Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Comparative Literature * - Courses

COL 130 Introduction to the Twentieth Century
Comparative Literature

Offers the student who is beginning to read modernist texts an overview of the various movements that shaped and influenced the cultural scene in the early part of the century. Attempts to distinguish between modernism and the avant-garde with reference to such movements as futurism, dadaism, surrealism, expressionism, and socialist realism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 150 Avant Gardes
Comparative Literature

This course will be taught on a rotational basis with faculty from COL, ART and RLL. Beginning in the late 19th Century a new cultural movement was born: the avant garde. This course seeks to understand how and why art and literature that deliberately challenged popular understanding came to be dominant. This course will introduce you to the main currents of 19th and 20th Century avant garde history, theory, and aesthetic practice. Grounding our approach in the specific geographic and historical conditions that gave rise to these individual movements, we will explore their expression through a wide variety of mediums including art and visual culture, literature, poetry, music, and film. We will read both primary and secondary documents as we grapple with these movements? modernist and revolutionary agendas in order to assess their successes and failures and evaluate their impacts and legacies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 200 "We the People": On Democracy and Justice in America
Comparative Literature

This course explores issues central to democracy. First, it examines the relation between democracy's claim to protect and promote both universal freedom and universal equality. Second, it considers the unresolvable tension between popular sovereignty ("we") and individual rights ("I"). Third, it considers the limitation of democracy in its necessary calculus of citizenship, the dual question of both how to count and who counts. Fourth the course takes up the role of narrative (recounting and accounting, telling) in establishing citizenship and the tradition or legacy of democracy. The course focuses on detailed readings and discussions of founding and foundational documents of the United States' democratic experiment: declaration of independence, articles of confederation, constitution of the United States, debates on the constitution; writings of Jefferson, Douglass, Lincoln, Stanton and Anthony, Larsen, MLK, Morrison; and major supreme court decisions concerning citizenship, racial equality, reproductive rights, rights to privacy, same sex marriage. In sum, "We the people" asks what it means to be a citizen and why democracy is at once the worst and the best form of government. In sum, in its consideration of the language of democracy--of citizenship and rights--"We the People" asks what it means when African-American novelist Toni Morrison remarks, in Beloved, that the story of slavery and of a mother's desire to "free" her daughter is "not" one "to pass on." What does it mean not "to pass on" the haunted narrative of our cultural and legal inheritance?

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 226 Special Topics
Comparative Literature

Course content varies according to the interests of the instructor. Topics may explore a specific philosophical, literary, and/or cultural issue or problem.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 251 Masterpieces of World Literature
Comparative Literature

Invites students in all fields to explore the study of literature. Introduces a wide variety of texts, both in terms of historical breadth and genre. The courses are not a survey with a program of systematic, obligatory coverage. Rather, in readings that run from Homer to contemporary cinema and that investigate the epic, poetry, political documents, fiction, and film, we consider the ways in which such texts function and why the place of such works is crucial to understanding ourselves.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 255 Crime and Punishment
Comparative Literature

Considers a range of major literary and philosophical texts dealing with crime, guilt, retribution, and punishment. Students discuss these texts in their social and literary contexts.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 275 Special Topics
Comparative Literature

Course content varies according to the interests of the instructor. Topics may explore a specific philosophical, literary, and/or cultural issue or problem.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 280 City in Literature
Comparative Literature

The city has undergone revolutionary changes in recent times, yet has itself always been a witness to progress and a site of history and storytelling. Studies the city in a modern or postmodern manner by examining the way in which it serves as a model for design, government, and policing. Examines the commonality and differences linking the modern city to its predecessors. While drawing mainly on literary works, we also work in the fields of history, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 301 Literary Theory - Twentieth Century
Comparative Literature

Examines the most recent, and often controversial, developments in literary theory. As well as covering theoretical strains, such as formalism, New Criticism, structuralism, poststructuralism, Marxism, and the Frankfurt School, the course interpolates literary texts as examples of interpretive possibilities. Part of a two course module with COL 302.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 302 Literary Theory - History
Comparative Literature

