001 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities Semester / 1 LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Carpenter Library 17 Monserrati,M.
COML B225-001 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Dalton Hall 212E Seyhan,A.
Film: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TH Dalton Hall 212E
COML B269-001 Ecologies of Theater: Performance, Play, and Landscape Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Goodhart Hall Common Room Lord,M.
COML B306-001 Film Theory Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Carpenter Library 15 King,H.
Film: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM T Carpenter Library 25
COML B322-001 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW Dalton Hall 2 Quintero,M.
COML B323-001 Culture and Interpretation Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM W Thomas Hall 104 Krausz,M.
COML B325-001 Etudes avancées: Ecrire la Grande Guerre Semester / 1 LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Taylor Hall, Seminar Room Mahuzier,B.
COML B332-001 Novelas de las Américas Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM W Russian Center Seminar Room Gaspar,M.
COML B398-001 Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Dalton Hall 212E Dept. staff, TBA

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
COML B110-001 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Carpenter Library 25 King,H.
Film: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM SU
COML B200-001 Introduction to Comparative Literature Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Thomas Hall 116 Higginson,P.
COML B234-001 Postcolonial Literature in English Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH English House I Tratner,M.
COML B239-001 Classical Traditions & SciFi Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 224 Stevens,B.
COML B245-001 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH Carpenter Library 25 Kenosian,D.
COML B293-001 The Play of Interpretation Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Dalton Hall 212E Seyhan,A.
COML B310-001 Detective Fiction Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW Thomas Hall 129 Monserrati,M.
COML B321-001 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: Exile in Translation Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Dalton Hall 212A Seyhan,A.
COML B388-001 Contemporary African Fiction Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W English House I Beard,L.

Fall 2015

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


Haverford Fall 2013 Course List

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/UNITS MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)

COMLH210A01

Spanish and Spanish American Film Studies

Semester 1/1

TTh 2:30-4:00

Hall 7

Graciela Michelotti

COMLH213A01

Inventing (the) English

Semester 1/1

MW 11:30-1:00

Woodside

Maud McInerny

COMLH223A01

Writing Nations: Africa and Europe

Semester 1/1

M 1:30-4:00

Gest 103

Imke Brust

COMLH242A01

Introduction to Visual Studies

Semester 1/1

F 1:30-4:00

Hall 201

John Muse

COMLH293A01

Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice

Semester 1/1

MW 1:00-2:30

Hall 112

Deborah Roberts

COMLH312A01

Advanced Topics: Montaigne, faits et fictions

Semester 1/1

T 1:30-4:00

Gest 103

David Sedley

COMLH322A01

Politics of Memory in Latin America

Semester 1/1

T 1:30-4:00

Hall 6

Aurelia Gomez Unamuno

COMLH351A01

Writing and Social Construction of Subjectivity

Semester 1/1

F 1:30-4:00

Roberts 7

Zolani Ngwane

COMLH398A01

Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature

Semester 1/1

M 7:30-10:00

Hall 201

Israel Burshatin

 

Haverford Spring 2014 Course List

COURSE

TITLE SCHEDULE/UNITS MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)

COMLH200B01

Introduction to Comparative Literature

Semester 2/1

MW 2:30-4:00

 

Ulrich Schoenherr

COMLH205B01

Studies in the Spanish American Novel

Semester 2/1

W 1:30-4:00

 

Roberto Castillo Sandoval

COMLH212B01

Refashioning the Classics: Ancient Literature and the Modern Writers

Semester 2/1

TTh 1:00-2:30

 

Deborah Roberts

COMLH224B01

Political Action in Greek and Latin Literature

Semester 2/1

TTh 11:30-1:00

 

TBA

COMLH235B01

Spanish American Theater

Semester 2/1

TTh 2:30-4:00

 

Graciela Michelotti

COMLH250B01

Quixotic Narratives

Semester 2/1

TTh 11:30-1:00

 

Israel Burshatin

COMLH262B01

European Film

Semester 2/1

MW 11:30-1:00

 

Imke Brust

COMLH302B01

Speaking in Tongues

Semester 2/1

TTh 2:30-4:00

 

Lindsay Reckson

COMLH312B01

Advanced Topics

Semester 2/1

T 1:30-4:00

 

