Courses

FALL 2019

Complit 309 Great Works of Modern Literature
Topic: The Truth of Others

Jay Xu [jianxu@uwm.edu]
Lec 002 / GER [HU] / 3 cr / MW 4:00pm-5:15pm / LUB S233 / U/G

In this class we’ll be exploring a modern literary experience that is mediated by a narrative encounter with otherness. This experience of otherness can be cultural, social, racial/ethnic, religious, or sexual, and is always embodied. We will focus on a range of well-known works from various parts of the world and examine how in these works the encounter with various kinds of otherness unsettles our normal ways of looking at the world, bringing to crisis our assumed values, cultural identities, and a sense of a stable and coherent self always in control… Central to our study are various textual formations that generate an embodied experience of the Other, creating an array of literary subjectivities capable of answering to the truth of others. We will examine how literary texts posit different epistemological relations to this truth and enable our experience of otherness to be authentic and richly rewarding. In this semester, we’ll be exploring also the topics of diaspora and immigration in the context of both postcolonial and global capitalist conditions worsened by the rise of nationalism. The general goal of the course is to expose students to the transformative power of literature and to equip them with ethical and interpretive tools to make sense of a number of literary and visual texts produced in diverse cultural and social conditions. In addition, they may assimilate a variety of critical ideas relevant for addressing some of the most urgent problems of society and find creative solutions.

Complit 350: Topics in Comparative Literature [Online]
Topic: Global Sports Narratives

Drago Momcilovic [momcilov@uwm.edu]
Lec 201 / 3 cr / Online/ U/G

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 and A League of Their Own.

COMPLIT 365: Literatures and Cultures of the Americas
Topic: Gender and Protest

Kristin Pitt [kepitt@uwm.edu]
Lec 001 / 3 cr / TR 12 :30pm-1 :45pm / LUB N130 / U/G

This course will explore multiple ways in which understandings of gender have shaped both the practices and targets of protest and dissent in the contemporary Americas. How do political and cultural protests challenge or enforce dominant narratives of patriarchy, gender binaries, or compulsory heterosexuality? How do narratives of gender and sexuality shape what we understand as protest at all? Course materials will include literature and other forms of art as well as cultural criticism, theory, and journalism.

COMPLIT 820: Translation Theory

Anne Fisher [fisherao@uwm.edu]
Lec 201 / 3 cr / Online / G

Jointly offered with TRNSLTN 820.