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Comparative World Literature

College of Liberal Arts

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Comparative World Literature - CWL Courses

LOWER DIVISION

100. Introduction to World Literature (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any GE Foundation course.
Readings in translation from world literature. Emphasis on how literature engages unique cultural elements around the world as well as cross-cultural comparisons.

101. Introduction to Comparative World Literature (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any GE Foundation course.
Introduction to basics of literary interpretation and comparative literature. Strongly recommended for majors in Comparative World Literature.

103. Introduction to Comparative Asian Literature and Culture (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any GE Foundation course.
Introduction to India and China cultures through an exploration of their literatures, cultures, and diasporas. Focus will be on the modern period.

104. Literature and Culture of the Middle East (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any GE Foundation course.
Introduction to Middle Eastern and North African culture through an exploration of their literatures, with a focus on some of the major figures of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries, such as Naguib Mahfouz, Ghassan Kanafani, Edward Said, and others.
Letter grade only (A-F).

124. Introduction to World Theatre and Drama (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any GE Foundation course.
Introduction to all aspects of theatre including criticism, dramatic literature, movements, themes, historical background and theatrical production from different parts of the world.

132. Folklore and Mythology (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Any GE Foundation course.
Introduction to the study of mythology and folklore in a global context, with an emphasis on their application in literature.
Not open for credit to students with credit in CWL 232.

161. Reading the World (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 100 or equivalent.
Introduction to contemporary theories of reading and interpretation. Examination of diverse forms of human expression and critical understanding from around the world and across the disciplines designed to develop and refine a broad repertoire of reading tools and practices.

220. Literature and Play (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of the GE Foundation courses.
Explores interrelation of human physiological, social, and psychological states of being in culturally and historically diverse works of literature concentrated on nature of human play and the purpose of human games.

UPPER DIVISION

General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.

315I. Literature and Medicine (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Interdisciplinary examination of the complex relationship between medicine and human experience, integrating materials from the humanities and social sciences to explore diverse experiences across cultures, between and among genders, and in various economic and social contexts.
Letter grade only (A-F).

320I. Comic Spirit (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Study of comedy as a literary genre and of the manifestation of the comic spirit in related art forms such as music, art, and film, focusing on the history and philosophy of comedy as well as theories of laughter.

324I. Theatre Today (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Examines current trends, achievements and problems in contemporary western theatre and dramatic literature. Particular attention will be paid to multicultural expression in the theatre.
Same course as THEA 324I. Not open for credit to students with credit in THEA 324I.

330A,B. Masterpieces of European Literature (3,3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Representative selections, in translation, of European texts to and since the Renaissance, and their relation to the development of Western civilization.

334. Introduction to East Asian Literatures and Cultures (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
A comprehensive introduction to the comparative study of East Asian cultures through the reading of representative selections from the literatures of China, Korea, and Japan in historical context. Focus is on the modern period.
Same course as A/ST 334. Not open for credit to students with credit in A/ST 334.

342. The Bible as Literature (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Foundation requirements.
Reading of representative Biblical selections interpreted from a literary standpoint.

344. Literature of the Holocaust (3)

Prerequisites: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Intensive study of literary works of different genres and cultural backgrounds, from 1945 to the present, to analyze the strategies writers use to present the historical events and the cultural reverberations of the Holocaust.

346. Readings in World Poetry (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Representative selections of the poetry of the world from the earliest examples to the present. Facing-page translations will be included.

349. Literary Movements (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Intensive study of a movement or theme in world literature. Specific movement or theme will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

350. Global Literature in American Culture (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Comparative and thematic study of transnational literary culture, as represented in at least three distinct American ethnic groups. Readings examined in relation to contemporary global themes and in relation to the original national literatures.

361. Masterpieces of Literary Criticism (3)

Study of literary criticism from Plato to the present, focusing on history of literary and cultural theory as well as methods of critical analysis applied to literary texts and other forms of cultural expression.

365. Cultural Studies: Histories, Theories, and Issues (3)

Prerequisite: one course in literature or instructor’s consent.
Cultural studies in a global, comparative context, including theories of discursive practices and identity politics; examined through theoretical discourses about literature and the arts and also as an interpretive technique for cultural institutions, practices, and products.

