The terms indicated are expected but are not guaranteed. For the courses offered during any given term, consult the Schedule of Classes. Graduate courses in Comparative Literature are broad topic courses with variable content determined each time by the instructor. For some recent descriptions of courses, go to Course Offerings.

COLT 525 Studies in Literary and Cultural History (4, max 8)

Literary and cultural currents from classical antiquity through modernity. Varying focus on specific genres, periods, movements, and problematics.

COLT 545 Studies in Literature and the Other Arts (4, max 8)

Study of intersections between the literary arts and music, opera, film, theater, photography, dance, or painting.

COLT 555 Studies in Literatures of the Americas (4, max 8)

Comparative study of literary currents in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

COLT 565 Studies in Literatures of Asia (4, max 8)

A study of major cultural paradigms and their divergent influences in the literatures of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.

COLT 575 Studies in Literature and Ethnicity (4, max 8)

Study of literary expression in different cultural, racial, or religious communities. Possible focus on African, Asian, Hispanic, or Jewish themes across several national traditions.

COLT 585 Studies in Literature and Gender (4, max 8)

Emphasis on gender difference and sexual difference as signifying categories for literary works, criticism, or theory.

COLT 602 Seminar in Literary Theory (4, max 12)

Intensive study of a theoretical tradition or critical movement, or of an individual topic or thinker, in literary criticism or theory.

COLT 620 Seminar in Literature, Culture, and Thought (4, max 12)

IVarying focus on social and political thought, psychoanalysis, and philosophy in relation to literary and cultural analysis.

COLT 640 Seminar in Literature and Visual Culture (4, max 12)

Topics in reciprocal relation of visual arts and theory to narratology, semiotics, psychoanalysis, and other areas.

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