Comparative Literature and Culture



CLC 1010: World Literatures and Cultures East to West and North to South (cross listed with WLC 1030)
Explore the roots of today’s global world through a selection of writers, artists, and works that have changed, challenged, and connected civilizations, past and present.  Engage with a variety of visual material inspired by the literary masterworks under examination. Find out how stories - old and recent - relate so forcefully to our lives, how they shape our understanding of love, justice, power, happiness, and other universal aspects of the human condition. Travel from Europe to Asia, from Africa to the Americas; along the way, discover the artistic wonders of some of the capitals of world culture.

Fall/Winter CLC 1010 Instructor: L. Pocci Syllabus

CLC 2104A: International Children's Literature (cross listed with German 2260F)

This is an international survey of the children's novel as a genre from the 19th century on. We will consider works of pure fantasy, as well as realistic works. The course will cover literature meant for younger audiences and teenagers, considering such themes as child-parent relationships, growing up, the power of the imagination, identity formation, freedom etc. Taught in English (all works in English translation).

Fall 2018 CLC 2104A Instructor: V. Tumanov Syllabus

CLC 2133A: Italian Popular Films (cross listed with Italian 2241F and Film 2192F)

In this course you will examine the genre history, ideological implications, and cultural anxieties expressed by a selection of different Italian film genres. Popular films will introduce you to the most successful and exported genres of Italian Cinema: come and learn about Spaghetti Western, Comedy "Italian Style", the Poliziesco, the Giallo Thriller, and the Italian Horror film! Course Poster.

Fall 2018 CLC 2133A Instructor: TBA Syllabus

CLC 2700F: World Cultures/Global Screens (cross listed with Spanish 2700A/Film 2195A)
By looking at a body of films from Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, this course aims to expose students to a wide range of questions and debates around culture and identity, while also relating these matters to circulating discourses about the Global. Depending on each case study, the consecutive units focus on different critical approaches, alternatively addressing questions concerning the representation of racial, ethnic and cultural identities, matters of gender and female authorship, and issues of genre and stardom.

Fall 2018 CLC 2700A Instructor: C. Burucua Syllabus

CLC 2129B: Mexico City (cross listed with Spanish 2102B and VAH 3390G)
Welcome to the megalopolis! 25 Million inhabitants; 7 centuries of history and culture. Examine Mexico City through its history of continuous transformations from the Aztec capital up to today. Identify traces of various pasts in the city's contemporary urban landscape and daily life, through art, film, and literature. Taught in English.

Winter 2019 CLC 2129B Instructor: A. Robin Syllabus

CLC 2131G: Rome: The Eternal City (cross listed with Italian 2242G)
Come learn to trace the past in the city's contemporary urban landscape and daily life from a cross discipline perspective! On our virtual journey we will explore artistic masterpieces, and architectural must sees, we will view cinematic representations of the city, and we will take virtual tours of the Vatican's main museums. Along the way we will read accounts, chronicles, and verses written by citizens, and amazed travellers, from Belli to Pasolini, and from Goethe to Stendhal. All roads lead to Rome! 

Winter 2019 CLC 2131G Instructor: L. Pocci Syllabus

CLC 2500F: Bridging Classroom and Community: Languages and Cultures in Action (this course is cross listed with ICC/GERMAN/ITALIAN/SPANISH 2500F)
Would you like to acquire lifelong competences that will allow you to build (self)-cultural awareness and interact meaningfully with other cultures in today's globalized world? Then Bridging Classroom and Community is your course! We will explore issues of identity, memory, immigration, prejudice, stereotype, and intercultural dialogue, while building a connection with our own London community, and its wealth of languages and cultures via collaborative projects between students and members of this community.

Fall 2018 CLC 2500F Instructor: A. Borchert Syllabus

CLC 3382F: Music, Dance & Performance in the Hispanic World (cross listed with Spanish 3591F)
This course will consider three topics in the performing and performance art of the Hispanic world that have generated global debate. We will begin with music and music education to change lives in Venezuela; continue with flamenco dance – declared a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO by 2010 – from Spain; and, finally, end with a travelling performance tour and video documentary created five-hundred years after Columbus’ arrival in the Americas by two border-crossing, US-based artists.

Fall 2018 CLC 3382F Instructor: V. Wolff Syllabus

CLC 3391G: From Berlin to Hollywood: German Exile Cinema (cross listed with German 3360G and Film Studies 3397G)
This course focuses on German directors and actors who emigrated to the U.S. before and after the Nazi seizure of power, including Fritz Lang, Marlene Dietrich and Ernst Lubitsch. Topics include: expressionism, film noir, diaspora/exile, historical trauma, the anti-Nazi film/anti-fascist aesthetics, the Hollywood studio system, importing/exporting entertainment.

Winter 2019 CLC 3391G Instructor: T. Nagl Syllabus

CLC 4500G: Senior Research Project (cross listed with German/Italian/Spanish 4500G)
In this capstone course, students develop their own research project with a specific historical or geographical perspective centred on a designated general theme. Students work in conjunction with peers and professors and choose their own medium of presentation ranging from the traditional to the experimental.

Winter 2019 CLC 4500G Instructor: V. Wolff Syllabus


Course listings are subject to change. See Academic Timetable for date, time, and location of specific courses. See Undergraduate Sessional Dates for more details and deadlines.