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An introduction to classical Chinese focusing on translation, analysis of grammar, and the semantic range and use of commonly occurring classical Chinese words. Readings include selections of the early classics through later imperial literature.

The literatures of medieval Europe with emphasis on major literary genres and the philosophical and social presuppositions which inform them.

The literature of England, France, and Germany in the eighteenth century, with emphasis on literary types and prevailing ideas.

The novel as a genre. Origins of prose fiction, theory of the novel, and representative readings of novels from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries will be included.

An investigation of Western literary and artistic interpretations of the Bible, its narratives, characters, and themes.

Formal, philosophical, and thematic relationships between literature and one or more of the visual arts in a given period.

Formal, philosophical, and thematic relationships between literature and cinema.

A survey of major works of East Asian cinema from literary, historical, cultural, and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Introduction to African cinema as a prolongation of both oral and written African literature. An analysis of selected films shall reveal the usage of African "aesthetics of narration," which shall lead to a better understanding of the discourse of African literatures written in European languages.

Survey course presenting orality as major modus of literary and knowledge production in Africa. Presentation of the institutional carriers of orality (storytellers, etc.). Readings in English translation.

Drama as a genre from its beginnings to the present.

This course explores the connections that have defined the “Black and Green Atlantic” in culture, politics, race, and labor. An emerging field of study, “The Black and Green Atlantic” brings together work on the comparative dimensions of Black and Irish experiences in the Atlantic world that seeks to transcend the limiting boundaries of national and even hemispheric histories. We will focus mainly on cultural production emanating from the United States, Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and Ireland.

We will examine work by established and emerging scholars, in tandem with a broad range of texts––works of fiction, autobiography, music, poetry, and cinema, etc. Several movies and documentaries will be shown in-class. Our methodological approach will be interdisciplinary, transnational, and transcultural in scope. The goal is to draw comparisons between the Black and Green Atlantics that go beyond the usual “influence” model, with the ultimate aim of reaching a better understanding of racialization processes in the transnational context.

Modernism and postmodernism as literary movements, with reading of selected literature and criticism.

The major genres of Islamic literature and its principle concepts, covering Qur'anic, hadith, legal and political literature, philosophy, theology, historiography, hagiography, and poetry, emphasizing the Medieval period and mystical prose and poetry primarily in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. The works will be in English translation. A writing intensive course.

Merging elements of comparative literature and cultural studies, this course examines culture and cultural products, including, but not restricted to, literature, media, art, sports, and mass communication. Particular attention will be given to the comparative analysis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class as they emerge in different forms of cultural production.

Readings in major writers and works of nineteenth-century European and world literature.

The works of major modern East Central European writers, with some attention to representative cinema.

Selected readings of Japanese literature in the original language. Texts will vary, with focus on readings of works of literature and discussion of issues in literary criticism in Japanese.

Selected readings of Chinese literature and literary criticism in the original language. Texts of various genres and from different periods of the Chinese literary tradition will be read and discussed in Chinese.

Embracing a comparative approach that begins by excavating the foundations of post colonial theory, this course analyzes cultural production emanating from or relating to three distinct geographic areas: Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. The course will explore the changing nature of the relationship between the periphery and the core of an increasingly globalized economy.

A survey of traditional and modern Chinese short prose focusing on literary texts in the original language. The course traces the development of short fiction and the essay in China.

Poetry, prose, and drama in traditional China and Japan. The works will be in English translation.

Poetry, prose, and drama in China and Japan from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The works will be in English translation.

The major/minor novelists and their works, especially those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The novels are in English translation.

An examination of a variety of European and American literary and critical texts and films dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath.

An introduction to the evolution of Chinese film in its cultural, literary and historical context. It examines moderization, cultural conflict, war, revolution, and gender roles against a backdrop of Chinese history and politics.

An interdisciplinary study of language use, text analysis, and evaluation. The course will provide students with the ability to investigate and evaluate structural features of language and to identify the strategies used by different writers based on style and cultural backgrounds.

The role of language and culture in the formation of philosophical assumptions about gender differentiation in society.

Exploration of creative works by younger Africans whose primary socialization took place in Europe (Great Britain, France, Germany) and in the United States. Their contribution to African culture as well as to Western cultural life in the Western World.

African literature from its ancient oral traditions to the European colonial period based on works of African authors written in English and English translations of the African works.

African literature since the independence of the African people from European colonial rule.

Survey of modern African literatures in French and/or Portuguese language with focus on the novel.

Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.

Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.

A multiple-instructor course for graduate students in Comparative Literature introducing the range of literatures and critical approaches which characterize the discipline and the department.

Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.

Specific literary period from an international perspective, with emphasis on theoretical problems in periodization and the relationship of literature to other cultural institutions.

Major genre, the epic in the literatures of Europe and America, with particular attention to recent developments in genre theory.

The problems and principles of literary translation, with emphasis on the practice of translation.

The subject of this Special Topics course changes on a semester-basis depending upon instructor. Please see specific semester description.

CMLT 8250

Graduate Seminar on Transnational Literatures

The semester divides into three parts. We begin with a survey of the work of some of the most influential theorists of nationality, transnationality, and cultural production over the past thirty years––Benedict Anderson, Etienne Balibar, Ngugi wa Thiong’ o, Pascale Casanova, Paul Gilroy, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among others. Such terms as “transnationality,” “postcoloniality,” “globalization,” “world literature,” and “national culture” will be investigated to ascertain the theoretical and methodological implications, if any, that each term might have for comparative literature. State racialization processes in both the “metropole” and the “periphery” will be studied in relation to literary production. Part Two applies the theories studied in Part One to a selected number of novels, poems, short stories, plays, (and memoirs). Part Three of the course is reserved for the study of student-suggested texts, particularly those works relating to student research interests that have transnational components or themes.

By investigating the relationship between cultural production and the nation-state, the seminar aims to make students more cognizant not only of nationalist discourses that flow from and through various literatures, but also of counter discourses that transcend the confines of the nation-state.

Literary criticism from Classical Antiquity through the mid-eighteenth century with attention to the theoretical issues and assumptions underlying the specific critical problems.

Literary criticism from the late eighteenth century to the present. Particular attention will be paid to the theoretical issues and assumptions underlying the specific critical problems under investigation.

Literary theory and critical method, as exemplified by diverse figures from a number of differing national and linguistic cultures.

Intellectual trends in their East Central European inflection. The philosophical and ideological underpinnings of the East Central European aesthetic and sociological thought and expression.

Models of reality implicit in "scientific" and "literary" texts.

Major 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century tracts on aesthetic theory, mainly drawn from the German philosophical tradition. In-depth study of such concepts as beauty, the sublime, sensate knowledge, aestheticism, aesthetic ideology, the anti-aesthetic, and the end of art, against the background of contemporary continental theory.

Introduction to the literary, cultural, aesthetic, and philosophical theories of the Frankfurt School (first-, second-, and third-generation theorists). Examines the main tenets of this tradition, places these theories in a comparative context, and explores the after-effects of Critical Theory in contemporary criticism.

The relationships between literature and philosophy, and in the philosophical issues that literature examines.



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