Spring 2018

Courses open to both undergraduate and graduate students: U/G (300-699)
Courses only open to graduate students: G (700-999)

COMPLIT 350: Topics in Comparative Literature:  Global Sports Narratives 3cr (U/G) Class#52308 LEC 202 ONLINE (Momcilovic)

Sport is not just a business venture or an extracurricular activity. It can also shape the way we think about broader issues like illness and health, politics and identity, nationalism and internationalism, celebrity culture and spectatorship, and even the mind and the body. This online literature course introduces students to the full range of social, cultural, political, and even philosophical meanings of sport. Our survey will include a wide selection of texts dealing with sports and athletic activities around the world—from football, wrestling, and baseball, to horseback riding, hunting, and running, and even the Olympic games and the World Cup. Our texts will tentatively include Homer’s Odyssey and Pindar’s ancient Olympic odes; Yukio Mishima’s Sun and Steel; short stories by Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, Julio Cortazar, and Willa Cather; and films like Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, and Hoop Dreams.

Topics in Comparative Literature: Early Christian Literature 3cr (U/G)              Class#55121 LEC 201 ONLINE (Williams)

What did the faithful of the early Church believe? How did they address the questions of politics, society, gender, and history? Why were women able to attain leadership roles in some Christian groups and not in others? Why were some Christian groups labeled “heretical” and others “orthodox”? Why has the literature, beliefs and doctrines of ‘heretical” groups been kept hidden from general readers? (As in the movie Stigmata!) Why are there so many different Christian groups and divisions among them? This course, composed as an upper level introductory course, is designed to address the questions above and others by critically exploring the diverse literature of early Christianity from the second through the fourth centuries of the Common Era (100s – 300s C.E.). While no prior knowledge of the literature is required, a close reading and serious engagement of the literature is expected. The purpose of this course is two-fold: (1) to introduce students to a broad array and of examples of early Christian literature outside of the New Testament canon; and 2) to critically examine and explore the variety of early “Christianities” and other related social and religious issues that are reflected in these writings.