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Courses in Comparative Literature (COM)

Note. Many courses in Comparative Literature require that students have met the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) for the University of California.

Lower Division

1. Major Books of Western Culture: The Ancient World (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement. Introduction, through class discussion and frequent written assignments, to some of the major books of western civilization such as The Odyssey, Aeneid, Bible, and Augustine's Confessions. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

2. Major Books of Western Culture: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement. Introduction to the methods of inquiry applied to critical reading and the practice of writing. Focus on texts from the European Middle Ages to the eighteenth century; critical analysis of the historical-cultural developments in this period. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

3. Major Books of Western Culture: The Modern Crisis (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement. Introduction, through class discussion and frequent written assignments, to the major literature and thought of the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

4. Major Books of the Contemporary World (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Comparative study of selected major Western and non-Western texts composed in the period from 1945 to the present. Intensive focus on writing about these texts, with frequent papers written about these works. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.

5. Fairy Tales, Fables, and Parables (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. An introduction to fairy tales, fables, and parables as recurrent forms in literature, with such readings as tales from Aesop and Grimm, Chaucer and Shakespeare, Kafka and Borges, Buddhist and Taoist parables, the Arabian Nights, and African American folklore. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Schildgen, Sharlet

6. Myths and Legends (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Introduction to the comparative study of myths and legends, excluding those of Greece and Rome, with readings from Near Eastern, Teutonic, Celtic, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, African and Central American literary sources. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

7. Literature of Fantasy and the Supernatural (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. The role of fantasy and the supernatural in literature: tales of magic, hallucination, ghosts, and metamorphosis, including diverse authors such as Shakespeare, P'u Sung-Ling, Kafka, Kawabata, Fuentes, and Morrison. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

8. Utopias and their Transformations (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. A consideration, in literary works from different ages, of visionary and rational perceptions of a lost paradise, Golden Age, or Atlantis—and of the inhuman nightmares that can result from perversions of the utopian dream of perfection. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

9. The Short Story and Novella (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. An introduction to shorter forms of prose fiction by major authors of different countries, with special emphasis on the modern period. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

10A. Master Authors in World Literature; Gilgamesh, Ramayana, Beowulf, Nibelungenlied (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Gilgamesh, Ramayana, Beowulf, Nibelungenlied. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10B. Master Authors in World Literature; Metamorphoses, Decameron, Arabian Nights, Canterbury Tales (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Metamorphoses, Decameron, Arabian Nights, Canterbury Tales. (P/NP grading only.)

10C. Master Authors in World Literature; Chanson de Roland, El Cid, Igor's Campaign, Morte D'Arthur (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Chanson de Roland, El Cid, Igor's Campaign, Morte D'Arthur. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10D. Master Authors in World Literature; Sakuntala, Tristan and Isolde, Aucassin and Nicolette, Gawain and the Green Knight (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Sakuntala, Tristan and Isolde, Aucassin and Nicolette, Gawain and the Green Knight. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10E. Master Authors in World Literature; Swift, Rabelais, La Celestina, Simplicissimus (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Swift, Rabelais, La Celestina, Simplicissimus. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10F. Master Authors in World Literature; Cervantes, Saikaku, Fielding, Voltaire (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Cervantes, Saikaku, Fielding, Voltaire. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10G. Master Authors in World Literature; Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Lope de Vega/Calderón, Molière/Racine, Lessing/Schiller (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Lope de Vega/Calderón, Molière/Racine, Lessing/Schiller. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10H. Master Authors in World Literature; Goethe, Byron, Stendhal, Pushkin, Lermontov (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Goethe, Byron, Stendhal, Pushkin, Lermontov. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10I. Master Authors in World Literature; Hoffmann, Gogol, Poe, Hawthorne, Maupassant, Chekhov, Melville (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Hoffmann, Gogol, Poe, Hawthorne, Maupassant, Chekhov, Melville. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10J. Master Authors in World Literature; Flaubert, Twain, Turgenev, Galdós, Ibsen (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Flaubert, Twain, Turgenev, Galdós, Ibsen. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10K. Master Authors in World Literature; Balzac, Dostoevski/Tolstoi, Hardy, Shaw, Strindberg (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Balzac, Dostoevski/Tolstoi, Hardy, Shaw, Strindberg. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10L. Master Authors in World Literature; Unamuno, Svevo, Conrad, Gide, Kafka, Faulkner (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Unamuno, Svevo, Conrad, Gide, Kafka, Faulkner. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10M. Master Authors in World Literature; Rilke/Yeats, Joyce/Woolf, Mann/Céline, Bulgakov/Tanizaki, O'Neill/Brecht, Lorca/Pirandello (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Rilke/Yeats, Joyce/Woolf, Mann/Céline, Bulgakov/Tanizaki, O'Neill/Brecht, Lorca/Pirandello. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

10N. Master Authors in World Literature; Camus/Sartre, García Márquez/Grass, Borges/Sarraute, Bellow/Nabokov, Beckett/Pinter, Genet/Dürrenmatt (2)

Lecture/discussion—1 hour. Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world's most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Camus/Sartre, García Márquez/Grass, Borges/Sarraute, Bellow/Nabokov, Beckett/Pinter, Genet/Dürrenmatt. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.)

