Fall 2015 Courses

CLRS W4022: Russia and Asia

E. Tyerman

M/W 11:40-12:55

This course explores the formation of Russian national and imperial identity through ideologies of geography, focusing on a series of historical engagements with the concept of "Asia." How has the Mongol conquest shaped a sense of Russian identity as something destinct from Europe? How has Russian culture participated in Orientalist portrayals of conquered Asian lands, while simultaneously being Orientalized by Europe and, indeed, Orientalizing itself? How do concepts of Eurasianism and socialist internationalism, both arising in the ealry 20th century, seek to redraw the geography of Russia's relations with East and West? We will explore these questions through a range of materials, including: literary texts by Russian and non-Russian writers (Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, Solovyov, Bely, Blok, Pilnyak, Khlebnikov, Planotov, Xiao Hong, Kurban Said, Aitimatov, Iskander, Bordsky); films (Eisenstein, Tarkovsky, Kalatozov, Paradjanov, Mikhalkov); music and dance (the Ballets Russes); visual art (Vereshchagin, Roerich); and theoretical and secondary readings by Chaadaev, Said, Bassin, Trubetskoy, Leontievm, Lenin, and others.


CPLS BC3144: St0ries and Storytelling: Introduction to Narrative - NEW COURSE!!!

E. Sun

M/W 10:10-11:25

This course offers an introduction to narrative through the study of selected texts that themselves foreground and reflect on how stories are constructed and told and thus perform the function of teaching us how to read them. The texts are divided into units in which storytelling respectively resembles the process of detection, takes the form of confession, and employs digression, interruption, and interpolated narratives. These texts come from a range of historical periods and cultures–from fifth-century BCE Athens to late twentieth-century Brazil–and cover a variety of modes, genres, and media–short stories, novellas, novels, film, a ballad, autobiography, and a psychoanalytic case history.



CPLS BC3160: Tragic Bodies
N. Worman

T/R 2:40-3:55

This course will focus on embodiment in ancient and modern drama as well as in film, television, and performance art, including plays by Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Beckett; films such as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Limits of Control”; and performances by artists such as Karen Finley and Marina Abromovic. We will explore the provocations, theatricality, and shock aesthetics of such concepts as Artaud’s “Theater of Cruelty” and Kristeva's "powers of horror," as well as Adorno's ideas about terror and the sublime.




CPLS V3190: Aesthetics of the Grotesque

E. Grimm

T/R 4:10-5:25

Examination of the grotesque in different cultural contexts from late Renaissance to the postmodern period comparing modes of transgression and excess in Western literature and film.  Particular emphasis on exaggeration in style and on fantastic representations of the body, from the ornate and corpulent to the laconic and anorexic. Readings in Rabelais, Swift, Richardson, Poe, Gogol, Kafka, Meyrink, Pirandello, Greenaway, and M. Python.




CPLS BC3630: Theatre and Democracy - NEW COURSE!!!

H. Worthen

T 10:10-12:00

How does theatre promote democracy, and vice versa: how do concepts and modes of theatre prevent the spectators from assuming civic positions both within and outside a theatrical performance? This class explores both the promotion and the denial of democratic discourse in the practices of dramatic writing and theatrical performance.




CPLT BC3001: Introduction to Comparative Literature

E. Sun

T/R 11:40-12:55

Introduction to the study of literature from a comparative and cross-disciplinary perspective. Readings will be selected to promote reflection on such topics as the relation of literature to the other arts; nationalism and literature; international literary movements; post-colonial literature; gender and literature; and issues of authorship, influence, originality, and intertextuality.




CPLT BC3110: Introduction to Translation Studies

P. Connor

M/W 2:40-3:55

Prerequisites: Completion of the Language Requirement or equivalent.

Introduction to the major theories and methods of translation in the Western tradition, along with practical work in translating.  Topics include translation in the context of postcolonialism, globalization and immigration, the role of translators in war and zones of conflict, gender and translation, the importance of translation to contemporary writers.








ASST BC3610: Persian Literature through English Translation

H. Kamaly

M/W 10:10-11:25



CLSL W4075: Post Colonial/ Post Soviet Cinema

Y. Shevchuk

T 6:10-10:00




ENGL BC3158: Medieval Literature

C. Baswell

M/W 10:10-11:25




ENGL BC3192: Estrangement/Exile Global Novels

H. Matar

T 11:00-12:50




LING W3101: Introduction to Linguistics

J. McWhorter

T/R 2:40-3:55




THTR V3150: Western Theatre Traditions

W. Worthen

M/W 10:10-11:25