Comparative Literature

Queer Literature and Film

Subject Code: 
COMPLIT
Course Number: 
226A
Crosslisted as: 
FEMGEN 226A
Description: 

Close analysis of major works of LGBTQ literature, film, and visual art from the 1890s to today. Students will gain deeper knowledge and appreciation of historical and contemporary forms of queer representation in various national literatures, film, and visual art; understand relevant social and political debates; and gain a basic knowledge of feminist and queer theory. Course will include an optional online component to reach out to the public (class website queerlitfilm.wordpress.com, social media). UG Reqs: WAY-AII, WAY-ED

Instructor: 
Petra Dierkes-Thrun
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
MW 12:35 PM - 2:05 PM

Honors Thesis Seminar

Subject Code: 
DLCL
Course Number: 
189A
Description: 

 

For undergraduate majors in DLCL departments; required for honors students. Planning, researching, and writing an honors thesis. Oral presentations and peer workshops. Research and writing methodologies, and larger critical issues in literary studies.
Instructor: 
Dan Edelstein
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
4
Day/Time: 
Th 1:15 PM - 3:05 PM

Literature, Narrative, and the Self

Subject Code: 
FRENCH
Course Number: 
328
Crosslisted as: 
ITALIAN 328
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 328
Description: 

 The role of narrative in the well-lived life. Are narratives necessary? Can they, and should they, be literary? When might non-narrative approaches, whether literary or otherwise, be more relevant? Is unity of self something given, something to be achieved, or something to be overcome? Readings from Aristotle, Montaigne, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Camus, Sartre, MacIntyre, G. Strawson, Velleman; Ricoeur, Brooks; Shakespeare, Stendhal, Musil, Levi, Beckett, Morrison; film. Taught in English.

Instructor: 
Joshua Landy
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
M 3:15 PM - 6:05 PM

Honoré de Balzac

Subject Code: 
FRENCH
Course Number: 
253
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 253
Description: 

 

Working through a selection of novels by the author widely considered as a founder of western (19th-century) "Literary Realism." Balzac's will be contextualized within his life and the French culture and literature of his time. We will also approach, from a philosophical point of view, the emergence and functions of "Literary Realism." Another focus will be Balzac's work as exemplary of certain traditions within Literary Criticism (particularly Marxist Literary Criticism). Taught in English.
Instructor: 
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
Th 3:15 PM - 6:05 PM

Introduction to Graduate Studies: Criticism as Profession

Subject Code: 
DLCL
Course Number: 
369
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 369
Crosslisted as: 
FRENCH 369
Crosslisted as: 
GERMAN 369
Crosslisted as: 
ITALIAN 369
Description: 

 

A number of faculty will present published work and discuss their research and composition process. We will read critical, theoretical, and literary texts that address, in different ways, "What is a World?" Taught in English.
Instructor: 
Gregory (Grisha) Freidin
Instructor: 
Dan Edelstein
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
5
Day/Time: 
F 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM

Explosions of Enlightenment

Subject Code: 
GERMAN
Course Number: 
262A
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 262A
Description: 

 

Eighteenth-century culture seen as permeated by intellectual and artistic practices and plays pushing principles of reason and rationality to an extreme that becomes self-undercutting. Such obsessions and practices are becoming more visible and prominent now, as the traditional concept of "Enlightenment" (synonymous with the 18th century) is undergoing a profound transformation. Among the protagonists of this seminar will be: Diderot as a philosopher and novelist; Lichtenberg as a scientist and writer of everyday notes; Goya, accusing violence and obsessed with nightmarish visions; Mozart as the excessive master of repetition and variation.
Instructor: 
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
5
Day/Time: 
T 3:15 PM - 6:05 PM

Walter Benjamin

Subject Code: 
GERMAN
Course Number: 
264A
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 264
Description: 

 

Walter Benjamin's work as cultural historian, critic, literary author and philosopher, seen from the trajectory of a German-Jewish intellectual life in the context of the first half of the 20th century. Providing such a historical perspective will be the condition for an actively critical reading of Benjamin's works; a reading that -- counter to the predominant Benjamin-reception -- will try to distinguish between works of purely biographical and historical interest and those Benjamin texts that prove to be of great and lasting intellectual value. Taught in English.
Instructor: 
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
5
Day/Time: 
Th 3:15 PM - 6:05 PM

Futurity: Why the Past Matters

Subject Code: 
GERMAN
Course Number: 
271
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 271A
Description: 

 

Drawing on literature, the arts, political discourse, museums, and new media, this course asks why and how we take interest in the watershed events of the modern era; how does contemporary culture engages with modern, made-made disasters such as the World Wars or 9/11? Readings and viewings include the literature of G. Grass, W. G. Sebald, Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison and Cormac McCarthy; the cinema of Kathryn Bigelow and Steven Spielberg; speeches by Barack Obama; and the theoretical writing of Walter Benjamin, Hayden White, Fredric Jameson, among others. Taught in English.
Instructor: 
Amir Eshel
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
F 2:15 PM - 5:05 PM

Poetic Thinking Across Media

Subject Code: 
GERMAN
Course Number: 
154
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 154B
Description: 

 

Even before Novalis claimed that the world must be romanticized, thinkers, writers, and artists wanted to perceive the human and natural world poetically. The pre- and post-romantic poetic modes of thinking they created are the subject of this course. Readings include Ecclestias, Zhaozhou Congshen, Montaigne, Nietzsche, Kafka, Benjamin, Arendt, and Sontag. This course will also present poetic thinking in the visual arts -- from the expressionism of Ingmar Bergman to the neo-romanticism of Gerhard Richter.
Instructor: 
Amir Eshel
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
4
Day/Time: 
TTh 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Materialism and Literature

Subject Code: 
ILAC
Course Number: 
335
Crosslisted as: 
COMPLIT 335A
Description: 

 

Exploration of vibrant materialism (Bennet, Latour) and historical materialism (critical theory) as a basis to approach Latin American commodity novels, i.e., those that revolve around bananas, coffee, etc. Literary works by J.E. Rivera, García Márquez, Asturias, Neruda, Magnus, and others. Taught in Spanish.
Instructor: 
Héctor Hoyos
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
T 4:15 PM - 7:05 PM
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