Comparative Literature Graduate Course Offerings

Fall 2018

CPLT 735 1P "Composition Practicum"
David Fisher
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"
John Johnston

Th 1-4PM
Max 10
Content: TBA
Texts: TBA
Particulars: TBA

CPLT 751 1 "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral"
Sean Meighoo
W 1-4PM
Max 12
Recent work in the newly established and rapidly expanding interdisciplinary field of animal studies seems to have permanently unsettled the classical philosophical distinction between the “human” and the “animal.”  This body of work has effectively redefined nonhuman animals as ethical subjects themselves by complicating the distinction between the rational or linguistic “human” on one hand and the irrational or nonlinguistic “animal” on the other.

Yet even within the field of animal studies, the ethical status of the inanimate or nonsentient “plant” as well as the inorganic or nonliving “stone” remains very contentious.  New interdisciplinary fields have begun to emerge – fields with such tentative names as “critical plant studies” and “ecotheory” – further calling into question the distinction between the “human” and the “nonhuman” that the field of animal studies itself has already broached.

Does the claim for sentience among plants undermine the ongoing political struggle for animal rights?  Does the argument for some kind of agency on the part of stones overturn the very basis of all ethical thought and action?  Have the binary oppositions “rational/irrational” and “linguistic/nonlinguistic” that serve to define the human being within the classical philosophical tradition simply been replaced by the binary oppositions “animate/inanimate,” “sentient/nonsentient,” “organic/inorganic,” and “living/nonliving” within the field of animal studies?

  • Cary Wolfe, Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003), ISBN 978-0226905143;
  • Matthew Calarco, Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008), ISBN 978-0231140232;
  • Michael Marder, Plant-Thinking: A Philosophy of Vegetal Life (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013), ISBN 978-0231161251;
  • Jeffrey T. Nealon, Plant Theory: Biopower and Vegetal Life (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016), ISBN 978-08047966750;
  • Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2015), ISBN 978-0816692620;
  • Timothy Morton, Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007), ISBN 978-0674034853;
  • Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010), ISBN 978-0822346333.
  • Five response papers (2-3 pp. each, 40% total);
  • Long essay (12-15 pp., 40%);
  • Attendance and participation (20%).

CPLT 751 2 "Against Culture/For Education"
Elizabeth Goodstein & Sander Gilman

T 1-4PM
Max 5
[Cross-listed with HIST 585, ENG 789, & PHIL]
Content: TBA
Texts: TBA
Particulars: Coursework will include weekly short papers and a term paper with an annotated bibliography.

CPLT 751 4 "Water Graves"
Valerie Loichot
T 1-4PM
[Crosslisted with FREN 770]
Content: Martinican philosopher and poet Édouard Glissant writes: “The cemeteries of countries and cities of creolization, and, generally, of powerful hurricanes --Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, New Orleans, Cartagena-- grow into glittering small towns like white beaches, whose avenues open onto fleeting illuminations rather than onto the mute space of a dull hereafter.”
The seminar focuses on the shared vulnerability -ecological, societal, cultural- of sites of creolization in the Greater Caribbean. Particularly, it explores how poets, fiction writers, and mixed-media artists represent the vulnerability of land and people in response to the lack of official rituals granted to the drowned. In addition to figuring death by drowning in the aftermath of slavery and “natural” and human-made catastrophes, their aesthetic creations serve as memorials, dirges, tombstones, and even literal supports for the regrowth of life underwater. Water, as we will see, is both a place of disconnection (island) and relation (archipelago), as well as an abyss and conduit between the dead and the living.
Texts: In addition to the books to be purchased (below) readings will include selections from texts by Derek Walcott (The star Apple Kingdom), Edouard Glissant (Poétique de la Relation/ Poetics of Relation), Gabriel García Márquez (“The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”), C.L.R. James (The Black Jacobins), Tiphanie Yanique (How to Escape from a Leper Colony), Judith Butler (Frames of War), Saidiya Hartman (Lose your mother), Christina Sharpe (In the Wake), Colin (Joan) Dayan (Haiti, History, and the Gods), Joseph Roach (Cities of the Dead), Ian Baucom (Specters of the Atlantic). We will also discuss creations by artists EPaul Julien, Radclife Bailey, Beyoncé (Lemonade), Patricia Donatien, Laurent Valère, Édouard Duval-Carrié, and Jason deCaires Taylor.
  • Aimé Césaire. Notebook of a Return to the Native Land. 978-0819564528 or Cahier d’un retour au pays natal. 978-2708704206
  • Edwidge Danticat. Claire of the Sea Light. 978-0307472274
  • Fabienne Kanor. Humus. 978-2070780853 (French edition)
  • NourbeSe Philip. Zong!978-0819571694
Particulars: Sustained participation (including involvement in seminar discussions, occasional short Canvas responses and occasional mini-interventions on a concept or text), a twenty-minute oral presentation, and a 12-page final research paper plus annotated bibliography. The class is taught in English. Students proficient in French will be encouraged to read the French original texts if appropriate.

