COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 001 A Question of Style: Writing and Translating Dress Codes
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
50
Cost:
0
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Can clothes be considered a language with unique messages, subject to multiple interpretations? In this course, we will examine how dress codes constitute an ambiguous language that translates differently across cultures, times and spaces, and spurs controversial political debates across the globe. We will investigate the complex role of clothes as a medium of self expression that ties the individual to the society at large.

The course will include readings and films from around the world, such as the United States, France, England, Spain and the Middle East. We will be looking at how dress codes feature in literature and how they translate into pop culture. Among the questions we will address are: The relationship between dress codes and modern city life, the question of national identity and the veil in France, the role of dress codes in the framing of colonial relationships, clothing as an expression of the American dream, and the politics of cross dressing.

Since this course focuses on writing, students are expected to read the assigned texts closely and turn in four papers through the semester. One of the papers will be submitted for an in-class workshop.

Readings will include letters of Christopher Columbus, J. K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Edgar Allen Poe's story "The Man of the Crowd," current texts about the debates on veiling, selections from the poetry of Baudelaire, excerpts from Roland Barthes The Language of Fashion and other theorists such as Pierre Bourdieu and Walter Benjamin.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
19700
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MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (REC)
P
19701
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1
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
P
23448
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1
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (REC)
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27835
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MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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