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Course Offerings

Spring 2017

CMLT-C 110: Writing the World: Bad Company (7 sections, Johnson/staff)
Carries GenEd Foundations in Writing: EC and CASE EC credits.
Terrible role models, bad influences, unwanted guests, and misunderstood outsiders populate a wide range of stories from around the world and across centuries. We will examine how these characters impact the communities around them and how those communities react. Is there a way to avoid bad company, neutralize it, or transform it into something positive? All sections will read Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Philoctetes, Federico Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Each section will read additional literature unique to that section.
           02:30PM 03:45PM MW          BH 221
            04:00PM 05:15PM TR            BH 232                             
10:10AM 11:00AM MWF       BH 331
02:30PM 03:45PM MW         BH 245           
02:30PM 03:45PM TR            BH 219
01:00PM 02:15PM TR            BH 307
11:15AM 12:30PM TR            BH 105            033      Johnson J

CMLT-C 111: Reading the World: (Montesano)
Carries GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE GCC credits.
This course explores revolutionary moments of recent human history, and the stories told about them. We will look at moments of revolution and unrest in Latin America, Africa and the United States through the poetry, plays and novels written about them. Read together, we will try to ascertain whether there is any continuity in this unruly body of literature.
01:00PM 02:15PM TR            WH 008  Montesano M

CMLT-C 147: Images of the Self: East and West (Reiser)
Carries GenEd A&H, GenEd WC, CASE A&H, and CASE GCC credits.
Spring 2017 topic TBA! Topics such as the individual in society, the outcast as hero, and artistic sensibility, examined in selected works of Western and Eastern literature from ancient to modern times.
   04:00PM 05:15PM MW         BH 319 Reiser A       

CMLT-C 151: Introduction to Popular Culture (3 sections, staff)
Carries GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE DUS credits.
Spring 2017 topic TBA! This course defines the field of popular culture as central to how modern societies transmit and discuss key ideas. Across a range of media, genres, and styles, including film and television, music and song, theater, literature, and comics, students will become conversant with recent and contemporary forms of popular culture, and learn how to be active, critical, engaged, and media-literate readers.
  04:00PM 05:15PM TR            BH 219
  02:30PM 03:45PM TR            BH 319
  04:00PM 05:15PM TR            BH 219            039

CMLT-C 155: Culture and the Modern Experience: An Interdisciplinary and International Approach (Scalzo)
Carries GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE GCC credits.
This course examines adaptations of works into film and drama, how different media affect narratives, and how audiences interface differently with these “new” versions. We will analyze how personal, artistic, social, and cultural pressures affect the creation of adaptations in/across different global regions and cultures. Students should expect critical and creative assignments, two papers, a midterm, and reading quizzes.
09:30AM 10:45AM TR           BH 217 Scalzo Z         

CMLT-C 205: Comparative Literary Analysis: Laughing Matter (Lukes)
Carries GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE IW credits.
Required for majors in Comparative Literature.
This course examines literary and cultural forms of comedy, to determine what produces laughter and how. From antiquity to the present, Aristophanes to Amy Schumer, we shall interrogate and gain a critical perspective on social, historical, and political forms and functions of laughter and comedy.
11:15AM 12:30PM MW WT 12-029 025 Lukes D


TOPIC : Laughter and Comedy

Above class COLL Intensive Writing section

CMLT-C 216: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Western Tradition (staff)
Carries GenEd A&H and CASE A&H credits.
Spring 2017 topic TBA! Historical and comparative survey of science fiction and fantasy narrative from antiquity to the present. Emphasis on philosophical, cognitive, and scientific aspects of the genre.
04:00PM 05:15PM MW         BH 149

CMLT-C 217: Detective, Mystery, and Horror Literature (Ryba)
Carries GenEd A&H and CASE A&H credits.
Spring 2017 topic TBA! Origins, evolution, conventions, criticism, and theory of the detective and mystery story; history of the Gothic novel; later development of the tale of terror; major works of this type in fiction, drama, and film.
02:30PM 03:45PM TR            BH 149            Ryba E