Koffi Anyinefa

COMLH381B01

Textual Politics: Marxism, Feminism, and the Deconstruction

Semester 2/1

T 7:30-10:00

 

Gustavus Stadler

COMLH399B01 Senior Seminar Semester 2/1 T 7:30-10:00   Deborah Roberts

2014-15 Catalog Data

COML B110 Critical Approaches to Visual Representation: Identification in the Cinema Spring 2015 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 Spring 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 2014-15 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 Not offered 2014-15 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 2013): Rhetoric and Interpretation after Post-Modernism Fall 2014 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. 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 2014-15 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 B220 Writing the Self in the Middle Ages Not offered 2014-15 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 B222 Aesthetics: The Nature and Experience of Art Not offered 2014-15 Prerequisite: One introductory course in philosophy. 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as PHIL B222

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COML B223 Topics In German Cultural Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Remembered Violence Not offered 2014-15 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German. 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 Fall 2014 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 East Studies

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COML B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile Not offered 2014-15 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. 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 Major

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COML B232 Encuentros culturales en América Latina Not offered 2014-15 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 Spring 2015 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 2014-15 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
Section 001 (Fall 2013): Silent Film: From U.S. to Soviet Russia&Beyond Not offered 2014-15 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 Spring 2015 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 2014-15 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. Cross-listed as ARTW B240

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COML B245 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies. Taught in English. Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC) Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as GERM B245 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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COML B251 Romantic Prose Fiction Not offered 2014-15 This seminar studies representative works of Romantic poetry's "poor relation"--prose fiction. Readings include novels from England, France, Germany and Russia, such as Frankenstein, A Hero of Our Time, The Red and the Black, The Sorrows of Young Werther and Wuthering Heights, 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. Critical Interpretation (CI)

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COML B260 Ariel/Calibán y el discurso americano Not offered 2014-15 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 B261 The Russian Anti-Novel Not offered 2014-15 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. Critical Interpretation (CI) Cross-listed as RUSS B261

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COML B266 Travel and Transgression Not offered 2014-15 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 Fall 2014 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 2014-15 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 2014-15 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 2014-15 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 2015 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 Major

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COML B302 Le printemps de la parole féminine: femmes écrivains des débuts Not offered 2014-15 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 2014 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. 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 2014-15 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 Spring 2015 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. Prerequisites: One literature course at the 200 level. Writing Intensive Cross-listed as ITAL B310

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COML B312 Crimen y detectives en la narrativa hispánica contemporánea Not offered 2014-15 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 B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2015): Exile in Translation
Section 001 (Spring 2014): Migration and Mobility in Culture, Cinema, and Pol Spring 2015 This is a topics course. Course content varies.
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;
Cross-listed as GERM B321 Cross-listed as CITY B319 Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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COML B322 Queens, Nuns, and Other Deviants in the Early Modern Iberian World Fall 2014 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 Fall 2014 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 Major

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COML B325 Etudes avancées
Section 001 (Fall 2014): Ecrire la Grande Guerre Fall 2014 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: 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 reals, 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;
Cross-listed as FREN B325

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COML B332 Novelas de las Américas Fall 2014 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 2014-15 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 2014-15 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 Not offered 2014-15 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 2014-15 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 Not offered 2014-15 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 2014-15 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 Spring 2015 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

200b. Introduction to Comparative Literature
(Zadeh)
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.

203b. Writing the Jewish Trajectories in Latin American
(Michelotti; cross-listed as Spanish 203b) E
"Jewish Gauchos," "Tropical Synagogues," "Poncho and Talmud," "Matza and Mate." This course will examine the native and diasporic worlds described in the apparent dichotomies that come together in the Latin American Jewish Literature. The class will trace the different trajectories of time, space and gender of the Jewish experience in Latin America, where issues of migration, memory and hybridization come to life through poetry, narrative and drama. Prerequisite: Spanish 102, placement, or consent.

205a 01. Studies in the Spanish American Novel

(cross-listed as Spanish 205a) E
Introduction to selected short 20th-century Spanish-American short stories and novels. .

205a. Legends of Arthur
(McInerney; cross-listed as English 205b) E
An exploration of the Arthurian legend, from its earliest versions to most recent retellings. The tradition of Arthurian tales is complex and various, combining Celtic and Christian mythologies. Sometimes called the "matter of Britain" the Arthurian narrative has been critical in establishing national and ethnic identities ever since the Middle Ages. Medival notions of chivalry and courtly love also raise fascinating questions about the conflict between personal and private morality, and about the construction of both identity and gender.

207b. Fictions of Spanish American History
(Castillo-Sandoval; cross-listed as Spanish 207b) E
The relationship between history and literature in Spanish America through examination and comparison of selected historiographical and literary texts. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which historical and literary genres have interacted and influenced one another from the Discovery and Conquest through the Independence and national formation periods and the 20th century. Prerequisite: Spanish 102, placement, or consent of the instructor.

208a. Museum Anthropology

(Gillette; cross-listed as Anthropology 208a) E
What kinds of uses, values, and meanings do people attribute to objects? Why do museums exist as special sites for housing objects? What do museums do to objects, how, and why? This course is a comparative and historical introduction to museums and objects, and an overview of the kinds of things anthropologists do in and around museums. Students conduct research on museums (museums as the object of research) and museum research (research as museum professionals). Offered occasionally.

210b. Spanish and Spanish-American Film Studies
(Michelotti; cross-listed as Spanish 210b) E
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. Prerequisite: Span 102, placement, or consent.

211b. Introduction to Post-Colonial Literature
(Mohan; cross-listed as English 211b) E
An introductory survey of English literature from regions that used to be part of the British Empire, focusing on topics such as the representation of first contact, the influence of western education and the English language, and the effects of colonial violence, displacement, migration, and exile; consideration of specific aesthetic strategies that have come to be associated with this body of literature. Typically offered in alternate years.

212a. The Classical Tradition in Western Literature
(Roberts; cross-listed as Classical Studies 212a) E
An exploration of the uses of Greek and Latin literature in later writers, with attention to particularly influential ancient authors (Homer, Vergil, Ovid, and others), to a range of modern authors, and to the varieties of literary influence and intertextuality. Offered occasionally.

213b 01.  Approches critiques

(Higginson; cross-listed as French and French Studies 213b) E/T
This seminar provides exposure to influential 20th-century French thinkers. It will examine three major currents: Postcolonial Theory; Feminist Theory; Post-Structuralist Theory. The primary goal here is to introduce students to exciting and difficult critical thought that will prove useful to their future studies and will begin to develop necessary critical skills. While the materials covered are primarily grounded in French intellectual history the course will also spend time situating these intellectual currents in broader transnational and transdisciplinary contexts. In other words, while "French" and "Francophone" centered, this course is explicitly designed to serve students in the humanities, regardless of field. This is a required course for the French major. Course taught in English and serving the humanities.

213b 02. Tragedy and the Tragic: Suffering, Representation, and Response

(Roberts; cross-listed as Classical Studies 213b) E
This course, an exploration of tragedy and the tragic from ancient Greece to the present, is concerned with tragedy as a kind of drama, with the idea of the tragic as manifested in a variety of cultural contexts and forms, and with critiques of tragedy. Offered occasionally.

214a. Writing the Nation: 19th-Century Literature in Latin America
(Huberman; cross-listed as Spanish 214a) E
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.

215a. Tales of Troy
(Mulligan; cross-listed as Classical Studies 215a) E
An introduction to the myth of the Trojan War and its role in the history of western literature and culture, focusing on the development and adaptation of the myth in literature, art, music, and film from antiquity to the present day.

220b. The Epic in English

(McInerney; cross-listed as English 220b) E
An exploration of the long narrative poems that shape the epic tradition in anglophone literature. Readings in classical epic and medieval epic, Milton, Romantic epics and the modern aftermath of epic.

222b. Rethinking Latin America in Contemporary Narrative
(Gomez-Unamuno; cross-listed as Spanish 222b) E
This course explores literary texts and films produced after the 80's. These texts address political issues including memory, gender, violence, and border, and destabilize foundational identities and mythic representations found in the Latin American Boom narrative.

