Letter from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Spring 2017

Director of Undergraduate Studies, David Gabriel, sitting behind a desk

Welcome back to campus! I hope your break was both relaxing and productive. In this letter you’ll find some information about the classes being offered this spring, as well as a few reminders about requirements for the Major. 

As at the beginning of every term, you need to have your schedule signed by a faculty member. It would be a good idea if I were to do this, so that we can discuss your progress and I can introduce myself as the new Director of Undergraduate Studies. I’ll have long office-hours over the next couple of weeks, with plenty of spaces available. Please make an appointment by calling Mary Jane Stevens (2-4750) or stopping by the Comparative Literature Office. 

If you’re a senior, I ask that you keep in mind all deadlines relevant to the senior essay. Professor Skorupa, the Senior Essay Coordinator, provided a calendar of these dates in her note of 1/9. You should meet with Professor Skorupa and it would be a good idea for you to meet with me as well.

As usual, the prerequsite and required courses for the Major are on offer:

Course Number Course Title Professor
LITR 143 “World Cinema”

Dudley Andrew
Marta Figlerowicz

LITR 300 “Literary Theory” Martin Hägglund
LITR 348 “Practice of Literary Translation” Peter Cole

The last of these (LITR 348) is a requirement for those of you who are following the translation track in the Major. We recommend that majors and potential majors take care of their requirements as early as possible.

The following constitute this semester’s offering of core seminars:  

Course Number Course Title Professor
LITR 407 “Shakespeare and Tragedy” David Quindt
LITR 412 “Modernism, Empire, World Crisis” Joseph Cleary
LITR 431 “Systems and Their Theory” Henry Sussman
LITR 439 “Rilke and Yeats” Carol Jacobs

Let me also remind you that that any literature class, in any department, is potentially eligible for general credit in the Literature Major, whether or not it carries an LITR number. To discuss if a particular class qualifies, please contact me (it’s always helpful to have on hand a syllabus for the class in question). 

The past year was one of surprisses and stresses for many of us. More lie ahead, but hte New Year serves as a good time to remind ourselves that we are all scholars together in the Literature Major, students and faculty alike, committed to a joint endeavor. I’m very excited and pleased to be the new DUS, and look forward to meeting with all of you soon. 

With very best wishes,

Robyn Creswell

Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Literature Major