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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 spring 2016

Please see for complete listings of our spring 2016 classes as well as electives that may be used to satisfy COML requirements.

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COML 100A: Introduction to Global Literature  
T,Th 3:30 PM–4:50 PM, Ari Ofengenden
Core course for COML major and minor.
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.

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COML 164B: Reading Screenplays
T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM, Jerónimo Arellano  
How do you read a screenplay? Are screenplays artworks in their own right, independent from the film they were turned into or might become? Why do creative industries value the work of screenplay readers? This course serves as an introduction to the emergent field of screenwriting studies and demonstrates the professional application of screenplay analysis in the contemporary media industry. A professional script reader and development executive will feature as guest speaker. Materials include Hollywood screenplays, foreign language scripts in translation, and unproduced screenplays under consideration with production companies.

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COML/ENG 141B: Literature and Time
M,W 3:30 PM–4:50 PM, Laura Quinney         
May not be taken by students who took ENG 200a in the fall 2015 semester with Laura Quinney.
Explores the human experience of temporality and reflection upon it. Texts include: Waiting for Godot, To the Lighthouse, and Combray, along with philosophical speculation by Aristotle, Kierkegaard and Heidegger, as well as two films, La Jeteé and 12 Monkeys. Themes covered by this course include: memory, nostalgia, anxiety, ethics, eternity, and time travel.

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COML/HOI 103A: Crime and Punishment: Justice and Criminality from Plato to Serial
T,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM, Eugene Sheppard and David Sherman       
Examines concepts of criminality, justice, and punishment in Western humanist traditions. We will trace conversations about jurisprudence in literature, philosophy, political theory, and legal studies. Topics include democracy and the origins of justice, narrating criminality, and the aesthetic force mobilized by criminal trials. This course also involves observing local courtroom proceedings and doing research in historical archives about significant criminal prosecutions. Special one-time offering, spring 2016.

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