402./502. Studies in Middle Eastern Literature and Culture (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Study of specific authors, themes, genres, movements, or aspects of literature and culture in the Middle East or between the Middle East and the West.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

403./503. Studies in Asian Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Interrelationships of two or more authors, themes, genres, movements or aspects of literature and culture in Asia or between Asia and the West.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

404./504. Women in World Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Study of the role of women in world literature.
Specific movement, area, or theme will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

406./506. Studies in East European Literature and Culture (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Major movements, authors, and themes in Eastern European literature and culture (Slavic and non-Slavic) and/or the relationship of East European literature and culture and Western Europe and North America.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

410. Literature and Music (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Examination of relationship between music and literature in 19th and 20th centuries with emphasis placed on representative literary works and musical compositions that show mutual influences and common features and structures.

412I. Art and Literature (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Interdisciplinary study of 19th and 20th Century art and literature, emphasizing comparative analysis of styles, methods, principles, and movements across genres as well as major artists, writers and theorists in their social and historical contexts.

414I. Medieval World (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Interdisciplinary examination of major themes in medieval society and culture, with an emphasis on literature, the arts, and the historical forces that combined to produce medieval culture as a whole.

415I. Ethnic Literature and Culture in America (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Comparative, interdisciplinary study of multicultural literature in historical and sociopolitical context. Ethnic groups include Native American, African American, Latino/Latina, Asian American and Middle Eastern American.

420. Studies in the Comic Spirit (3)

Prerequisite: CWL 320I or consent of instructor.
Study of specific themes, theories, genres and/or interdisciplinary relationships in comedy.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

422I. Renaissance Theatre and Drama (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
Interdisciplinary study of the achievements, problems, themes and trends of Renaissance drama in Italy, Spain, France, and England between 1350 and 1650. Major plays of the period are read in translation, with attention to literary and theatrical elements.

430./530. Dante (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
A reading, in translation, of the major works of Dante, including the Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy. Examination is also given to the comparative nature of Dante’s work: his sources and his influence on later writers, artists, and composers.

431./531. Medieval Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Representative selections, in translation, from writings of the medieval period, reflecting dominant ideas of the time.

432./532. Continental Renaissance Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Comparative study of the major non-dramatic works of Renaissance Europe, including authors such as Petrarch, Boccaccio, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Machiavelli, Ariosto, Tasso, Ronsard, Rabelais, Erasmus, and Cervantes. Emphasis is also given to influences, trends, and contributions to the modern world.

435./535. Literature of the Enlightenment (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
A comparative study of European literature, from approximately 1650 to 1800, with an emphasis on reading literary works within historical context and considering the imaginative and intellectual achievements and legacies of the Enlightenment.

437./537. Romantic Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Representative selections, in translation, from European writers of the Romantic period with an emphasis on a comparative study of works from Germany and France from about 1770-1850.

438./538. 20th Century European Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Comparative study of continental European literature from 1900 to present. Focus on novels and drama. Topics include realism, naturalism, psychological novel, theatre of the absurd, existentialism, modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism.

440./540. Latin American Literary Studies (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Comparative study of major literary genres in Latin American literature in relation to principal periods and movements of Western literary tradition.
Genres for the semester will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

445./545. American Folklore Studies (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Special topics in American folklore. Topics are chosen to provide a bridge between literary, aesthetic and specialized folkloristic studies of American culture. Special attention will be paid to European and Third World contributions to American folklore.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

448./548. Comparative Studies (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Interrelationship of two or more disciplines, with emphasis on reciprocal influences and borrowing of materials during various literary periods. The class will feature a different interdisciplinary study each semester.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

449./549. Critical Studies in Major Continental Writers (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Intensive and comparative study of one to three major continental authors.
Authors to be studied will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

451I. Film and Novel in Society (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation requirements, one or more Foundation courses, and upper-division status.
Interdisciplinary study of two genres, with particular focus on novels made into films and on aesthetic distinction of both forms as major genres in 20th and 21st centuries.

452./552. Studies in Mythology (3)

Prerequisites: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Interrelation of two or more mythologies, mythological themes or theories of mythology. Different areas of study of mythology each semester.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

453./553. Fairy Tales (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Study of fairy tale as a unique literary genre and art form. Class will apply contemporary theory to tales and identify psychological, religious, cultural, and alchemical patterns and symbols that manifest the realization of identity and illustrate creative processes.

461./561. Topics in Contemporary Literary Criticism (3)

Prerequisite: Two upper-division literature courses or consent of instructor.
In-depth study of a particular critic or movement in contemporary literary theory.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

492. Internship Program (1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and department chair.
Field work in literature-related industries. Internships and other assignments directed by a supervising faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Credit/No Credit grading only.

495. Genre (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Production of student journal, Genre, including editing, design, soliciting contributors, working with printer, desktop publishing, and financial management. Organizational meeting previous fall semester. Contact department office for information.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units. Credit/No Credit grading only.

499. Directed Studies (1-4)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Independent study of special topics under supervision of a faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with consent of department.

GRADUATE LEVEL

501. Advanced Interdisciplinary Study (3)

Intensive study of the theories and methods of comparing and interrelating literature with other disciplines such as various areas among the fine arts, the social sciences and the sciences. Course will involve independent research.
Letter grade only (A-F).

502./402. Studies in Middle Eastern Literature and Culture (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Study of specific authors, themes, genres, movements, or aspects of literature and culture in the Middle East or between the Middle East and the West.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

503./403. Studies in Asian Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Interrelationships of two or more authors, themes, genres, movements or aspects of literature and culture in Asia or between Asia and the West.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

504./404. Women in World Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Study of the role of women in world literature.
Specific movement, area, or theme will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

506./406. Studies in East European Literature and Culture (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Major movements, authors, and themes in Eastern European literature and culture (Slavic and non-Slavic) and/or the relationship of East European literature and culture and Western Europe and North America.
Letter grade only (A-F). Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics.

530./430. Dante (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
A reading, in translation, of the major works of Dante, including the Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy. Examination is also given to the comparative nature of Dante’s work: his sources and his influence on later writers, artists, and composers.
Letter grade only (A-F).

531./431. Medieval Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Representative selections, in translation, from writings of the medieval period, reflecting dominant ideas of the time.
Letter grade only (A-F).

532./432. Continental Renaissance Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Comparative study of the major non-dramatic works of Renaissance Europe, including authors such as Petrarch, Boccaccio, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Machiavelli, Ariosto, Tasso, Ronsard, Rabelais, Erasmus, and Cervantes. Emphasis is also given to influences, trends, and contributions to the modern world.
Letter grade only (A-F).

535./435. Literature of the Enlightenment (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Comparative study of European literature, from approximately 1650 to 1800, with an emphasis on reading literary works within historical context and considering the imaginative and intellectual achievements and legacies of the Enlightenment.

537./437. Romantic Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Representative selections in translation from European writers of the Romantic period with an emphasis on a comparative study of works from Germany and France from about 1770-1850.

538./438. 20th Century European Literature (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Comparative study of continental European literature from 1900 to present. Focus on novels and drama. Topics include realism, naturalism, psychological novel, theatre of the absurd, existentialism, modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism.
Letter grade only (A-F).

540./440. Latin American Literary Studies (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Comparative study of major literary genres in Latin American literature in relation to the principal periods and movements of the Western literary tradition.
Genres for the semester will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

545./445. American Folklore Studies (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Special topics in American folklore. Topics are chosen to provide a bridge between literary, aesthetic and specialized folkloristic studies of American culture. Special attention will be paid to European and Third World contributions to American folklore.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.

548./448. Comparative Studies (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Interrelationship of two or more disciplines, with emphasis on reciprocal influences and borrowing of materials during various literary periods. The class will feature a different interdisciplinary study each semester.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

549./449. Critical Studies in Major Continental Writers (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Intensive and comparative study of one to three major continental authors.
Authors to be studied will be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

550. Topics in Comparative World Literature (3)

Prerequisite: CWL 501 or consent of instructor.
Special studies of movements, figures and relationships in world literature; or between world literature and other disciplines.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

552./452. Studies in Mythology (3)

Prerequisites: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Interrelation of two or more mythologies, mythological themes or theories of mythology. This class will feature a different area of an interdisciplinary or comparative nature in the study of mythology each semester.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics. Letter grade only (A-F).

553./453. Fairy Tales (3)

Prerequisite: One course in literature or consent of instructor.
Study of fairy tale as a unique literary genre and art form. Class will apply contemporary theory to tales and identify psychological, religious, cultural, and alchemical patterns and symbols that manifest the realization of identity and illustrate creative processes.
Letter grade only (A-F).

561./461. Topics in Contemporary Literary Criticism (3)

Prerequisite: Two upper division literature courses or consent of instructor.
In-depth study of a particular critic or movement in contemporary literary theory.
May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units with different topics.