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055 First-Year Seminar: Comics as Literature (3). Comic books, Manga, and the graphic novel have almost vanished from the realm of serious literature. Recently, graphic literature has addressed controversial topics and reached readers across the globe. We will explore graphic literature's unique ability to be a medium for the marginal and oppressed in the twenty-first century. (Pending Approval)

120 Epic and Lyric Traditions (3). Introduces students to representative literary and intellectual texts from antiquity up to 1750 and to relevant techniques of literary analysis. Works originally written in foreign languages are studied in translation.

121 Romancing the World (3). This course focuses on the literary mode of romance, with particular attention to cross-cultural contact and exchange from classical antiquity to the present in both European and non-European literature.

122 Literature and the Visual Arts from Antiquity to 1750 (3). This course offers students a survey of mutually supportive developments of literature and the visual arts from classical antiquity until around 1700.

123 Literature and Politics from Antiquity to 1750 (3). This course examines comparative literary texts in literature and political philosophy in the context of developments in political thought and practice from classical Greece through the French Revolution.

124 Literature and Science from Antiquity to 1750 (3). This course examines developments in literary and scientific thought, including the literary depiction of disciplines of natural philosophy, including magic, cosmology, natural history, and physiology.

130 Travel, Identity, and Belonging (3). Introduces students to representative literary and intellectual texts from 1750 to the present and to relevant techniques of literary analysis. Works originally written in foreign languages are studied in translation.

131 Savage, Native, Stranger, Other (3). Using readings in literature and philosophy, as well as film screenings, this course explores comparative literature’s reconciliation over time of its own, predominantly Western, lineage with other non-Western textual traditions.

132 Performance and Cultural Identity in the African Diaspora (3). The focus of this course is inquiry into how we theorize the existence of the African diaspora, cultural identity/-ies, and the role that performance plays in the articulation of experiences.

133 Imaging the Americas: Late 18th Century to the Present (3). This course studies the intersection between word and image, especially verbal and photographic cultural production, in the representation of the Americas in the hemispheric sense from the mid-18th century to present.

134 Great Books: Romanticism, Realism, Modernism (3). An introduction to some of the major texts of 19th- and 20th-century literature, focusing on periods of romanticism, realism, and modernism and with some attention given to parallel developments in the arts and philosophy.

143 Introduction to Global Cinema (3). This course is designed to introduce students to the field of global cinema and, thence, to the methods of comparativist film study.

151 [031] Literature and Society in Southeast Asia (ASIA 151) (3). This course is an introduction to the societies of Southeast Asia through literature. Background materials and films will supplement the comparative study of traditional works, novels, short stories, and poems.

198H East European Literature (SLAV 198H) (3). An introduction to the literatures of Eastern Europe, including consideration of political influences on literary creation within different cultural traditions.

250 [050] Approaches to Comparative Literature (3). This communications-intensive course familiarizes students with the theory and practice of comparative literature: the history of literary theory; translation; and literature combined with disciplines such as music, architecture, and philosophy.

251 [051] Introduction to Literary Theory (3). Familiarizes students with the theory and practice of comparative literature. Against a background of classical poetics and rhetoric, explores various modern literary theories, including Russian Formalism, Frankfurt School, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction, New Historicism, and others. All reading in theory is paired with that of literary texts drawn from a wide range of literary periods and national traditions.

252 [062] Popular Culture in Modern Southeast Asia (ASIA 252, INTS 252) (3). This course examines popular culture in Southeast Asia as a response to colonialism, nationalism, modernization, the state, and globalization. Topics include: theater, film, pop songs, television, rituals, and the Internet.

254 Horror and the Global Gothic: Film, Literature, Theory (3). This course traces the development of horror in film and writing from the 18th century European novel to contemporary Asian film. Theoretical readings will embrace a range of disciplines, from literary and film theory to anthropology, feminism and gender studies, and psychoanalysis. (Pending Approval)

255 The Feast in Film, Fiction, and Philosophy (3). Comparative and interdisciplinary study of feasting and its philosophical underpinnings, with special attention to the multiple purposes and nuances of food and feasting in literature, film, and the visual arts.

268 The Medieval Frame Tale: Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Arabian Nights (3). A consideration of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in light of other medieval frame tale collections, such as Boccaccio's Decameron and the Arabian Nights. (Pending Approval)

269 [069] Representations of Cleopatra (CLAS 269, WMST 269) (3). Study of the life of Cleopatra and how her story has been reinvented in postclassical societies, often as a mirror image of their own preoccupations, in literature, art, movies, and opera.

271 Vampires and Empires: An Introduction to Transylvania (HUNG 271) (3). The thousand-year history of a multi-ethnic corner of Eastern Europe, focusing on why (and how) it has come to be identified in the West with the vampire. Course materials include films, slides and music. All lectures and readings in English. (Pending Approval)

277 Myth, Fable, Novella: The Long History of the Short Story (3). Traces the development of European short fiction from the twelfth through the seventeenth centuries, taking brief looks backward toward the ancient world and forward to the modern short story. (Pending Approval)

279 Once Upon A FairyTale: Fairy Tales and Childhood, Then and Now (GERM 279) (3). Considers fairy tales from several different national traditions and historical periods against the backdrop of folklore, literature, psychoanalysis, and the socializing forces directed at children. Not intended for students who have taken GERM 54.

281 Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe (SLAV 281) (3). A critical look at varieties of cinematic representation and memorialization of the Holocaust, from those countries of Europe where it mostly took place. All films in (or subtitled in) English. (Pending Approval)

282 Russian Literature in World Cinema (RUSS 281) (3). Survey of masterpieces of Russian literature in the context of their cinematic adaptations. (Pending Approval)

321 Medieval and Modern Arthurian Romance (ENGL 321) (3). Representative examples of Arthurian literature from the Middle Ages and nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with some attention to film, art, and music.

364 [064] The Classical Background of English Literature (CLAS 364) (3). Study of classical writers influential on selected genres of English literature.

365 Cervantes' Don Quixote and the Birth of the Imagination (3). Close study and analysis of Cervantes' Don Quixote and its reception and relation to the growth of the modern concept of the imagination.

374 [096] Modern Women Writers (WMST 373) (3). The development of a women's literary tradition in the works of such writers as George Sand, George Eliot, Isak Dinesen, Colette, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Marguerite Duras, Nathalie Sarraute, Marguerite Yourcenar.

379 [094] Cowboys, Samurai, and Rebels in Film and Fiction (ASIA 379) (3). Cross-cultural definitions of heroism, individualism, and authority in film and fiction, with emphasis on tales or images that have been translated across cultures. Includes films of Ford, Kurosawa, and Visconti.

380 [084] Almost Despicable Heroines in Japanese and Western Literature (ASIA 380, WMST 380) (3). Authors' use of narrative techniques to create the separation between heroines and their fictional societies and sometimes also to alienate readers from the heroines. Austen, Flaubert, Ibsen, Arishima, Tanizaki, Abe.

383 [083H] Literature and Medicine (3). Examines the presentation of medical practice in literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Readings include some medical history, novels, stories, and recent autobiographies of medical training.

385 [090] Modernist and Postmodernist Narrative (3). A study of the structure of various types of modernist and postmodernist narrative, including texts by such writers as Proust, Faulkner, Camus, Hesse, Duras, Mann, Woolf, Robbe-Grillet, Kundera, Simon.

390 [095] Special Topics in Comparative Literature (3). Course topics vary from semester to semester. i.e Don Quijote (Fall 2009)

392 [092] Women and Work, 1850-1900 (WMST 392) (3). An explanation of the problems of work for women in the later nineteenth century, drawing on historical and fictional materials to illuminate each other.

393 [093] Adolescence in Twentieth-Century Literature (3). An analysis of the literary portrayal of adolescence by major twentieth-century English, American, and European writers, focused on dominant themes and modes of representation.

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