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Spring 2014

Course Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
C LIT 200: Introduction To Literature
Ritual Death and Sacrifice

Reading, understanding, and enjoying literature from various countries, in different forms of expression (e.g., dramatic, lyric, narrative, rhetorical) and of representative periods. Emphasis on the comparative study of themes and motifs common to many literatures of the world.

Comparative Literature 200 is an introductory literature course composed of a selection of international works of varying genres and mediums. For the purpose of coherence, we will focus on a body of texts organized around the topic of ritual death and sacrifice. ’ Antigone. We will, then, move...

VLPA, W
A - 11695 Yasaman Naraghi T Th 12:30-14:20
SMI 115
C LIT 240: Writing In Comparative Literature

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.

C, W
A - 11696 Jacinthe Ahmed Assaad M W 09:30-11:20
PCAR 297
C LIT 240: Writing In Comparative Literature

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.

C, W
B - 11697 Russel Black T Th 09:30-11:20
SMI 407
C LIT 240: Writing In Comparative Literature
Gods, Humans, and Devils

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.

This is a writing course, but don’t let that mislead you into thinking that we will spend a whole lot of our time discussing the technical aspect of writing: how to formulate a thesis and develop paragraphs, how to integrate quotes and write commentaries on them, what is an appropriate format...

C, W
D - 11698 Lin Chen M W 10:30-12:20
SMI 107
C LIT 240: Writing In Comparative Literature

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.

C, W
E - 11699 Andrea Schmidt T Th 10:30-12:20
MGH 295
C LIT 240: Writing In Comparative Literature

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.

C, W
F - 11700 Boyechko, Richard R M W 11:30-13:20
MLR 316
C LIT 240: Writing In Comparative Literature

Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.

C, W
G - 11701 Bertelsen, Megan C. T Th 11:30-13:20
SMI 107
C LIT 252: Introduction To Comparative Literature: Genres
Reading Literary Forms: The Novel

Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.

Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
VLPA
A - 11702 Leroy Searle MTWTh 13:30-14:20
KNE 220
C LIT 272: Perspectives On Film: Genre
American Nightmares: The History of the Horror Film, 1924-2014

Introduction to study of film genre. Literary, mythic, and historic aspects of film genre. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.

This course examines the development of the horror genre in American cinema from the early 1920s to the early twenty-first century.  We will consider how the development of the horror film has been related to economic and structural changes in the film industry since the formation of Hollywood’s...

Pre-req to Declare Cinema Major
VLPA
A - 11707 Jennifer M. Bean MTWTh 10:30-12:20
KNE 220
C LIT 303: Theory Of Film: Genre
Black Contemporary Cinemas

Introduction to the history and significance of film genres from the early days of film to the present. Examines a selection of several genres, drawn from a list including western, melodrama, musical, thriller, road odyssey, film noir, and documentary. Topics include form, ideology, authority, history, innovation, and parody.

C Lit 303 - Black Contemporary Cinemas is open to AIS, AES, CHID, ENGL, GWSS, DRAMA students during Period 1 registration along with students in performance studies. No prior film analysis knowledge is necessary.

“Black Contemporary Cinemas” runs 4 days per week with M/W screening and T/R...

Cinema Studies Core
VLPA, W
A - 11716 Tamara Cooper MTWTh 13:30-15:20
SAV 162
C LIT 303: Theory Of Film: Genre
Film Noir

Introduction to the history and significance of film genres from the early days of film to the present. Examines a selection of several genres, drawn from a list including western, melodrama, musical, thriller, road odyssey, film noir, and documentary. Topics include form, ideology, authority, history, innovation, and parody.

The term film noir was coined in 1946 by a French film critic who, when viewing a number of recently imported American films (The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Laura, and others), described them all as noir or “black,” referring not only to their stylistic features (deep shadows,...

Cinema Studies Core
VLPA
B - 11717 Eric Ames MTWTh 11:30-13:20
THO 101
C LIT 313: History Of Film: 1989-Present

Addresses the latest trends in international filmmaking typically with an emphasis on world cinema and issues of globalization and diaspora. Sometimes taught in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival.

This course provides an introduction to recent developments in Hollywood, US independent, and world cinema. Topics may include the blockbuster, computer-generated imagery and animation, heritage cinema and literary adaptations, post-socialist cinema, new documentaries, low-budget movements like...

Cinema Studies Core
VLPA
A - 11718 James Tweedie M W 13:30-15:20
THO 101
C LIT 315: National Cinemas
South Asian Cinema

Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.

Cinema Studies Core
VLPA
A - 11719 Sudhir Mahadevan M W
MGH
C LIT 323: Studies In The Literature Of Emerging Nations
Historical Fiction and Post/Colonialism in Southeast Asia and Africa

Novels and short stories, from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Discusses relationship of Western literary genres to an oral literary tradition, as well as issues like colonialism, gender relations, narrative technique, native and non-native languages.

What is the relationship between history and literature? What is the “nation” and how can its story be told? Who can tell it? The novels, short stories, and films in this course will be drawn from the Philippines, Indonesia, Algeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam in order to discuss how the...

Literature Core
VLPA
A - 11720 William Arighi T Th 11:30-13:20
SMI 205
C LIT 360: Topics In Ancient And Medieval Literature
Love in Troy

Explores topics in literature and cultures of the ancient and medieval worlds across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.

From Homer’s Iliad to Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida (and beyond) the siege of Troy has been treated as the result of and the background for a number of love stories.  In the European Middle Ages, the story of Troilus and Cressida, a late invention, came in for particularly interesting...

Literature Core
VLPA, W
A - 11721 Míċeál Vaughan T Th 09:30-11:20
CDH 139
C LIT 396: Special Studies In Comparative Literature
The Comics Get Real: Non-Fiction in Graphic Narrative

Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

Traditionally, readers have not seen fit to associate comics with such “serious” genres as autobiography, memoir and war reportage. But in resisting its ghettoization as a mere “children’s medium” and in a bid for cultural/literary legitimacy, comic art over the last 40 years has produced...

Literature Elective
VLPA
A - 11722 José Alaniz T Th 13:30-15:20
CMU 120
C LIT 396: Special Studies In Comparative Literature

Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

This course will deal with the major Russian and American novels of Vladimir Nabokov: The Defense (or Luzhin's Defense), Despair, Pnin, and Lolita.

Cross-listed with RUSS 240

All readings and discussions are in English.  No prerequisites.  Optional writing credit.

Literature Elective
VLPA
B - 20330 Diment, Galya M W 12:30-14:20
MOR 220
C LIT 424: The Epic Tradition

Ancient and medieval epic and heroic poetry of Europe in English: the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid; the Roland or a comparable work from the medieval oral tradition; pre-Greek forerunners, other Greco-Roman literary epics, and later medieval and Renaissance developments and adaptations of the genre. Choice of reading material varies according to instructor's preference. Offered: jointly with CLAS 424.

Literature Elective
VLPA
A - 11723 Levaniouk, Olga T Th 14:30-16:20
LOW 117
C LIT 441: Literature And The Holocaust
Literature And The Holocaust

Examines fiction, poetry, memoir, diaries, monuments, film, and pop culture from several languages and cultural milieus, with emphases on English and Hebrew. Topics include survivor testimony, shaping of collective memory, the second generation, Holocaust education and children's literature, gender and the Holocaust, and fantasy and humor as responses to catastrophe. Offered: jointly with NEAR E 441.

By examining fiction, poetry, memoirs, diaries, monuments, film, and aspects of popular culture, this course will explore literary responses to the Nazi Holocaust. How has literature imagined and reacted to the persecution of Jews and other marginalized groups – including Gypsies, homosexuals,...

Literature Elective
VLPA
A - 11724 Naomi Sokoloff M W 10:30-12:20
SAV 168
C LIT 474: Scandinavian Autuers

Studies the body of work of Scandinavia's auteur filmmakers. Introduces the theory and history of auteur cinema, with special attention to Scandinavian filmmakers' contribution. Offered: jointly with SCAND 470; AWSp.

VLPA
A - 11725 Nestingen, Andrew M W 11:30-13:20
SAV 140
C LIT 496: Special Studies In Comparative Literature
Folktales Along the Silk Road

Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

w/ NEAR E 496/596

The course will introduce folktales from Mongolia, at the eastern end of the Silk Road, and proceeding westwards, we will get acquainted with Uzbek, Tajik, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Turkmen and Turkish folktales.  After discussing the various types of folktales and their...

Literature Elective
VLPA
A - 20756 Cirtautas, Ilse D
Ilse Cirtautas
M W 13:30-14:50
DEN 302
C LIT 497: Special Topics In Cinema Studies
Documentary Cinemas: Struggles for Representation

Varying topics in cinema studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.

“Documentary: Struggles for Representation” runs 4 days per week with M/W screening and T/R lecture. While students are responsible for watching both films each week, they are welcome to locate streaming versions to make viewing easier.  Many of the films are available on either Netflix or Hulu...

Cinema Studies Elective
VLPA, W
A - 11729 Tamara Cooper MTWTh 15:30-17:20
MLR 316
C LIT 501: The Theory Of Literature II: History Of Literature
Poems in the Classical Tradition: translation, transformation, transcendence

An exploration of topics of literary history such as periods, traditions, the writing of literary history, and literary history in contrast to other histories.

