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Spring 2017 Course Type: CPLS Course Code: CPLS BC3510 (4pts.) Go to Registrar
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Advanced Workshop Translation

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Instructor: Peter T Connor


Prerequisites: CPLT BC 3110 – Introduction to Translation Studies is a recommended prerequisite. A deep immersion in the theory and practice of translation with a focus on translating into English. The first half of the course is devoted to discussing readings in the history of translation theory while translating brief practical exercises; in the second half, translation projects are submitted to the class for critical discussion. The foreign texts for these projects, chosen in consultation with the instructor, will be humanistic, not only literature as conventionally defined (prose fiction and poetry, memoir and travel writing), but also the gamut of text types in the human sciences, including philosophy, history, and ethnography. The aim is not just to translate, but to think deeply about translating, to develop writing practices by drawing on the resources of theory, past and present, and by examining translations written by professionals. In the spring of 2016, the workshop will be offered in two sections by Professor Peter Connor and Professor Emily Sun. The sections will share most of the common readings in the history of translation theory, but Professor Sun’s section will emphasize issues specific to translating East Asia. Enrollment in each workshop is limited to 12 students. Admission into the class is by permission of the instructor. CPLT BC 3011 “Introduction to Translation Studies” is a recommended prerequisite, plus, normally, two advanced courses beyond the language requirement in the language from which you intend to translate. Preference will be given to seniors and to comparative literature majors. Please Email by 1 December 2015 with the following information: Name, year of graduation, major, college (BC, CU, etc.); a list of courses you have taken in the language from which you intend to translate; any other pertinent courses you have taken; a brief (max 300 word) statement explaining why you wish to take the workshop (this statement is not required if you have taken or are taking CPLT BC3110 Intro to Translation Studies).



Spring 2017 Course Type: Related Course Code: CLGR GU4207 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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This lecture course works with an expanded notion of the Frankfurt School. The central figures treated are Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno, but readings also include György Lukács, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, and some others. It focuses on aesthetic and political issues in high and mass culture debates in Europe, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. in the inter-war period and post-1945. All readings will be contextualized in relationship to modernism and modernization, Marxism and National Socialism in the first half of the past century. Metropolitan modernism, realism, the historical avant-garde, and mass media culture will be recurring themes throughout the semester, which ends with a coda on the culture of the Cold War.


Spring 2017 Course Type: Joint Course Code: CLPS GU4334 (4pts.) Go to Registrar
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After the Linguistic Turn: Critical Theory, Materialism, and the Domination of Nature

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CPLS GU4334 After the Linguistic Turn: Critical Theory, Materialism and the Domination of Nature

Program: Institute for the Study of Literature and Society

Subfield: Psychoanalytic Studies Program

Course Type: Lecture


Course Requirements: Completion of Reading Assignments; Regular attendance; Participation in Class discussions; Undergraduates are required to submit a 7-10 page midterm and a 7-10 page final paper; Graduate students are required to submit a 15-20 page research paper due at the end of the Semester; Students’ grades will be based ¾ on Papers and ¼ on class Participation.

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The domination of nature was a central topic for the first generation of the Frankfurt School but as a result of the way that Jürgen Habermas has transformed the project it has virtually disappeared from current discussions in Critical Theory. This is especially striking in light of the fact that the environmental crisis is one of the most urgent issues on our contemporary moral and political agenda.


In this course, we will attempt to rehabilitate the domination as a central topos for Critical Theory. To accomplish this, the old Frankfurt School problematic will be re-appropriated and reinterpreted it in terms of recent developments in philosophy, evolutionary biology, primate research and neuropsychology.

Spring 2017 Course Type: CPLS Course Code: CPLS GR8342 (4.00pts.) Go to Registrar
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In this Seminar, we will explore the question of ‘globalization’ in the arts, and the new debates to which it has given rise, since 1989, or at the dawn of the 21st century. It is open to qualified students in any discipline concerned with such questions. While it is focused on visual arts and arts institutions, it involves other ‘media’ — film, photography, public art, literature. In conjunction with exhibitions at the Guggenheim and the Met Breuer opening this Spring, we will pay special attention to contemporary art in China and Brazil, but the Seminar welcomes students with interests in other areas or geographies as well. It is intended as a kind of open laboratory and forum about the role that critical theory has played and may yet play in this field, still in the making. Thus the challenges to ‘Euro-centrism’ and the associated problem of ‘critical translation’ will be discussed in terms of the over-riding question: what is ‘transnational citizenship’ today, what role might art and critical thought play in it.