CPLT 752R 1 "Romanticism, Imagination, Planetarity"
Deborah Elise White

Th 4-7PM
Max 3
[Cross-listed with ENG 730]
Content: A survey of major works of British Romanticism as they explore encounters with the untranslatable and the inhuman in contexts traditionally defined by revolution, industrialization, and imperialism. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak has suggested the word planetarity to help name such encounters--that is, encounters with an alterity (or otherness) unassimilable both to economic formulas of capitalist globalization and to psychic figures of interiorized subjectivity. In this seminar we will consider how romantic-era prose, poetry, and drama is inextricable from such economic formulas and psychic figures and yet also the site of their coming into crisis--the site where their norms break down.  For many of these texts, “imagination” stands in a privileged relation to such moments of breakdown. What only seems paradoxical is that the planetary stakes of romanticism emerge from its investment in imagination or what Percy Shelley (channeling Sydney) calls “the defense of poetry.” This seeming paradox will inform much of our work, and also serve as a point of departure to address a wide range of issues informing romantic era writing. This seminar can serve as an introduction to the field and does not require any prior study of it.
Texts: Texts to be drawn from works by Equiano, Smith, Wordsworth, Coleridge, De Quincey, Hazlitt, Austen, Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and Keats alongside critical and theoretical texts that may include Bewell, Braidotti, De Man, François, Hartman, Hofkosh, Khalip, Makdisi, Morton, Pfau, Simpson, Spivak, Terada, and Wang.
Particulars: TBA

CPLT 752R 2 "Fichte and German Romantic Literature"
Andrew Mitchell

M 2-5PM
Max ?
[Cross-listed with PHIL 531]
Content: This course examines the influence of the philosopher J.G. Fichte (1762–1814) on the literature of German Romanticism. We will read one of Fichte’s key statements of his philosophy, The Vocation of Man (1800), as well as his ruminations on aesthetics, before turning to the philosophical and literary work of his contemporaries: Novalis (1772–1801), Friedrich Schlegel (1772–1829), and Karoline von Günderrode (1780–1806). For each of these authors we will read their own commentaries on Fichte before turning to their literary works. For Novalis, we will read selections from his extensive Fichte Studies and his novel Henry von Ofterdingen; for Schelgel, we will read his fragments on Fichte, his lectures on transcendental philosophy, and his novel Lucinde; for Günderrode, we will read her notes on Fichte’s Vocation as well as her plays “Magic and Destiny” and “Muhammad, the Prophet of Mecca.” In each case, our aim will be to see how Fichte’s thought is received both philosophically and literarily. Themese to be considered thus include self-reflection, performativity, the absolute, determinacy, and vocation, among others.
Johann Fichte, The Science of Knowledge [1794], ed. and trans. Peter Heath and John Lachs (Cambridge: Cambridge, 1982), 89–119. PDF.

________. “On the Spirit and the Letter in Philosophy” [1794], trans. Elizabeth Rubenstein, in German Aesthetic and Literary Criticism, ed. David Simpson (Cambridge: Cambridge, 1984), 74–93. PDF.

________. The Vocation of Man [1800], trans. Peter Preuss (Indianapolis: Hackett, 1987).

Novalis, Fichte Studies [1795–96], ed. and trans. Jane Kneller (Cambridge: Cambridge, 2003).

________. Henry von Ofterdingen [1800], trans. Palmer Hilty (Long Grove, IL: Waveland, 1990).

Friedrich Schlegel, Selected Fragments on Fichte [1798–1800], from Lucinde and the Fragments, ed. and trans. Peter Firchow (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1971).

________. “Introduction to the Transcendental Philosophy” [1800], in Theory as Practice: A Critical Anthology of Early German Romantic Writings, ed. and trans. Jochen Schulte-Sasse et. al. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997), 240–67. PDF

________. “Philosophical Lectures: Transcendental Philosophy” [1800], in The Early Political Writings of the German Romantics, ed. and trans. Frederick C. Beiser (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), 143–58. PDF

________. Lucinde [1798], in Lucinde and the Fragments, ed. and trans. Peter Firchow (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1971), 42–140.

Karoline von Günderrode, “Selected Studies: Fichte, The Vocation of Man” [~1803], trans. Anna Ezekiel. PDF.

________. Muhammad, Prophet of Mecca [1804], in Poetic Fragments, ed. and trans. Anna Ezekiel (Albany: SUNY Press, 2016), 121–299.

________. Magic and Destiny [1805], trans. Anna Ezekiel. PDF.


Attendance & Participation 10%
3 Short Write Ups (2 pages) 15%
In Class Presentation 25%
Final Paper (20 pages) 50%

CPLT 752R 3 "Illness Narratives"
Vincent Bruyere

W 1-4PM
Max 5
[Cross-listed with FREN 780]
Content: Or, Life Writing in the Age of Biomedicine. This seminar seeks to assess both the emergence of illness narrative as genre, as archive, as mode of expression, as a form of ethics of the self, and the reliance of health humanities on illness narratives. The focus on biomedicine and its impact on life writing will give us an opportunity to revisit the history of bioethics, biography and autobiography, from devotional practices to Montaigne, from early modern anatomical writings to contemporary diagnostic practices.
Texts: The reading list includes: Jean-Luc Nancy, L’intrus; Jean-Dominique Bauby, Le scaphandre et le papillon; Agnès Varda, Cléo de 5 à 7; Montaigne, Essais (II. 6); Georges Didi-Huberman, “Ex-Voto”; Lauren Berlant, “Slow Death”; Arthur Kleinman, Illness Narratives; Ovid, Metamorphoses; Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Catherine Walby, The Visible Human Project, Annemarie Mol, The Body Multiple; Catherine Malabou, The Ontology of the Accident; and Michel Foucault, “The Life of Infamous Men.”
Particulars: TBA

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.