223a. Working Through the Holocaust Past in German Drama & Film
(Brust; cross-listed as German 223a) E
This course will provide a historical overview of the Holocaust, its origins, process, and outcomes, and how it has served as a mental map for the construction of contemporary German national identity. In this context, we will explore such topics as notions of memory, collective guilt, trauma, and mourning. In addition, the course will critically engage issues of portrayal and representation of historical memory within the context of Holocaust commemoration by discussing several different plays and films that can be contextualized within the German Vergangenheitsaufarbeitung (working through the past). Lastly, this course will also explore the tragedy and remembrance of the Holocaust as a transnational phenomenon in the contemporary world. The course is taught in English with an extra session in German.

224b. Political Action in Greek and Latin Literature
(La Londe; Cross-listed as Classical Studies 224b) E
An examination of political action in classical literature as an avenue of ancient political thought. The course explores the ever-changing relationship between individual participation and the body politic in Greek and Roman epic, drama, history, and philosophy

228a. The Logos and the Tao
(Wright; cross-listed as Philosophy 228a and East Asian Studies 228a) E
Foucault and Derrida agree with Heidegger that what in Chinese philosophy is called “dao is thoughtlessly translated as ‘reason, mind, raison, meaning, logos.’” However, Foucault and Derrida do not attempt to bridge the difference between logos and dao and thus dao is and remains “the other” of what in the West is called logos. In this course, we will examine how Heidegger instead takes up the task of bridging this difference by calling fundamentally into question what the West has called “thinking” or logos.

229b Topics in Rhetorical Theory: Roland Barthes and the Image
(Muse; cross-listed as ICPR 229b) T
An exploration of the rhetoric of visual culture through an examination of 20th century French critic Roland Barthes' many writings on photography, film, and what he calls the "civilized code of perfect illusions." We will spend the semester reading his texts, charting the trajectory of a career that begins with the euphoria of an ever-expanding semiotic and ends with a meditation on the limits of this very project.

235b. Spanish-American Theater
(Michelotti; cross-listed as Spanish 235) E
An exploration of various plays produced during the 20th Century in different Latin American countries and the US in the context of major theatrical movements and central themes in Latin American culture and history. The readings will include works by female and male playwrights. When possible, there will be a correlation with films, based on the plays discussed in class. The students will also be encouraged to perform in class chosen acts or scenes from one or more of the plays analyzed during the semester.

240b As the World Turned: Milton and Early Modern Revolutions
(Sedley; cross-listed as English 240b) E
A study of John Milton's major poems and prose in their historical contexts, with particular attention to Milton's engagements with aesthetic, scientific, and political inventions of the seventeenth century. Prerequisite: Freshman Writing.

241a. The Anthropology of the Mediterranean Area
(Hart; cross-listed as Anthropology 241a) E
This course focuses on pluralism and cultural interaction in circum-Mediterranean societies. It includes such topics as: orientalism and the problematics and politics of ethnographic production in and on peripheral societies; the use and abuse of concepts of cultural continuity; ethno-religious interaction in rural and urban settings; imperial legacies and nation-state ideologies in 21st century cultural politics; local and transnational economic systems; migration patterns, conflicts, and contemporary social transformations. Typically offered in alternate years.

243b. 18th C. Lit: Trans.-Atlantic Exchanges: Conversion & Revolution in Britain
(Staff; cross-listed as English 243b) E
This course examines religious, domestic and political literature that defined a Trans-Atlantic model of print culture in 18th-century Britain and America. Emphasis on journal/newspaper reviews and comparative notions of literary, sexual, national, and racial identities. Typically offered in alternate years.

247a. Anthropology and Literature: Ethnography of Black African Writing 1888-1988
(Noonan-Ngwane; cross-listed as Anthropology 247a) E
Through analysis of the development of writing in colonial and apartheid South Africa this course examines the "crisis of representation" of the past two decades in literature and anthropology. We will consider debates about the textual status of ethnographic monographs and the more general problems of writing and social power. Specifically, we will look at how such writing contributed to the construction and transformation of black subjectivity. Course material will include 19th and 20th century texts by black South Africans including life narratives, particularly collaborated autobiographies by women in the 1980s. Prerequisite: One course in literature or anthropology. Typically offered in alternate years.