Spring 2017 Course Type: Joint Course Code: CLPS GU4201 (4pts.) Go to Registrar
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Wednesdays 4:10-6pm

This course examines psychoanalytic movements that are viewed either as post-Freudian in theory or as emerging after Freud’s time. The course begins by considering the ways Freud’s cultural and historical surround, as well as the wartime diaspora of the European psychoanalytic community, shaped Freudian and post-Freudian thought. It then focuses on significant schools and theories of psychoanalysis that were developed from the mid 20th century to the present. Through readings of key texts and selected case studies, it explores theorists’ challenges to classical thought and technique, and their reconfigurations, modernizations, and total rejections of central Freudian ideas. The course concludes by looking at contemporary theorists’ moves to integrate notions of culture, concepts of trauma, and findings from neuroscience and attachment research into the psychoanalytic frame.

Spring 2017 Course Type: Joint Course Code: CLEN GR6300 (4pts.) Go to Registrar
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Fall 2013 Course Type: Related Course Code: BC 3830 (4pts.)

Bombay/Mumbai and its Urban Imaginaries

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Bombay/Mumbai’s built form reflects the social and spatial uneven-ness of (colonial) capital, while its distinctive urbanity is the product of the everyday lives and aspirations of those who inhabit it.

When was Bombay?

Bombay’s transformation from an early-modern port city to British India’s commercial and manufacturing hub (and now, megacity) is linked with global economic forces: the city experienced meteoric rise in the aftermath of the American Civil War due to a booming cotton economy. New technologies for rationalizing production and accelerating the circulation of Bombay cotton soon followed. Meanwhile, the plague of 1897 provided planners and government officials with an alibi for mass demolitions, and enabled them to undertake extensive experiments in urban governance and industrial housing. Bombay’s famed cosmopolitanism is thus a vestige of social practices and cultural experiences produced by the contradictory forces of colonial capital: spatial regulation, together with social emancipation.

How do we approach Bombay/Mumbai in this seminar?

Scholarship on Bombay either focuses on the colonial city, or on Mumbai’s status as an icon of postcolonial urbanity. While the former seeks to disaggregate local practice and community formation from the authoritarianism of colonial policy, the latter focuses on a post-1993 Bombay scarred by vicious anti-Muslim violence, and neoliberal strategies of re-territorialization. Instead, this seminar asks how we might bring questions of built form, capital flows, and social life and inhabitation to bear on a history of the city across the colonial/postcolonial divide. By so doing, we will attempt to think about Bombay comparatively together with cities of the global South, while asking, simultaneously, about how Bombay’s distinctive urbanity might force us to alter our approaches to the city; approaches that are largely drawn from modular Euro-American paradigms for understanding urbanization as coeval with modernity, as well as industrialization. We do so in this seminar by focusing on people and practices—subaltern urbanity (and on those whose labor produced the modern city), as well as spatial orders—the informal or unintended city—to ask the question, “what makes and unmakes a city?”

Seeing the City

In order to answer some of these questions, this course includes a spatial mapping component. You will learn to use teachniques of visibilizing the city, and get comfortable with basic (digital) mapping tools and techniques. In order to do so, you will work in small groups of three to four students starting Week 3. You will work through basic tutorials that will enable you to complete a set of spatial mapping exercises in a collaborative context, and then complete a final project for the course in consultation with the instructor.

Spring 2017 Course Type: CPLS Course Code: UN 3354 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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Cartographic Fictions

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Today much of what is happening in literary, cultural, and theoretical studies points to the art of mapmaking as a fundamental paradigm. Our course explores the role of this renewed interst in cartography in both literature and the arts, and attempts to produce a conceptual framework for the definition of mapmaking as a cultural and material production. From a random walk through the city to the massive attacks out of global capitalism, the guiding question is how cultural practices make sense out of our actual conditions of existence. To address this issue, we will not only read a number of novels, short stories, essays, and theoretical statements but also engage in a close study of recent artworks and the development of what some critics consider to be nothing short of a “cartographic turn” in literature and the arts today.


Spring 2017 Course Type: Related Course Code: CLSL GU4003 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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Instructor: Ivan Sanders

Focus will be on the often deceptive modernity of modern Central and East European theater and its reflection of the forces that shaped modern European society. It will be argued that the abstract, experimental drama of the twentieth-century avant-garde tradition seems less vital at the century’s end than the mixed forms of Central and East European dramatists.

Fall Course Type: Related Course Code: CLME GU4231 (4pts.) Go to Registrar
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This course studies the effects and strategies of the cold war on Arab writing, education, arts and translation, and the counter movement in Arab culture to have its own identities. As the cold war functioned and still functions on a global scale, thematic and methodological comparisons are drawn with Latin America, India and Africa.