Courses

Fall 2021

Advanced Creative Writing (Literary Translation)
Students will choose, early in the semester, one author to focus on in fiction, poetry, or drama, with the goal of arriving at a 15-20 page sample, with commentary, of the author's work. All work will be translated into English and discussed in a workshop format. Weekly readings will focus on the comparison of pre-existing translations as well as commentaries on the art and practice of literary translation.
Instructors: Paul Benedict Muldoon
Advanced Creative Writing (Literary Translation)
Students will choose, early in the semester, one author to focus on in fiction, poetry, or drama, with the goal of arriving at a 15-20 page sample, with commentary, of the author's work. All work will be translated into English and discussed in a workshop format. Weekly readings will focus on the comparison of pre-existing translations as well as commentaries on the art and practice of literary translation.
Instructors: Paul Benedict Muldoon
Chinese Cinemas
This course is an introduction to contemporary Chinese cinemas in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. From postwar musicals and pan-Asian blockbusters, to new wave avant-garde films and experimental documentaries, the diversity of Chinese cinemas reflects cinema's relations to global capitalism, Asia's democratization movements, financial crises, and the arrival of (post)socialism. Creating urban nomads, songstresses, daydreamers, travelers, and terrorists, Chinese cinemas put on full display the forces of globalization in shaping the aesthetics and politics of film. Selections broadly include popular commercial films to rare art house productions.
Instructors: Erin Yu-Tien Huang
Chinese Cinemas
This course is an introduction to contemporary Chinese cinemas in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. From postwar musicals and pan-Asian blockbusters, to new wave avant-garde films and experimental documentaries, the diversity of Chinese cinemas reflects cinema's relations to global capitalism, Asia's democratization movements, financial crises, and the arrival of (post)socialism. Creating urban nomads, songstresses, daydreamers, travelers, and terrorists, Chinese cinemas put on full display the forces of globalization in shaping the aesthetics and politics of film. Selections broadly include popular commercial films to rare art house productions.
Instructors: Erin Yu-Tien Huang
Cinema in Times of Pandemic: Research Film Studio
This course is dedicated to the study of critical film curation. The Pandemic disrupted traditional film production, distribution and canonization. Could this disruption be turned into a creative subversion of the strong industrial and commercial aspect of American filmmaking and the Jim Crow system of Hollywood? In cooperation with the Sundance and the Berlin Film Festivals, we will practice critical curation of films made by women and Afro-American directors and interview filmmakers, film festival directors and leaders of the film industry. Work-products of the class (interviews, reviews, synopses) can be published on our course website.
Instructors: Erika Anita Kiss
Cinema in Times of Pandemic: Research Film Studio
This course is dedicated to the study of critical film curation. The Pandemic disrupted traditional film production, distribution and canonization. Could this disruption be turned into a creative subversion of the strong industrial and commercial aspect of American filmmaking and the Jim Crow system of Hollywood? In cooperation with the Sundance and the Berlin Film Festivals, we will practice critical curation of films made by women and Afro-American directors and interview filmmakers, film festival directors and leaders of the film industry. Work-products of the class (interviews, reviews, synopses) can be published on our course website.
Instructors: Erika Anita Kiss
Cities, Sea Level Rise and the Environmental Humanities
Cities, Sea Level Rise, Cities and the Environmental Humanities explores how cities worldwide will be impacted by sea level rise and how the issue is engaged in literature, art and film. Students in the seminar will learn about the environmental science and policy related to sea level rise. They will consider solutions being put forward to address the impacts, such as managed retreat; hard engineering, such as building sea walls; or soft engineering, such as preserving and restoring natural buffers, be they coral or oyster reefs, or mangrove forests. Additionally, they will engage literature, art and films about cities and sea level rise.
Instructors: Christina Gerhardt
Cities, Sea Level Rise and the Environmental Humanities
Cities, Sea Level Rise, Cities and the Environmental Humanities explores how cities worldwide will be impacted by sea level rise and how the issue is engaged in literature, art and film. Students in the seminar will learn about the environmental science and policy related to sea level rise. They will consider solutions being put forward to address the impacts, such as managed retreat; hard engineering, such as building sea walls; or soft engineering, such as preserving and restoring natural buffers, be they coral or oyster reefs, or mangrove forests. Additionally, they will engage literature, art and films about cities and sea level rise.
Instructors: Christina Gerhardt
Classical Arabic Poetry
Introduces students to the major Arabic poets and poems from pre-Islamic times to the Mamluks. Goals: Increase the ease with which students read classical Arabic poetry, learn how to scan Arabic meters, and expand knowledge of styles, genres and development. Students prepare assigned poems and put together brief biographical sketch of poets. Advanced knowledge of Arabic required.
Instructors: Lara Harb
Comparative Literature Graduate Pedagogy Seminar: Radical Pedagogies
The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning now offers ample practical training and resources for improving classroom performance and building credentials for teaching jobs. This seminar instead explores the politics of pedagogical practice, through discussions of readings from various perspectives and time periods, as well as by sharing our own pedagogical experiences at Princeton and elsewhere. The reading list suggested here is a starting point; in an effort to de-hierarchize our own classroom, we develop a full reading list collaboratively. Graduate students from all departments are welcome.
Instructors: April Alliston

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