11. Travel and the Modern World (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; extensive writing. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Examination of travel as a quintessential human activity and experience of global modernity and cross-cultural encounters from the 18th to the 21st century with an emphasis on German-speaking culture. Travelogues, literature, art, memoirs, and films in English translation. (Same course as German 11.) GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) Zhang

12. Introduction to Women Writers (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Survey of fiction, drama, and poetry by women writers from all continents. Concerns of women compared in light of their varied social and cultural traditions. Literary analysis of voice, imagery, narrative strategies and diction. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Lokke

13. Dramatic Literature (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Introduction, through careful reading of selected plays, to some of the major forms of Western drama, from the earliest tragedies of ancient Greece to the contemporary American theater. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

14. Introduction to Poetry (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Comparative study of poetry in a variety of lyric and other poetic forms from different historical periods and different linguistic, national, and cultural traditions. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

20. Humans and the Natural World (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Changing relationship between humans and the natural environment in ancient and modern authors as Virgil, Li Po, Basho, Darwin, and Thoreau. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

24. Animals in Literature (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper or discussion. Prerequisite: completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement. Study of literary texts from various periods and cultures whose theme is the representation of animals. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC, WE.—Schiesari

25. Ethnic Minority Writers in World Literature (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: ELWR (Entry Level Writing Requirement). Consideration of a broad range of writers who speak from an ethnic perspective different from the nominally or politically dominant culture of their respective countries and who explore the challenges faced by characters significantly affected by their ethnic minority status. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

53A. Literature of East Asia (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Introduction to representative masterpieces of East Asia with readings from such works as The Story of the Stone, The Peach Blossom Fan, T'ang and Sung poetry, classical Japanese poetry, drama, and travel diaries, and The Tale of Genji. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, WC, WE.

53B. Literature of South Asia (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Introduction to representative masterpieces of South Asia with readings from such works as the Mahabharata and Ramayana, The Cloud Messenger, Shakuntala, The Little Clay Cart, and the stories and poems of both ancient and modern India and Southeast Asia. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, WC, WE.—Schildgen

53C. Literatures of the Islamic World (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Introduction to classical Islamic culture through translations of literature primarily from Arabic and Persian, as well as other languages. Topics include the concept of the self, society and power, spirituality, the natural world, the cosmos, and the supernatural. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, WC, WE.—Sharlet

90X. Lower Division Seminar (1-2)

Seminar—1-4 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Examination of a special topic in a small group setting.

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Restricted to lower division students. (P/NP grading only.)

99. Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.)

Upper Division

100. World Cinema (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper-division standing, or consent of instructor. A comparative, cross-cultural study of a topic, theme, or movement in world cinema beyond the boundary of a single national tradition. Topics may include "postsocialist cinemas in East Europe and Asia," "cinema and globalization," and "popular Asian cinemas." May be repeated three times for credit when topic differs. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.—Lu

110. Hong Kong Cinema (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; film viewing—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper-division standing, or consent of instructor. Hong Kong cinema, its history, industry, styles, genres, directors, and stars. Special attention to its polyglot, multicultural, transnational, colonial, and postcolonial environment. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.—Lu

120. Writing Nature: 1750 to the Present (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Study of representations, descriptions, and discussions of humankind's problematical relationship with the non-human world in texts written in a variety of European and American traditions between 1750 and the present. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—S. (S.) 

135. Women Writers (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. An exploration of women's differing views of self and society as revealed in major works by female authors of various times and cultures. Readings, principally of fiction, will include such writers as Lady Murasaki, Mme de Lafayette, and Charlotte Bronte. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Lokke, Schiesari

138. Gender and Interpretation in the Renaissance (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Critical analysis of Renaissance texts with primary focus on issues such as human dignity, education and gender politics; "high" and "low" culture and its relation to literary practices. (Same course as Italian 141.) GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Schiesari

139. Shakespeare and the Classical World (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Shakespeare's representations of the classical world in the light of selected ancient texts and Renaissance conceptions of Antiquity, with special attention to the depiction of politics and history. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC, WE.—Schein

140. Thematic and Structural Study of Literature (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Interpretation of selected works illustrating the historical evolution of themes, as well as of formal and structural elements. May be repeated for credit when substance of course varies. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WE.

