Graduate Courses

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

Winter 2019

Comparative Literature 200B: Methodology of Comparative Literature

Instructor: Michael Rothberg

Study of methodology of comparative literature, with emphasis on its history.

Comparative Literature 290 (Seminar 1): Contemporary Theories of Criticism: Cosmopolitanism & Exile

Instructor: Aamir R. Mufti

Consideration of seminal texts of two thought traditions in modern West: cosmopolitanism and exilic thinking. Consideration of how these traditions have developed intellectual and affective orientations in tension with each other, but also how they overlap and intersect. Western discourse on cosmopolitanism has its origins in classical thought and owes modern renewal to Kant. Its more recent revival has been accompanied rise of so-called global talk, widely distributed discourse about emergence of interconnected world. Examination of antinomies of this discourse–norm versus reality, scales of perception and vision, thinking versus feeling, empire versus cosmopolis–and consideration of implications for thinking about structure of contemporary world. Examination of leading works of exilic imagination, forms of thinking and feeling linked to forms of mobility–often coerced and collective–that cannot quite be subsumed under rubric of cosmopolitan.