Courses in Comparative Literature (Division 354)


241. Topics in Comparative Literature. Comp. Lit. 240 recommended. (3). (HU).
Section 001 War.
Two proverbial sayings about war are that it is too important to be left to the generals, and that you may not be interested in war, but it is interested in you. This course examines the cultural importance and interest of war its representations and interpretations as displayed in world literature from ancient Greece and later European history to World War II and the Vietnam War. We will also study analytic, historical and journalistic accounts of war, and some painting, film, and video. Authors include Homer, Whitman, Orwell, Neruda, Auden, Joan Didion, Michael Herr, Cormac McCarthy, John Keegan. The course explores the values and significance attached to war as well as its follies and disasters. One lecture and two discussion sections per week; students evaluated by oral participation, two in-class tests, and three short (or one term) papers. Cost:2 (Bahti)
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424. Literature and Other Disciplines. Upperclass standing and one course in literary studies. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 Topics in Caribbean Literature: Colonial Encounters.
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with English 384.001. (Gikandi)
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430. Comparative Studies in Fiction. Upperclass standing. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Section 001 Found in Translation.
This course is meant to provide students of literature, through a close reading of a selection of translated and original texts, with a linguistic open-mindedness and a translator's cross-cultural sensibility. One of the pre-assumptions of the course is that an "ideal" reading of a certain text is always conducted through the eyes of a good translator. By way of introduction, we will browse through some of the theoretical writings on translation, and some of the recent books that deal with "Translation Studies." Then we will read and discuss literary texts of different origins, from the biblical story of Babel to the circular texts of Borges. We will also address, among others, issues of linguistic prejudice in the post-colonial age; examine what gets translated in the West and why; deal with problems of untranslatability; reconstruct an original text through different translations; explore the possibilities of non-textual translations; examine the interaction between fiction and film; and, finally, find out how the French translation of The Book of the Thousand And One Nights could have replaced the Arabic "original." Students will be evaluated through class performance, a presentation, and a substantial term paper. Cost:2 (Shammas)
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490. Comparative Cultural Studies. Junior standing. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Section 001 Colonialism and Asian/Pacific American Literature.
For Winter Term, 1998, this section is offered jointly with English 317.004. (Sumida)
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496. Honors Thesis. Comp. Lit. 495 and Honors concentration in Comp. Lit. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).
In the Honors Thesis course the Honors student typically develops the seminar work done in Comp. Lit. 495 (Senior Seminar) into a longer, more thorough study under the auspices of a faculty thesis director. Students who need help in arranging for a thesis director should contact the Comparative Literature office, 2015 Tisch, 763-2351.
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498. Directed Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).
This course is intended for Comparative Literature concentrators. It offers a student the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member associated with Comparative Literature on a comparative topic chosen by the student in consultation with the professor. Together they will develop a reading list; establish goals, meeting times, and credit hours (within the range); and plan papers and projects which the student will execute with the tutorial assistance of the instructor. The student will be required to submit a written proposal of his or her course to the Program office. For further information, contact the Program in Comparative Literature, 2015 Tisch.
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