141. Introduction to Comparative Critical Theory (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Introduction to comparative critical theory and its use for interpreting literary texts, film, and media forms in global culture. (Same course as Critical Theory 101.) GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—S. (S.) Larsen

142. Critical Reading and Analysis (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Close reading of selected texts; scrutiny of very limited amount of material, with attention to the problems of texts in translation. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC, WE.

144. The Grotesque (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Study of the "grotesque" in selected texts from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with attention to the "grotesque" as a means of social, cultural, and political commentary, as well as of aesthetic innovation. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—S. (S.) 

145. Representations of the City (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; writing. Exploration of the representation of the city in major translated literary texts from a variety of literary traditions and periods. Emphasis on the diversity of urban experience in literature. Topics include public and private space, memory, and gender. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Radwan, Sharlet

146. Myth in Literature (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 6 recommended. Comparative study of different versions of one or more central myths, with attention to their cultural settings, artistic and literary forms of representation, as well as to their psychological dimensions. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

147. Modern Jewish Writers (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Problems of the modern Jewish experience from the perspective of the writer's construction of the self in relation to the future and to the non-Jew. Draws upon Russian, German, Yiddish, and American traditions. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

148. Mystical Literatures of South Asia and the Middle East (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Exploration of the comparative mystical literatures of major religious traditions, with a focus on those produced in South Asia and the Middle East, although including other traditions. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Venkatesan

151. Colonial and Postcolonial Experience in Literature (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. A literary introduction to the cultural issues of colonialism and postcolonialism through reading, discussing and writing on narratives which articulate diverse points of view. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Larsen

152. Literature of the Americas (4)

Lecture/discussion-3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Study of the various stylistic, historical, social and cultural factors that contribute to a hemispheric vision of American literature, encompassing works by Canadian, United States, Caribbean, Brazilian, and Spanish-American writers. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

152S. Literature of the Americas (Taught in Latin America) (4)

Lecture/discussion—6 hours; term paper; fieldwork—6 hours. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Various stylistic, historical, social, and cultural factors that contribute to a hemispheric vision of American literature, encompassing works by Canadian, United States, Caribbean, Brazilian, and Spanish-American writers. Course taught abroad. May be repeated one time for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, VL, WC, WE.—Larsen

153. The Forms of Asian Literature (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Introduction to distinctive Asian literary forms, such as haiku, noh, the Chinese novel and tale, through reading of major works. Comparison with Western genres and study of native and Western critical traditions. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

154. African Literature (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Colonial and post-colonial sub-Saharan African literature and the African oral traditions from which it emerged. Genres and themes of African literature from the nineteenth century to the present. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, OL, WC, WE.—Adejunmobi

155. Classical Literatures of the Islamic World 600-1900 (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Major texts from Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Urdu literature with attention to historical and cross-cultural context. Includes epic, romance, various genres of lyric poetry, fairy tales, historical and religious stories, mystical and philosophical narratives, and essays. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, OL, WC, WE.—Sharlet

156. The Ramayana (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Exploration of the Indian epic, Ramayana, through the lens of literature, performance, and visual art. Emphasis on the text's diversity and its contemporary global relevance. Topics include Ramayanas in Southeast Asia, and in various South Asian diaspora communities. (Same course as Religious Studies 158.) GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Venkatesan

157. War and Peace in Literature (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term papers. Prerequisite: course 1, 2, or 3, or consent of instructor. Through study of a few major works from Western and non-Western literature the course seeks to illuminate the way in which literature from antiquity to the present has dealt with the antinomy peace/war through the ages. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Radwan

158. The Detective Story as Literature (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Study of the origins, literary and social background, development and implications of the literature of detection in a comparative context. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

159. Women in Literature (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 1, 2, 3, or 4 or the equivalent recommended. Portrayals of women in literature, comparing selected heroines who represent a particular theme, period, or genre. Texts range around the globe and from ancient to modern works, such as Lysistrata, Emma, Hedda Gabler, The Makioka Sisters, and Top Girls. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

160A. The Modern Novel (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. The changing image of man and his world as seen in novels by such writers as Joyce, Proust, and Mann. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

160B. The Modern Drama (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Readings in representative authors such as Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello and Brecht. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Finney

161A. Tragedy (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Persistent and changing aspects of the tragic vision in literature from ancient times to the present. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

161B. Comedy (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Comic attitudes towards life in literary works of different ages. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

162. Writing Love and War in South Asia (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Comparative study of the themes and motifs of love and war in the literature of South Asia. Includes a discussion of Sanskrit epics, classical erotic court poetry, medieval heroic poetry, mystical compositions and colonial and post-colonial fiction. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WC, OL, WE.—Venkatesan

163. Biography and Autobiography (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Portrayals of a human life in biographies and/or autobiographies of different countries and ages. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

164A. The European Middle Ages (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Medieval literary genres as the foundation for modern literary forms. Topics and themes as love, God, vision, nature, history and politics, and sign theory. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Schildgen

164B. The Renaissance (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Literature, new science, gender, politics, and exploration in European Renaissance. Readings in Petrarch, Machiavelli, Montaigne, Tasso, Ariosto, Stampa, Shakespeare, Labé and Aphra Behn. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Schiesari

164C. Baroque and Neoclassicism (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Readings in major authors such as Calderón, Corneille, Pascal, Racine, Milton, and Grimmelshausen, with consideration of the tension between the expansive energies of the "baroque" and the restraints of dogma and reason. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

164D. The Enlightenment (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Enlightenment writers such as Swift, Voltaire, Sterne, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, and Kant. Emphasis on the revolutionary impact of eighteenth-century philosophical ideas and literary forms on modern political, social, and aesthetic culture. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Uhlig

165. Caribbean Literatures (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Comparative approach to the multi-lingual, multi-cultural literatures of the Caribbean. Works from English, French, and Spanish speaking regions with special attention to problems of identity, diaspora and resistance, class, gender, race. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 165S. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

165S. Caribbean Literatures (4)

Lecture/discussion—4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing. Comparative approach to the multi-lingual, multi-cultural literatures of the Caribbean. Works from English, French, and Spanish speaking regions with special attention to problems of identity, diaspora and resistance, class, gender, race. Taught at the University of Havana, Cuba. Not open for credit to students who have completed course 165. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

166. Literatures of the Modern Middle East (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Major translated works in modern Middle Eastern and North African Literature, including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Social and historical formation, with topics such as conflict and coexistence, journeys, and displaced people, gender and family. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Sharlet

166A. The Epic (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Study of various forms of epic poetry in both the oral and literary traditions. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

166B. The Novel (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. The novel as global genre: picaresque, epistolary, Bildungsroman, historical novel, contemporary forms. May be repeated one time for credit. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

167. Comparative Study of Major Authors (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Pivotal works of artists in the Western mainstream, such as Dante, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Goethe, Tolstoi, Proust, and Joyce. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

168A. Romanticism (4)

Discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of entry level writing requirement. Introduction to the Romantic movement with emphasis upon Romantic concepts of the self, irony, love, the imagination and artistic creativity, and the relationship of the individual to nature and society. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Lokke

168B. Realism and Naturalism (4)

Discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Novels and plays by Dickens, Zola, Flaubert, Dreiser, Ibsen, and Strindberg investigate marriage and adultery, the city and its perils, the hardships of industrialization, the war between the sexes, the New Woman, and other 19th-century themes. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Finney

169. The Avant-Garde (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Studies in movements such as surrealism, expressionism and the absurd. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WE.

170. The Contemporary Novel (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Study of important novels from different parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States, in the period from the Second World War to the present. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

172. A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. In-depth exploration of The Arabian Nights, the best-known work of pre-modern Arabic literature and a major work of world literature. Analysis of the work in its historical context and in comparison to other frame tales in world literature. (Same course as Arabic 140 and Middle East/South Asia Studies 121C.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Radwan, Sharlet

175. Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. In-depth analysis of the Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi (d. 1020 CE) in its historical context with a comparative perspective on the role of this work in Persian and world literature. (Same course as Middle East/South Asian Studies 121A.) GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Anooshahr, Sharlet

180. Selected Topics in Comparative Literature (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: completion of Subject A requirement and at least one course in literature. Study of a selected topic or topics appropriate to student and faculty interests and areas of specialization of the instructor. May be repeated one time for credit when the topic differs. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.

180S. Selected Topics in Comparative Literature (Taught Abroad) (4)

Lecture/discussion—6 hours; extensive writing; fieldwork—6 hours. Prerequisite: Subject A; at least one course in literature, or consent of instructor. Study of selected topics appropriate to student and faculty interests and areas of specialization of the instructor. May be repeated one time for credit when topic differs. Offered irregularly. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.—Su. 

192. Internship in Comparative Literature (1-12)

Internship—1-12 hours. Prerequisite: completion of 84 units; consent of instructor. Restricted to Comparative Literature majors. Internships in fields where students can practice their skills. May be repeated up to 12 units for credit. (P/NP grading only.)

