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Please email the COML Undergraduate Advising Head, David Powelstock, or the COML Undergraduate Departmental Representative, Breanna Vizlakh. Thank you!

Course Offerings

Please see for current listings as well as electives that may be used to satisfy COML requirements.

The following Comparative Literature and Culture Courses courses were offered in the spring of 2015:

poster for COML 100

COML 100A — Comparing Literatures and Cultures: Theory and Practice
T,Th 5:00–6:20 (Fraleigh, Matthew)          
What is common and what is different in literatures of different cultures and times? How do literary ideas move from one culture to another? In this course students read theoretical texts, as well as literary works from around the world.

 poster for COML 171
COML 171A — Literary Translation in Theory and in Practice
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 (Powelstock, David)  
Prerequisite: Excellent reading knowledge of any language other than English. Students will be asked to demonstrate proficiency before receiving consent to enroll in the course.
Approaching literary translation from several angles at once, this course combines readings in the history and theory of translation with a practical translation workshop. Students will experience first-hand the challenges of literary translation and, with the help of the theoretical readings, reflect on what the process teaches us about linguistic, literary, and cultural difference.

COML/ENG 140B — Children's Literature and Constructions of Childhood
M,W 2:00–3:20  (Miller, Robin Feuer)
Explores whether children's literature has sought to civilize or to subvert, to moralize or to enchant, forming a bedrock for adult sensibility. Childhood reading reflects the unresolved complexity of the experience of childhood itself as well as larger cultural shifts around the globe in values and beliefs.
COML/ENG 148A — Fiction of the Second World War
T,Th 2:00–3:20  (Burt, John)
Studies novels of the Second World War from Great Britain, France, Germany, the United States, the Soviet Union, Hungary and Japan (all readings in English).

For complete descriptions of Comparative Literature and Culture courses, please see the current Bulletin: here.