248a The Quran
(Zadeh; cross-listed as Religion 248a) E
Overview of the Qur'an, the scripture of Islam. Major themes include: orality, textuality, sanctity and material culture; revelation, translation, and inimitability; calligraphy, bookmaking and architecture; along with modes of scriptural exegesis as practiced over time by both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

250a 01. Introduction à la littérature et au cinéma francophones
(Anyinefa; cross-listed as French and French Studies 250 01) E
A study of representative male and female writers of Africa, the Maghreb, and the Caribbean.

250a 02. Words and Music: Tones, Words, and Images
(Cacioppo; cross-listed as Music 250a) E
This course explores musical, textual, and visual correspondences in art song, opera, ballet, tone poem and film. Principal works for study include Lieder settings on texts from Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister (Beethoven, Schubert, R. Schumann, et al.); The Magic Flute of Mozart, its influence on Beethoven’s Fidelio, and its 20th century reworkings (W.H. Auden, John Updike); Liszt’s Dante-inspired concert pieces; comparative treatments of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy, Sibelius, and others), and its connection to Bluebeard’s Castle (Balázs/Bartók, with reference to early symbolist theater & film) and Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-bleue; Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps and the original Nijinsky choreography; Kandinsky’s manifesto Concerning the Spiritual in Art, The Blue Rider, and their relation to music and painting of Schoenberg; more recent electro-acoustic text, tone and movement relations in examples by Paul Lansky, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, and others. Visual referencing features Palladian design through Pre-Raphaelite and art nouveau images to the contemporary glass sculpture set designs of Dale Chihuly.

250b 01. Quixotic Narratives

(Burshatin; cross-listed as Spanish 250b) E
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.

250b 02. Words and Music: The Renaissance Text and its Musical Readers
(Freedman; cross-listed as Music 250b) E

255a. Cinéma français/francophone et colonialisme
(Anyinefa; cross-listed as French and French Studies 255a)
A study of films from Africa, France, the Maghreb, and the Caribbean dealing with the colonial and post-colonial experience.

262b. European Film
(Brust; cross-listed as German 262b)

266a. Iberian Orientalism and the Nation
(Burshatin; Cross-listed as Spanish 266 and Latin American and Iberian Studies, and African and Africana Studies) E
This course examines cultural production in the frontier cultures of medieval Iberia and the patterns of collaboration and violence among Islamic, Christian, and Jewish communities. Other topics include Christian "reconquest" and the construction of Spanishness as race and nation; foreign depictions of Spain as Europe's exotic other; internal colonialism and Morisco resistance; and contemporary African migrations. Class conducted in English. Prerequisite: Freshman Writing or Span 102 or consent.

278b. Christian Thought from Modernity to Post- modernity
(Heckart; Cross-listed as Religion 278b) E
Twentieth-century and Twenty-First Century Christian thought in the West. Readings may include Barth, Bultmann, Reinhold Niebuhr, Rahner, von Balthasar, Segundo, Tracey, Frei, McFague, Irigaray, Cone, Lindbeck, Marion, and others.

290a. History of Literary Theory: Plato to Shelley
(Roberts; cross-listed as English and Classical Studies 290a) E/T
In this course we investigate central texts in literary theory from the Greeks to early nineteenth-century Europe, with attention to key critical terms and concepts. Topics of discussion include the nature and origin of literary creation, socio-political ideas about the function of poetry and the poet, mimetic models of literature, the roles of art and nature, literature in relation to its audience, theories of genre, defenses of poetry, allegorical interpretation, the idea of the sublime, definitions of the imagination, poetic language, and the application of critical theory to particular texts. Readings include selections from: Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, Dante, Augustine, Sidney, Corneille, Dryden, Pope, De Stael, Johnson, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Shelley. Requirements include 5 short papers and a final exam. Not open to first-year students. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Typically offered in alternate years.

293a. Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice
(Roberts; cross-listed as Classical Studies 293a) E/T
An exploration of the theory and practice of translation (both historical and current) and of other forms of rewriting. Theoretical readings include works by Dryden, Schleiermacher, Arnold, Benjamin, Venuti, and others; examples of translation will be drawn from a variety of texts in different languages. Students will have the opportunity to work on translation projects of their own.