194H. Special Study for Honors Students (1-5)

Independent study—1-5 hours. Prerequisite: open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for honors program. Guided research, under the direction of a faculty member approved by the Program Director, leading to a senior honors thesis on a comparative topic. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, WE.

195. Seminar in Comparative Literature (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: senior standing as a Comparative Literature major or minor or consent of instructor. Open only to Comparative Literature majors or minors in or consent of instructor. Advanced study of selected topics and texts in Comparative Literature, with explicit emphasis on the theoretical and interpretive approaches that define Comparative Literature as a discipline and distinguish it from other literary disciplines. Required for the major. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, WE.

197T. Tutoring in Comparative Literature (1-5)

Discussion—2-4 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing with declared major in Comparative Literature. Tutoring in undergraduate courses including leadership in small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with current courses offered by Comparative Literature. May be repeated for credit for a total of 6 units. (P/NP grading only.)

198. Directed Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.)

Graduate

210. Topics and Themes in Comparative Literature (4)

Discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Comparative Literature, English, or a foreign-language literature, or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of specific topics and themes in literary works from various periods, societies, and cultures, in light of these works' historical and sociocultural contexts. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

214. Approaches to Lyric Poetry (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Analysis and interpretation of poetic texts in different historical periods and national literatures, with consideration of major theoretical developments in the understanding of poetic discourse. Offered irregularly.—Schiesari

215. Forms of the Spiritual Quest (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor; knowledge of at least one foreign language. An exploration, culminating in a research paper, of changing forms of the quest for transcendence in different cultures, mainly in major works of Western literature, but also in other traditions and from the perspectives of other disciplines. Offered irregularly.

220. Literary Genres (4)

Discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing in Comparative Literature, English, or a foreign-language literature, or consent of instructor. Comparative literature of major works in a particular genre from various linguistic, national, and cultural traditions, with particular attention to historical developments within the genre and to genre theory. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered irregularly.

238. Gender and Interpretation (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Study of how literary texts from different periods, societies, and cultures represent gender roles and gender hierarchy, building on recent work on gender in anthropology, literature, psychology, and women's studies. Offered irregularly.

250A. Research in Primary Literature (4)

Project. Individually guided research in the primary literature of concentration, under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a conference paper. Required of M.A. and Ph.D. candidates.

250B. Research in Second Literature (4)

Project. Individually guided research in the secondary literature of concentration, under the supervision of a faculty member, culminating in a paper. Required of Ph.D. candidates.

250C. Research in Third Literature or Special Topic (4)

Conference—1 hour; term paper; independent study—8 hours. Individually guided research, under the supervision of a faculty member, in the third literature of concentration or on a special topic culminating in a paper. Required of Ph.D. candidates.

250D. Dissertation Prospectus (4)

Independent study. Individually guided writing of the dissertation prospectus under supervision of a faculty member. Must be taken prior to completion of the qualifying exam. Required of Ph.D. candidates. Offered irregularly. (S/U grading only.)

255. Proseminar: Comparative Literature: Past, Present, Future (4)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Restricted to graduate students. History, theory, and methodology of comparative literature. Issues of national literature, world literature, and comparative literature. Relation of comparative literature to other disciplines and diverse expressions. Discussion of current problems in teaching and research in comparative literature. Required for MA/PhD.—F, S. (F, S.) 

260. Contexts of the 19th-Century Novel (4)

Seminar—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Development in 19th-century history, culture, and society in relation to major trends in the 19th-century novel. Offered irregularly.

297. Directed Independent Study in Primary, Secondary, or Third Literature (4)

Conference—1 hour; term paper; independent study—8 hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Directed Independent Study in Primary, Secondary, or Third Literature culminating in term paper. Only for languages with no graduate course offerings. May be repeated for credit when no seminars are available and topic differs.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

298. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. (S/U grading only.)

299. Individual Study (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

299D. Special Study for the Doctoral Dissertation (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)

Professional

390. Teaching Comparative Literature in College (4)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—2 hours. Prerequisite: appointment as a Comparative Literature Associate Instructor or consent of instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Discussion of the theory and practice of teaching composition at the college level in a department of comparative literature in relation to the major cultural and social developments and with specific application to the introductory courses 1, 2, 3, 4. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

392. Teaching Internship in Comparative Literature (2)

Discussion—2 hours. Restricted to graduate students. Regular consultations between the student instructor teaching Comparative Literature courses and a supervisor. Specifically designed for first-time TAs in COM 5, 6, 7, and 10. Instruction in the teaching of writing in a literature course, grading of papers, leading discussions. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

396. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4)

Prerequisite: graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

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