Special Topics in Comparative Literature

This course is designed as a comparative study of "post-Yugoslav literature,” a term that is increasingly used in reference to a diverse, transnational, and multilingual body of works produced over the last twenty five years by the people (and their descendants) who once lived in a common, socialist state of the former Yugoslavia. Today these authors live and write in various forms of exilic displacement, scattered throughout Yugoslavia’s successor states and around the world.

Introduction to Literary Forms: The Cinema

Introduction to Literary Forms

Fiction and Culture of the Americas

Topics in the Literature of American Cultures

Topics in the Literature of American Cultures

Topics in the Literature of American Cultures

Literary Cultures

How does one rest in a world that is itself unmoored or ungrounded? What would it be to keep time with a world essentially transient and perpetually changing? How can one keep faith with faithless creatures and fugitive phenomena?

Senior Seminar

Today Marcel Proust and Virginia Woolf are considered two of the most brilliant and inventive writers of the 20th century, challenging and redefining the form of the novel and continuing to speak to us a century later. In this seminar we will read a large selection of their works, looking at their aesthetic innovations with novelistic form as well as the philosophical, social, and historical questions they raise.

Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature

The course will focus on Arthurian romance in medieval French, Welsh, and English literatures.  The figure of Arthur—his image and social function—will be examined in the three cultural contexts with special attention devoted to how his reception in each culture reflects the concerns of that particular milieu.