Intro to Comparative Literature

It is famously not that interesting to listen to someone else describe a dream. But dreams have always recurred in literature, and they continue to inspire poets, artists, and filmmakers, taking a fascinating range of cultural forms. Dreams have been seen as mere illusions, as visitations from the beyond, and as disclosing secret desires. They’ve been “read” for what they reveal about individual wishes, fantasies, and traumas, but they’ve also been understood as scenes of collective struggle and aspiration, as laboratories for the formation of other waking worlds.

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Senior Seminar

What happens when we create a community of readers in a comparative literary dialogue around the works of one author? What happens if we delve deeply together into the intricacies of Virginia Woolf’s inimitable language, the translucency of her images, the development of her modernist literary voice across multiple works?

Modern Greek Lit


This course will consider how modern lyric poetry in the United States is significantly shaped and re-shaped by the work of poets, critics, and philosophers of art and society who ask whether “lyric” poetry, in its very form, can help make special contributions towards the goal of creating a more ethnically and racially robust democracy.  Especially for the poets, but also for the critics and philosophers whom we'll read, that vision of American democracy requires (among other things) emphatic recognition of and decisive attention to the diversity and equality of American cultures.

The Modern Period (Cancelled 10/06/21)

The Renaissance

From the first century CE to the present, Ovid’s myth-encylopedic Metamorphoses has been an astonishingly fertile resource for myth-makers of all stripes (theorists, artists, philosophers). This class will focus on an array of stories that illustrate various permutations of desire: of men for women, women for men, men for men, women for women.

Modern Greek Language

This course examines forms of Modern Greek writing (prose, poetry, drama) and the reading of literary texts as auxiliary to the acquisition of compositional skills.

Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor.

A reader for the course is prepared by the instructor.

Text:  A Manual of Modern Greek by Anne Farmakides,Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-30003019-8

Intro to Comparative Literature


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