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Courses

Comparative Literature offers courses under the Comparative Literature subject heading (COLI), and cross-lists several electives offered by other departments and interdisciplinary programs such as African and African American Studies,Classical Languages and Civilization, Communication and Media Studies, English, History, Latin American and Latino Studies, Medieval Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Visual Arts, and Women's Studies.

Course Highlights
Spring 2014 FALL 2014
 
COLI 3802 R01 Literature and Imperialism
This course explores key debates in the study of literature and in the history of imperialism. Attention will be paid to the importance of literary form and historical representation as well as the relation between the two. A major concern of the course will be to examine the problems posed for any study of culture by legacies of imperialism. Readings will likely include Joseph Conrad, Mahasweta Devi, Nuruddin Farah, Rudyard Kipling, Tayeb Salih, Olive Schreiner, and Pramoedya Ananta Toer. (EP 3, Globalism) (4 Credits) 

COLI 4402 R01 Novels of Ideas: 19th Century
An intensive study of four major novels from the second half of the nineteenth century: Melville’s Moby Dick, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. In exploring the ideological texture of these works, the course will consider the influence of such seminal figures as Schopenhauer, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Zola, and Frazer.  This course is open to seniors, juniors, and sophomores. (4 credits)   

COLI 3519 L01 Writing and Rewriting Seduction    
This class examines the theme of seduction and its relation to writing in European literature pre-1789. Writers include among others: Heloise and Abelard, Boccaccio, Marguerite de Navarre, Marvell, Castiglione, Lafayette, Casanova, Bastide, Crebillon fils, Laclos, and Sade in addition to critical works by Baudrillard, Paglia, and others. (4 Credits)  

COLI 4020 L01 Literature, Film and Development
Development and underdevelopment are terms we now associate with the relative industrialization/ financialization of any given part of the world and the comparative disposition of their economic structures. They're used to differentiate the haves from the have nots, (North /South; First and Third worlds; metropole and postcolony). We will study Development and its discourse as it has emerged since the eighteenth century within humanist frameworks of philosophy/science, (the animal-human divide) literature (stories/narrative as colonial inscription), and technology (as techne and prostheses manifest in photography, film and video), to explore the ways it inflects our perceptions and ways we read our own and other worlds. In particular, we will focus on how Development/development has constructed and shaped the many significations of “the human” from the early modern to contemporary times.  This course fulfills the global studies distribution requirement. (Interdisciplinary Capstone, EP 3, COLI Capstone Seminar) (4 credits)
18044 COLI 3000 R01 Theories of Comparative Literature
A review of theories and methods of comparative literary studies, using literary theory and criticism as primary readings in conjunction with primary works of literature, drawing from a range of literary traditions. (4 credits)


23898 COLI 3100 R01 World Cinema Masterpieces
World Cinema Masterpieces provides a close analysis of style, narrative, structure and visual texture in selected masterworks of major European, Asian, and American directors. Directors under consideration include: Renoir, Carne, Lang, Welles, Ophuls, Hitchcock, Bresson, Kurosawa, Ray, Mizoguchi, De Sica, Visconti, Fellini, Dryer, Powell and Godard. (Advanced Literature Core)
(4 credits)

ENGL 4206 R01 Comparative Studies in Revolution
This interdisciplinary capstone seminar engages students in a series of literary and historical studies of revolutionary (and counter-revolutionary) movements. Exam
ining historical documents, works of fiction, literary theory and historiography, the seminar will investigate how the disciplines of history, literary criticism, and cultural studies more generally, seek to explain revolutionary historical change. Particular attention will be paid to the authority of textual evidence placed within interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and multi-media contexts. The seminar is organized around three main historical case studies: the Haitian revolution of 1791, the Indian Mutiny/ Rebellion of 1857, and the 1965 coup d’état in Indonesia. (EP 3, Globalism) (4 credits)

COLI 2000 L01 Texts and Contexts: Women and Independence in  Africa
We will examine African women’s literature, film and writing, regimes of gender on the continent, as well as women's place/ role in processes of liberation, decolonization, and national independence. (EP 2, Globalism) (3 Credits)

COLI 4011 L01 Narrating Childhood
In this seminar, we will study the explorations of childhood experience that are to be found in literary, theoretical and cinematic texts. We will examine the construction in language of the child's point of view and voice and we will consider literary and psychoanalytic views of the significance of childhood experience to adult life.
(Interdisciplinary Capstone Core) (4 Credits)

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