Reading and Composition (R&C)

R1A.001: Nautical Narratives: Imagining the Sea

TU/TH 9:30-11 234 Dwinelle Instructor: Ashley Brock Thomas Sliwowski

The ongoing production of Hollywood films set at sea suggests that even in today’s age of mass air travel and instantaneous global communication, we still hunger for a good tale of ocean adventure. What accounts for the lasting resonance of the age-old association of sea travel with adventure and of seamen (and women) with the telling of tall tales? What is the singular relationship between the openness and remoteness of the sea and the unbridling of imagination and suspension of disbelief that make fiction work? In this course, we will draw on a wide range of genres and literary traditions to consider the sea as an imaginary space, one vast enough to encompass tall tales and sea yarns, but also colonial histories and the oscillations of modern identities and consciousnesses. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 34223

R1A.002: Pessimism

TU/TH 12:30-2 242 Dwinelle Instructor: Layla Forrest-White LiHe Han

Pessimism: from pessimus: the worst. But free from bad to worse, let alone good, better, best, is it possible to think of this category non-relationally, as its own always already bad ontology? In this course, we will read texts of pessimism, such as cynicism, cultural & racial pessimism, & bleak ecologies. Optimism, however, will be dedicated to the writing component of this R1A as we work progressively on both critical thinking and & how to structure and express such thinking in writing. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14156

R1A.003: Narrative Complications & Considerations

M/W/F 2-3 45 Evans Instructor: Kathryn Levine

In this course, we will read a variety of fictional texts in order to explore the ways in which stories can be told. Our starting point will be the whys and hows of writing and reading: why would an author decide to withhold information? How does a reader perceive a first-person narrator vs. a third-person one? How does an author imagine and invoke an audience? How does an author show what is going on in a character’s mind? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14157

R1A.004: Trivial Pursuits: Irrelevance in Literature

TU/TH 12:30-2 243 Dwinelle Instructor: Katie Kadue Wendi Bootes

“Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations strong
As proofs of holy writ …”

-Shakespeare, Othello

Philip Sidney called his canonical Defense of Poesy an “ink-wasting toy”; Shakespeare felled a hero with a handkerchief; Melville sent a ship on a wild whale chase. In this course, we’ll ask what trifles, toys, trash, and other distractions are doing in some otherwise serious (and some not-so-serious) novels, poems, plays, and treatises. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14159

R1A.005: Other Worlds

TU/TH 11-12:30 2070 Valley Life Sciences Building Instructor: Nicole Adair

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Literature, artwork, and films have the powerful ability to transport us to worlds beyond our own, to create fantastic places of imagination, and to construct societies and populations different from anything we might ever have encountered. In this course we will examine the ways in which worlds are invented and represented in literature, art, and film, and consider how notions of community, constitution, and social norms can be reevaluated through interpreting new and alternate perspectives. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14160

R1A.006: Picturing Literature

TU/TH 12:30-2 235 Dwinelle Instructor: Molly Bronstein

In this course we will explore various word-and-image partnerships (and rivalries). We will consider early artists’ books such as William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, ekphrasis (that is, vivid visual description) in Classical poetry, and contemporary comic books and graphic novels. Homer will show us how well words can paint a picture, while editorial cartoonists will illustrate how images alone can convey a story. In order to understand these texts better, both as verbal and visual narratives, we will read pertinent theoretical work (W.J.T. Mitchell, Erwin Panofsky) and we will consider what distinguishes text from image, their respective “traditional” purposes, and areas of overlap between their usual functions. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14161

R1A.007: Plagued by Problems

M/W/F 3-4 45 Evans Instructor: Tyleen Kelly

Disease attacks the interior and exterior of the human body, presenting psychological and emotional bifurcations of self. Contagious diseases (especially if little understood) can pose a radical challenge to families, caretakers, and governing structures. Pandemics have often been perceived as a moral condemnation of human depravity, yet they have in turn engendered some of the brightest examples of human virtue. This course will explore various works concerning plagues that have visited us in recent history, and those qualities in ourselves that threaten to plague a healthy society. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 34314

R1A.008: Thresholds of Experience

M/W/F 10-11 78 Barrows Instructor: Gabriel Page

A recent book of literary criticism on nature poetry by John Felstiner bears the title Can Poetry Save the Earth? Without taking a positon on Felstiner’s urgent question, this course will be structured around a series of questions implicit within it: What effects does reading about nature, or looking at visual representations of the natural world, have on our experience of our physical surroundings and our encounters with nonhuman forms of life? Does nature poetry and landscape painting (or nature photography) intensify our experience of nature’s aliveness and beauty and mystery, deepening our feeling of connection to it? Does the mode of sustained attention and imaginative participation specific to the study of literature and art carry over in some significant way to our perception and appreciation of the natural world? What distinguishes literary and aesthetic engagements with the natural world from other forms of discourse such as scientific and activist writing? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 34315

R1B.001: North South East West: Writing Internal Divides and Transnational Migrations

M/W/F 12-1 242 Dwinelle Instructor: Bristin Jones Aurelia Cojocaru

Google Street transports us to Machu Picchu, and virtual reality allows us to stroll through Versailles… Enchanted by this experience of proximity, do we still have a sense of direction(s)? In this course, literature will be our compass as we think about how the two cardinal axes—North South, East West—have at various moments in history provided understandings, and perhaps misunderstandings, of the way countries, continents, and the whole world function. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14170

R1B.002: Read My Body Language

M/W/F 1-2 72 Evans Instructor: Paul De Morais

We are seldom conscious of how mediated our relationship to the world is as we make our way through it. This mediation occurs not just on the level of conceptual cognition, but also on the level of embodiment and sensual perception. In this course we will analyze the ways in which different genres of literature engage with and interrogate the status of the physical body and its senses. For example, what roles can the body play in contributing to the narrative form of a novel or short story? Or, what can poetry tell us about the significance and limits of sensual experience while making appeals to our senses as we read it? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14171

R1B.003: Play on Words

TU/TH 8-9:30 235 Dwinelle Instructor: Alex Brostoff

What’s in a word? Be it in daily communication, lawful jurisdiction, or the figurative worlds of the literary, whether instructing or indoctrinating, exalting or exacting, how do words play on worlds? As often as words bewitch us, conjuring by artifice, so too do words fail us, distorting by approximation. How does language ring true, and how does language lie? And what of words across languages, when words cross borders? What shrinks or swells, what is lost or found in translation? These are but a few of the questions this course will address—you can take my word for it. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14172

R1B.004: Skeletons in the Closet

M/W/F 9-10 234 Dwinelle Instructor: Carli Cutchin Erin Bennett

Every family has its secrets. In this class, we’ll look at fiction, film, and poetry that reveal what happens when a family’s metaphorical skeletons emerge from the closet. Does the revelation lead to crisis? Chaos? Resolution? With some of our stories, the reader alone learns a character’s secret, while the story’s other characters remain in the dark. What kind of “revelation” is this? How does the possession of this secret knowledge affect a reader’s attitude toward the character and the story’s events? How do these secrets alter or contradict our notions of family? How do the ideas of family and kinship change over time and across distance? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14173

R1B.005: “Tales” of Rights and Memory: Orality, History, and Literature in the Americas

M/W/F 2-3 79 Dwinelle Instructor: Irina Popescu

South and North America share a similar history of conquest, slavery, nation-building, and migration. The works and authors we will read in this course help us think about the ways this history is transmitted, codified and remembered. They ask us, as readers of these texts, to reexamine the history we think we know. Storytelling in the Americas thus acts as a means of rewriting history, thereby opening up the spaces for previously unheard voices to appear and exist. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14174

R1B.007: Home and Away

TU/TH 11-12:30 242 Dwinelle Instructor: Marianne Kaletzky Sherilyn Hellberg

Even as economic pressures and modern technology lead young people to move further and further from the places they grew up, we remain attached to the myth of the family home. The home, we are told, is the nurturing and comfortable space to which we can always return. Even (or especially) when we’ve left it, the family hearth continues to promise a refuge from the wider world. Yet literature and film are replete with another sort of home: isolated but never totally private, familiar but never completely safe. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14176

R1B.008: Transcultural encounters

TU/TH 11-12:30 214 Haviland Instructor: Amanda Siegel

This course is about the demarcation, blurring, and erasure of cultural borders in literature. In the texts we read, cross-cultural encounters resound in different historical, linguistic and literary registers. The texts at once dramatize and participate in identity formations during a variety of periods, including colonial Mexico and interwar Poland. We examine principles of “translation” and the reciprocal relationship between language and culture. What are the special capabilities and limitations of literature in meaning transfer across cultures? How do we interpret and communicate the selective permeability of transcultural encounters? How do these texts challenge or complicate our own understanding of cultural exchange? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14177

R1B.009: Language, Signification and Power

TU/TH 5-6:30 106 Dwinelle Instructor: Danny Luzon

How does language convey meaning? Does it provide us with a comprehensive knowledge of the real? Or, does it solely rely on limited, man-made concepts and terms, which fail to fully express and define the fluidity and materiality in the world? In other words, is language always already ideological? And if so, are there other ways to convey meaning which break free from the limitations of language? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14178

R1B.010: Reading and Writing Other People

TU/TH 12:30-2 234 Dwinelle Instructor: Taylor Johnston Keru Cai

The questions that we’d like to take up in this R1B course are: can literature give us knowledge about other people, especially people of a different class or race? And how does literature signal its own capacities and limitations in providing this kind of knowledge? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14179

R1B.011: Archaic/Contemporary

TU/TH 12:30-2 134 Dwinelle Instructor: Christopher Scott

How do contemporary authors and filmmakers create an aesthetic of the “archaic” that is characterized at once by irrevocable loss and an excess of presence? What “archaic” styles of living are possible under contemporary regimes of labor and production? What “archaic” desires are embedded in “contemporary” modes of expression? How do “contemporary” bodies, desires, and anxieties interact with “archaic” matter? Rather than asking after the fate of the ancients, the works we will analyze beg us to ask a different question: what is the fate of the contemporary? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14180

R1B.012: Adventure Narrative in Film and Fiction

M/W/F 12-1 234 Wheeler Instructor: Jessica Crewe

Tales of travelers questing across the globe have been a cornerstone of popular culture from Homer’s Odyssey to Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Yet, while these adventure narratives continue to seduce large audiences, we must also consider the political and social ramifications of such texts. What ethical problems might authors face in trying to represent foreignness and “the exotic”? How does the notion of “adventure” become part of imperialist and nationalist projects from the eighteenth century to now? How do competing twentieth-century empires (such as those in Japan, China, and Britain) conceive of themselves — and of one another — differently? Is adventure a gendered enterprise? And how do contemporary writers rewrite and reconfigure earlier adventure narratives? We will consider these questions (among many) through active class discussion and regular writing assignments. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14113

R1B.013: Reading Too Much Into This: Scenes of Instruction in Literature and Philosophy

TU/TH 2-3:30 189 Dwinelle Instructor: Cory Merrill

How does a book, a text, a poem, an essay, a film show us its insights? How do we get them to show us what they know? Why is it that we get nothing from reading a book one year and get a whole world from reading the same book another year? Why it is that sometimes we find a work (of literature, of poetry, of film, of art) at exactly the right moment in our lives when we are most receptive to it? On the contrary, why do some works of art never speak to us, or arrive untimely, before or after we need them? Who do we trust to help us see what a work of art offers? How do we decide this? What is the value of reading, reading hard, into something? How do you do it? And once you’ve found something, how do you convince someone else you have? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14124

R1B.014: Tales of the Undead: Ghosts, Vampires, Zombies, and Their Afterlives

M/W/F 10-11 242 Dwinelle Instructor: Johnathan Vaknin Lida Zeitlin Wu

This is a course about absent presences, or entities that refuse to remain hidden in the shadows of history. Straddling the porous border between here and there, past and present, death and life, the undead, or not-quite dead, figures that populate our readings challenge us to rethink the linear unfolding of time. Ghosts, vampires, and zombies: these are the supernatural forces that we’ll encounter this semester. Some carry with them remnants of historical trauma and violence—the residues, reverberations, and reincarnations of slavery, for instance, in Toni Morrison’s Beloved. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14125

R1B.015: Borders, Ruptures, Gaps: The Fault Lines of Literature

M/W/F 11-12 104 Dwinelle Instructor: Simone Stirner

Our readings and viewings this semester follow authors, artists, activists, and fictional protagonists as they navigate borders between places, nations, times, and identities. Scenes and sites of various fault lines that we will visit in this course include: The expulsion from paradise in Genesis. The Trans-Siberian Railroad. The walls of the old city in Jerusalem. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14126


20: Episodes in Literary Cultures:

Why Long Novels? Eliot, Dostoevsky, Proust

TU/TH 12:30-2 102 Wurster Instructor: Michael Lucey

Why do people write long novels, and why do people read them? We will look for answers in three different places: in George Eliot’s Middlemarch, in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, and in selections from Marcel Proust’s seven-volume novel In Search of Lost Time. Eliot and Dostoevsky had different ambitions as novelists. Middlemarch and The Idiot were written around the same time, but they come from different traditions (English and Russian) and have astonishingly different aims. Our goal will be to figure out what Eliot and Dostoevsky were using novel-writing to do, and why their undertakings required such length. Proust loved the novels of Eliot and Dostoevsky. He named The Idiot the most beautiful novel he ever read. When he wrote his own novel, he outdid both Eliot and Dostoevsky in length. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14150

60AC: Topics in the Literature of American Cultures

Unspoken Modernities: Voice, Displacement, and Race in American Culture Between the Wars

M/W/F 10-11 126 Barrows Hall Instructor: Francine Masiello

This course is designed to introduce you to the most exciting literary and cultural moment in twentieth century America: modernism, the Jazz Age, the emergence of big city culture, the rise of a political left. This is the time of migrations from the South to the North, of exile and off-shore displacements through which American artists and writers stretched the boundaries of their local towns to open a world conversation about art and, never on the side, about race and gender. This is the debut of an avant-garde in music and literature, of radical experiments with poetry and performance; it signals the rise of new technologies, especially radio and film. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 32395

100.001: Introduction to Comparative Literature:

Crises of Patrilinearity and the Generation of Narrative

TU/TH 11-12:30 Sutardja Dai 254 Instructor: Leslie Kurke

Comp. Lit. 100 is designed to present students with texts from various genres and historicial periods, to introduce them to the methods of comparative study.  The thematic focus of this course will be crises of patrilinearity—family romances gone sour. More specifically, we will be looking at how such family crises enable and generate narratives, but also perturb them; how subjects are constituted and deconstructed through descent groups; how the crisis of patrilinearity can become an emblem in literary texts for other cultural crises; and how this theme intersects with the issues of gender and race. Course requirements include three short writing assignments and a final paper based on an oral presentation of a text chosen by the student and read outside of class. Our reading will embrace both literary texts and theoretical/critical discussions of them. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14100

100.002: Introduction to Comparative Literature:

Children’s Literature in Theory, Context, and Practice

TU/TH 9:30-11 188 Dwinelle Instructor: Anne Nesbet

In this class we will take a close and multi-faceted look at books written primarily for children, a category of literature that remains rather under-examined, despite its popularity, persistence, and influence. We will read examples of stories for children written in a number of different times (from the 18th to the 21st centuries) and places (Europe, Britain, North America), and our readings will make use of many different kinds of literary analysis: historical contextualization, analyses that draw on particular literary theories, psychoanalytical approaches, and close readings. We will also pay some attention to the development of the children’s literature industry in the United States and to the current state of children’s publishing. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 31578

112A: Modern Greek Language

M/W/F 12-1 4104 Dwinelle Instructor: Maria Kotzamanidou

Modern Greek is unique among languages in that it is the only modern language directly descended from Ancient Greek. In this course, the student studies reading, writing, pronunciation and use of contemporary spoken idiom, all within the historical and cultural context of the language. By the end of the course, the student should have a strong grammatical and linguistic foundation in Greek as it is spoken today. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14088

155/SL131 - 31596: Literature, Art, and Society in 20th Century Russia:

The European Avant-Garde: From Futurism to Surrealism

M/W/F 3-4 258 Dwinelle Instructor: Harsha Ram

The literary and artistic avant-garde of the early twentieth century was the most radical expression of European modernism in literature and art. We will be focusing on the four most forceful and creative of the literary movements to have swept through Europe between the 1910’s and the 1930’s: Italian and Russian futurism, dada in Zurich and Paris, Soviet constructivism, and French surrealism. We will be reading (and sometimes performing!) avant-garde poetry, literary manifestos, short performance texts, experimental fiction and memoirs. We will also be paying some attention to parallel developments in the visual arts and cinema. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 33229

171: Topics in Modern Greek Literature

Between Religion and Secularism: The Social Role of Men and Women in Modern Greek Fiction of the 19th and 20th Centuries

F 2-5 189 Dwinelle Instructor: Maria Kotzamanidou

The onset of modernization in Greek society, after the War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire, albeit a belated one, brought about an increased contact with, and an imitation of, different European cultures. It also brought about an accelerated movement toward secularization. Earlier, the secular ideological ground for the War of Independence which was reflected in the writings of Rigas Velestilis (Pheraios), at the end of the eighteenth century, and Hellenic Rule of Law: A Discourse on Freedom, written anonymously, under obvious French influence, and published in Italy in 1806, envisioned the secular society that was supposed to emerge at the war’s end. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14052

190.001: Senior Seminar:

Kafka’s Philosophical Fictions

TU 2-5 4125A Dwinelle Instructor: Judith Butler

This course will consider how Kafka’s writing opens up the question of how to know and follow the law, Our readings will consider the relation between law, justice, and redemption, engaging Walter Benjamin’s reading of Kafka’s work. We will focus on the short writings, including aphorisms, fragments, parables and short stories. How are philosophical and religious questions posed in and through the form of a literary work,? And what difference does that make? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14064

190.002: Senior Seminar:

Poetry and Nature in Translation

M/W/F 11-12 4125A Dwinelle Instructor: Anne-Lise Francois

It’s been said that poetry is what is untranslatable, yet one poem often translates another, and many of us only read one another’s languages in translation. As a catch-all concept for whatever “out there” can’t quite be captured in human terms, “Nature” can also be thought of as a language only ever encountered in translation. In this senior seminar we will explore the complex relationships between these three shape-shifting terms–“poetry,” “nature,” “translation”–as we read together poems and essays from various linguistic traditions, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Each of you will be responsible for a poet in the language in which you are working. All readings will be provided in English, with bilingual editions used wherever possible. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14065


200: Approaches to Comparative Literature

W 2-5 4104 Dwinelle Instructor: Victoria Kahn

This course serves as an introduction to the field of Comparative Literature. In the first half of the semester, we will take up the question, “What is literature?” Readings will include Roman Jakobson, Viktor Shklovsky, Tzevtan Todorov, Roland Barthes, Raymond Williams, Jacques Derrida, and others. In the second half of the semester we will ask “What is Comparative Literature?” Readings from Erich Auerbach, Edward Said, Catherine Gallagher, Jonathan Culler, and Pascale Casanova. Although this is a proseminar intended for first-year students in Comparative Literature, graduate students from other departments are welcome to enroll. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14102

212: Studies in Medieval Literature:

Carmina Burana

Th 2-5 206 Dwinelle Instructor: Frank Bezner

The “Carmina Burana” are the most important collection of Medieval Latin (non-religious) lyrical poetry from the High Middle Ages. The carefully redacted anthology contains moral-satirical poems attacking greed, corruption and hypocrisy; erotic love poems revolving around the fraught issue of sexual desire; and a third group with poems (apparently) written by a rebellious group of poets, the “Vagantes” who adopt the personae of hypocrites, false beggars, and outlaws. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14089

223: Studies in the 19th Century:

Green Romanticism

2-5 pm Tuesdays 4104 Dwinelle Instructor: Anne-Lise Francois

Romanticism was once defined as a turn toward “nature” in response to the industrialization marking Western Europe’s transition to modern capitalism in the early nineteenth century.  Rather than simply resurrecting the idea of the Romantic poets as “nature” poets, we will carefully examine Romantic figures of reflection and grounding, dispersal and dwelling, while also searching for alternatives to the curative role often assigned both “nature” and “poetry” in environmentalist criticism.  Topics will include: the gendering of “nature”; the persistence of commoning practices within industrial modernity; agriculture as a border-space between “culture” and “nature”; the role of memory and imagination in the sense of place and the loss of place; weather-reporting, plant-study and other practices of attention; fantasies about ecological disaster, social catastrophe, and science’s ability to save or destroy humankind.   » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 31595

240/Law 214.4: Studies in the Relations between Literature and the Other Arts

Poetic Justice: Dostoevsky, Nabokov and Literature in the Shadow of the Law

TU 3:30-6 107 Boalt Hall Instructor: Eric Naiman

NB  The meetings for this class will follow the Law School schedule.  The first class will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 21.  The last class will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

In this seminar, offered jointly under the auspices of the Law School and Comparative Literature, we will examine some of the conceptual and thematic places where literature and law cross over into each other’s domain. The focus will be on novel reading – Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, Pnin and perhaps Lolita – and on texts where crime, judgment and punishment assume particular procedural, narrative, moral or metafictive importance. We will pay particular attention to the themes of transgression, healing and vengeance and how they play out in legal and metafictive contexts. We will discuss cases where ethics and aesthetics pull in opposite directions – where bad or even good writing can be a crime. Dostoevsky’s legal commentaries – the Kornilova and Kairova cases – will also be addressed. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 30823

240.002: Studies in the Relations Between Literature and the Other Arts: East Asian Media II

Feeling and Media Gender/Asia/Performance

Th 2-5 210 Dwinelle Instructor: Miryam Sas

What are the promises that come to us through the media, new and old, and how do they deliver or disappoint? How do they mediate the “changes in the air” we experience around key cultural issues, such as gender and sexuality, race, labor and class, political engagement and social change? What place do our media practices have in shaping a better world, and how do they make a difference in our own ways of knowing and naming what we feel and experience?

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Course Catalog Number: 31647

254: Studies in East-West Literary Relations

Reading Interiority, Reading Objects

W 2-5 211 Dwinelle Instructor: Sophie Volpp

In this course we will read novels drawn from the British, American and Chinese traditions that experiment intensively with the representation of other minds, asking how these novelists sustain uncertainty as to the comprehension of fictional minds. Topics include Austen’s work with what later would be called free indirect discourse, James’ presentation of the restricted consciousness of a child, Woolf’s use of stream of consciousness, the interest of the sixteenth-century novel Plum in the Golden Vase in the exploration of sentiments withheld, and the 18 th -century Chinese novelist Cao Xueqin’s experimentation with interior dialogue. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 31609

260: Problems in Literary Translation:

The Poetics and Politics of Translation

M 2-5 175 Dwinelle Instructor: Chana Kronfeld

In this seminar we will explore developments in the field of translation studies that have taken it beyond the once common metaphors of fidelity and betrayal, of being faithful or unfaithful to the “original.” We’ll focus on (mis)translations as symptomatic of the poetic and political dynamics of the negotiations between cultures in a particular historical moment. We’ll discuss a variety of approaches to the theory of translation, from system theory to postcolonial and globalization studies, both by reading critically and by theorizing from the translation practice itself. Central issues will include the role of translation in the construction of national and transnational literary histories, (un)equal power relations in the circulation between source and target text, recovering the role of agency in translation, and translation as intertextual practice. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 31610

298.001/Rhetoric 244A; History of Art 298: Graduate Seminar

Unconscious Perception

220 Stephens Instructor: Christopher Bollas

A Mini-Course and Residency with Christopher Bollas at the Townsend Center for the Humanities

The seminar and residency will explore the work of the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today, Christopher Bollas, who will be scholar-in-residence at the Townsend Center in the first week of November 2016. Bollas is widely known for his pioneering, polymathic, and maverick investigations of unconscious perception of objects and the object world, including human beings—work that has been highly suggestive for many domains of the humanities and social sciences—and more recently for his exploration of fractured unconsciousness (anxiety, hysteria, breakdown, and schizophrenia). Prior to Bollas’s visit, we will discuss his published works (including The Freudian Moment, The Shadow of the Object, Being a Character, and When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia) as well as forthcoming and in-progress work that he will provide. Students will present their own projects to the group, and will develop questions to be tabled for seminars with Bollas himself and for one-on-one meetings with him during his residency. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14115