COML602 - Historiography&Method

Status
O
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Historiography&Method
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML602401
Course number integer
602
Meeting times
F 02:00 PM-05:00 PM
Level
graduate
Instructors
Mauro Calcagno
Description
Theories and models of historical investigation. Analysis of historiographic writings and musicological works exemplifying particular approaches, such as transnational, environmental/landscape, gender/sexuality, critical race studies, performance studies, archives, and the digital humanities.
Course number only
602
Cross listings
MUSC604401, ITAL602401
Use local description
No

COML549 - Topics in 17th Century: What Is the Novel?: the First Books

Status
O
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Topics in 17th Century: What Is the Novel?: the First Books
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML549401
Course number integer
549
Meeting times
M 02:00 PM-04:00 PM
Level
graduate
Instructors
Joan Elizabeth Dejean
Description
The specific topics of the seminar vary from semester to semester, depending on the instructor and his/her choice. Among the topics previously covered, and likely to be offered again, are the following: The Theatre of Jean Racine, Fiction of Mme de Lafayette, The Moralists (La Bruyere, La Rochefoucauld, Perrault ), Realistic Novels (Sorel's Francion, Scarron's Le Roman Comique, Furetiere's Le Roman Bourgeois). Students Give oral and written reports, and write a term paper.
Course number only
549
Cross listings
FREN550401, ENGL537401
Use local description
No

COML544 - Environmental Humanities: Theory, Method, Practice

Status
O
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Environmental Humanities: Theory, Method, Practice
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML544401
Course number integer
544
Registration notes
Undergraduates Need Permission
All Readings and Lectures in English
Meeting times
W 02:00 PM-05:00 PM
Level
graduate
Instructors
Bethany Wiggin
Description
Environmental Humanities: Theory, Methods, Practice is a seminar-style course designed to introduce students to the trans- and interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. Weekly readings and discussions will be complemented by guest spearkers from a range of disciplines including ecology, atmospheric science, computing, history of science, medicine, anthropology, literature, and the visual arts. Participants will develop their own research questions and a final project, with special consideration given to building the multi-disciplinary collaborative teams research in the environmental humanities often requires.
Course number only
544
Cross listings
ENGL643401, ENVS543401, GRMN543401, SPAN543401
Use local description
No

COML511 - Life Writing: Autobiography, Memoir and the Diary

Status
O
Activity
ONL
Section number integer
640
Title (text only)
Life Writing: Autobiography, Memoir and the Diary
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
640
Section ID
COML511640
Course number integer
511
Registration notes
Online Course Only
Online Course Fee $150
Meeting times
W 06:00 PM-08:00 PM
Level
graduate
Instructors
Batsheva Ben-Amos
Description
This course introduces three genres of life writing: Autobiography, Memoir and the Diary. While the Memoir and the diary are older forms of first persons writing the Autobiography developed later. We will first study the literary-historical shifts that occurred in Autobiographies from religious confession through the secular Eurocentric Enlightenment men, expanded to women writers and to members of marginal oppressed groups as well as to non-European autobiographies in the twentieth century. Subsequently we shall study the rise of the modern memoir, asking how it is different from this form of writing that existed already in the middle ages. In the memoirs we see a shift from a self and identity centered on a private individualautobiographer to ones that comes from connections to a community, a country or a nation; a self of a memoirist that represents selves of others. Students will attain theoretical background related to the basic issues and concepts in life writing: genre, truth claims and what they mean, the limits of memory, autobiographical subject, agency or self, the autonomous vs. the relational self. The concepts will be discussed as they apply to several texts. Some examples are: parts of Jan Jacques Rousseau's Confessions; the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; selected East European autobiographies between the two world wars; the memoirs of Lady Ann Clifford, Sally Morgan, Mary Jamison and Saul Friedlander. The third genre, the diary, is a person account, organized around the passage of time, and its subject is in the present. We will study diary theories, diary's generic conventions and the canonical text, trauma diaries and the testimonial aspect, the diary's time, decoding emotions, the relation of the diary to an audience and the process of transition from archival manuscript to a published book. The reading will include travel diaries (for relocation and pleasure), personal diaries in different historical periods and countries, diaries in political conflict (as American Civil War women's diaries, Holocaust diaries, Middle East political conflicts diaries). We will conclude with diaries online, and students will have a chance to experience and report about differences between writing a personal diary on paper and diaries and blogs on line. Each new subject in this online course will be preceded by an introduction. Specific reading and written assignments, some via links to texts will be posted weekly ahead of time. We will have weekly videos and discussions of texts and assigned material and students will post responses during these sessions and class presentations in the forums.
Course number only
511
Use local description
No

