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Haverford College

2012-13 Course Catalog

Humanities: Comparative Literature, 2012-2013

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Description

The study of comparative literature situates literature in an international perspective; examines connections between literary history, literary criticism, critical theory and poetics; and works toward an understanding of the sociocultural functions of literature. Interpretive methods from other disciplines that interrogate cultural discourses also play a role in the comparative study of literature; among these are philosophy, history, religion, classical and area studies, Africana studies, gender studies, cultural studies, music and the history of art.

Comparative literature students are required to have a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language adequate to the advanced study of literature in that language. Some comparative literature courses may require reading knowledge of a foreign language as a prerequisite for admission. Students considering graduate work in comparative literature should also study a second foreign language.

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Steering Committee

At Haverford College:
Barbara Riley Levin Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature Israel Burshatin (on leave 2012-2013)
William E. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature Deborah Roberts, acting chair
Associate Professor of Spanish Roberto Castillo Sandoval
Associate Professor of English Maud McInerney
Associate Professor of German Ulrich Schönherr
Associate Professor of French David Sedley
Associate Professor of Philosophy Jerry Miller
Assistant Professor of Religion Travis Zadeh

At Bryn Mawr College:
Fairbanks Professor in the Humanities and Professor of German and Comparative Literature Azade Seyhan
Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature Elizabeth C. Allen
Professor of Spanish María Cristina Quintero
Associate Professor of French Francis Higginson
Assistant Professor of Italian Roberta Ricci
Associate Professor of English Hoang Tan Nguyen

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Teaching Faculty

At Haverford College:
Francis B. Gummere Professor of EnglishKimberly Benston
Ruth Marshall Magill Professor of Music Curt Cacioppo
Professor of English C. Stephen Finley
The John C. Whitehead 1943 Professor of Music Richard Freedman
John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of History and East Asian Studies Paul Jakov Smith
Professor of Philosophy Kathleen Wright
Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies Koffi Anyinéfa
Edmund and Margiana Stinnes Professor of Global Studies and Professor of Anthropology Laurie Kain Hart
Associate Professor of English Rajeswari Mohan
Associate Professor of Spanish Graciela Michelotti
Associate Professor of Anthropology Zolani Ngwane
Assistant Professor of Classics Robert Germany
Assistant Professor of Classics Bret Mulligan
Assistant Professor of English Debora Sherman
Visiting Assistant Professor in Fine Arts John Muse

At Bryn Mawr College:
Professor of French Grace Morgan Armstrong
Professor of English Peter Briggs
Professor of English E. Jane Hedley
Professor of Philosophy Michael Krausz
Professor of History of Art Steven Z. Levine
Professor of Spanish Enrique Sacerio-Garí
Mary E. Garrett Alumnae Professor of English Michael Tratner
Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies Linda-Susan Beard
Senior Lecturer in the Arts Program Mark Lord

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Major Requirements

COML 200: Introduction to Comparative Literature, normally taken by the spring of the sophomore year; six advanced literature courses in the original languages (normally at the 200 level or above), balanced between two literature departments (of which English may be one): at least two of these (one in each literature) must be at the 300 level or above, or its equivalent as approved in advance by the advisor; one course in critical theory; two electives in comparative literature; COML 398: Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature; and 399: Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature. Students may draw courses in comparative literature from a variety of departments. A listing of current courses appears each year in the Tri-College Course Guide. Students interested in pursuing a comparative literature major should discuss their preparation and program of courses with the comparative literature chairperson early in their first or second year at the college.

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Minor Requirements

COML 200 and 398, plus four advanced literature courses in the original languages (normally at the 200 level or above) divided between two literature departments, of which English may be one. At least one course of these four must be at the 300 level. Students who minor are encouraged to choose their national literature courses from those with a comparative component.

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Requirements for Honors

The Steering Committee in Comparative Literature considers for Departmental Honors students who it judges to have done distinguished work in their comparative literature courses and in the Senior Seminar.

