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Faculty Spotlight

NEWS FLASH: We thank Elin Diamond, Professor of English, for 6 great years of service as Graduate Director/Chair of Comparative Literature and we welcome Michael Levine, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, as new Graduate Director/Chair. We welcome back Professor Jorge Marcone to a second 3-year term as Undergraduate Director

Congratulations to the following faculty:

EDYTA BOJANOWSKA has received the 2013-2014 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship and will spend the year in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her work in Comparative Literature was recently featured in the Rutgers article "Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Beyond".                                         MICHAEL G. LEVINE has published a book entitled "A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida and Celan" (Fordham UP, 2013).                                                 SUSAN MARTIN-MÁRQUEZ, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature, has won National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2013-2014.
BEN. SIFUENTES-JÁUREGUI, Professor of American Studies and Comparative Literature, has received the Warren I. Susman award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to MARILYN TANKIEWICZ, Administrative Assistant in Comparative Literature, who has won the Graduate School-New Brunswick Staff Excellence Award for 2013. Way to go, Marilyn!!

Graduate Student Spotlight

Comparative Literature congratulates DR. SHIRLI SELA-LEVAVI, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Guests in their Own Homes: Homecoming, Memory and Authorship in A Guest for the Night by S.Y. Agnon and the Yash Novels by Jacob Glatstein".

Congratulations also to:

DR. ALESSIO LERRO, who successfully defended his dissertation entitled" From Baroque Allegory to Romantic Sublime: Writing, Images, and Subjectivity in Tesauro, Vico, and Novalis".                    DR. MARIA KAGER, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Bilingual Imagination: Joyce, Beckett, Nabokov and the Making of Modern Fiction". Maria is also the winner of a fellowship from Carolus Magnus Fonds, a division of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds of the Netherlands, and will use the Carolus Magnus fellowship to work on a book proposal and to write two more articles.
winner of an "associateship" in the workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages as well as an Individualized Research Practicum through the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois.

Congratulations to all!


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Winter 2011
Introduction to Short Fiction
195:135:01; Index 98003; 12/24, 12/27-30,
                                               1/3-7, 1/10-14
                                               MTWThF – 9:00-12:00 PM                                                    SC-219; CAC    
                                               Instructor:  Neil Pischner

In this course we will explore some of the world’s most incredible short fiction (short stories, novellas, film shorts).  Covering the 19th and 20th centuries, our trip will immerse us in the bitter cold of Russian winter, the chaos of sprawling Cairo, the anguished yearning for romance in France, sadness and loneliness in Tokyo, social conflict over water scarcity in Andean Peru, and much more.  You will experience the stunning prose of master authors, several of whom are Nobel Prize laureates.  You will increase your capacity to both appreciate and interpret short fiction at its best which will help you find more nuanced meaning in the world around and within.


World Mythology
195:150:01; Index 98004  12/24, 12/27-30,
                                               1/3-7, 1/10-14
                                               MTWThF – 9:00-12:00 PM                                                    SC-221; CAC    
                                               Instructor:  Liesl Owens
The aim of this course is to introduce students to a wide range of mythological and fictional texts (film, short story, poetry, novel) inspired by mythology and to theories on mythology from around the world.  The study of myth explores how groups of people from different times and places experience and explain the nature of reality, set values, and determine what is known and how it is known. Students will examine how myths function culturally, historically, aesthetically, psychologically, philosophically, and politically.  Students will also be introduced to basic reading techniques and interpretative methods which take into account the complexities of studying different cultures, reading texts translated from different languages, and working with artifacts from far distant eras.  Students will further develop analytical and critical thinking skills, and will improve their writing skills.


World Mythology

195:150:02; Index 98125   12/23, 12/27-30, 1/3-14
                                                FIRST CLASS MEETS IN
                                                EVENING, 6:00-9:00 PM
                                                MTWThF – 1:00-4:00 PM                                                     SC-215; CAC
                                                Instructor:  Sergey Toymentsev
In this course offered by Comparative Literature Department myth is understood as narratives passed down from ancient times that continue to live in our consciousness. Such narratives provide us with perfect materials to study human beings’ understanding of themselves and their relationship with the external world.  With such an understanding of myth in mind, we are going to read closely several mythical texts from both the Western and non-Western traditions, examine the relationship between these myths and human psyche, explore their influences on art, religion and philosophy, and study their roles in the development of human civilization in general.  The goal of the course is to improve the students’ reading and analytical skills of both literary and theoretical texts as well as their writing skills, to initiate them into understanding cultural products contextually and provide them with new perspectives to understand the world and themselves. 


World Cinema II

195:321:06; Index 98233  12/23, 12/27-30,
                                               1/3-7, 1/10-14
                                               CLASS HELD IN WRITERS HOUSE
                                               MTWThF – 6:00-9:00 PM                                                    MU-003; CAC
                                               Instructor:  Hugo Rios
                                               Credit not given for both this course and 01:354:321
This course will explore recent developments in World Cinema from the mid 1990’s to 2010. We will learn how to read and interpret, take notes and write about a film while exploring, analyzing and comparing a wide variety of cinematic expressions and traditions. We will work with the primary texts but also we are going to keep track of the historical and cultural backgrounds that produced them by means of secondary literature.
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