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Courses - CWL 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 SaƮd, 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: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1).
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.

205. Digital Literature and Culture (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of the GE Foundation courses
Introductory survey of digital literature and culture from early experiments to contemporary uses of internet technology and interactive platforms. Combines historical and cultural backgrounds with comparative and analytical skill development necessary for understanding digital literature in local and global contexts.

210. Erotica, Love, Romance: Literary and Cultural Representations (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of 6 units in Category A, GE foundation requirement
Explores interdisciplinary representations of eroticism, love, and romance across history and cultures, including diverse contemporary representations of love and sexuality.

213. Visual Studies: Comics and Graphic Novels (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements
Introductory study of Comics and Graphic Novels across cultures and within global contexts by emphasizing visual narrative storytelling as well as the political, social and visual trends that have shaped the powerful creative industry of comics around the world.

220. Literature and Play (3)

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


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