CPLT BC 3001x Introduction to Comparative Literature
Introduction to the study of literature from a comparative and
cross-disciplinary perspective. Readings will be selected to promote
reflection on such topics as the relation of literature to the other arts;
nationalism and literature; international literary movements; post-colonial
literature; gender and literature; and issues of authorship, influence,
originality, and intertextuality. - B. O'Keeffe
General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL). General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
CPLT BC 3110x Introduction to Translation Studies
Introduction to the major theories and methods of translation in the Western
tradition, along with practical work in translating. Topics include
translation in the context of postcolonialism, globalization and immigration,
the role of translators in war and zones of conflict, gender and translation,
the importance of translation to contemporary writers. - P. Connor
Prerequisites: Completion of the Language Requirement or equivalent. General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL). General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
CPLS BC 3120x or y Poetics of the Mouth
Explores the imagery of eating, drinking, spitting, choking, sucking (and
other unmentionables) in relation to insults and excessive behaviors.
Readings from Greek poetry (e.g., Homer, Aristophanes) to modern theory
(e.g., Kristeva, Powers of Horror, Bakhtin, Rabelais and His
World), including modern novels and films.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
CPLS BC 3123x or y Friend or Foe? World Literature and the Question
With an emphasis on equality and social justice, this course examines and
compares significant 19th c./20th c. literary approaches to friendship as
intermediary between individualism and communal life. Discussion of
culturally formed concepts and attitudes in modern or postcolonial settings.
Reading of Dickens, Hesse, Woolf, Ocampo, Puig, Fugard, Emerson, Derrida,
Rawls. - E. Grimm
Prerequisites: CPLS BC3001 Intro to Comp. Lit.; completion of intermediate language courses. Not offered in 2014-2015.
CPLS BC 3140y Europe Imagined: Images of the New Europe in
Compares the diverse images of Europe in 20th-century literature, with an
emphasis on the forces of integration and division that shape cultural
identity in the areas of travel writings and
transculturation/cosmopolitanism; mnemonic narratives and constructions of
the past; borderland stories and the cultural politics of translation.
Readings include M. Kundera, S. Rushdie, H. Boell, C. Toibin and others. - E.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL). General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT). Not offered in 2014-2015.
CPLS BC 3142y The Spanish Civil War in Literature and the Visual
The Spanish Civil War (1936-39), which culminated with the beginning of Francisco Franco's long dictatorship, foreshadowed the WWII European conflict. It generated unprecedented foreign involvement, as well texts and images by artists from both within and outside Spain - from film (documentary and fictional), through painting (Picasso), to narrative and nonfiction.- W. Rios-Font
CPLS BC 3160y Tragic Bodies
This course will focus on embodiment in ancient and modern drama as well as
in film, television, and performance art, including plays by Sophocles,
Shakespeare, and Beckett; films such as "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Limits of
Control"; and performances by artists such as Karen Finley and Marina
Abromovic. We will explore the provocations, theatricality, and shock
aesthetics of such concepts as Artaud's "Theater of Cruelty" and Kristeva's
"powers of horror," as well as Adorno's ideas about terror and the sublime. -
CPLS BC 3162x The Novella from Cervantes to Kafka
The novella, older than the novel, painstakingly crafted, links the worlds of
ideas and fiction. The readings present the novella as a genre, tracing its
progress from the 17th century to the 20th. Each text read in the
comparative milieu, grants the reader access to the intellectual concerns of
an era. - A. MacAdam
CPLS BC 3170y (Section 01) Translating Madness: The Sciences and
Fictions of Pathology
Examines the discursive exchanges between fictional and scientific accounts
of "madness," with an emphasis on how modern literature renders the new
diagnostic discourse and how literary portrayals of "madness" were
"translated back" into the diagnostic language of psychology. Discussions
revolve around the "medical gaze" and its influence on the writers' literary
style, motifs and technique; relevant questions concern interdisciplinary
issues such as the relationship between genre and case study; hysteria and
sexuality; gender construction and psychoanalysis. Readings include texts by
Flaubert, Wilde, Daudet, Sacher-Masoch; excerpts from Freud, Charcot,
Foucault, Deleuze; and visual documents. - M. Mimran
General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT). Not offered in 2014-2015.
CLEN V 3190x (Section 01) Aesthetics of the Grotesque
Examination of the grotesque in different cultural contexts from late Renaissance to the postmodern period comparing modes of transgression and excess in Western literature and film. Particular emphasis on exaggeration in style and on fantastic representations of the body, from the ornate and corpulent to the laconic and anorexic. Readings in Rabelais, Swift, Richardson, Poe, Gogol, Kafka, Meyrink, Pirandello, Greenaway, and M. Python.- E. Grimm
CPLS BC 3200x The Visual and Verbal Arts
Analysis and discussion of the relation of literature to painting,
photography, and film. Emphasis on artistic and literary concepts concerning
the visual dimension of narrative and poetic texts from Homer to Burroughs.
Explores the role of description, illustration, and montage in realist and
modern literature. - E. Grimm
General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT). General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
CLSP BC 3215y The Colonial Encounter: Conquest, Landscape, and
Subject in the Hispanic New World
This course will move across and over the geopolitical landscape of the Tudor
and Habsburg Empires in Europe and the New World in order to explore and
compare the diverse symbolic and political roles the colonial encounter had
in the signification of the relationship between the subject and the
landscape. - O. Betancor
Corequisites: Enrollment limited to 15. Not offered in 2014-2015.
CPLS BC 3510y Advanced Workshop in Translation
A deep immersion in the theory and practice of translation with a focus on
translating into English. The first half of the course is devoted to
discussing readings in the history of translation theory while translating
brief practical exercises; in the second half, translation projects are
submitted to the class for critical discussion. The foreign texts for these
projects, chosen in consultation with the instructor, will be humanistic, not
only literature as conventionally defined (prose fiction and poetry, memoir
and travel writing), but also the gamut of text types in the human sciences,
including philosophy, history, and ethnography. The aim is not just to
translate, but to think deeply about translating, to develop writing
practices by drawing on the resources of theory, past and present, and by
examining translations written by professionals. Enrollment in this workshop
is limited to 12 students. Admission into the class is by permission of the
instructor. CPLT BC 3011 "Introduction to Translation Studies" is a
recommended prerequisite, plus, normally, two advanced courses beyond the
language requirement in the language from which you intend to translate.
Preference will be given to seniors and to comparative literature majors.
Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 November 2013 with the following
information: your name, year of graduation, and major; a list of courses you
have taken in the language from which you intend to translate; any other
pertinent courses you have taken; a brief (max 300 word) statement explaining
why you wish to take the workshop (this statement is not required if you have
taken or are taking CPLT BC3110 Intro to Translation Studies). - P.
Prerequisites: CPLT BC 3110 Introduction to Translation Studies is a recommended prerequisite.
CLIA V 3660y Mafia Movies: From Sicily to The Sopranos
Examines representations of the mafia in American and Italian film and
literature. Special attention to questions of ethnic identity and
immigration. Comparison of the different histories and myths of the mafia in
the U.S. and Italy. Readings includes novels, historical studies, and film
criticism. Limit 25 - N. Moe
General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).
CPLS V 3675x Mad Love
The history of irrational love as embodied in literary and non-literary texts
throughout the Western tradition. Readings include the Bible, Greek, Roman,
Medieval, and modern texts. - A. Mac Adam
General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
CPLS V 3950y Colloquium in Literary Theory
Examination of concepts and assumptions present in contemporary views of
literature. Theory of meaning and interpretation (hermeneutics); questions of
genre (with discussion of representative examples); a critical analysis of
formalist, psychoanalytic, structuralist, post-structuralist, Marxist, and
feminist approaches to literature.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students.
CPLS BC 3997y Senior Seminar
Designed for students writing a senior thesis and doing advanced
research on two central literary fields in the student's major. The course of
study and reading material will be determined by the instructor(s) in
consultation with students(s). - E. Grimm
CPLS BC 3999x and y Independent Research
Independent research, primarily for the senior essay, directed by a chosen
faculty adviser and with the chair's permission. The senior seminar for
majors writing senior essays will be taught in the Spring term.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
CLEN W 4011x Dostoevysky, Tolstoy, and the English
Close reading of works by Dostoevsky, (Netochka Nezvanova; The
Idiot, "A Gentle Creature") and Tolstoy (Childhood, Boyhood,
Youth; "Family Happiness", Anna Karenina; "The Kreutzer
Sonata") in conjunction with related English novels (Brontë 's Jane
Eyre, Eliot's Middlemarch, Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway). No
knowledge of Russian is required; all works read in English. - L. Knapp
Not offered in 2014-2015.
CLEN W 4012x or y Russian, French and American Novels of
Adultery is a driving concern of the works read. Authors include Pushkin, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov; Lafayette, Flaubert; Hawthorne, Chopin. As we study the nineteenth-century novels that define the novel of adultery as a literary category, as well as some precursors and later offshoots, we articulate a morphology of the novel of adultery. We also focus on the narrative techniques used to represent the consciousness of the protagonists, in an effort to determine how the subject matter and the poetics of the novel of adultery interact.
No knowledge of Russian is required; all works read in English.- L. Knapp
V3132 Classical Myth
BC3136 Renaissance Epic
BC3171 The Novel and Psychoanalysis
BC3190 Global Literature in English
BC3224 Germany's Traveling Cultures
BC3225 Germany's Traveling Cultures