COLT 42.03 Robbers, Pirates & Terrorists W19

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.

COLT 10.20 Revolutionary Genres W19 @ 10 hour

This course is a survey of the main aesthetic trends and genres that rose to prominence in Africa, Asia and Latin America during the Age of National Liberation i.e. the 1940s-1960s. The seminar will explore the relationship between literature, politics and the creation of national identity. Who are “the people” and what does it mean to become a nation? How are nationalism and sovereignty performed in the cultural sphere? What kind of utopian or dystopian worlds did the writers and artists of the time portray? Why did the quotidian and the “everyman” become central to so much of the literature of the time? These are some of the questions that this interdisciplinary course will explore as it surveys the main literary and cultural trends of a period of great sociopolitical and aesthetic influence.

Eman Morsi

COLT 40 Material Realities: Matters W19 @ 10A

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 industrial age of newsprint, to the pdf—to find out how paper permeated modern culture and civilization as deeply as it did. Combining media-historical and literary readings, we will study the impact that paper had on literary and intellectual production. How might the choice of writing surface both enable and restrict the writer’s creative possibilities? Theoretical readings by McLuhan, Foucault, Kittler, and Johns; selected literary writings by de Pizane, Diderot and D’Alembert, Defoe, Lichtenberg, Dickens, George, and Sudjic. Parts of the course will be taught hands-on with print objects from Rauner Library.

Comparative Literature Master of Arts Program

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 focus of the M.A. is both to give graduate students
the methodological, cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical training they need for advanced
work in Comparative Literature and to encourage them to pursue their independent
research interests.

The aim of our Master in Comparative Literature is to provide the tools necessary for Ph.D.
study or for professional careers in translation, teaching, publishing, and international
studies, among others.

Welcome new COLT Graduate Students

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 a renowned literature faculty and impressive library strengths. Dartmouth is thus uniquely placed to train M.A. candidates in foreign languages, literary theory, and practical scholarship.

Mellon Mays Program at 25 years

At 25 Years, Mellon Mays Will See Record Eight Graduate

In the 25 years of the program at Dartmouth, one third of the 120 Mellon Mays alumni have enrolled in PhD programs, says Michelle Warren, a professor of comparative literature and Dartmouth coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established the program in 1988 with eight founding institutions to increase faculty diversity. Dartmouth and fellow Ivies Harvard, Yale, and Princeton joined the following academic year, as did the UNCF consortium of historically black colleges and universities. The program has since grown to dozens of institutions across the country, and includes three universities in South Africa.

“Underrepresentation in higher education remains a significant issue,” says Warren.

For the full story please go to the Dartmouth Now.