The Literature Program


Course Offerings

The Literature Program at Bard offers courses in the following categories:
  • Sequence Courses
  • Introduction Courses
  • 100/200-Level Courses
  • 300- and 400-Level Courses
  • World Literature
  • Junior Seminar

Current Course List

Current Course List
Historical studies in the Comparative, English and American literature traditions are organized into sequences. Click the course titles below to see their descriptions.

Sequence Courses

  • LIT 204B Comparative Literature II
  • LIT 204C Comparative Literature III
  • LIT 250 English Literature I
  • LIT 252 English Literature III
  • LIT 257 American Literature I
  • LIT 260 American Literature IV

Introduction Course Samples

  • LIT 103 Introduction to Literary Studies

100/200-Level Course Samples

  • LIT 131 Women and Leadership
  • LIT 2035 Religion and the Secular in Literary Modernism
  • LIT 2081 Mass Culture of Postwar Japan
  • LIT 211 Future Black
  • LIT 2140 Domesticity and Power
  • LIT 220 Madness
  • LIT 2206 Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature and Culture
  • LIT 2213 Building Stories
  • LIT 2245 Contemporary Russian Fiction
  • LIT 227 Labor and Migration in Arabic Literature
  • LIT 2311 St. Petersburg: City, Monument, Text
  • LIT 2319 The Art of Translation
  • LIT 2331 Classic American Gothic
  • LIT 235 Introduction to Media
  • LIT 2421 Milton
  • LIT 2509 Telling Stories About Rights
  • LIT 2607 Introduction to Literary Theory
  • LIT 280 The Heroic Age

300- and 400-Level Course Samples

  • LIT 3033 Toward (A) Moral Fiction
  • LIT 315 Proust: In Search of Lost Time
  • LIT 3212 Writing Africa
  • LIT 3243 Writing Women in Early Literature
  • LIT 333 Innovative Contemporary Fiction
  • LIT 355 American Realisms
  • LIT 389 Different Voices, Different Views
  • LIT 405 Senior Colloquium: Literature

World Literature Courses

World Literature courses explore the interrelations among literary cultures throughout the world. They pay special attention to such topics as translation, cultural difference, the emergence of diverse literary systems, and the relations between global sociopolitical issues and literary form.

Current World Literature Courses

  • CHI 220 Modern Chinese Fiction
  • LIT 2404 Fantastic Journeys and the Modern World
  • LIT 276B Chosen Voices: Jewish Authors
  • LIT 313 Literary Responses to Totalitarianism
  • LIT 339 Writing After Modernism: Quixote, The Boom, and Postmodern Play
  • LIT 3640 Memorable 19th Century Novels

Junior Seminar in Literature

A junior seminar is specifically designed for moderated juniors preparing for senior project work in literature. Maximum enrollment is l5. Common expectations for all junior seminars are the following:

1) A 20-25 pp. paper will be written in the course of the semester, representing the student’s independent work.

2) The seminar will entail the students’ substantial exposure to a methodology other than close reading, that is, historical research, theory, or criticism and scholarship specific to the topic. By this means students grounded in close reading during their first two years will come to discover how to contextualize their ideas in significant ways. 

They will fine-tune their understanding of poetic techniques, or the forms of narrative of drama.   They will ask themselves how texts are vehicles for aesthetic and cultural values, as well as produce them. This is to study, in short, how literature participates in culture rather than simply serving as its reflection. They will also discover what literary analysis can tell us about the strengths and limitations of emerging textual practices (web-based research, distinguishing between primary sources and Wikipedia).

Students are expected to acquire competence in the methodology and to write the long paper within its framework.

3) The seminar will include short assignments and other work (such as discussion and writing practices that encourage exploratory and experimental ventures in the new area) that will help the students make progress toward the long paper, and secondarily encourage habits of collaborative work that may serve also as a support for the chapters of senior project.

Current Junior Seminar Courses

  • LIT 314 Women's Bodies/Women's Voices: Victorian to Modern
  • LIT 3019 Nabokov's Shorts: The Art of Conclusive Writing
  • LIT 3036 Poetic Lineages