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FALL 2019

CMLT-C 110: Writing the World (9 sections, Johnson/staff)
Fall 2019 topic: Strange New Worlds
Carries GenEd Foundations in Writing: EC and CASE EC credits.
A cloud-city, a single-sex population, unmapped territory, common property including shared lovers, a two-dimensional world—what makes places strange and new to us? Reading list: Aristophanes’ Birds and Assembly Women, Gilman’s Herland, McGrath’s Shannon, Abbott’s Flatland. Each section includes additional literature unique to that section. Assignments: 3 analytical essays, short papers, 3 quizzes, introduction to research skills.

CMLT-C 111: Reading the World (staff)
Carries GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE GCC credits.
Fall 2019 topic TBA! From the Bulletin: Diverse literary genres and cultures from around the world explored through a comparative analysis of characters and themes in canonical and non-canonical texts, both ancient and modern.

CMLT-C 147: Images of the Self: East and West (staff)
Carries GenEd A&H, GenEd WC, CASE A&H, and CASE GCC credits.
Fall 2019 topic TBA! From the Bulletin: Topics such as the individual in society, the outcast as hero, and artistic sensibility, examined in selected works of Western and Eastern literature from ancient to modern times.

CMLT-C 151: Introduction to Popular Culture (4 sections, staff)
Carries GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE DUS credits.
This course defines the field of popular culture as central to how modern societies transmit and discuss key ideas. Across a range of media, genres, and styles, including film and television, music and song, theater, literature, and comics, students will become conversant with recent and contemporary forms of popular culture, and learn how to be active, critical, engaged, and media-literate readers.

CMLT-C 200: Honors Seminar (Marks) 2nd 8 weeks
Fall 2019 Topic: The Good Life
Carries GenEd A&H and CASE A&H credits.
How do you define the good life? How can one live "authentically"? Readings in Greek philosophy, biblical "wisdom," the Essays of Montaigne, and the fiction of Henry James.

CMLT-C 205: Comparative Literary Analysis (Johnston)
Fall 2019 Topic: Stop Making Sense
Carries GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE IW credits.
Required for majors in Comparative Literature.
This course offers an introduction to methods of textual analysis and literary interpretation. Examining works in various genres and from different periods and places, we’ll consider how writers use language, plot, character and setting to create literary works and worlds. We’ll look in particular at texts that appear to defy our expectations in terms of logic and common sense.

CMLT-C 216: Science Fiction, Fantasy, & The Western Tradition (Potapowicz + staff)
Carries GenEd A&H and CASE A&H credits.
2 Sections. From the Bulletin: Origins, evolution, conventions, criticism, and theory of the detective and mystery story; history of the Gothic novel; later development of the tale of terror; major works of this type in fiction, drama, and film.

CMLT-C 251: Lyrics & Popular Song (Hertz)
Carries GenEd A&H and CASE A&H credits.
This course explores a wide range of popular songs. We will concentrate on American songwriters, including such as figures as Irving Berlin and Bob Dylan. We will also study European and South American popular songs. Our target in all cases is the same: the varied phenomena uncovered while examining how words and music come together in the hybrid art form we call the popular song.

CMLT-C 262: Cross-Cultural Encounters (Goodlander)
Fall 2019 Topic: Monsters
Carries GenEd WC, GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE GCC credits.
From under the bed to under the ocean, monsters have occupied the human imagination as expressed in literature, art, film, and music. Why does Cookie Monster make us smile while Godzilla makes us cringe? Monsters connect to some of our most powerful emotions of desire and disgust. This course will include lecture, discussion, short-writing assignments, and a creative project in order to isolate and analyze the category of the “monster”.

CMLT-C 301: Special Topics in Comparative Literature (Emery)
Fall 2019 Topic: Nabokov
Carries CASE A&H credit.
This course introduces Vladimir Nabokov's work in both Russian and English. The focus is on his prose fictions, but we will also consider Nabokov as a poet, playwright, critic, translator, and puzzle constructor. Major themes include the poetics of exile and nostalgia; literary trickery and deceit; and the relationship between the aesthetic and the sadistic.

CMLT-C 301: Special Topics in Comparative Literature (Hofstadter)
Fall 2019 Topic: Crossword Puzzles
Carries CASE A&H credit.
This seminar’s purpose is to familiarize students with the beauty and
depth of crossword puzzles, to show how these creations arguably play the role of
poetry in today’s anglophone culture, and to share the great joy of solving such puzzles as well as the devilish challenge of creating them.

CMLT-C 311: Drama (Goodlander)
Carries CASE A&H credit & CASE GCC.
One person does something while another person watches -- Dramatic literature presents a unique opportunity, in that it is not a literature to read, but rather it is a literature to be performed and played. In this class we will study various genres of theatre in order to better understand dramatic literature as a distinct type of human expression. This course fulfills the CASE requirement for Intensive Writing (approval pending).

CMLT-C 321: Medieval Literature (McGerr)
Carries CASE A&H and CASE GCC credits.
This course will explore representations of views about race and social class found in a wide variety of texts from medieval Europe.  How do medieval literary works address alliances across social differences, as well as conflicts between groups?  How do representations of religious or gender identity relate to concepts of race or social class in different communities of medieval Europe?

CMLT-C 335: Realism, Naturalism, and Symbolism (Marks) 2nd 8 weeks
Fall 2019 Topic: Aestheticism and Decadence
Carries CASE A&H credit.
Close reading of major works by Stéphane Mallarmé and Henry James, supreme masters of their respective genres (the lyric and the novel), whose art-for-art aesthetic and self-conscious refinement defied the materialism and puritanical morality of their bourgeois contemporaries.

CMLT-C 340: Women in World Literature (Potapowicz)
Fall 2019 Topic: Canon and Counter-Canon
Carries CASE A&H credit.
Students will study works by prize-winning women writers from across the world. We will learn how to approach various literary genres (poetry, personal or journalistic essays, short stories, novels, mangas and/or graphic novels).  Readings will include works by Nobel-winning authors and writers whose work has received other important international distinctions. Students will be invited to reflect on the nature of literary canons and their impact on the ways we think of authors and their works.

CMLT-C 343: Literature and Politics (Van der Laan)
Fall 2019 Topic: Culture and Power at the Renaissance Court
Carries CASE A&H and CASE GCC credits.
Explore the literature, art, and architecture produced by, for, and about three Renaissance courts: Lorenzo de' Medici (Florence), Francois I (France), Elizabeth I (England). Examine the self-portraits that these courts constructed and the resistance they provoked. Discover how Renaissance literature and the arts created, reinforced, questioned, and undermined myths of power and authority.

CMLT-C 345: Literature and Religion (Johnson)
Fall 2019 Topic: Writing the Soul
Carries CASE A&H credit.
Friendly ghost, cascade of atoms, bargaining chip, beat-up car—What is the soul, and how do you tell stories about it? Reading list: Aristotle’s On the Soul, Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things, Dante’s Purgatory, Goethe’s Faust, O’Connor’s Wise Blood. Workload: short papers, three essays, participation, one presentation. This course does not promote or discredit any religion, agnosticism, or atheism.

CMLT-C 347-13269: Literature and Ideas (Peretz)
Fall 2019 Topic: The Modern Self
Carries CASE A&H credit.
Who are we (that is, who are we human beings, what is our nature?) and how do we BECOME who we are? This will be our guiding question. The basic hypothesis that will guide us is that the modern era has started to raise this guiding question, whose origins are ancient, in a new way, and that one of the fundamental places in which humanity tries to learn to become what it is, is in works of art. We will take a look at a very wide ranging selection of works from film, photography, painting, literature, and drama.

By individual arrangement between student, faculty supervisor, and DUS, and with the permission of the department:
CMLT-X490: Individual Readings in Comparative Literature
CMLT-X491: Individual Studies in Film and Literature
CMLT-C496: Foreign Study in Comp Lit
CMLT-C499 Studies for Honors

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