COML501 - History Lit Theory

Status
O
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
History Lit Theory
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML501401
Course number integer
501
Registration notes
Undergraduates Need Permission
Meeting times
R 04:30 PM-07:30 PM
Level
graduate
Instructors
S. Pearl Brilmyer
Description
Over the last three decades, the fields of literary and cultural studies have been reconfigured by a variety of theoretical and methodological developments. Bracing and often confrontational dialogues between theoretical and political positions as varied as Deconstruction, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism, Feminism, Queer Theory, Minority Discourse Theory, Colonial and Post-colonial Studies and Cultural Studies have, in particular, altered disciplinary agendas and intellectual priorities for students embarking on the professonalstudy of literature. In this course, we will study key texts, statements and debates that define these issues, and will work towards a broad knowledge of the complex rewriting of the project of literary studies in process today. The reading list will keep in mind the Examination List in Comparative Literature. We will not work towards complete coverage but will ask how crucial contemporary theorists engage with the longer history and institutional practices of literary criticism.
Course number only
501
Cross listings
CLST511401, SLAV500401, ENGL601401, GRMN534401
Use local description
No

COML321 - National Literatures: the National Epic

Status
O
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
National Literatures: the National Epic
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML321401
Course number integer
321
Registration notes
Benjamin Franklin Seminars
Meeting times
TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
David J. Wallace
Description
A course that traces how particular literary texts, very often medieval, are adopted to become foundational for national literatures. Key moments of emphasis will be the early nineteenth century, the 1930s, and (to some extent) the unfolding present. Research subtending this offering has been conducted over the last years, both in my editing of Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418 (2 vols and 82 chapters, Oxford UP, 2016) and in preparation for "Medieval Studies in Troubled Times: the 1930s," to be offered as Presidential plenary at the Medieval Academy of America convention at Penn on 9 March 2019. I have also travelled and lectured extensively for Penn Alumni Travel over the last decade, crossing national boundaries and also pondering how complex literary issues might be framed for a broad (but exceptionally intelligent) audience. Issues arising in traversing Mediterranean space are explored in an article published (in Italian) in Studi migranti. Some texts immediately suggest themselves for analysis. The Song of Roland, for example, has long been fought over between France and Germany; each new war inspires new editions on both sides. The French colonial education system, highly centralized, long made the Chanson de Roland a key text, with the theme of Islamic attack on the European mainland especially timely, it was thought, during the Algerian war of independence. Germany also sees the Niebelungenlied as a key text, aligning it with the Rhine as an impeccably Germanic: but the Danube, especially as envisioned by Stefan Zweig, offers an alternative, hybridized, highly hyphenated cultural vision in running its Germanic-Judaic-Slavic-Roman course to the Black Sea. The course will not be devoted exclusively to western Europe. Delicate issues arise as nations determine what their national epic needs to be. Russia, for example, needs the text known as The Song of Igor to be genuine, since it is the only Russian epic to predate the Mongol invasion. The text was discovered in 1797 and then promptly lost in Moscow's great fire of 1812; suggestions that it might have been a fake have to be handled with care in Putin's Russia.
Course number only
321
Cross listings
ENGL321401
Use local description
No

COML300 - Foods and Cultures of Italy

Status
C
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Foods and Cultures of Italy
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML300401
Course number integer
300
Registration notes
Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
No Prior Language Experience Required
All Readings and Lectures in English
Meeting times
MW 03:30 PM-05:00 PM
Level
undergraduate
Description
Topics vary. Please check the department's website for course description: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/complit/
Course number only
300
Cross listings
CIMS300401, ITAL300401
Fulfills
Cross Cultural Analysis
Use local description
No

COML291 - What Is Capitalism? the Theories of Marx and Marxism

Status
O
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
What Is Capitalism? the Theories of Marx and Marxism
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML291401
Course number integer
291
Meeting times
T 01:30 PM-04:30 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
David Kazanjian
Description
This course explores an aspect of literary theory intensively; specific course topics vary from year to year.
Course number only
291
Cross listings
ENGL294401
Use local description
No

COML283 - Jewish Folklore

Status
O
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Jewish Folklore
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML283401
Course number integer
283
Registration notes
Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
Meeting times
TR 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Dan Ben-Amos
Description
The Jews are among the few nations and ethnic groups whose oral tradition occurs in literary and religious texts dating back more than two thousand years. This tradition changed and diversified over the years in terms of the migration of Jews into different countries and historical, social, and cultural changes that these countries underwent. The course attempts to capture thei historical and ehtnic diversity of Jewish folklore in a variety of oral liteary forms.
Course number only
283
Cross listings
NELC258401, FOLK280401, JWST260401
Use local description
No

COML282 - The Image of Childhood in Israeli Lit & Film

Status
O
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
The Image of Childhood in Israeli Lit & Film
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML282401
Course number integer
282
Registration notes
Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
Meeting times
TR 01:30 PM-03:00 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Nili Rachel Scharf Gold
Description
This course examines cinematic and literary portrayals of childhood. While Israeli works constitute more than half of the course's material, European film and fiction play comparative roles. Many of the works are placed, and therefore discussed, against a backdrop of national or historical conflicts. Nonetheless, private traumas (such as madness, abuse, or loss) or an adult s longing for an idealized time are often the central foci of the stories. These issues and the nature of individual and collective memory will be discussed from a psychological point of view. Additionally, the course analyzes how film, poetry and prose use their respective languages to reconstruct the image of childhood; it discusses the authors and directors struggle to penetrate the psyche of a child and to retrieve fragments of past events.
Course number only
282
Cross listings
CIMS159401, NELC159401, JWST154401
Fulfills
Arts & Letters Sector
Cross Cultural Analysis
Use local description
No