Graduate Courses – Fall 2022

From the recent Andalusian play, “Clytemnestra. Una mujer.” Faculty expert, Kathleen L. Komar. Banner image: John Locke. Faculty expert, Kirstie McClure.

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Fall 2022

  • COM LIT 200A - Theory of Comparative Literature

    Instructor(s): Tamara Levitz

    Seminar, three hours. Study of theory of literature, with emphasis on genealogy of theoretical problems. S/U or letter grading.

  • COM LIT 284 - Theories of Translation

    Instructor(s): Efrain Kristal

    Seminar, three hours. Examination of various approaches to concept of translation and to its significance for literary studies. Readings include authors such as Matthew Arnold, Walter Benjamin, George Steiner, and Susan Bassnett. S/U or letter grading.

  • COM LIT 290 - Contemporary Theories of Criticism

    Instructor(s): Nouri Gana, Michael Rothberg

    Psychoanalysis emerged at height of Europe's colonial adventure in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. But while psychoanalysis and colonialism share long and fraught history, that ranges from complicity and collaboration during colonization to conflict and confrontation during decolonization, psychoanalysis and religion--Islam, in particular--have entertained and maintained history of mutual intolerance and incommensurability. Recent upsurge of writings on Islam from psychoanalytic perspective invite comparative engagement with triptych of psychoanalysis, monotheism, and postcolonial critique. Study raises questions about whether or not psychoanalysis can be universalized or localized; and whether or not religion remains challenge to psychoanalysis. Exploration of extent to which reflections on psychoanalysis and religion can inspire more productive critical approaches to questions of coloniality and power. Reading of classic and recent texts by Benslama, Fanon, Freud, Lacan, Mannoni, Memmi,