Summer 2017

Enjoy our wonderful summer courses!  In one summer, you can complete most of your General Education Requirements (Literature, Culture, Ethnicity, Non-Western Culture, European Traditions, Writing) as well as a Major in Comparative and World Literature, and even undertake a Minor in Translation Studies. Explore our exciting courses in world literature of all periods and geocultural areas in literary history, and you will learn about trauma studies, border narratives, media studies, the art of translation, and many more timely topics.  We are offering the following courses: Comparative Literature 30A-B-C, 31, 32, 33, 34; 113, 153,170, 179C.         

C LIT 30A: European Literature, from the Classical Antiquity to the Middle Ages [GE: E, G, EUR, WRT]; SESSION A: MTWR 2:00-3:25pm, PHELPS 3523
Instructor: Deepti Menon
An introduction to Western literary productions from the beginning of classical antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the comparative study of works by genre (heroic epic, romance, drama, and visionary literature).  Lectures will provide an introduction to the cultural background that produced these masterpieces as well as a close reading of the texts, offering students an understanding both of literary themes and techniques, and of religious and political commitments. Students will: 1) become acquainted with the literary and cultural features of these works; 2) deepen their understanding of the Western/European cultural heritage; and 3) make progress in the craft of verbally shaping and communicating their ideas.

C LIT 30B: Major Works of European Literature: Renaissance to Neoclassical [GE: E, G, EUR, WRT]; SESSION B: MTWR 9:30-10:55, HSSB 1215
Instructor: James Donelan
This course examines representative works of European literature from the early Renaissance to the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. We will begin with Boccaccio's subversive stories, move through Lope de Vega's Golden Age drama, to Shakespeare's sonnets, Swift's satire, and Mozart's glorious opera. The course will focus on how literary works both reflect and critique developments in politics, family life, and intellectual history.

 C LIT 30C: 19th and 20th Century European Literature [GE: E, G, EUR, WRT]; SESSION B: MTWR 12:30-1:55, South Hall 2635
Instructor: Maurizia Boscagli
This class is an introduction to 20th century literature through its most prominent texts. We will focus on 20th century modernity (consumer culture, the urban experience, technology, time and memory, changing gender roles) to then turn to postmodernism, the experimental novel, political commitment, and work. Readings by Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, and Italo Calvino.

 C LIT 31:   Asian Literatures [GE: G, NWC, WRT]; SESSION A: TWR 2:00-3:55, PHELPS 1445 Instructor: David Hur.  “What is literature?” In this course, we will aim to think through this question, as first asked by the father of modern Korean literature, Yi Kwang-su. Literature demands a close reading of texts, and in our reading we will explore the spaces that are created by texts. What is to be found in these discursive spaces? This question will push us in our readings to understand how literature offers a space for possibilities of worlds—drawn out of language by writers from the Korean diaspora. Following the singular shape of modern Korean history, we will read out these worlds from the different languages, thoughts, and environments of the Korean diaspora. The particular significance of language and translation will become evident as we read through time and space. This course will move freely through time and space, locating us first in the colonial modernity of a newly opened world on the Asian Pacific shores, then moving backward into tradition reframed by a modern lens, and returning us into what we know as the modern world (defined by twentieth-century Euro-American Anglophone cultures).

C LIT 32: Middle Eastern Literature [GE: G, NWC, WRT] ; SESSION B: MTWR 5:30-6:55, PHELPS 2512
Instructor: Ali Rahman
This course will study the diverse culture and literature from the Middle East including works from Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian traditions.  We will begin with the Epic of Gilgamesh, continue to the Old Testament and Qur’an, study folk tales and oral cultures, discuss mysticism and Sufi poetry, examine temporality and spirituality in Naguib Mahfouz’s The Journey of Ibn Fattouma, encounter postcolonial consequences and orientalism in Tayeb Salih’s novel Season of Migration to the North, and contemplate modernity in Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel PersepolisThe goal of this course is to give students a familiarity with the many cultures and peoples of the Middle East, the interaction between the East and West from the ancient to modern times, and to aid in the development of writing skills so that students can compose a well-articulated and supported argument in their paper. See flyer below.

C Lit 33: African Literatures [GE: G, NWC, WRT]; SESSION B: MTR 5:30-7:25, PHELPS 2532
Instructor: Alexandra Magearu
. This course will study the work of several significant African female authors writing in different postcolonial historical contexts who will provide us with a more multiplicitous and complex sense of differentiated African histories. We will read a series of literary texts by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Assia Djebar, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nawal ElSaadawi, Buchi Emecheta and Laila Lalami and we will engage a number of theoretical texts about African history. We will pay close attention to the particularities of different colonial histories in Africa, the missionary school system, the discourses of colonialism, movements of national liberation, as well as gender concerns in colonial and postcolonial settings, and questions of immigration.

C LIT 34: Literature of the Americas [GE: G, WRT]; SESSION B: T,W,R: 2:00–3:55pm, PHELPS 1448 Instructor: John Schranck  Building on the concept of Nepantla as articulated by Gloria Anzaldúa, this course explores what it means to be “in between.” What is it to occupy, inhabit or constitute an “in between” in the United States? The novels, novellas, and short stories we read present characters and spaces that invite students to consider the fluidity and heterogeneity of borders, be they political, national, geographic, cultural, linguistic, personal or temporal. Primary texts will include Anzaldúa’s Boarderlands/La Frontera, Nella Larsen’s Quicksand, James Welch’s Winter in the Blood, William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, and Carlos Fuentes’s The Old Gringo. All of these works call our attention not only to characters who find themselves “in between” identities and nationalities but also to “third spaces” that compel us to resituate the United States and its inhabitants in a hemispheric context. 

C LIT 113: Trauma, Memory, Historiography [GE: E, G, WRT]; SESSION B: TR 5:00-7:10pm, Phelps 2516
Instructor: Catherine Nesci  
In this course we examine novels, graphic narratives, memoirs, photojournalism, and films that deal with major traumatic events in history such as the Holocaust, (in)civil wars, and ethnic cleansing. Our materials represent and confront genocidal violence, wars, rape, torture as well as individual and collective post-traumatic symptoms that bear on moral, political, and social issues. How do various cultural practices, from novels and memoirs to films and comics, represent, narrativize, and frame individual and collective traumas and forms of cataclysmic violence? How do members of the second generation (those who live in the aftermath of traumatic upheavals and have inherited the bewildering griefs of the Holocaust, genocides, and staggering violence) apprehend and commemorate the losses and despair of the past, but also work through them in the hope of healing and better futures?

C LIT 153: Border Narratives [GE: G, ETH, WRT]; SESSION A:  MTWR 9:30-10:35am, GIRV 2119 Instructor: Ellen McCracken  The vast border region between the U.S. and Mexico is a vibrant space marked by back-and-forth flows, intercultural mixture, and transnational experiences.  This course examines key examples of this cultural dynamism in novels, short stories, film, television, and music from both sides of the border. You will learn about the border region from the perspectives of people who have lived there or who know the region well. You will develop skills for literary and cultural analysis, and an understanding of the relation of cultural texts to the social world in which they are created. You will also enhance your skills in oral and written communication as we delve into the varied narrative strategies of literary, visual, and aural border culture. See flyer below.

C LIT 170: The Art of Translation [GE: G, WRT]; SESSION A: TW 5:00-7:10pm, GIRV 1108
Instructor: Katie Lateef Jan
. This course, which is the core requirement to our new Minor in Translation Studies, 1) Promotes the acquisition of language skills, the improvement of writing skills & the comprehension of translation as an art; 2) Provides a model for the study of literature, in both national and comparative (or world) contexts. In addition to practicing translation, we will study the history of translation studies and address diverse cultural, national, and historical views toward translation. See flyer below.

GER 179C [=C Lit 179C]: Mediatechnology [GE: G, WRT]; SESSION A: MWF 2:00-3:25, HSSB 2002 Instructor: Jeffrey Bellomi This course will use a wide variety of source materials as a means to capture a snapshot of media and anxiety across history, ranging from philosophical texts, films, news stories, video clips, and literature.  The literary realm has perhaps tackled the malaise of the technological age more directly than any other (save film, perhaps), via such genres as postmodern, science fiction, and cyberpunk novels.  As such, literary texts will compose a large bulk of this course. The class goals will support the earning of General Education credits for area G, Literature, and the Writing Requirement. As such, in this course students will:  

1. Strengthen their ability to analyze literary texts and develop critical approaches to reading within the conventions of literary analysis and the understanding of literary and artistic genres; 2. Learn methods to research and compare literary and visual texts across time periods or cultures, studying how such works respond to and shape the cultural contexts of their moment; 3. Analyze the relationship between the form and content of the print, visual and audio texts we will study; 4. Compose a well-organized, well-documented, and well-argued written analysis of the various texts they will study.

For information, please write to our Undergraduate Advisor, Elizabeth Fair: Or stop by Phelps 4206C.



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