Undergraduate Courses
Summer 2014

The following courses fulfill the COML *theory* elective requirement for majors:

      094; 123; 126; 247; 391; 419

The following courses fulfill the COML *non-Western or postcolonial studies* elective requirement for majors:

      065; 205; 215; 235; 266; 282; 283; 294; 364; 391; 392

Other courses may also be counted toward elective requirements, in consultation with the Undergraduate Chair.

COML 060.910

TR 1:15-5:05 Meylor
Cross listed with ENGL 095

Performing Cultures, Performing Selves [cancelled]

In this course, we will learn by doing. Through theatre games, we will learn basic improvisation and acting skills in order to better understand what it means to perform. As we actively explore the art of performance, we will simultaneously study literature about performance. We will read widely and diversely, considering examples of performance and performativity in poetry, drama, short stories, novels, essays and film. What does it mean – for us, and for texts – to perform? What are the limits of performance? Where and when does performance begin and end? How does performance inform our understanding of literature, gender, race, national identity, cultural practices and day-to-day life? To answer these questions, we will read literary and theoretical works by: Austin, Barthes, Butler, Cervantes, Culler, Derrida, Goffman, Lafferière, Larson, Roach, Schechner and Usigli, among others. All readings will be in English, many in translation. No experience with drama, performance, or theater required, but a willingness to read playfully, think reflexively, and (re)present creatively is strongly encouraged.

COML 150.920

Humanities and Social Science
T 5:30-8:30 Tillett

Cross listed with RUSS 193

War and Representation in Europe, Russia and U.S.

Representations of war are created for as many reasons as wars are fought: to legitimate armed conflict, to critique brutality, to vilify an enemy, to mobilize popular support, to generate national pride, etc. In this course we will examine a series of representations of war drawn from the literature, film, state propaganda, memoirs, visual art, etc. of Russia, Europe, and the United States. We will pursue an investigation of these images of conflict and bloodshed in the larger context of the history of military technology, social life, and communications media over the last two centuries. Students will be expected to write two papers, take part in a group presentation on an assigned topic, and take a final exam. The goal of the course will be to gain knowledge of literary history in social and historical context, and to acquire critical skills for analysis of rhetoric and visual representations.

Last modified May 16, 2014
Maintained by Cliff Mak
Program in Comparative Literature
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania