Introduction to Literary Theory (3)
Introduction to contemporary literary theory, including formalism, structuralism, poststructuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, cultural studies, and other approaches. Readings of theoretical texts and applications to short literary texts from a variety of literatures.
Comparative Literature: The Discipline and the Profession (3)
Critical review of the history of the discipline and recent debates regarding the study and teaching of comparative literature, world literatures, and translation studies. Workshops on publishing scholarly articles, dissertation writing, and preparing a teaching portfolio.
Required of all graduate students in comparative literature.
Poetry in Translation (3)
Study of translation as creative interpretation, with emphasis on Greco-Roman classics. Readings may include works by Euripides, Homer, Aristophanes, and others.
Women and Writing (3)
aesthetic, and theoretical issues of women and writing through
representative writers, movements, texts, and contexts.
Studies in Medieval Literature (3,3)
Basic English and continental texts, with emphasis on relationships with modern literature.
Provençal Language and Literature (3,3)
Introduction to Old Provençal, with readings in major troubadours, and tracing of troubadour influences on the early lyrics of Western Europe.
Studies in the Renaissance (3)
Survey of intellectual currents and study of representative works, including epic, lyric, prose fiction, and drama; analysis of stylistic changes from the early to the late Renaissance.
Studies in the Neoclassical Period (3)
Late 16th- and 17th-century development of neoclassical intellectual, artistic, and literary doctrines, stressing the Italian baroque origins of the movement, its French development, and its English repercussions.
The Enlightenment (3)
Major authors studied with emphasis on literary and aesthetic concerns and their link to the philosophical.
European romanticism as a literary movement, emphasizing the genres of the lyric, the novel, and the drama.
English, German, and American roots of French symbolism; its influence on such figures as Ruben Dario and A. Blok.
Studies in Contemporary Literature (3)
Assessment of major trends in today's literature, with equal attention paid to the traditions they question and the evolving society they illustrate.
Topics in Comparative Literature (3)
Individual Studies in Comparative Literature (3,3)
Directed readings and frequent written analyses.
Topics in Comparative Literature and Other Fields (3)
Topics in Non-Western Literature (3)
Film Theory and World Cinema (3)
An introduction to the vocabulary and analytical skills essential for
teaching and research within cinema studies and to major currents in
film theory and international film movements.
The Novel (3)
Generic and thematic study of the novel as it evolved in Europe and the Western world in general. Some attention to the non-Western novel.
Studies in poetic genres.
Studies in dramatic genres.
Studies in Narrative (3)
Studies in narrative genres.
Major Authors (3)
Close study, in a comparative context, of the works of one or more major authors.
Theory and Practice of Translation (3)
Consideration of various approaches to a common text, with attempts at creative practice.
Studies in Nonfictional Prose (3)
From historical to scientific, to legal texts; from biography to autobiography, to private correspondence. The rhetoric and form of nonfictional prose and its relation to literature.
Advanced Topics in Comparative Literature (3)
Comparative Literature and Other Fields (3)
Relationships between literature and such fields as art, history, anthropology, philosophy, and music.
(S) Comparative Literature in Dialogue (3)
Exploration of a topic of current interest with the participation of a visiting scholar.
Prerequisite: Recommended: 16:195:501.
Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature (3)
Function of literature viewed from a psychoanalytic perspective; literary responses to modern psychoanalysis.
Literature and the Social Order (3)
Society in the text; literary texts in society. Political and ideological aspects of a complex interaction.
Minority Literatures (3)
Literary texts written and read by minority groups in various contexts. The social, philosophical, and aesthetic implications of the very notion of minority literature.
Comparative East-West Poetics (3)
Comparison of the literary systems of the Eastern and Western worlds, including conceptions of literature, literary genres, and critical terminology.
East-West Literary Relations (3)
Literary works of Eastern and Western worlds studied in the comparative context of actual historical meetings.
Topics in Advanced Literary Theory (3)
Advanced Topics in Non-Western Literature (3)
Research in Comparative Literature (BA,BA)