Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Comparative Literature Courses

23755 COLI 2000 L01 (3 credits)
Fawzia Mustafa
Texts and Contexts: Women and Independence in  Africa (EP2, Globalism)
TF 11:30-12:45

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.

24088  COLI 4011 L01 (4 Credits)
Anne G. Hoffman
Narrating Childhood (Interdisciplinary Capstone Core)
MR 4:00-5:15 

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.


24127 AFAM 3693 L01 (4 credits)
Fawzia Mustafa
Contemporary African Literatures (EP3, Globalism)

Contemporary works from around the continent including a selection of anglophone literatures of south, west and east Africa and translations into English from Portuguese, French, Arabic and Kiswahili.

10608 COMM 2000 L01 (4 credits)
Thomas M. McCourt
Theories of Media and Society
MR 10:00-11:15

An overview of theory and research concerning media and mass communication in relation to culture and society. Provides students with the ability to analyze the institutions, forms and content of media.

10619  COMM 2471 L01 (4 credits)
Nelson Kim
Intro to Film
W 2:30-5:15

Examination of the aesthetics of film, its formal language and structure. Screening and analysis of representative films. Study of film theory and criticism. Strongly recommended as a prerequisite to other film courses. Lab fee.

10686 COMM 4001 L01 (4 credits)
Michael Tueth Films of Moral Struggle
(Values/ EP4)
MR 2:30-3:45

15676 COMM 4001 L01 (4 credits)
Albert Auster Films of Moral Struggle
(Values/ EP4)
T 2:30-5:15

The course studies the portrayal of human values and moral choices both in the narrative content and the cinematic technique of outstanding films. Class discussion tends to explore ethical as-pects of each film's issues, while numerous critical analyses of the films are offered to develop the student's appreciation of the film's artistic achievements. Lab fee.

22522 ENGL 2000 L01 (3 credits)
Lawrence Kramer
Texts and Contexts: Crossing Borders (EP2)
MW 11:30-12:45

An introduction to the literary analysis of texts and the cultural and historical contexts within which they are produced and read. Significant class time will be devoted to critical writing and to speaking about literature. Each section of Texts and Contexts will have a focus developed by the individual instructor and ex-pressed in its subtitle. This course fulfills the Core requirements for the second Eloquentia Perfecta seminar.

20804 ENGL 3045 L01 (4 credits)
Jordan A. Stein
Theory for English Majors
TF 1:00-2:15

This course introduces the English major to debates in literary and critical theory. The goal of the course is to reflect on reading strat-egies, textual practices, and language itself.

24113 ENGL 3219 L01 (4 credits)
Lea Puljcan Juric
Shakespeare and the Ancients (Advanced Lit. Core)
TF 8:30-9:45

In order to explore ideological links among Elizabethan and Jaco-bean England, ancient Greek polities, and the Roman Empire, this course will examine Shakespeare’s representations of Greek and Roman history, cultures, and historical figures in plays such as the Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, and Cymbeline. We will read these plays in conjunction with Shakespeare’s Graeco-Roman “sources” including Plutarch’s Lives and histories by Suetonius, Tacitus, Dio, and Appian, as well as Renaissance treatises on the questions of ‘nationhood’ and empire.

23763 ENGL 3529 L01 (4 credits)
Shoshana Enelow
Theater and the Avant-Garde (Advanced Lit. Core)
MW 1:00-2:15 23766

ENGL 3627 L01 (4 credits)
Dennis Tyler
Lit. Adaptations: AFAM Lit. Film
MW 1:00-2:15

From Malcolm X and Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Mal-colm X (1965) to Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (1975), African American literature had certainly inspired several film adapta-tions. Indeed, the number of cinematic adaptations of African American literature suggests that there is not only a particular fascination with transforming literary works into films but also aiding interest in seeing how a text will translate onto the big screen. This class will analyze selected texts (such as Alice Walk-er's The Color Purple [1982], Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale [1992], and Sapphire's Push [1996]) alongside their cinematic counterparts (such as Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple [1985], Forrest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale [1995], and discuss how literary and filmic texts measure up on their own worth as well as to examine how these texts mutually inform one another, particularly in the ways that they become remembered in the American cultural imagination.

23708 SPAN 3002 L01 (4 credits)
Arnaldo Cruz-Malave
Latin America Literature and Culture Survey (Advanced Lit. Core/ Globalism)
TF 1:00-2:15

The study of Spanish-American society through its cultural ex-pressions: literature, art, music, film, and print journalism. To fo-cus, in a given semester, on topics such as: "Literature and Art in Colonial Spanish America," "Literature and Film in Contemporary Spanish America," "Revolution in Spanish American Literature and Art," "Civilization and Barbarism," "National Identity, Race, and Gender in Spanish America," "Dictatorship and Resistance in Spanish America," and others. Taught in Spanish.

15270 WMST 3020 L01 (4 credits)
Nicole Fermon
Histories and Texts
T 2:30-5:15

A historical perspective on the political, socio-economic, and phil-osophical dimensions of women's lives and the construction of gender, including critical analysis of women's writings and wom-en's movements. The course will consider class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and age. The particular areas of emphasis will vary ac-cording to the instructor's specializations.


18044 COLI 3000, ENGL 3000 R01 (4 credits)
Chris GoGwilt
Theories of Comparative Literature
MR 11:30-12:45

A review of theories and methods of comparative literary studies, using literary theory and criticism as pri-mary readings in conjunction with primary works of literature, drawing from a range of literary traditions.

23898 COLI 3100, ENGL 3137 R01 (4 credits)
Philip T. Sicker
World Cinema Masterpieces (Advanced Literature Core)
TF 11:30-12:45

World Cinema Materpieces 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.

624575 COLI 4205, ENGL 4206 R01 (4 credits)
Chris GoGwilt
Comparative Studies in Revolution (EP 3,Globalism)
R 2:30-5:15

This interdisciplinary capstone seminar engages students in a series of literary and historical studies of revolution-ary (and counter-revolutionary) movements. Examin-ing historical documents, works of fiction, literary theo-ry 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 interdisci-plinary, cross-cultural, and multi-media contexts. The seminar is organized around three main historical case studies: the Haitian revolution of 1791, the Indian Mu-tiny/ Rebellion of 1857, and the 1965 coup d’état in Indo-nesia.

Cross-Listed Courses

24140 COMM 3412 R01 (4 Credits)
Jacqueline B. Reich
Italian Film
TF 1:00-2:15

This course traces the development of Italian film from the silent era through the telefono bianco (white telephone) films of the Mussolini era and the post-World War II Neo-realist films of Ros-sellini, De Sica and Fellini. It also examines the films of Antonioni, Olmi, Pasolini, Wertmuller and the Taviani brothers. Lab fee.

19310 COMM 4001 R01 (4 Credits)
Edward A. Wachtel
Films of Moral Struggle (Values/EP4)
M 6:00-8:4524141

This course studies the portrayal of human values and moral choices both in the narrative content and the cinematic technique of outstanding films. Class discussion tends to explore ethical aspects of each film's issues, while numerous critical analyses of the films are offered to develop the student's appreciation of the film's artistic achievements. Lab fee.

23913 ENGL 3034 R01 (4 credits)
Rebecca T. Sanchez
Modern Selves (Advanced Lit. Core)
MR 2:30-3:45

The beginning of the twentieth century was marked by develop-ments in science, technology, philosophy and political theory that violently destabilized the ways many understood themselves. We will examine how experiments in narrative and poetic voice along with biography and memoir reflected these ongoing tensions and offered compelling ways to imagine subjectivity. Authors include Christopher Isherwood, T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, John Dos Passos, James Joyce and Americo Paredes.

23933 FREN 3631 RO1 (4 credits)
Lise V. Schreier
North African France (Advanced Lit. Core/ Taught in French)
MR 10:00-11:15

This course focuses on young twenty-first century writers of North African descent whose recent literary debuts shocked the French media and literary establishment. An analysis of their public personae as well as a close reading of their works help us un-derstand how French society negotiates volatile political issues such as religion, patriarchy, racism, violence, and sexuality. It also brings a thorough understanidng of the socio-cultural taboos that emerged after decolonization, notably those connected to the French acceptation of the public sphere. Last but not least, it pro-vides a forum to discover and discuss some of the most powerful new voices of contemporary literature. Taught in French.

23657 HIST 3986 R01 (4 credits)
Ebru Turan
Rel. & Pol. in Islamic History (Advanced Hist.Core / Globalism)
MR 4:00-5:15

An introduction to the Islamic Political Thought from the rise of Islam to present, with a strong emphasis on the historical context.

102367 PHIL 3652 R01 (4 credits)
Samir J. Haddad
Contemporary French Philosophy
TF 11:30-12:45

This course introduces the work of a number of recent French thinkers, including Pierre Bourdieu, Jacques Derrida, Michèle Le Doeuff, and Jacques Rancière, by privileging the theme of education. In addition to learning about the educational milieu in which post-WWII French philosophers studied and taught, we will explore broad philosophical
questions related to learning and teaching, and reflect on our own practices as students of philosophy.

21124 PHIL 3945 R01 (4 credits)
Jennifer A. Gosetti
Philosophy and Art
MR 10:00-11:15

Philosophy and Art is devoted to examining art from a philosophical perspective. Through historical and contemporary readings, and with examples drawn from painting, music, literature, and the other arts, we will examine the nature of beauty, perception, meaning, expression, originality and authenticity, and the relation between art and truth.

24840 PHIL 4416 R01 (4 credits)
Jennifer A. Gosetti
Art, Morality, and Politics (Values/ EP4)
MR 11:30-12:45

Art, Morality, and Politics is a seminar devoted to examining the relationship between art and moral and political values, including the political and moral suppression of art, the cultural critique of traditional aesthetic values, and the use of art and literature to express moral or political perspectives.

1120776 SPAN 3002 R01 (4 credits)
Cynthia M. Vich
Lat. Am. Lit. Culture Survey (Globalism / Advanced Lit Core / Taught in Spanish)
MR 11:30-12:45

The study of Spanish-American society through its cultural expres-sions: literature, art, music, film, and print journalism. To focus, in a given semester, on topics such as: "Literature and Art in Coloni-al Spanish America," "Literature and Film in Contemporary Spanish America," "Revolution in Spanish American Literature and Art," "Civilization and Barbarism," "National Identity, Race, and Gender in Spanish America," "Dictatorship and Resistance in Spanish America," and others. Taught in Spanish.

24153 SPAN 3826 R01 (4 credits)
Gioconda Marun
Latin American and World Literature (Advanced Literature Core)
MR 2:30-3:45

The couse will examine contemporary Latin American writers who are exploring the incursion in the world literature through relevant topics such as economic globalization, the influence of international films and concepts of probability and truth clarified by Godel in mathematics. This contemporary Latin American nar-rative wraps itself in an international space and produces a global narrative with a plurality of discourses and voices. Among the authors to be explored are: Ampuro, Fuguet, Martinez, Paszkowski, Volpi. Taught in Spanish.

24154 SPAN 4001 R01 (4 credits)
Javier Jimenez-Belmonte
Cervantes and Don Quixote (Advanced Lit. Core)
MR 10:00-11:15

Lectures, readings and discussion of Don Quixote. Cervantes' importance for the development of modern fiction.

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