Graduate Courses

From the recent Andalusian play, “Clytemnestra. Una mujer.” Faculty expert, Kathleen L. Komar. Banner image: John Locke. Faculty expert, Kirstie McClure.

Fall 2018

Comparative Literature 200A: Theory of Comparative Literature

Instructor: Kirstie McClure

Study of theory of literature, with emphasis on genealogy of theoretical problems.

Comparative Literature 220: Topics in Medieval Studies: Theory, History, and Literature

Instructor: Zrinka Stahuljak

Students read medieval texts, and choose from influential texts from theory and historiography of field. Topics include history and literature; history, religion, and literature; culture and literature; anthropology and literature; text and image; music and literature; and performance, performativity, and literature.

Comparative Literature 284: Theories of Translation

Instructor: Efrain Kristal

Seminar, three hours. Examination of various approaches to concept of translation and to its significance for literary studies. Readings include authors such as Matthew Arnold, Walter Benjamin, George Steiner, and Susan Bassnett. S/U or letter grading.

Comparative Literature 290: Contemporary Theories of Criticism

Instructor: Tamara Levitz

Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 200A. Advanced course in theory of literature focusing on structuralist, psychoanalytic, and Marxist approaches. S/U or letter grading.

Comparative Literature 290 (Seminar 1): Queer/Race Studies

Instructor: Anjali Arondekar

Exploration of interrelated, epistemological frameworks of critical race studies and queer studies. Through study of range of philosophical, scientific, literary and anthropological texts, students rigorously historicize and theorize efforts to simultaneously link and separate theories of race and sexuality. Continued discussion of difference concept and its connections to productions of race and sexuality is central to understanding. Interdisciplinary study in which interstices between factual and fictional materials on sexuality and race are constantly exploded and expanded upon.

Comparative Literature 290 (Seminar 2): Frantz Fanon and Theories of Decoloniality

Instructor: Tamara Levitz

Comparative Literature 290 (Seminar 4): Arendt, Modernism, and Essay in Theory

Instructor: Kirstie McClure

Whether charged with nostalgia for polis or defended for their reluctant modernism, Hannah Arendt’s writings continue to perplex and fascinate contemporary readers. Exploration of selections from Arendt’s literary and cultural criticism, and The Human Condition, in light of Hayden White’s notion of modernist historicism and Adorno’s account of experimental and expressive aspects of essay form. Within that frame, study is collaborative; that is, participants select common readings from range of possibilities in accordance, so far as possible, with their backgrounds and research interests.