CMLT-C 255: Modern Literature and Other Arts (Holler)
Carries GenEd A&H, CASE A&H, and CASE GCC credits
What motivates the creative personality to turn forms, colors, sounds, silences and words into art and literature? How and why do styles in art change over time? Why did painting sublime scenery give way to dripping paint on a canvas and why would anybody pay to hear a four-minute silent symphony? Blake, Beethoven, Mary Shelley, Keats, Friedrich, Turner, Wagner, Poe, Monet, Manet, Joyce, Kafka, Kandinsky, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Pollock, Beckett, Brecht...
1:15AM 12:30PM MW           BH 217 Holler R         

CMLT-C 305: Comparative Approaches to Literature: Theory and Method (Lukes)
Carries CASE A&H credit.
Required for majors in Comparative Literature.
            09:30AM 10:45AM MW         HU 217            Lukes D


CMLT-C 313: Narrative: Stories Within Stories (Johnson)
Carries CASE A&H credit.
What is the point and appeal of telling stories with other stories embedded inside? We will investigate a wide range of time periods, cultures, and genres: ancient Greece and Rome, Renaissance Portugal, central Africa, the modern U.S., tragedy, epic, adventure novel, historical fiction, philosophical dialogue. Our reading list includes Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer, Plato’s Symposium, Apuleius’ The Golden Ass, Camões’ Lusiads, Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and Mahfouz’s Akhenaten.
04:00PM 05:15PM MW BH 336   Johnson J

CMLT-C 317: Epic: Heroes, Gods, and Rebels (Van der Laan)
Carries CASE A&H credit.
Epic has lain at the heart of the Western literary tradition for twenty-seven hundred years. These tales of battles, voyages, and homecomings explore human nature, promote and question political ideals and social principles, and examine the nature of heroism. Epic poems ask what it means to be human, how to find meaning in mortality, and how to live within—or overturn—power structures and the rulers who manipulate them. Texts: Homer, Odyssey; Virgil, Aeneid; Dante, Inferno; Milton, Paradise Lost.
11:15AM 12:30PM TR    BH 333   Van der Laan S

CMLT-C 320: World Literature before 1500 (Losensky)
Carries CASE A&H and CASE IW credits.
We will examine the ways in which pre-modern cultures from around the world recorded and memorialized the lives of particular individuals, from kings and warriors to courtiers, poets, and mystics. How are the raw materials of life shaped into a coherent portrait of an individual? Which lives are deemed worthy of remembrance, and what values do they represent? How is an individual’s life shaped by its culture and society? Works from the ancient Near East, classical Greece and Rome, and medieval Europe, the Far East, and the Islamic world.
11:15AM 12:05PM MWF              BH 336  Losensky P

CMLT-C 321: Medieval Literature: The Self and Other in Medieval European Literatures (McGerr)
Carries CASE A&H and CASE GCC credits.
Literature can provide a tool for developing definitions of identity, otherness, or community, but literature can also serve as a forum for raising questions about these definitions. This course will examine representations of differences in gender, race, religion, and class in medieval European literature.
01:00PM 02:15PM TR    BH 333 McGerr R

CMLT-C 325: The Renaissance (Van der Laan)
Carries CASE A&H and CASE GCC credits.
Between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, writers, artists, philosophers, and rulers claimed to rediscover and revive the glories of classical Greece and Rome after a thousand years of darkness and decline. Learn how their ideas gave rise to modern representations of the individual in lyric poetry and essays, celebrations of the human body in art, the Protestant Reformation, responses to the first European encounters with the Americas, and the birth of modern science.
04:00PM 05:15PM TR    BH 016 Van der Laan S

CMLT-C 457: Capitals, Crosscurrents and Borders (Hertz)
Carries CASE A&H, CASE GCC, and CASE IW credits.
The role of capitals in the development of literary and artistic culture. Capitals as sites of cultural encounter, where foreign and local artists interact with the general population and where such interaction shows the permeable nature of borders. Comparisons between cultural and political capitals. Examines three capitals per semester (Paris, Florence & New York in 2017).

11:15AM 12:30PM TR    BH 347   Hertz D

AFTER       0032          Above class COLL Intensive Writing section

CMLT-X490: Individual Readings in Comparative Literature
By individual arrangement between student and faculty member and with the permission of the department

CMLT-X491: Individual Studies in Film and Literature
By individual arrangement between student and faculty member and with the permission of the department

CMLT-C496 Foreign Study in Comparative Literature
By individual arrangement between student and DUS and with the permission of the department

CMLT-C499 Studies for Honors
By individual arrangement between student, DUS, and faculty committee and with the permission of the department


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