Comparative Literature (COML)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019. Courses of Study 2019-2020 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

COML 2030

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8170COML 2030  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Castillo, D

  • First semester freshman - by invitation only.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8751COML 2030  SEM 102

    • MWF
    • Melas, N

COML 2035

Science fiction is not merely a literary genre but a whole way of being, thinking, and acting in the modern world. This course explores classic and contemporary science fiction from Frankenstein to The ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 2131ENGL 2035STS 2131

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16676COML 2035  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Banerjee, A

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9292COML 2050  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Pollak, N

COML 2235

This undergraduate course introduces the formal and topical innovations that African cinema has experienced since its inception in the 1960s. Sections will explore, among others, Nollywood, sci-fi, and ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASRC 2235ENGL 2935

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9405COML 2235  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Diabate, N

COML 2251

Where do we get our images of poets, and of poetry? Along with the images we find in poems themselves, how do poetry and poets figure in fiction and film, in music and popular culture? How do such figures ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 2951

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16680COML 2251  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Monroe, J

COML 2523

Islamophobia and Judeophobia are ideas and like all ideas they have a history of their own. Although today many might think of Islamophobia or Judeophobia as unchangeable---fear of and hatred for Islam ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: GOVT 2523JWST 2523NES 2523RELST 2523

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16487COML 2523  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Brann, R

  • 16488COML 2523  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16489COML 2523  DIS 202

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16490COML 2523  DIS 203

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16491COML 2523  DIS 204

    • F
    • Staff

COML 2700

This course explores the millenia-long history of remediation of this ancient Perso-Arabic text, with specific attention to the transmission of phobic tropes about miscegenation. We will track the history ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: NES 2700

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16532COML 2700  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Vaziri, P

COML 3041

What is "modern"? What is "primitive"? Through the lens of contemporary debates, this course will examine the complex conjuncture of  art, literature, anthropology and colonial racism in the early decades ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17618COML 3041  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Melas, N

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

COML 3261

Global Cinema I and II together offer an overview of international film history from the late nineteenth century to today. Through a focus on key films and significant epochs, the course traces the evolution ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PMA 3550PMA 6550VISST 3175

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16965COML 3261  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Fitzpatrick, V

COML 3485

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  • 17600COML 3485  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Keller, P

      Lawless, C

COML 3541

Shortly after the last election, The New Yorker published an article entitled "The Frankfurt School Knew Trump was Coming." This course examines what the Frankfurt School knew by introducing students to ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one seminar and one discussion. Combined with: ENGL 3920GERST 3620GOVT 3636

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16130COML 3541  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Fleming, P

  • 16131COML 3541  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16132COML 3541  DIS 202

    • F
    • Staff

COML 3780

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: FREN 3780GOVT 3786

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17215COML 3780  SEM 101

    • MW
    • McNulty, T

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 3790RUSSL 3385

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7837COML 3815  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Shapiro, G

COML 3891

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: FREN 3840

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16410COML 3891  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Greenberg, M

COML 4190

COML 4190 and COML 4200 may be taken independently of each other. Undergraduate student and faculty advisor to determine course of study and credit hours. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5942COML 4190  IND 601

    • TBA
    • McNulty, T

  • Permission of instructor required. To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form at data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm.

COML 4211

This course focuses on literature as a model and harbinger of posthumanism. The German tradition in particular is rich in literary texts that offer posthuman constellations and experiences avant la lettre. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 4972GERST 4211

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16281COML 4211  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Gilgen, P

COML 4229

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  • 17825COML 4229  SEM 101

COML 4250

This is an introduction to the three 'master thinkers' who have helped determine the discourses of modernity and post-modernity. We consider basic aspects of their work: (a) specific critical and historical ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GERST 4250GOVT 4735

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16198COML 4250  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Waite, G

COML 4471

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  • 17675COML 4471  SEM 101

    • M
    • Born, E

COML 4575

For description, see ILRIC 4312.  view course details

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  • 17857COML 4575  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Castillo, D

      Cook, M

COML 4640

This course examines the emergence of nuclear energy in Asia and the Pacific after World War Two as a transpacific settler colonial institution and discourse. Building on current environmental humanities ... view course details

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  • 16970COML 4640  SEM 101

    • R
    • Staff

COML 4642

This course addresses psychoanalytic understandings of psychic energy, its sources and functions, and its manifestations as mania or psychosis. Students will be introduced to the work of foundational ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 4962SHUM 4642SHUM 6642

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16974COML 4642  SEM 101

    • T
    • Staff

COML 4709

Recent theory has tended to focused on difference. What if we looked at its complementary or supplementary others instead? This course will analyze a range of theoretical concepts that hinge on sameness ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6709GERST 6709

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16910COML 4709  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Bachner, A

COML 4902

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6902STS 4902STS 6902

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17004COML 4902  SEM 101

    • W
    • Banerjee, A

  • The environmental humanities pose a radically different set of questions to texts, materials, and contexts that were previously approached in terms of human intentions and actions alone. This seminar explores the theoretical and methodological potentials of this rapidly emerging and constantly evolving field from the interdisciplinary, comparative perspective that it also axiomatically demands. Together we will discuss seminal works that tackle four foundational concepts imperative for reframing the traditional concerns of the humanities under the sign of anthropogenic planetary change -- scale, form, matter/ energy, and distribution. The seminar will develop ways to configure these focal points to the theoretical and practical concerns of various disciplinary approaches and, especially, to participants’ individual interests and research projects.

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5656COML 4930  IND 601

    • TBA
    • McNulty, T

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7671COML 4930  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Ahl, F

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7672COML 4930  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Bachner, A

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7673COML 4930  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Banerjee, A

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7674COML 4930  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Caruth, C

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7675COML 4930  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Castillo, D

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7676COML 4930  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Chase, C

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7677COML 4930  IND 611

    • TBA
    • de Bary, B

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7678COML 4930  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Diabate, N

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8851COML 4930  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Dubreuil, L

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7679COML 4930  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Vaziri, P

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7680COML 4930  IND 617

    • TBA
    • McNulty, T

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8854COML 4930  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Melas, N

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7681COML 4930  IND 619

    • TBA
    • Monroe, J

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7971COML 4930  IND 620

    • TBA
    • Murray, T

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7682COML 4930  IND 622

    • TBA
    • Pinkus, K

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7683COML 4930  IND 623

    • TBA
    • Pollak, N

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7684COML 4930  IND 626

    • TBA
    • Shapiro, G

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8855COML 4930  IND 628

    • TBA
    • Staff

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  9786COML 4930  IND 633

    • TBA
    • Keller, P

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8156COML 4940  IND 601

    • TBA
    • McNulty, T

COML 4944

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  • 16901COML 4944  SEM 101

    • R
    • Diabate, N

  • This course explores the philosophical concept of biopolitics and its diverse translations and/or adaptations across multiple disciplines and across the globe. We will trace the concept of biopolitics and its attendant notions—Sovereignty, Governmentality, Neoliberalism— as they emerge in the work of Michel Foucault. Relatedly, we will analyze the multiple disciplinary and geographical directions in which the concepts have travelled. Throughout the semester, we shall also examine negative/ affirmative, biopolitics, necropolitics, digital biopolitics, and postcoloniality, race, gender, and sexuality and their intersection with biopolitics.

COML 6190

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5944COML 6190  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Caruth, C

      McNulty, T

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    This course gives students the opportunity to work with a selected instructor to pursue special interests or research not treated in regularly scheduled courses. After getting permission of the instructor, students should enroll online in the instructor's section. Enrolled students are required to provide the department with a course description and/or syllabus along with the instructor's approval by the end of the first week of classes.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17388COML 6190  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Melas, N

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17389COML 6190  IND 620

    • TBA
    • Murray, T

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies

COML 6285

Translation is a cultural, conceptual, and political problem. It lies at the heart of the literary itself. Methodological discussions of "world" literature hinge on it, and Renaissance culture is unthinkable ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 6285

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17448COML 6285  SEM 101

    • T
    • Lorenz, P

COML 6375

For description, see ILRIC 6312.  view course details

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  • 14588COML 6375  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Castillo, D

      Cook, M

COML 6481

This seminar investigates the productive relationship that ties literary criticism to media studies in the North-American and European humanities—for the latter we will especially focus on the German-language ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GERST 6481PMA 6481ROMS 6481

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16251COML 6481  SEM 101

    • T
    • McBride, P

COML 6600

Some of the most powerful approaches to visual practices have come from outside or from the peripheries of the institution of art history and criticism. This seminar will analyze the interactions between ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARTH 6060GERST 6600

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16175COML 6600  SEM 101

COML 6709

Recent theory has tended to focused on difference. What if we looked at its complementary or supplementary others instead? This course will analyze a range of theoretical concepts that hinge on sameness ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4709GERST 6709

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16911COML 6709  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Bachner, A

COML 6791

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 6791

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17194COML 6791  SEM 101

    • T
    • Murray, T

COML 6793

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 6155

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16615COML 6793  SEM 101

    • T
    • Culler, J

COML 6902

Designed for an interdisciplinary audience, this seminar explores the theoretical and methodological potentials of a broad range of scholarship in the environmental humanities. Together we will discuss ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4902STS 4902STS 6902

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9412COML 6902  SEM 101

    • W
    • Banerjee, A

  • Enrollment limited to: 15 students.

COML 6944

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  • 16905COML 6944  SEM 101

    • R
    • Diabate, N

  • This course explores the philosophical concept of biopolitics and its diverse translations and/or adaptations across multiple disciplines and across the globe. We will trace the concept of biopolitics and its attendant notions—Sovereignty, Governmentality, Neoliberalism— as they emerge in the work of Michel Foucault. Relatedly, we will analyze the multiple disciplinary and geographical directions in which the concepts have travelled. Throughout the semester, we shall also examine negative/ affirmative, biopolitics, necropolitics, digital biopolitics, and postcoloniality, race, gender, and sexuality and their intersection with biopolitics.

COML 6970

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 6970GOVT 6779

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17736COML 6970  SEM 101

    • T
    • Saccamano, N