• Studies in Later Persian Literature 1200 - 1800 A.D.

    Course acquaints students with the literature of the second great classical language of Islam and its legacy of epics, chronicles, lyric poems, mystical writings and imaginative tales from the traditional Persian-speaking world - including not only from present-day Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan but also from Anatolia, Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Continuation of NES 539. Treats the literature from 1200 to 1800.

  • German Philosophy since Kant: Heidegger

    A reading of Heidegger's "Being and Time", and perhaps some other works of his. Secondary sources include Hubert Dreyfus' "Being-In-The-World".

  • Language & Subjectivity: Theories of Formation

    The purpose of the course is to examine key texts of the twentieth century that established the fundamental connection between language structures and practices on the one hand, and the formation of selfhood and subjectivity, on the other. In particular, the course focuses on theories that emphasize the role of formal elements in producing meaningful discursive and social effects. Works of Russian formalists and French (post)-structuralists are discussed in connection with psychoanalytic and anthropological theories of formation.

  • Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: Archival Research Workshop

    This seminar is conducted as a workshop to train students in the methodology of archival research. We work with the papers of Latin American writers housed at Firestone Library, especially with recent acquisitions of letters and manuscripts by Cuban writer Severo Sarduy. Theoretical readings include texts by Derrida, Barthes, Murat, Freud, and others. Students are encouraged to publish the result of their semester-long research.

  • Translation Theory: Teaching in Translation

    Disciplines across the university rely on texts in translation for research and teaching alike. Yet few of us, from undergraduates to professors, have been trained to discuss translated materials as translations. If each translation embodies an interpretation of an original, how does this affect our own reliance on and interpretation of these texts? This course fosters a responsible pedagogy of translated texts, first and foremost by offering a solid foundation in translation theory and translation studies.

  • Topics in Critical Theory: Comparative Literature Writing and Dissertation Colloquium

    The Writing and Dissertation Colloquium is a biweekly forum for graduate students in Comparative Literature to share works in progress with other graduate students. The seminar welcomes drafts of your prospectus, article, dissertation chapter, conference paper, exam statement and grant or fellowship proposal. Work is pre-circulated. The 90 minute sessions, done in conjunction with a rotating COM faculty member, are designed to offer written and oral feedback.

  • The Renaissance: England Reads Venice

    Venice fascinates the English early moderns, for its politics, its religion, its art. Dramatists locate plays there, travellers return with fantastic stories, Sir Philip Sidney gets his portrait painted by Veronese. Our questions have to do with ways in which creative figures from one linguistic or generic sphere read the evidences from another sphere. We consider works by Shakespeare and Jonson.

  • Constraint in Modern European Fiction & Poetry

    A study of 20th century writing in European languages relying to some degree on the principle of constraint or 'strict form'. Queneau, Calvino, Mathews, Perec, Roubaud and other members of Oulipo will constitute the central focus, but depending on students' linguistic competences works by e.g., Harig, Kharms, Nabokov, Cortazar may be included. Attention is focussed on underlying principles as well as on practice and product.

  • The Novel and Romance

    "The novel" has been defined since its establishment as a literary genre in tension with both "romance" and "history." This year's seminar interrogates this definitive tension among narrative genres through readings in two forms of historical romance that were central to the development of the modern novel, even though they are often considered peripheral: chivalric and gothic. Critical readings accompany and guide our readings in narrative.

  • Studies in Forms of Narrative: Fiction in Latin America

    The course explores a range of forms and uses of fiction in Latin America since the end of the 19th century, with special attention to changing contexts of politics and history. Texts are available in English, and also read in Portuguese or Spanish as knowledge or enthusiasm allows.


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