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Courses

200 Introduction to Comparative Literature HU

T. Zadeh
The course offers a comprehensive reconstruction of literature from the Renaissance period to the present, by focusing on: (a) the changing relationship between literature and religion, (b) the construction of identities (class, gender, race), (c) the representation of history and (d) models of literary self-referentiality. In addition, the class introduces a variety of literary and cultural theories necessary for the analysis of (non)fictional texts.

203 Writing the Jewish Trajectories in Latin America HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

A. Huberman
Prerequisite: SPAN 102, placement or the instructor’s consent.

205 Studies in the Spanish American Novel HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

F. Fernandez Musitu
Prerequisite: SPAN 102, placement or the instructor’s consent. Typically offered in alternate years.

207 Fictions of Spanish American History HU (Cross-listed in Spanish)

R.Castillo Sandoval
Prerequisite: SPAN 102, placement or the instructor’s consent.

210 Spanish and Spanish American Film Studies HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

G.Michelotti
Prerequisite: SPAN 102, placement or the instructor’s consent.

211 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature HU (Cross-listed in English)

R.Mohan
Typically offered in alternate years.

212 The Classical Tradition in Western Literature HU (Cross-listed in Classical Studies)

D.Roberts
Offered occasionally.

213 Tragedy and the Tragic: Suffering, Representation, and Response HU (Cross-listed in Classical Studies)

D.Roberts
Offered occasionally.

214 Writing the Nation: 19th-Century Literature in Latin America HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

A.Huberman
Prerequisite: : SPAN 102, placement or the instructor’s consent.

218 The Western Dramatic Tradition HU (Cross-listed in English)

K.Benston
Typically offered in alternate years.

219 Rites of Laughter: Ancient Comedy and its Legacy HU (Cross-listed in Classical Studies)

R.Germany
Prerequisite: None

220 The Epic in English HU (Cross-listed in English)

M.McInerney

221 The Ancient Novel HU (Cross-listed in Classical Studies)

R.Germany
Offered regularly.

222 Rethinking Latin America in Contemporary Narrative HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

A.Gomez Unamuno
Prerequisite: SPAN 102, placement or the instructor’s consent.

223 Working Through the Holocaust Past in German Drama & Film HU (Cross-listed in German)

I.Brust

230 Beauty, Rhetoric, Aesthetics, Philosophy HU (Cross-listed in Independent College Programs and Philosophy)

J.Muse

235 Spanish American Theater HU (Cross-listed in Spanish)

G.Michelotti
Prerequisite: SPAN 102, placement or the instructor’s consent.

241 Anthropology of the Mediterranean: Seminar on Greece SO (Cross-listed in Anthropology and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

L.Hart
Typically offered in alternate years.

243 Trans-Atlantic Exchanges: Conversion & Revolution in Britain HU (Cross-listed in English)

L.McGrane
Typically offered in alternate years.

249 Literature and Cognition HU (Cross-listed in Linguistics)

D. Altshuler
Prerequisite: One 100–level course or the instructor’s consent.

249 Literature and Cognition HU (Cross-listed in Linguistics)

D. Altshuler
Prerequisite: One 100–level course or the instructor’s consent.

250 Quixotic Narratives HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

I.Burshatin

255 Cinema et colonialisme HU (Cross-listed in French and African and Africana Studies)

K.Anyinefa

255 Cinema et colonialisme HU (Cross-listed in French and African and Africana Studies)

K.Anyinefa

262 European Film HU (Cross-listed in German)

I.Brust

266 Iberian Orientalism and the Nation HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies and African and Africana Studies)

I.Burshatin
Prerequisite: Freshman Writing or SPAN 102 or consent.

HU (Cross-listed in Music)

R.Freedman

289 Children's Literature HU

D.Roberts
This course investigates the beginnings, selected historical developments and some of the varieties of literature for children. It asks questions about the distinctiveness of such literature, its aims and presumed readership, and the applicability of particular theoretical approaches to children's books. We look at folk tale and fairy tale, early examples of literature specifically for children, some particularly influential texts and examples from several sub-genres of children s literature; we also spend a week each on picture books and poetry for children. Discussion focuses both on the texts themselves and on critical issues of various kinds. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Preference to Comparative Literature majors, English majors, and those minoring in Educational Studies or in the Teacher Certification Program.

293 Translation and other Transformations: Theory and Practice HU (Cross-listed in Classical Studies)

D.Roberts
An exploration of the theory and practice of translation (both historical and current) and of other forms of rewriting. Theoretical readings include works by Dryden, Schleiermacher, Arnold, Benjamin, Venuti, and others; we draw examples of translation from a variety of texts in different languages. Students have the opportunity to work on translation projects of their own. Prerequisite: Students must be at least at the intermediate level in at least one language other than English.

295 Interpretation and the Other: Meaning, Understanding and Alterity HU (Cross-listed in English and Philosophy and Religion)

S.Finley
Offered occasionally.

302 Speaking in Tongues HU (Cross-listed in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

M.McInerney
Prerequisite: Two 200 level courses in English.

312 "Les arts du roman du 16e au 18e siecle" HU (Cross-listed in French and African and Africana Studies)

L.Swanson

318 The Western Dramatic Tradition HU (Cross-listed in English)

K.Benston
Prerequisite: Two courses in English at the 200 level or the instructor’s consent. Typically offered in alternate years.

Intermedial Transformations: Musico-Acoustic Imaginations in Literature and Film HU (Cross-listed in German and Music and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

U. Schönherr
Prerequisite: : Two courses in English at the 200 level or the instructor’s consent. Typically offered in alternate years.

320 Spanish American Colonial Writings HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

R.Castillo Sandoval
Prerequisite: A 200–level course or the instructor’s consent.

321 Literature & Media: From Print Culture to Web 2.0 HU (Cross-listed in German)

I.Brust

322 Politics of Memory in Latin America HU (Cross-listed in Spanish)

A.Gomez Unamuno
Prerequisite: Spanish 200 level, or consent of the instructor.

323 Inquiring Minds: Inquisition, writing, and the early modern subject HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

I.Burshatin
Prerequisite: Spanish 200-level or the instructor’s consent.

332 Topics in 20th C Continental Philosophy. Topic for 2010/11: Deleuze and Guattari HU (Cross-listed in Philosophy

J.Ramey
Prerequisite: One 200-level Philosophy course and junior standing or consent.

334 Gender Dissidence in Hispanic Writing HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Gender and Sexuality Studies and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

I.Burshatin
Prerequisite: A 200–level course or the instructor’s consent.

343 The Latin American City and its Narratives HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

G.Michelotti
Prerequisite: A 200–level course, or the instructor’s consent.

351 Writing and Social Construction of Subjectivity SO (Cross-listed in Anthropology)

Z.Ngwane
Prerequisite: ANTH 103 and 303

352 Topics in the Philosophy of Language: Metaphor, Meaning and the Dialogical Mind HU (Cross-listed in Philosophy)

A.Gangadean
Prerequisite: One Philosophy course at the 200 level and junior standing. Typically offered in alternate years.

359 Music - Text - Performance HU (Cross-listed in German and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

U.Schönherr
Prerequisite: One 200-level course in the humanities.

385 Popular Culture, Cultural Identity and the Arts in Latin American HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

R.Castillo Sandoval
Prerequisite: A 200 level course or the instructor’s consent.

388 Problems in Narrative: Obsession, Trauma, Hysteria, Oblivion, Bliss HU (Cross-listed in English)

K.Benston
Prerequisite: Two courses in English at 200–level or the instructor’s consent.

389 Problems in Poetics: The Interpretation of Lyric HU (Cross-listed in English)

K.Benston
Prerequisite: Two courses in English at the 200 level or the instructor’s consent.

397 The Fictions of Roberto Bolano and the Renewal of the Latin American Novel HU (Cross-listed in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies)

R.Castillo Sandoval
Prerequisite: At least 2 previous courses in Spanish at the 200-level or the instructor’s consent.

398 Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature HU

A.Seyhan
Advanced work in the history and problems of comparative literature. Prerequisite: Open only to students majoring or minoring in comparative literature. Occasionally open, with the instructor’s consent, to junior comparative literature majors who plan to study abroad. Typically offered in alternation with Bryn Mawr.

399 Senior Seminar HU

F. Higginson/U. Schoenherr
Oral and written presentations of work in progress, culminating in a senior thesis and comprehensive oral examination.

TOPICS COURSES

The prerequisite for all 300-level topics courses is two courses in English at the 200 level or the instructor’s consent, unless otherwise indicated. Courses vary from year to year and include the following:

301 Topics in Middle English: Sex and Gender in the Middle Ages HU (Cross-listed in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

M.McInerney

377 Problems in Postcolonial Literature: Violence, Terror and Identity HU (Cross-listed in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

R.Mohan
Typically offered in alternate years.

COURSES OFFERED IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS CROSS-LISTED IN ENGLISH

240 As the World Turned: Milton and Early Modern Revolutions HU (Cross-listed in English)

D.Sedley
Prerequisite: Freshman Writing. Offered occasionally.

MUSICOLOGY

250 Words and Music HU (Cross-listed in Music)

Staff
Prerequisite: One 100-level course in music or the instructor’s consent.

INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL COURSES

228 The Logos and the Tao HU (Cross-listed in Philosophy and East Asian Studies)

K.Wright
Prerequisite: One 100-level philosophy course or its equivalent, or the instructor’s consent. Typically offered in alternate years.

ADVANCED COURSES

Unless otherwise noted, these courses require one 200-level course in philosophy plus junior standing, or consent of the instructor. Topics courses often consider different specific issues in different years, and may be taught by members of the department other than those listed.

357 Topics in Aesthetics. Topic for 2011/12: The Apolline and the Dionysiac Creative Drives HU (Cross-listed in Philosophy)

K.Wright
Prerequisite: One 200-level philosophy course and junior standing, or the instructor’s consent.

INTERMEDIATE COURSES

248 The Quran HU (Cross-listed in Religion and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies)

T.Zadeh

278 Christian Thought from Modernity to Post- modernity [A,B] HU (Cross-listed in Religion)

Staff
Offered occasionally.

SEMINARS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY

Students may repeat all religion department seminars for credit with change of content.

306 Of Monsters and Marvels: Wonder in Islamic Traditions HU (Cross-listed in Religion and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies)

T.Zadeh
Prerequisite: The instructor’s consent.

308 Mystical Literatures of Islam HU (Cross-listed in Religion and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies)

T.Zadeh

COURSES OFFERED AT BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

200 Introduction to Comparative Literature
209 Philosophical Approaches to Criticism (Also called GERM 209)
210 Women and Opera (Also called ITAL 210)
211 Primo Levi, the Holocaust, and its Aftermath (Also called ITAL 211, HEBR 211)
212 Borges y sus lectores (Also called SPAN 211)
213 Approches théoriques (Also called FREN 213)
215 La literatura afro-hispánica (Also called SPAN 215)
216 Interpreting Myths (Also called CSTS 210)
222 Aesthetics/Nature/Experience of Art (Also called PHIL 222)
229 Movies and Mass Politics (Also called ENGL 229)
230 The Poetics of Desire in the Lyric Poetry of Renaissance Italy and Spain (Also called ITAL 231 and SPAN 230)
231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile (Also called ANTH & GERM 231)
234 Postcolonial Literature in English (also called ENGL 234)
245 Women's Narratives of Migrancy and Exile (also called GERM 245, ANTH 245, and CITY 245)
279 Introduction to African Literature (also called ENGL 279)
283 The Urban Novel (also called ENGL 283)
298 Cultural Politics of Memory (also called ENGL 298)
306 Film Theory (also called ENGL and HART 306)
308 Spanish Drama of the Golden Age (Also called SPAN 308)
318 The Matter of Troy (Also called English 318)
323 Culture and Interpretation (Also called Philosophy 323)
325 Etudes avancés de civilisation (Also called French 325)
333 Queer Theory/Queer Literature (Also called English 333)
343 Translating America (Also called English 343)
350 Voix médiévales/ échos modernes (Also called French 350)
352 Romanticism and Interpretation (also called English 352)
398 Theories & Methods in Comparative Literature

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