Interpretation Domain Courses

The major method of the humanities is interpretation, understood as any kind of reading, decoding or deciphering of signs, sign - systems, languages, texts, artworks, and material artefacts. Humanists ask what meaning is, how it is produced and communicated, and how meaning fails. Critical reflection on questions of language, meaning and interpretation is the central concern of a wide range of different theories and philosophies in the humanities, such as hermeneutics, Saussurean linguistics, structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and ordinary language philosophy. This category includes courses concerned with the practice of interpretation and reading, and/or the theoretical problems arising from the attempt to understand human signs and artefacts.

Number Title Codes
LIT 80S Special Topics: Introduction to Literature
LIT 89S First-Year Seminar
LIT 102 Introduction to African American Studies CCI, CZ, SS
LIT 190S Special Topics: Introduction to Literature
LIT 201 Introduction to Global Cultural Studies CCI, EI, ALP, CZ
LIT 205 The Problem of Love in Western Literature CCI, R, ALP, CZ
LIT 239S Korean Literature and Culture in Translation: Local and Global Connections CCI, ALP, CZ
LIT 240 The Devil's Pact: Faust and the Faust Tradition CCI, EI, ALP
LIT 243 Introduction to Latino/a Studies in the Global South CCI, ALP, SS
LIT 245 Dante's Divine Comedy: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise CCI, EI, ALP, CZ
LIT 246 Flaubert's Brain: Neurohumanities CCI, STS, ALP
LIT 248S Chinese Literature and Culture in Translation CCI, ALP, CZ
LIT 252 Romantic Fairy Tales: Literary and Folk Fairy Tales from Grimms to Disney CCI, ALP, CZ
LIT 260S Freud and Sexuality CCI, R, SS
LIT 261S Freud and Feminism: The Unconscious CCI, R, SS
LIT 273 What Is Europe? CCI, R, ALP, CZ
LIT 276S Turkish History through the Novels of Orhan Pamuk CCI, EI, ALP, CZ
LIT 280 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud CCI, CZ, SS
LIT 280D Marx, Nietzsche, Freud CCI, EI, CZ, SS
LIT 285 Existentialism CCI, EI, ALP
LIT 290 Special Topics in International Literature and Culture
LIT 290S-1 Special Topics in International Literature and Culture
LIT 301S Theory Today: Introduction to the Study of Literature ALP
LIT 328S Literary Islam CCI, ALP, CZ
LIT 344 Poetics of Murder CCI, ALP
LIT 345S Popular Fictions ALP
LIT 351 Contemporary Novel ALP
LIT 351S Contemporary Novel ALP
LIT 365S Love, Marriage, Education: Theories About Women from Rousseau to Beauvoir CCI, ALP
LIT 375 Latin American Literature in Translation CCI, ALP
LIT 380 Marxism and Society EI, CZ, SS
LIT 382S Fictions That Mark the Moment CCI, EI, R, ALP, CZ
LIT 390 Special Topics in Literature
LIT 390-10 Special Topics in Literature and National Cultures, Ethnicity, Race
LIT 390-11 Special Topics in Third World or Postcolonial Literature and Cultures
LIT 390-5 Selected Topics in Feminist Studies
LIT 390-7 Special Topics in the Study of Literature in Relation to Other Disciplines
LIT 390A-13 Special Topics in World Literature and Culture
LIT 390S Special Topics in Literature
LIT 390S-1 Special Topics in Literary Genres
LIT 390S-10 Special Topics in Literature and National Cultures, Ethnicity, Race
LIT 390S-11 Special Topics in Third World or Postcolonial Literature and Cultures
LIT 390S-15 Special Topics in North American Literature and Culture
LIT 390S-2 Special Topics in Literary Movements
LIT 390S-3 Special Topics in Individual Authors
LIT 390S-5 Selected Topics in Feminist Studies
LIT 390S-6 Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality
LIT 390S-7 Special Topics in the Study of Literature in Relation to Other Disciplines
LIT 390S-8 Special Topics in Culture and the Arts
LIT 390S-9 Special Topics in Science and Culture
LIT 390SA Special Topics in Literature
LIT 412S Cultures of New Media STS, ALP, SS
LIT 430 Gender and the Law CCI, EI, SS
LIT 475S Queer Theory CCI, ALP, SS
LIT 490-1 Special Topics in Theory
LIT 490S-1 Special Topics Theory
LIT 490S-2 Special Topics in Literature
LIT 495 Honors Thesis I R, W, ALP
LIT 496 Honors Thesis II R, W, ALP
LIT 521S Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science STS, CZ
LIT 530S Seminar in Asian and Middle Eastern Cultural Studies CZ
LIT 540S Methods and Theories of Romance Studies CCI, R, ALP
LIT 541 Medieval Fictions CCI, FL, ALP
LIT 543S Reading Heidegger CCI, EI, ALP, CZ
LIT 551S Translation: Theory/Praxis CCI, ALP
LIT 571 East Asian Cultural Studies CCI, R, ALP, CZ
LIT 572S Antonio Gramsci and the Marxist Legacy CCI, CZ, SS
LIT 573S Ethnohistory of Latin America CCI, R, CZ, SS
LIT 580S Jews and the End of Theory CCI, EI, R, CZ, SS
LIT 583S Dante Studies CCI, ALP, CZ
LIT 584S Boccaccio Studies CCI, R, ALP
LIT 590 Special Topics in Literature
LIT 590S Special Topics in Literature
LIT 612S Theories of the Image: The Image in Walter Benjamin ALP
LIT 622 Science Studies STS, ALP
LIT 623 Body Works: Medicine, Technology, and the Body in Early Twenty-First Century America CCI, STS, ALP
LIT 625S Comparative Media Studies STS, ALP
LIT 632S Whitehead, Bergson, James CCI, EI, ALP, CZ
LIT 640S Theory and Practice of Literary Translation CCI, W, ALP
LIT 644 Modernism
LIT 672 Representation in a Global Perspective CCI, ALP
LIT 681S Wittgensteinian Perspectives on Literary Theory ALP
LIT 682 The Intellectual as Writer ALP, CZ
LIT 683 Studies in Legal Theory
LIT 690 Special Topics in Literature
LIT 690-1 Special Topics in Literature of the Modern Era
LIT 690-3 Topics in Cultural Studies
LIT 690-6 Topics in Psychoanalytic Theory and Criticism
LIT 690-7 Special Topics in Literature and History
LIT 690-8 Special Topics in Literature: Paradigms of Modern Thought
LIT 690S Special Topics in Literature
LIT 690S-3 Topics in Cultural Studies
LIT 690S-4 Special Topics in Film
LIT 690S-8 Special Topics in Literature: Paradigms of Modern Thought
LIT 695S Literature Seminar ALP