Comparative Literature Graduate Course Descriptions

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Fall Quarter

Dept Course No and Title Instructor
COM LIT (F21)200B  THRY OF TRANSLATIONNEWMAN, J.
Comparative Literature, with its proclivity for crossing borders of all sorts—linguistic, medium-specific, and theoretical—has long emphasized the centrality of translation as a concept and practice crucial to the field. Indeed, there could be no “comparative” literature without the implicit attempt to bridge, or to “translate,” the space between languages, cultures, nationalities, theories, and traditions. It is in terms of this in-between of textual studies in other media across a wide range of languages and cultures that scholars of Comparative Literature have been occupied by the inherently intercultural and trans-medial questions of translation theory and methodology. Post-colonial theorists, students of cultural studies, and practitioners of interdisciplinary approaches to problematizing race, class, and gender all agree that studying both literal and figurative translation – in its successful iterations and in its failures – is central to what they do. Literary translation—and the translation of literature—is, finally, both a major field in itself and a highly politicized activity in our fraught world. This seminar will examine some of the fundamental questions about the practice, art, and politics of translation on an intra- and international stage as part of the work that Comparative Literature does.

We will begin by reviewing selections of several recent historiographic accounts of theoretical approaches that have been important for Comp. Lit. (possible candidates for discussion: Marxism, post-structuralism, Frankfurt School Critical Theory, Subaltern Studies, World Literature) as a way of initiating a discussion about where and what each of us understands the field to be. We will then turn to the history of translation theory, historical and recent problematizations of the use of translations in Comparative Literature as a discipline and the often minoritized place of translation studies in the field, as well as to feminist and post-colonial approaches to the ethics of the often asymmetrical practice of translating, tracking, as we do so, how the chronologies of which these texts give an account intersect with those of the first part of the course. Issues to be addressed will include theories of authorship and the cultural authority of ‘originals’ and translated texts and the challenges of creating ‘domesticating’ or ‘foreignizing’ translations that render original and translation visible or invisible in both the texts themselves and in the marketplace of ideas and material goods. The application of psychoanalytic theory to translation studies, the refusal of translation evident in the recent turn to Untranslatability Studies, and the challenges of translation in war zones and in domestic surveillance will form the final part of the course. A series of translation exercises will keep us honest about how the theory maps onto our practice.

Students may fulfill one of the Comparative Literature language requirements by enrolling in this class and completing a translation project (with supervision from additional faculty when the translations are from languages other than French and German); the translation must be accompanied by a substantive preface that engages the theoretical materials covered in the course to satisfy the requirement. Seminar options include such a project or a research paper. Pro-seminar options include two translation exercises and a short essay that embeds the student’s translating practice in the materials covered in the course. The pro-seminar option will not fulfill a Comparative Literature language requirement.
COM LIT (F21)210  DERRIDA & ENDSTERADA, R.
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COM LIT (F21)210  QUANTUM IMAGEABBAS, A.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCEABBAS, A.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCEMOR, L.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCEAMIRAN, E.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCEGOLDBERG, D.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCEAHMAD, A.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCEJOHNSON, A.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCENEWMAN, J.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCERAHIMIEH, N.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCECOX, A.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCENOLAND, C.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCESCHWAB, G.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCETERADA, R.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCETHIONG'O, N.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCEJARRATT, S.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCERADHAKRISHNAN, R.
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COM LIT (F21)290  READING&CONFERENCEMALABOU, C.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGABBAS, A.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGVAN DEN ABBEEL, G.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGAMIRAN, E.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGGOLDBERG, D.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGO'CONNOR, L.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGJOHNSON, A.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGNEWMAN, J.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGRAHIMIEH, N.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGSCHLICHTER, A.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGLONG, M.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGSCHWAB, G.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGTERADA, R.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGO'CONNOR, L.
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COM LIT (F21)291  GUIDED READINGAHMAD, A.
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COM LIT (F21)292  TEACHING PRACTICUMJOHNSON, A.
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COM LIT (F21)399  UNIVERSITY TEACHINGFARBMAN, H.
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