Comparative Literature (COML)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

COML 2020

What is a "classic"? What is "contemporary"? How did we get "here" from "there"? Where are we heading now? Extending from the Renaissance to the present, this course will focus on texts from Europe and ... view course details

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COML 2030

Spring: Take your love for literature into uncharted waters. "Introduction to Comparative Literature" journeys beyond national and disciplinary borders to explore the far-reaching implications ... view course details

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  •  9182COML 2030  SEM 102

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    • Banerjee, A

      Melas, N

  • First semester freshman - by invitation only.

COML 2035

Science fiction, as Fredric Jameson put it, is "the only kind of literature that can reach back and colonize reality." Today more than ever, when science and technology have penetrated everyday life in ... view course details

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    Combined with: BSOC 2131ENGL 2035STS 2131

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 2050

Could a meter have a meaning?  Could there be a reason for a rhyme?  And what is lost and gained in translation?  We'll think about these and other questions in this introduction to poetry.  We'll see ... view course details

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COML 2754

This survey course (which also fulfills an NES major requirement) is a multidisciplinary introduction to Near Eastern civilization, exploring history, literature, religion, art and archeology, and other ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 2754NES 2754

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3150

Beginning with the mid-nineteeth century, the course traces dynamic relays and reciprocal influences among woodblock prints, maps, fiction, films, anime, comics, and digital arts in Japan. We will consider ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASIAN 3318VISST 3318

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3330

In this course, we shall look at Russia's perception of America as reflected in the works of its writers for over a hundred-year period. What motivated these writers? Did they go to the United States with ... view course details

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    Combined with: AMST 3331RUSSL 3330

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3440

Tragedy and its audiences from ancient Greece to modern theater and film. Topics: origins of theatrical conventions; Shakespeare and Seneca; tragedy in modern theater and film. Works studied will include: ... view course details

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    Combined with: CLASS 3645PMA 3724

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3780

When Jean-Jacques Rousseau introduced the concept of the "general will" in his classic text The Social Contract, he made what was then an unprecedented and scandalous claim: that the people as a whole, ... view course details

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    Combined with: FREN 3780GOVT 3786

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3802

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COML 3815

This course offers an exciting trip to the intricate world of Nabokov's fiction. After establishing himself in Europe as a distinguished Russian writer, Nabokov, at the outbreak of World War II, came to ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 3790RUSSL 3385

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3975

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    Combined with: ASRC 3975ENGL 3975

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3980

For a long time area studies have overlooked the over-determined links of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class in fields related to East Asia and the trans-Pacific regions. Little attention has been ... view course details

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COML 4007

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COML 4190

COML 4190 and COML 4200 may be taken independently of each other. To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm. Undergraduate ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6459COML 4190  IND 601

    • TBA
    • McNulty, T

COML 4221

What is "modern"? What is "primitive"? How can one tell the difference?  This course will examine the complex conjuncture of  art, literature, anthropology and colonialist racism in the early decades of ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17274COML 4221  SEM 101

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    • Melas, N

  • Core Course for COML Majors. Limited: to 15 students

COML 4251

The most intense public encounter between Existentialism and Marxism occurred in immediate post-WWII Europe, its structure remaining alive internationally. Existentialist questions have been traced from ... view course details

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COML 4281

What happens when experience design meets Reverend Billy? Or design thinking encounters the Guerrilla Girls? Tracing such questions, we'll draw on contemporary fields of human-computer interaction and ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 4705

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 4413

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COML 4521

Alexandria, the Egyptian port city, has a long history of rich cultural interaction. In this course we will examine literary and artistic representations of modern Alexandria, which have played an important ... view course details

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COML 4575

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COML 4614

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    Combined with: SHUM 4616STS 4616

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 4615

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COML 4930

Times TBA individually in consultation with director of Senior Essay Colloquium. Approximately 50 pages to be written over the course of two semesters in the student's senior year under the direction of ... view course details

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  •  6158COML 4930  IND 601

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    • McNulty, T

  • If you do not see the faculty member you wish to work with, please use 601.

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COML 4940

Times TBA individually in consultation with director of Senior Essay Colloquium. Approximately 50 pages to be written over the course of two semesters in the student's senior year under the direction of ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

COML 6007

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COML 6136

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    Combined with: GERST 6175

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6158

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    Combined with: ENGL 6555

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6160

The course provides an introduction to various aspects of translation theory, and emphasizes relations between translation theory and trauma theory, post-structuralism, post-colonial theory, and debates ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASIAN 6619VISST 6619

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6190

Graduate Students: please bring your faculty signed proposal to 240 Goldwin Smith Hall. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6461COML 6190  IND 601

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COML 6300

A study of the development of aesthetics as a theoretical discipline specifying the genetic process, forms, effects, and judgments peculiar to art. Through readings of primarily British and French criticism ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 6300

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6375

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COML 6410

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    Combined with: ENGL 6240FREN 6410

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6521

Alexandria, the Egyptian port city, has a long history of rich cultural interaction. In this course we will examine literary and artistic representations of modern Alexandria, which have played an important ... view course details

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COML 6661

Our title is derived from the political philosopher Leo Strauss, who provides our initial analytic, methodological, and theoretical model. But we extend it beyond Straussian ideological positions and we ... view course details

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COML 6676

This semester we will focus upon the right to life, techniques of life management and the disposition of (one's own) death. The co-imbrication of the politico-theological with the death penalty, the way ... view course details

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    Combined with: FREN 6676GOVT 6676

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: French

  • 17453COML 6676  SEM 101

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    • Rubenstein, D

COML 6680

For a long time area studies have overlooked the over-determined links of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class in fields related to East Asia and the trans-Pacific regions. Little attention has been ... view course details

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COML 6894

This seminar takes as its theoretical starting point Hegel's notion of the "prose of the world" to describe the modern age, and the 19th c in particular—an age no longer defined by the exception and heroes, ... view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 6070ROMS 6070

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COML 6944

This course explores the philosophical concept of biopolitics and its diverse translations and/or adaptations across multiple disciplines and across the globe (Africa, Far East, South East Asia, and the ... view course details

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    Combined with: GOVT 6946ROMS 6944

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt