Comparative Literature Graduate Course Offerings

Fall 2017

CPLT 735 1P "Composition Practicum"
David Fisher
W 1-4PM
Max 6
[Crosslisted with ENG 791]
Content: This course provides an opportunity for you to design (and practice teaching) engaging writing courses that help students achieve the learning outcomes for Emory’s first-year writing program. You will participate in a number of activities central to post-secondary instruction in composition, including outcomes generation and customization, assignment and syllabus development, and scoring guide/rubric development and application. You will respond to sample student papers and conduct lessons and activities that integrate the texts you have selected. You will also observe and reflect on the classroom practices of a peer teaching a first-year course and your own teaching performance (via video capture). These activities are informed by praxis-oriented readings selected to broaden your knowledge of writing instruction in the first-year course and across the curriculum.

By the time you finish this course, you should be able to

* Describe the importance of “rhetorical conceptualization” and integrate a rhetorical lexicon into your course.
* Describe the significance of portfolio teaching and portfolio thinking for writing instruction and incorporate a semester-long portfolio project into your course.
* Develop assignments and lessons that enable multilingual speakers to leverage their language abilities and experiences.
* Practice traits of a reflective instructor by evaluating and improving upon what you learn from planning and delivering lessons.
* Develop process-oriented strategies for teaching students to write in various genres and modes about complex ideas and reading materials.
* Use writing to help students practice various critical thinking skills (e.g., analysis, synthesis, critique, interpretation, exemplification, definition, problem solving, and evaluation).
* Apply techniques that involve students in meaningful collaboration (e.g., peer review).
* Respond helpfully to student writing and develop valid grading tools (e.g., rubrics/scoring guides).
* Participate constructively in programmatic assessment activities.
* Develop short proposals for internally funded pedagogical grants.
Texts: TBA
Particulars: TBA
NOTE: Permission-only course.

CPLT 750R 1 "Literary Theories"
Geoffrey Bennington

Th 1-4PM
Max 10
Content: The course explores some of the ways in which an influential way of thinking about language has affected ways of thinking about literature. After investigating the main tenets of structuralist theory, as derived from Saussure’s Cours de linguistique générale, we shall go on to see how the internal logic of structuralism led to the rather different positions often referred to as ‘post-structuralism’ and/or ‘post-modernism’, and to a questioning of the position of theory itself.
Texts: TBA
Particulars: TBA

CPLT 751 1 "Anticolonial Thought"
Sean Meighoo
M 1-4PM
Max 12
Content: The various struggles that were directed against European colonialism around the world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were informed by a critical and diverse intellectual practice. In this course, we will read some key texts by thinkers, writers, activists, and militants who were involved in these struggles.
  • M.K. Gandhi, Hind Swaraj and Other Writings, rev. ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2009), ISBN 978-0521146029;
  • Mao Tse-Tung, On Practice and Contradiction (Verso, 2007), ISBN 978-1844675876;
  • Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery (University of North Carolina Press, 1994), ISBN 978-0807844885;
  • C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution, rev. ed. (Vintage Books, 1989), ISBN 978-0679724674;
  • Aimé Césaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land (Wesleyan University Press, 2001), ISBN 978-0819564528;
  • Aimé Césaire, Discourse on Colonialism (Monthly Review Press, 2001), ISBN 978-1583670255;
  • Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth (Grove Press, 2005), ISBN 978-0802141323.
  • Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks (Grove Press, 2008), ISBN 978-0802143006;
  • Five response papers (3-4 pp. each, 40% total);
  • Long essay (15-20 pp., 40%);
  • Attendance and participation (20%).

CPLT 751 2 "Primal Scenes: Literature & Psychoanalysis"
Elissa Marder
Tu 1-4PM
Max 10
[Crosslisted with FREN 775]
Content: In this course, we shall examine how psychoanalysis both establishes and challenges the boundaries of the human. Beginning with a close reading of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, we shall explore how Freud’s derives the specificity of the human unconscious (via the complex operations of the dream-work) by turning to literary language, theatrical spaces and events, and technological operations. Throughout the course, we will focus on the Freudian conception of the ‘primal scene’ as a way of examining how psychoanalytic theory challenges traditional conceptions of temporality, repetition, sexuality and desire, writing, mourning, cruelty, and the status of the historical event.
Texts: The Interpretation of Dreams (Freud); Freud’s case histories (including ‘Dora,’ ‘The Wolf-Man’, ‘The Rat-Man,’ ‘Little Hans’, and ‘Schreber’) Phèdre (Racine); Le Ravissment de Lol V. Stein (Duras); Moderato cantabile (Duras); La Chambre claire (Barthes); Selections from: Combray and A l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs (Proust); La Bête humaine (Zola); To the Lighthouse (Woolf) Muriel (dir. Alain Resnais).  Additional readings may include works by: Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Avital Ronell, Samuel Weber, Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok, Hélène Cixous, & Sarah Kofman.
Particulars: TBA

CPLT 751 3 "Biopolitics"
John Johnston

Th 10AM-1PM
[Cross-listed with ENG 789]
Content: The course will begin with two of Michel Foucault’s late lectures at the Collège De France, The Birth of Biopolitics and The Courage of Truth (The Government of Self and Others). With Foucault’s analysis of the NeoLiberal subject (the self as entrepreneur and “human capital”) in mind, we will turn to Félix Guattari’s contemporaneous seminars on the production of subjectivity and the crisis provoked by “integrated world capitalism.” Guattari’s work on subjectivity draws on Daniel Stern’s The Interpersonal World of the Infant and is developed in part with Mony Elkaim’s use of double-bind and systems theory for couples and family therapy, as recounted in If You Love Me, Don’t Love Me. From there we will go (back) to Deleuze and Guattari’s theory of capitalism, developed in parts of Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. We will then take up a sequence of Italian thinkers concerned with biopolitical themes and new forms of “subjectification” in contemporary capitalism: Georgio Agamben, Toni Negri (and Michael Hardt), Franco “Bifo” Berardi, and Maurizio Lazzarato. In conclusion we consider Yann Moulier Boutang’s Cognitive Capitalism and specifically a range of responses to the contemporary subject’s subjugation to totalized surveillance and datafication (for example, in analyses such as Bruce Schneier’s Data and Goliath).
Texts: TBA
Particulars: TBA

CPLT 752R 1 "Emerson & Thoreau"
John Lysaker

W 6-9PM
Max 5
[Cross-listed with ENG 789 & PHIL 531]
Content: Emerson and Thoreau braid the philosophy of nature with an approach to the good life that aspires to a certain kind of cosmopolitanism, one that impacts how each conceives of and enacts the project of writing. While these are not the only salient themes in their respective thought and writings, they are principal ones, and thus the course will also serve as an introduction to their thought.   
Texts: The course will be split evenly between the two thinkers. From Emerson, we will read Nature, "American Scholar" & "Divinity School Address," "Self-Reliance," "Experience," "Method of Nature" & "Nature," "Fate" and "Race," and "Fate" and "Power." Walden will focus our exploration of Thoreau, though we also will read "Walking" along the way.    If you take the course, please acquire Emerson: Essays and Lectures: Nature: Addresses and Lectures / Essays: First and Second Series / Representative Men / English Traits / The Conduct of Life (Library of America) & the Norton Critical Edition of Walden, 3rd edition.
Particulars: Coursework will include weekly short papers and a term paper with an annotated bibliography.

CPLT 753R  "Teaching of Literature"
Angelika Bammer

W 1-4PM
Max 10
Content: A seminar in pedagogy that meets the requirements of the Laney Graduate School’s TATTO requirement for graduate students in Comparative Literature, this course prepares students to teach courses in literature to contemporary undergraduates. While the course will attend the specifics of teaching at a private institution like Emory (preparing students to teach CPLT 110, 201, and 202), it will engage questions of teaching literature within the broader context of discussions about the place of the humanities in the contemporary world, the use of theory, interdisciplinarity and the importance of critical reading and writing. We will explore practical aspects of teaching (constructing a syllabus, technology in the classroom, grading), the dynamics of classroom interaction, and consider some of the controversies that have animated recent debates about teaching in the American academy. Our aim will be to achieve a balance between a pragmatic, “workshop” approach and a more reflective engagement with what it means to teach.
Texts: Materials (mostly readings, but a few films) will be made available through electronic Course Reserves and the Comparative Literature department. They will likely include selections from work by Roland Barthes, Adrienne Rich, Gayatri Spivak, Judith Butler, Patrick Allitt, Marshall Gregory, and others.
Particulars: Assignments will be geared to specific demands of teaching: course descriptions, syllabi, designing effective assignments. We will do some improv-style exercises and practice workshop-style critiques. Short presentations on given topics will often be the basis of class discussions.

CPLT 797R 1-SUP  Directed Readings
By permission of the Director.  Please contact the Program Office (N101 Callaway) for more information.

CPLT 798R 1  Supervised Research
For independent research aimed primarily at preparation for graduate exams and dissertation prospectus. Please contact the Program Office (N101 Callaway for more information).
*Must be taken S/U
Content: Variable Credit 1-12

CPLT 799R 1  Dissertation Research
By permission of the Director.  Please contact the Program Office (N101 Callaway) for more information.