Fall 2019 Courses

CPLT BC3000: Global Long-Form Photography
Diana Matar
M, 4:10-6:00
In a time where almost everyone has a camera phone to capture the present, photographic artists are increasingly pointing their practice towards history and memory to give insight into the past. In weekly seminars, we will look at how contemporary global photographers are challenging national narratives and rewriting history. We will engage in the question of how photography, arguably the artistic medium most tied to the present, has been used to explore that which is no longer there. We will look at how photographers from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Middle East have used their contemporary practice to address issues of collective memory as it pertains to dictatorship, state sponsored violence, and contested history.  We will investigate how artists from the world over have employed  photographic practices to explore the inherited legacies and injustices of previous generations...
CPLT BC3001 - Introduction to Comparative Literature
Emily 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
Peter Connor
M/W, 4:10-5:25
Pre-requisites: Completion of Intermediate II or equivalent in any foreign language.
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. 
CPLT BC3123 - Friend or Foe? World Literature and Justice
Erk Grimm
T/R, 10:10-11:25
With an emphasis on equality and social justice, this course examines and compares significant 19th c./20th c. literary approaches to friendship as intermediary between individualism and communal life. Discussion of culturally formed concepts and attitudes in modern or postcolonial settings. Reading of Dickens, Hesse, Woolf, Ocampo, Puig, Fugard, Emerson, Derrida, Rawls.
CPLT BC3144 - Introduction to Narrative
Emily Sun
T/R, 2:40-3:55
An introduction to narrative through texts that themselves foreground acts of storytelling and thus teach us how to read them. Readings range across periods and cultures - from fifth-century BCE Athens to late twentieth-century Brazil - and include short stories, novellas, novels, a ballad, film and a psychoanalytic case history. Texts by Conan Doyle, Sophocles, Melville, Hitchcock, Augustine, Coleridge, Freud, McEwan, the tellers and compilers of the The Arabian Nights, Diderot, Flaubert, and Lispector. Emphasis on close reading and hands-on experience in analyzing texts.
CPLT BC3551 - Arabian Nights Influences
Hisham Matar
T, 2:10-4:00
Prerequisites: Completion of one college-level literature course. Permission of instructor.
This course examines the enduring power of The Arabian Nights and some of the wide range of literary authors, genres and variations that it has influenced. The focus is, therefore, on this marvelous work—one of the earliest examples of the short story and the novel—but also on a selection of classical and contemporary works of fiction from around the world that have been informed by it. In this regard, this is a class interested in literary influence, reciprocity and exchange across time and languages.  
CPLT BC4161 - Tragic Bodies II: Surfaces, Materialities, Enactements
Nancy Worman
T, 2:10-4:00
Prerequisites: CPLS BC3160 Tragic Bodies I, or permission of instructor. This is an upper-level seminar with quite a lot of reading and semester-long development of a substantial project.
This course is conceived as an advanced seminar (i.e., upper-level undergraduate and graduate) that addresses in more depth the themes of my lecture course Tragic Bodies (BC3160). It explores how dramatic enactment represents bodily boundaries and edges and thus skin, coverings, maskings, and dress-up in relation to gender, sexuality, race, and status / class. The course will focus on these edges and surfaces, as well as proximities, touching, and affect in ancient and modern drama (and occasionally film). The course treats the three ancient tragedians (Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides) as unifying threads and centers on politically and aesthetically challenging re-envisionings of their plays.
CPLT GU4152 - Politics of Performance
Hana Worthen
T, 10:10-12:00