Comparative Literature

  • Introduction to Comparative Literature

    This course addresses recent developments in literary criticism, such as surface reading, distant reading, affect theory, print culture, necropolitics, queer futurity, melancholic historicism, animal studies, thing theory, systems theory, ecocriticism, critical race studies, world literature, theory from the south, critiques of neoliberalism, and so on. The class will not embrace a mastery posture toward theory, but an instrumental one, aiming to assist graduate students in conceptualizing their particular projects within and against current debates.

  • Contemporary Critical Theories: Translating Violence/Translating Justice

    This team-taught seminar examines contemporary postcoloniality and the dilemmas of decolonization in light of questions of translation. To what extent do theories and practices of translation and untranslatability inform our understanding of a globalized ostcoloniality? In what ways must the thinking and doing of translation be revised in these conditions? The class will focus on themes such as multilingual and multiethnic states, borders and

  • 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.

  • Freud

    Through close reading of primary texts, this course offers an introduction to the diversity of Freud's writings, and to the movements of his thinking until his death in 1939.


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