Letter from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

Fall 2019

Dear Literature and Comparative Cultures Majors,

Welcome back to campus! I hope your break was (and continues to be) relaxing and restorative. In this letter you’ll find some information about the classes being offered this fall term, as well as a few reminders about requirements for the Major.

As at the beginning of every semester, 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 extended 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. Lindsay Stern, the Senior Essay Coordinator, will provide a calendar of these dates in the coming week.

Our required course for the major will be offered this semester:

  • LITR 130 “How to Read” with Profs. Ramachandran and Hodgkin

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

Let me remind you that all majors who are following the curriculum adopted last fall (that means most of you) are required to take on 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: “Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason” (GMAN 381); “Literature and Philosophy, Revolution to Romanticism” (LITR 463); “Postcolonial Ecologies” (LITR 461); “Zionism and Literature” (LITR 456): “Heidegger’s Being and Time” (LITR 330); “Saying Goodbye: Meditations on Art, Death and Afterlives, the Bible through Shakespeare and Sor Juan” (LITR 327); “Marxist Theory of Literature” (LITR 317); “Black Feminist Theory” (WGSS 305); “Language, Culture, and Ideology” (ANTH 413); “Language and Power” (PHIL 442). I’m happy to discuss any questions 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 any literature class, in any department, is potentially eligible for general credit in the LCC Major, whether or not it carries a LITR number. To discuss if a particular class qualifies, please contact me, or stop by my office.

Finally, I will note that Profs. Creswell, Figlerowicz, and Campe will be on leave this term.

I look forward to meeting with all of you soon.

                                                                                With very best wishes,

                                                                                Moira Fradinger

                                                                                Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies