Undergraduate Courses
Summer 2016

COML 127.910 The Adultery Novel

Arts and Letters Sector

MW 1:00-4:10         Fischler

Cross listed with CINE 125, GSWS 125, RUSS 125


Is there anything special, we will ask, about the case of adultery, once called “a crime which contains within itself all others”? Our inquiry will be literary– including texts by authors including William Shakespeare, Gustave Flaubert, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, Marcel Proust, Djuna Barnes, James Joyce, Patricia Highsmith, Octavia Butler, and Anne Carson– and filmic, with features by Wong Kar-Wai, Irving Rapper, Alex Garland, and David Lynch among others. With a steady attention to critical texts, we will analyze the possibilities and limitations of a number of different genres and historical periods. Through readings, screenings, and class discussions, we will work through how variations in form and time affect the expression, creation, and perception of desire, sex, gender, race, family, and social obligation. All levels of literary experience welcome.

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COML 150.920       War and Representation in Europe, Russia, and the U.S.

Humanities and Social Science Sector

TR 5:30-9:20          Salas Rivera

Cross listed with 105, RUSS 193


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.



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Program in Comparative Literature
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania