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COML 1109

Matches the first track in our major, Comparative Literary Studies. This course rubric deals with literary works from different cultures or historical periods. Consult the John. S. Knight Writing Seminar ... view course details

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COML 1126

Matches the second track in our major, Literary, Visual, and Media Studies.  This course rubric deals with courses that compare literature to film, video, performance, and other arts. Consult the John. ... view course details

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COML 1133

This course rubric deals with courses that focus on philosophical themes and texts.  Consult the John. S. Knight Writing Seminar Program brochure for current year offerings, instructions and ... view course details

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COML 2000

This course will introduce you to the field of Visual Studies.  Visual Studies seeks to define and improve our visual relationship to nature and culture after the modern surge in technology and knowledge.  ... view course details

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COML 2007

Is a photograph of an event somehow more real than a written report? Will the novel survive the age of new media? How do Instagram or Twitter change storytelling? In this class we will examine how media ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 2907

  • 4 Credits Graded

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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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. 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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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 2580

How is the memory of the Holocaust kept alive by means of the literary and visual imagination? Within the historical context of the Holocaust and how and why it occurred, we shall examine major and widely ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 2580JWST 2580

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 2728

In their acceptance speeches for the Nobel Prize in Literature, both the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz (1988) and the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk (2006) situate their work between Eastern and Western ... view course details

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    Combined with: JWST 2728NES 2728

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 2760

"Language is a skin," the critic Roland Barthes once wrote: "I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with ... view course details

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COML 3010

Students develop a specific dramatic text for full-scale production. The course involves selection of an appropriate text, close analysis of the literary aspects of the play, and group evaluation of its ... view course details

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    Combined with: LATA 3010LSP 3010

  • 1-3 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3021

This course juxtaposes the exciting theoretical advances of the late 20th century, including structuralism and post-structuralism, with current developments in 21st century theory such as performance studies, ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 3021PMA 3421

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3024

This is an introduction to trauma theory in the context of the concerns of the contemporary world. We will study the unique and enigmatic notion of trauma as it arose in the beginning of the twentieth ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 3755

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3255

These are names of an existential dimension commonly taken to have gone missing in our time. The flight of the gods and the death of God have supposedly left a disenchanted world with little room for the ... view course details

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    Combined with: RELST 3255

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 3550

"My existence is a scandal," Oscar Wilde once wrote, summing up in an epigram the effect of his carefully cultivated style of perversity and paradox. Through their celebration of "art for art's sake" and ... view course details

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COML 3580

What role should imaginative arts play in debates about transnational migration, one of the principal factors re-shaping community and communication today?  Focusing on literature and film from the late ... view course details

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COML 3688

This seminar will explore the unique "Kafkaesque" universe of metamorphoses, labyrinthine systems of law and (in)-justice, and uncanny societies of humans and animals. Focusing on Franz Kafka's novels ... view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 3800

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17414COML 3688  SEM 101

  • Readings and discussions in English. Students proficient in German at the upper intermediate level or higher may opt to do a substantial portion of the reading in German.

COML 3746

The modernist period saw profound transformations in the form, content, and staging of drama, as well as in ideas about theatre and society that remain important today.  We will explore the development ... view course details

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    Combined with: PMA 3746

  • 3 Credits Graded

COML 3806

Postcolonialism and Transnationalism are significant fields of theory and criticism, and ones not currently the main focus of contemporary drama classes offered through PMA. This course is being created ... view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 3806PMA 3806

  • 4 Credits Graded

COML 3811

The modern field of translation studies overlaps most closely with literary studies, but it intersects also with fields such as linguistics and politics.  The intense work in translation studies in the ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 4200

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  •  6879COML 4200  IND 602

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    • Ahl, F

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  •  8654COML 4200  IND 603

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    • Bachner, A

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  •  8289COML 4200  IND 604

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    • Banerjee, A

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  •  8291COML 4200  IND 606

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    • Caruth, C

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  •  8292COML 4200  IND 607

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    • Castillo, D

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  •  8295COML 4200  IND 613

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    • Dubreuil, L

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  •  8298COML 4200  IND 616

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    • McEnaney, T

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  •  8299COML 4200  IND 617

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    • McNulty, T

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  •  8300COML 4200  IND 618

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    • Melas, N

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  •  8301COML 4200  IND 619

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    • Monroe, J

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  • 10136COML 4200  IND 620

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    • Murray, T

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  •  8302COML 4200  IND 623

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    • Pollak, N

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  •  8303COML 4200  IND 624

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    • Saccamano, N

COML 4227

This interdisciplinary seminar would like to offer new hypotheses on the ways literature is understood and experienced by a reader's mind.  Our methodology, while non-reductionist, will take into account ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 6227FREN 4060FREN 6060

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Combined with: GERST 4250GOVT 4735

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16379COML 4250  LEC 001

  • This is a lecture course, but there will be plenty of time for discussion. Formerly GERST 4150 – students who previously took GERST 4150 cannot enroll in this course. Film-screening one evening night per week, TBA.