301a 01. Sex and Gender in the Middle Ages
(McInerney; cross-listed as English 301a) E
This seminar will examine the construction and representation of sex and gender in the Middle Ages. Medieval ideas about men, women and sexuality are often apparently contradictory. Women may be represented as bride of Christ or virgin mother on the one hand, on the other as temptresses and whores; "courtly love" appears to teach men to idolize women, even as clerical misogyny encouraged men to despise women. The courtly Romance exists side by side with the obscene Fabliau, but both were composed for the same audiences. Religious and devotional texts are full of transvestite saints, castrations threatened and accomplished, attempted rapes both homo- and heterosexual, strange distortions of the body and cases of holy anorexia.

Our focus will be on medieval texts (polemic, drama, lyric, narrative, autobiography), but we will accompany these primary readings with secondary readings in feminist and queer theory and the history of the body, as well a couple of contemporary novels which revise or reread medieval texts and ideas.

301a 02. Topics in the Philosophy of Literature: Jacques Derrida
(Miller; cross-listed as Philosophy 301a) T

302b. Speaking in Tongues: The Poetics of Essay
(McInerney; cross-listed as English 302b) E/T

312a. Advanced Topics in French Literature: Pascal entre les disciplines
(Sedley; cross-listed as French and French Studies 312a) E
Contrary to what one may think, the notion of "interdisciplinarity" has a long history. In this history, the career of Blaise Pascal represents a high point. This course examines the achievements of Pascal as mathematician, physicist, engineer, entrepreneur, theologian, philosopher, and literary genius through his works as well as criticism, theory, and film. This examination will illuminate why transgressing frontiers between disciplines matters so much--and why it has become so difficult to do.

312b. Advanced Topics in French Literature: La revolution haitienne: Historiographie et imaginaire
(Anyinefa; cross-listed as French and French Studies 312b) E

315a. Novísima Literatura Hispanoamerica
(Michelotti; cross-listed as Spanish 315a) E
A  selection of recent, representative Latin American fiction, examined in light of the transformations in the narrative discourse after the seminal novels of the Latin American "Boom" of the 60's and 70's. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.

317a. Novels of the Spanish American "Boom"
(Castillo-Sandoval; cross-listed as Spanish 317a; prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor) E

320a. Spanish-American Colonial Writings
(Castillo Sandoval; cross-listed as Spanish 320a) E
Representative writings from the textual legacy left by Spanish discovery, conquest, and colonization of the New World. Emphasis will be placed on the transfiguration of historical and literary genres, and the role of Colonial literature in the formation of Latin-American identity. Readings include Columbus, Bernal Díaz, Gómara, Ercilla, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Cabeza de Vaca, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and Sigüenza y Góngora. Prerequisite: One 200 level Spanish course or consent.

321a. Literature & Media:  Films, texts and theories from print culture to Web 2.0
(Wrage; cross-listed as German and German Studies 320 01) E
“Whatever we know about our society, or indeed about the world in which we live, we know through the mass media” – Niklas Luhmann's famous quote reminds us of the enormous importance that books and newspapers, movies, TV shows and the Internet have for our perception of the world. On the other hand we know enough about media that we do not trust them as objective sources. We know that they are not just mirroring the world but rather select very specific events to become news and that they are subject to political and cultural influences.

Our course will deal with a number of major media theories (Luhmann, McLuhan, Baudrillard, Elsaesser et.al.), that will help us to understand what media are and how they work. Starting with the book as the first and most important storage system of the modern world, we will reconstruct main thresholds where "old" and "new" media compete with each other. We will investigate the synergies and functional differentiations between literature and film and between film and television. Last not least we will take a closer look at some of the latest developments in media history: today’s “digitization” and “hybridization” of culture – from hypertext literature to social networks.

Readings will include texts and films by C.M. Wieland, O. Welles, A. Asquith, F. Lang, B. Brecht, A. Pakula, D. Cronenberg, and G. Ryman.

321b. Literature and New Media: From the Gutenberg Galaxy to Cyberspace
(Wrage; cross-listed as German and German Studies 321b) E
The emergence of new acoustic, visual, and electronic media since the late 19th-century has dramatically changed the status of writing, textuality, and literature. Focusing on modernist as well as contemporary texts, the seminar will reconstruct the changing intermedial relationship between the book and its technologically advanced other from the print-based medium to the latest digital Hypertext novel.

322a. Politics of Memory in Latin America
(Gómez-Unamuno, cross-listed as Spanish 322a) E
Memory and the writing of history in contemporary Latin-American narratives. We will address themes such as the struggle against forgetting, the construction of memory, and the writing of the official history in novels, testimonies and documentaries. Memory and the writing of history in contemporary Latin-American narratives. We will address themes such as the struggle against forgetting, the construction of memory, and the writing of the official history in novels, testimonies and documentaries.

332a. Topics in the Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy (course topic varies)
(Miller; cross-listed as Philosophy 332a; Prerequisite: One 200 level course plus junior standing, or consent of the instructor) T

334b. Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing

(Burshatin; cross-listed as Spanish 334b) E
Study of the dissenting voices of gender and sexuality in Spain and Spanish America and U.S. Latino/a writers. Interrogation of "masculine" and "feminine" cultural constructions and "compulsory heterosexuality," as well as exemplary moments of dissent. Texts to be studied include Hispano-Arabic poetry; Fernando de Rojas's Celestina; Tirso de Molina; Don Gil de las calzas verdes; Teresa of Avila; Gloria Anzaldúa; and Reinaldo Arenas. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of the instructor.

350a. Social and Cultural Theory: Writing, Self and Society (course topic varies)
(Noonan-Ngwane; cross-listed as Anthropology 350a) E

351a. Writing and Social Construction of Subjectivity
(Ngwane; cross-listed as Anthropology 351a) T
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.

352b. Topics in the Philosophy of Language: Metaphor, Meaning, and the Dialogical Mind
(Gangadean; Cross-listed as Philosophy 352b) E
This course explores the nature of language with special attention to the origin of meaning and metaphor in the dialogical mind. Topics include analogy and imagination, communication & translatability, meditative meaning and the limits of language; ambiguity across diverse language-worlds, the dynamics of dialogue between worldviews. Readings include selections from such diverse thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Sommers, Derrida and Nagarjuna and others. Cross listed with Comparative Literature. Prerequisite: one 200 level Phil course or consent.

353b. Topics in the Philosophy of Language (course topic varies)
(Gangadean; cross-listed as Philosophy 353b) T

357b. Topics in Aesthetics: The Apolline and the Dionysiac Creative Drives
(Wright; cross-listed as Philosophy 357b) T

377b. Problems in Postcolonial Literature
(Mohan; cross-listed as English 377) E
The decisive role that Fanon attributes to violence in the colonial context has had an inexorable afterlife in postcolonial societies. Course texts explore this dialectic of violation and violence, but they present it as a mutating, complex phenomenon, drawing its energies from multiple histories and traditions that are not always centered on the colonial experience.

381a. Textual Politics: Marxism, Feminism, and Deconstruction
(Mohan; cross-listed as English 381a) E/T

385b. Popular Culture, Cultural Identity and the Arts in Latin America
(Castillo-Sandoval; cross-listed as Spanish) E
This course will examine the interaction among mass, elite, traditional, and indigenous art forms and their relationship with the dynamics of national/cultural identity in Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Among the forms of expression to be studied are oral poetry and narrative, the "folleti" (19th-Century melodramas by installment) to 20th-century "fotonovelas," "radionovelas," and "telenovelas," broadsides, comics, musical and political movements such as "neo-folklore," "New Song" and "Nueva Trova," artistic movements such as Mexican Muralism, popular dance, and the cinema. Prerequisite: A 200 level course or consent of instructor.

385a. Topics in British Literature: Apocalyptic Literature
(McInerney; crossed-listed as English 385a) E
This course questions the connections between mythology and eschatology, vision and violence, prophecy and poetry, memory and millennialism. Centered on readings of John, Langland, Dante and Blake, it will require the reading of images as well as texts, including medieval manuscript illuminations, allegorical paintings, and Blake's Illuminations.

389b. Problems in Poetics: The Interpretation of Lyric

(Benston; cross-listed as English 389b) T
An examination of theoretical issues and presentational strategies in various verse structures from Ovid to Bishop. Close readings of strategically grouped texts explore the interplay of convention and innovation with close attention to rhetorics of desire, external and internal form, and recurrent lyric figures, tropes, and topoi.

398a.  Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature
(Burshatin) T 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.