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Spring 2017 Courses

CMLIT 403: Latina/o Literature and Culture:

This course is a multi-faceted comparative view of Latina/o literature in relation to other forms of cultural expression. A central issue explored in this course concerns the intricate connections between multiple ways of expressing identity, in the arts, literature, music, etc., in diverse circumstances. T R 9:05—10:20 171 Willard with John Ochoa

CMLIT 404: Asian Literature:

In this class we will take a close-up look at literature from three Asian countries: China, Japan, and Korea. Rather than attempting a chronological or comprehensive overview, we will focus on five authors, examining the cultural as well as aesthetic dimensions of their writing: Tanizaki Jun’ichiro (Japan, 1886-1965), Mu Shiying (China, 1912-1940), Murakami Haruki (Japan, b. 1949), Yu Hua (China, b. 1960), and Kim Young-ha (Korea, b. 1968). The theme of our course is the “uncanny,” a notion coined by the psychologist Sigmund Freud that aims to capture the strange, the unfamiliar, the disturbing. Expect tales of the weird and the strange, of cannibals, madmen, tricksters! T R 1:35-2:50 067 Willard with Nicolai Volland

CMLIT 408: Heroic Literature:

Traditional heroes, their traits and adventures; typical themes and examples chosen from the epics and sagas of world literature. T R 1:35-2:50 in 162 Willard with Patrick Cheney

CMLIT 415: World Graphic Novels:

This course considers the graphic novel – also known as graphic fiction, comics, or sequential narrative – as an artistic medium and global phenomenon. We will study the formal aspects of comics and consider the creative potential and cross-cultural range of text joined with image. The course explores the aesthetics of comics, its methods of production and consumption, its many genres, and its place in a contemporary culture of reading. M W F 9:05-9:55 in 267 Willard with Scott Smith

CMLIT 425: Global Korean Cinema:

This course offers an introductory view of Korean cinema. As we trace its history from the colonial period to the current “Korean wave,” we will also engage with film criticism, the trans/national contexts of film productions, the aesthetics of selected auteurs/ genres, and local/global receptions of Korean cinema. Films include Stray Bullet (dir., YU Hyun-mok), The Housemaid (dir., KIM Kiyoung), Peppermint Candy (LEE Chang-dong), Oldboy (dir., PARK Chan-wook), and The Host (dir., BONG Joon-ho). T R 3:05-4:20 in 012 Walker with We Jung Yi

CMLIT 429: New Media and Literature:

New media literary genres; critical discussion of creative works in digital media.  T R 9:05-10:20 in 121 Thomas with Matthew Tierney

CMLIT 435: Cultures of Globalization:

Cultural and literary effects of the process of globalization, with an emphasis on world literatures and transnationalism. Globalization can be fun or it can be scary depending on who you are, where you are, and how you look at it. Through world music, literature, popular culture, art, theater, and film will be looking at all facets of globalization in this course including environmental, economic, and cultural. T R 3:05-4:20 in 269 Willard with Shuang Shen

CMLIT 453: Film and Literature:

Comparative study of the aesthetics and techniques of film and literature; close analyses of masters of each art form. T R 3:05-4:20 in 273 Willard with Hoda El Shakry

CMLIT 470: The Modern Novel:

By the dawn of the 20th century, European powers had staked a claim on more than 80 percent of the world’s landmass. Only a few decades later, the majority of these former colonies had become independent nations—some peacefully, some after bloody conflicts, and all with much to work through as they tried to make sense of the enduring traumas of empire for their citizens, cultures, landscapes, languages, and histories. In this course on the post-colonial novel, we will read literature from Africa, India, the Americas, and the Middle East to explore these provocative questions of colonialism’s aftermath. We will frame our investigation through both Western and emphatically non-Western ideas about genre, voice, agency, politics, representation, and the role of fiction in society.  T R 10:35-11:50 in 270 Willard with Anna Ziajka Stanton