Charts the development of the theories of culture and literature, which both reflect and, in turn, shape the great works of our literary tradition. Students read aesthetic theory from the ancient Greeks through to the nineteenth century, covering such diverse periods as the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and Romanticism. Also studies literary texts for the way in which they help elucidate some of the issues being covered in the theory. Students should expect to develop an awareness of the historical import of such notions as genre, the beautiful, and so forth. See COL 301.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 311 Special Topics
Comparative Literature

Discussion oriented course examining the fiction by 3 prominent women writers: Woolf, Larson and Barnes.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 315 Signs and Representation
Comparative Literature

Introduces theories of the sign and representation, and the development of these accounts in the twentieth century. The course is divided into three parts. Part one introduces basic concepts and pioneering theories: the work of Saussure and Peirce, formalism and structuralism (Levi-Strauss, Piaget, Jackobson, Benveniste), their similarities and differences, and the debates their works have engendered. Part two considers developments and refinements of their work, particularly in various analyses of social power; among the figures analyzed here are Roland Barthes and his examination of bourgeois cultural life, and Michel Foucault and his understanding of social power and its investment in the production and control of discourse. Part three discusses poststructuralist critiques of structuralism, concentrating particularly on the work of the Derrideans, including a session on Kristeva, Cixous, and the writing of otherness.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 320 Literature and Desire
Comparative Literature

The psychological thrust of many literary works is a long-established truism. This is a course situated on the interstice between literary works, mostly fictive, and the intricate web of social and psychological factors involved in desire, whether for love, power, or wealth. Combines philosophical and psychological approaches to literature.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 328 Rethinking Bodies
Comparative Literature

Genes, hormones, and brain scans: contemporary culture seems obsessed with finding material, biological explanations for difference. This course provides students a context within which to place this recent research by introducing them to the politics of science. We study how feminists, queer, and critical race theorists have called upon, questioned, and adapted scientific objectivity. We investigate a brief history of the sciences concerning race, gender, and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth century; we interpret novels that navigate this history; and we analyze key case studies about the politics of health and health care. Ultimately, our work together navigates the ambiguities of science: both its possibilities and its perils.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 340 Berlin, Paris, and Vienna at the Turn of the Century
Comparative Literature

Involves a general introduction to twentieth-century culture and art. Focuses on three centers of modernism: Vienna, Paris, and Berlin, and reaches toward that moment when innovations in linguistics, psychoanalysis, logical analysis, and radical literary works were at the peak of ferment. Literary texts, clinical texts, and visual texts form the material for the course, which aims to develop a notion of modernity equally applicable to all.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 345 Special Topics
Comparative Literature

Course content varies according to the interests of the instructor. Topics may explore a specific philosophical, literary, and/or cultural issue or problem.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 387 Freud and Feminism
Comparative Literature

Introduces some of the central concepts in the writings of Sigmund Freud, focusing mainly on his understanding of the development of the ego or sense of self, the operations of the unconscious, and the genesis of sexual drives in the constitution of male and female subjects. The course explains these basic Freudian concepts through the central feminist question of sexual difference.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 443 Literature and War
Comparative Literature

Analyzes some of the most important war novels, both European and American, from the perspective of the major theories of war. Theoretical texts include Sun Tsu, Huisinga, Clausewitz, and Freud. Literary texts include Swift, Crane, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Junger.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 451 Modernism
Comparative Literature

Pursues the great experiments of modernism in Europe and the United States over the period 1890 - 1945. Emphasizes the culture of combination, expansion, and distortion that characterized not only literature, but art, music, drama, and architecture. Readings by Rilke, Kafka, Proust, Joyce, Freud, Stein, Woolf, Barnes, and Borges.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


COL 452 Romanticism
Comparative Literature

Examines studies in British and European Romanticism across genres (poetry and the novel) and disciplines (philosophy, historiography, literature, music, and art). Particularly concerned with Romantic conceptions of language and subjectivity.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



COL 470 Special Topics
Comparative Literature

Course content varies. Topics are generally related to the research interests of the specific instructor. Could be entirely devoted to particular literary, philosophical or theoretical problems that range across centuries, or could be devoted to the study of a single author, period, or genre of literature, philosophy, or theory.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



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