Spring 2019 Courses

CPLT BC3140: The New Europe in Literature
Erk Grimm
T/R 10:10-11:25
Compares the diverse images of Europe in 20th-century literature, with an emphasis on the forces of integration and division that shape cultural identity in the areas of travel writings and transculturation/cosmopolitanism; mnemonic narratives and constructions of the past; borderland stories and the cultural politics of translation. Readings include M. Kundera, S. Rushdie, H. Boell, C. Toibin and others.
CPLT BC3143:  Topics in Comparative Literature - Literature and Violence
Brian O'Keeffe
T/R 4:10-5:25
This course examines the ways in which literary works engage with the matter of violence. The texts have been chosen for the intensity with which they confront the ethical and political dilemmas relation the act of violence, and indeed, the justification of violence. Topics to be considered include terrorism and revolutionary militancy, arguments for and against the death penalty, acts of vengeance, cruelty, and torture. Texts are drawn from a wide variety of cultural, linguistic, and historical contexts - classical Greek tragedy, European literature of the 19th century, works set in Franco-phone Algeria, and in early 20th century China, among others. The course also addresses different genres, including theater, narrative prose, and poetry, as well as photography. Further aspects of the topic will be developed in connection with recent philosophical writing on violence.
CPLT BC3162: Novella Cevantes to Kafka
Alfred Mac Adam
The novella, older than the novel, painstakingly crafted, links the worlds of ideas and fiction.  The readings present the novella as a genre, tracing its progress from the 17th century to the 20th.  Each text read in the comparative milieu, grants the reader access to the intellectual concerns of an era.
CPLT BC3200: Visual and Verbal Arts
Erk Grimm
T/TH 2:40-3:55
Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)
Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Visual and Performing Arts (ART)
Analysis and discussion of the relation of literature to painting, photography, and film. Emphasis on artistic and literary concepts concerning the visual dimension of narrative and poetic texts from Homer to Burroughs. Explores the role of description, illustration, and montage in realist and modern literature.
CPLT BC3510: Advanced Workshop Translation
Section 001 - Peter Connor - T 4:10-6:00
Section 002 - Emily Sun - T 4:10-6:00
Prerequisites:  Admission into the class is by permission of the instructor. CPLT BC 3110 "Introduction to Translation Studies" is a recommended, plus, normally, two advanced courses beyond the language requirement in the language from which you intend to translate. Preference will be given to seniors and to comparative literature majors. 
A deep immersion in the theory and practice of translation with a focus on translating into English. The first half of the course is devoted to discussing readings in the history of translation theory while translating brief practical exercises; in the second half, translation projects are submitted to the class for critical discussion. The foreign texts for these projects, chosen in consultation with the instructor, will be humanistic, not only literature as conventionally defined (prose fiction and poetry, memoir and travel writing), but also the gamut of text types in the human sciences, including philosophy, history, and ethnography. The aim is not just to translate, but to think deeply about translating, to develop writing practices by drawing on the resources of theory, past and present, and by examining translations written by professionals. 
Please email pconnor@barnard.edu or esun@barnard.edu by December 2018 with the following information: name, year of graduation, major, college (BC, CU, etc.); a list of courses you have taken in the language from which you intend to translate; any other pertinent courses you have taken; a brief (max 300 word) statement explaining why you wish to take the workshop (this statement is not required if you have taken or are taking CPLT BC3110 Intro to Translation Studies).
CPLT BC3630 - Theatre and Democracy
Hana 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 BC3997 - Senior Seminar
Emily Sun
W 4:10-6:00
Prerequisite: For comparative literature majors in their senior year only.
Designed for students writing a senior thesis and doing advanced research on two central literary fields in the student's major. The course of study and reading material will be determined by the instructor(s) in consultation with students(s).