A graduate seminar course designed to explore, test and tweak ideas of ‘Classical Tradition’ through comparative case studies in ancient and modern poetic practice.  My ‘home’ field of Latin literature has always been constituted by its relationships with other languages and traditions: for...

A - 11730 Hinds, Stephen E. T Th 16:00-17:50
DEN 210
C LIT 535: Cultural Criticism And Ideology Critique II
Race, Sex & Transgression in Contemporary Black Lit

Offerings vary to cover individual theorists and particular manifestations of cultural criticism and ideology critique.

Despite being enshrined and canonized for postures of resistance and its counter-hegemonic poetics and politics, much African-American thought and writing has also functioned to police its own borders, often in the name of racial solidarity. This self-policing has often manifest in a silent but...

B - 11732 Chude-Sokei, Louis O
Louis Chude-Sokei
T Th 17:30-19:20
SAV 158
C LIT 549: Twentieth-Century Literature
Introduction to American modernisms

Selected movements, schools, and trends of significance in twentieth-century literature of Europe and Americas. Symbolism, surrealism, dada, expressionism, neorealism, existentialism, nouveau roman, and absurd may be considered. Texts in English, French, and German figure most prominently, but Spanish, Italian, Russian, and other materials may be examined. Content and emphasis vary.

A graduate survey of (the period of) American literary modernisms (1900 to WW II), with an emphasis on fiction, placing representative works in relation to literary culture and social context. Topics covered include nationalism, migration, race, gender, and the impact of the visual arts on...

A - 20649 Monika Kaup T Th 15:30-17:20
MGH 278
C LIT 570: The Novel: Theory And Practice
Literature and Love, East and West

Study of the novel as a genre, examining two or more novels of varying national literatures. Course content varies.

C LIT 570 A, ENGL 550 A, SLAV 490 A
Prof. Gordana Crnkovic

Inspired by Mikhail Bakhtin’s claim that relations between people cannot be governed by general rules and theories, but only worked out differently in every specific situation with the help of what Bakhtin calls “literary...

A - 11733 Gordana Crnkovic M W 12:30-14:20
SMI 107
C LIT 574: Scandinavian Auteurs

Seminar on auteur filmmakers in Scandinavian cinema, studying specific auteurs' bodies of work, theories of auteur cinema, and the history of auteurism in Scandinavian cinema. Offered: jointly with SCAND 570; AWSp.

VLPA
A - 11734 Nestingen, Andrew M W 11:30-13:20
SAV 169
C LIT 590: Master Of Arts Essay

Research and writing project under the supervision of a faculty member.

A - 11735 to be arranged -
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C LIT 596: Special Studies In Comparative Literature
Hispanic Women Writers and Directors

Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty. Course content varies.

In addition to examining three general anthologies of short stories from Spain, Latin America, and the Hispanic US, we will read a collection of short stories by Jewish Latin American women authors, a testimonial novel by a former political prisoner in Argentina, and a novel and film by...

A - 11736 Cynthia Steele M W 11:30-13:20
CMU 226
C LIT 596: Special Studies In Comparative Literature
Readings in Film and Media Studies

Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty. Course content varies.

This course will provide an introduction to contemporary media studies. Within this broad and expanding field, we will focus in particular on the relationship between historical and emerging media forms or what Siegfried Zielinski calls the “deep time of the media.” Readings may include work by...

B - 11737 James Tweedie Th 13:30-16:20
PAR 310
C LIT 596: Special Studies In Comparative Literature

Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty. Course content varies.

C - 11738 Remley, Paul G M W 11:30-13:20
PAR 306
C LIT 596: Special Studies In Comparative Literature
Kojève's Legacy

Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty. Course content varies.

 

Kojève's Legacy -- During the years 1933-1939, the French philosopher Alexandre Kojève gave a series of lectures on Hegel that were to exert a deep influence on the French intellectual elite of the time. Although Kojève's anthropological interpretation of the ...

D - 11739 Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen M W F 15:30-17:20
SAV 167
C LIT 599: Special Seminar Or Conference

Group seminars or individual conferences scheduled to meet special needs. Prerequisite: permission of graduate program adviser.

A - 11740 to be arranged -
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C LIT 599: Special Seminar Or Conference
Reading Affect

Group seminars or individual conferences scheduled to meet special needs. Prerequisite: permission of graduate program adviser.

This one-credit course is designed as a short introduction to academic literary studies of affect.  It is framed by the question of how we might rethink our practice as scholars of literature to take our scholarship public.  Several recently published...

D - 20664 Woodward, Kathleen T 10:30-12:20
CMU 202
C LIT 600: Independent Study Or Research
Catalog description not available.
A - 11743 to be arranged -
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