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  • COLT 60.01/Music 13
    Literature and Music (INT/LIT/W)
    Kopper @ 2 hour

    The affinities between literature and music have always held a special fascination for poets, writers, musicians, and critics. By studying the two arts as comparable media of expression, this course will test the legitimacy of interart parallels. An introduction to the major aspects, aesthetic implications, and interpretive methods comparing the two arts. Topics for lectures and discussion will include:...

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  • Coming to America
    COLT 10.21
    Professor Gerd Gemünden @ 11 Hour

    "Immigrants, we get the job done! " - Thus sings the chorus in the broadway smash-hit Hamilton. Essentially a nation of immigrants, the United States has long been considered a land of opportunity. But what does it take to succeed here? In this course, we study narrtives (memoirs, novels, poems, feature and documentary films, a play, a graphic novel, and a musical) about and by those who came to this country...

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  • The Tropical Fantastic:

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

     in Brazilian Literature and Film

    COLT 52.04/Lalacs 30.13
    Jessica Smolin @ 12 Hour


    Magical transformations. Hauntings. Mystical worlds. Brazilian authors have been writing about the fantastic and unreal for centuries, a tradition that extends far beyond what has been characterized as “...

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  • The Dartmouth

    Students reading the new translation of Homer’s "Odyssey" in their Humanities 2, "The Modern Labyrinth" course had the rare opportunity of meeting the translator in real life when University of Pennsylvania classics professor Emily Wilson came to Dartmouth last Thursday. As this year’s annual Hoffman lecturer, Wilson shared her experience as the first woman to publish a...

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  • Translating the Odyssey Again: How and Why
    Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4:30 pm
    Rockefeller 003 

    Why translate the Odyssey into English yet again, when there have already been almost seventy translations into our language?  Prof. Wilson will discuss her working process and goals with this project, from questions of verse form and meter, pacing, style, word choice to narrative perspective, focalization and point of view.  She will discuss her vision of this complex,...

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  • Klaus Milich @ 2A Winter Term 2019

    From Sherwood Forest to the Caribbean, this course will focus on representations of rebels, outlaws and vigilantes in difference cultural contexts, historical periods, and genres to include novels, films, drama, diaries, and opera. We will examine what legitimizes individual justice versus socially controlled jurisdiction.

    Robin Hood, the archetypal, courteous, pious and swashbuckling outlaw of the medieval era, has become an English (literary...

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  • Material Realities, Material Matters: A Brief History of Paper and Other Writing Surfaces

    The age of paper is said to be over because so much data are digital now. Yet we are far from being a paperless society. Paper is still everywhere in our everyday lives (think money) and even in our language (“I have to write a term paper”). In this course, we will trace the media history of paper and other writing surfaces—from clay tablets, to papyrus, to Gutenberg’s letterpress, to the...

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  • The Comparative Literature Master of Arts Program is a one-year interdisciplinary program
    that approaches literary study from a variety of theoretical and interpretative perspectives.
    More than 25 members from different departments actively participate in the program,
    including Middle Eastern Studies, Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages, Classics,
    English, Film and Media Studies, German Studies, French and Italian, Russian, and
    Spanish and Portuguese. The special...

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  • Iryna Shuvalova, COLT MA Graduate D'14 was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1986. She published three collections of poems in Ukrainian, and her first book of poetry in English translation is due in 2019 with Lost Horse Press. Iryna’s poetry has been translated into nine languages. Recently, she was featured in the CBC Arts documentary project “Interrupt This Program: Kiev”. Currently, she’s a PhD student and a Gates Cambridge scholar at the University of Cambridge...

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  • For over twenty years, Dartmouth's Comparative Literature Program has attracted some of the best undergraduates to the comparative study of literature and culture and this year is no exeption.  In late August we welcomed nine new students to the  2018-2019 incoming graduate class of Comparative Literature.  

    More than fifty faculty members from different departments participate actively in the Program. Dartmouth combines a national leadership role in intensive language education with...

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