Letter from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Literature and Comparative Cultures Major

451 College St., #102

August 2020

Dear Literature and Comparative Cultures Majors,

Welcome back! I hope your summer was restorative and that in spite of our extraordinary circumstances you will settle on campus with no problems . Yale has been hard at work preparing what will certainly be an unsual semester. This is also the first time that Yale requires pre-registration for all your courses. The “shopping period” will be done entirely online (from August 7 to August 12) and I am here to help you sort out your courses or resolve any other problem you encounter in the midst of our current Covid-19 situation, as you return to campus or stay at home. Please feel free to email me at moira.fradinger@yale.edu to set up a virtual meeting during your pre-registration week or to contact our Registrar Mary Jane Stevens at maryjane.stevens@yale.edu

If you feel in need to contact any member of the Comparative Literature department please go to their information on the web and see what their virtual office hours are. The default method of contact is to email faculty directly.

In this letter you’ll find some information about the classes being offered this fall, as well as a few reminders about requirements for the Major.

As at the beginning of every term, you’ll need to have your schedule signed by a faculty member, and it would be a good idea if I were to do this, so that we can also discuss your progress. I’ll have long office hours over the next couple of weeks, with plenty of spaces available.

If you’re a senior, I ask that you to keep in mind all deadlines relevant to the senior essay listed on our website. Lindsay Stern, the Senior Essay Coordinator, will provide her office hours at a later date.

One of our two required courses for the major will both be offered this semester:

  • LITR 140 “How to Compare” with Prof. Sam Hodgkin

Please note that LITR 143, “World Cinema” will not be offered this spring.

We do recommend that majors and potential majors take care of their requirements as early as possible.

Let me remind you that all majors are required to take one class during their course of study that devotes significant time to theoretical or methodological matters. Some examples of courses being taught this fall that will satisfy this requirement are: LITR 306a/GMAN 301a, Karl Marx’s Capital (Paul North); LITR 317a, Marxist Theory of Literature (Hannan Hever); LITR 323a, ENGL 237a, Animals in Literature and Theory (Jonathan Kramnick). For those looking for courses to fulfill period requirements, for Medieval Literature consider: LITR 172a/EALL 210a, Man and Nature in Chinese Literature (Kang-I sun Chang), LITR 183a/IT 310a/HUMS 180a, Dante in Translation. (Simona Lorenzini) and LITR 194a/ENGL 154a/HUMS 134a/FR 216a, Multicultural Middle Ages. (A.Butterfield). For EUROPEAN LITERATURE SINCE 1800, consider LITR 247a/GMAN 378a, German Fiction Around 1800 (Kirk Wetters) and LITR 284a/FR 270a/GMAN 214a, Mad Poets of 19th/20th Centuries (Tom Connolly).

I’m happy to discuss any questions you may have about whether a given course might satisfy requirements, including a course you may have taken in the past (it’s always helpful to bring along a syllabus from the course).

Let me also remind you that that any literature class, in any department, is potentially eligible for general credit in the  Literature and Comparative Cultures Major, whether or not it carries an LITR number. To discuss if a particular class qualifies, please contact me.

Finally, please do not miss the dates for pre-registration. Here is a reminder:

  • Yale Pre-registration: Aug 7 to Aug 12
  • Information about your admission on limited enrolment courses: Aug 17
  • students submit their course selections to DUS: AUGUST 21
  • Aug 31: Yale classes begin Aug 31
    • Online course add/drop period also begins Aug 31
  • Sept 11: Online course add/drop ends

I look forward to virtually meeting with all of you soon. If you need assistance during the pre-registration period please email me at: moira.fradinger@yale.edu. That way we can schedule a meeting or solve your queries on email.

With best wishes for the new term,

Moira Fradinger

Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Literature and Comparative Cultures Major