COML 4312

In retrospect, was film anything more than some highly flammable strips of celluloid? Taking its cue from the "digital turn," this course rephrases a traditional question asked in film theory about the ... view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 4312PMA 4512STS 4821

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 4339

Although the wounded, often feminine, body is the most powerful way of imagining border space in both the Indian subcontinent and the Americas, it is seldom coupled with the embodied practices and performances ... view course details

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COML 4414

When we speak, we think of our voice as natural to us. This course will interrogate the basis of this assumption by focusing on the voice as a trained cultural technique.  In this course, we will look ... view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 4414

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 4513

A pronounced turn away from utopian discourses has long been felt across multiple academic registers—aspects of queer theory rejecting futurity, portions of the radical left adopting a similar politics ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASRC 4513ENGL 4903

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 4771

This course examines Indigenous art, new media and film from three distinct interrelated perspectives of aesthetics/theory, technology and history/culture. The relationship between technology and tradition ... view course details

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COML 4785

This course examines how skin and bodily margins in drama, performance art, and film shape the way we understand the human and its markers of identity, from the strange carapace that Oedipus presents in ... view course details

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    Combined with: CLASS 4602PMA 4965SHUM 4612

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

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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  • 10152COML 4940  IND 603

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    • Bachner, A

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8306COML 4940  IND 604

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    • Banerjee, A

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  •  8307COML 4940  IND 607

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    • Castillo, D

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  •  8308COML 4940  IND 613

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    • Dubreuil, L

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  •  8313COML 4940  IND 617

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    • McNulty, T

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8314COML 4940  IND 618

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    • Melas, N

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8315COML 4940  IND 619

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    • Monroe, J

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  • 4 Credits Graded

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  •  8316COML 4940  IND 623

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    • Pollak, N

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8317COML 4940  IND 624

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    • Saccamano, N

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

COML 4947

In this course, you will explore nakedness as a form of protest by various social movements and in compelling fictional texts. As you analyze nakedness from ancient Greece to 21th century Africa, Asia, ... view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 4947SHUM 4605

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6032

The "autobiographical" spans millennia and encompasses a vast array of seemingly dissimilar authors and modes of writing: Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, Augustine's and Rousseau's Confessions, Montaigne's ... view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 6210

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6072

What does it mean to "use" a text or literary artifact? What happens to a novel when we examine it as "interactive text" produced in a shared "real time"? How does the use of a particular term help construct ... view course details

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    Combined with: ANTHR 6072

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

COML 6142

This course takes as its point of departure the foundational questions that have informed interdisciplinary inquiry into vision and visuality in recent decades: What is an image? How do images produce ... view course details

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    Combined with: ARTH 6910GERST 6910

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6200

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

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  •  8310COML 6200  IND 604

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    • Banerjee, A

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  • 18429COML 6200  IND 606

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    • Caruth, C

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8312COML 6200  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Castillo, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18430COML 6200  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Diabate, N

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  • 18431COML 6200  IND 613

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    • Dubreuil, L

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  • 18432COML 6200  IND 616

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    • McEnaney, T

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  • 18433COML 6200  IND 617

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    • McNulty, T

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  • 18434COML 6200  IND 618

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    • Melas, N

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  • 18435COML 6200  IND 619

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    • Monroe, J

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  • 18436COML 6200  IND 620

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    • Murray, T

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6227

This interdisciplinary seminar would like to offer new hypotheses on the ways literature is understood and experienced by a reader's mind.  Our methodology, while non-reductionist, will take into account ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 4227FREN 4060FREN 6060

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6339

Although the wounded, often feminine, body is the most powerful way of imagining border space in both the Indian subcontinent and the Americas, it is seldom coupled with the embodied practices and performances ... view course details

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COML 6341

The rise of cinema and mechanized representational technologies has provided an informative backdrop for a century long reflection on aesthetics and the excesses of affect, sentiment, and corporeality ... view course details

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COML 6363

This course will attempt a critical inquiry into the renewed articulation of World Literature as concept, project and object of study over the last two decades. How can we situate this return with respect ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6630

This graduate seminar provides a basic introduction to the thinking of Nietzsche and Heidegger, and to the latter's interpretation and appropriation of the former. A major concern is the articulation of ... view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 6630

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16384COML 6630  SEM 101

  • The readings are provided in German (and French or Italian in some cases) and in English translations, when these exist. Discussion and papers in English. Students from all disciplines are welcome.

COML 6766

This seminar will explore major works of avant-garde literature from the interwar and immediate postwar periods, with the work of George Bataille and his major collaborators and sometime antagonists (André ... view course details

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    Combined with: FREN 6320

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

COML 6771

This course examines Indigenous art, new media and film from three distinct interrelated perspectives of aesthetics/theory, technology and history/culture. The relationship between technology and tradition ... view course details

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COML 6866

Focusing on a range of theories and practices from the historical avant-gardes (futurism, surrealism, constructivism) and their political cognates (fascism, capitalism, communism) to the 21st century's ... view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 6866ROMS 6866

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt