Undergraduate Courses

A modern play upon Dante, “Devil May Cry” (2015). Faculty Dante expert: Massimo Ciavolella.

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Fall 2020

  • COM LIT 191 - Variable Topics in Comparative Literature: Narrating Self

    Instructor(s): Whitney Arnold

    How does one narrate one's life and oneself? How do stories people tell shape their lives? Exploration of autobiographical and theoretical texts and forms including autobiographies, memoirs, journals, blogs, and social media posts. Topics include storytelling, memory, identity, subjectivity, genre, and relationship between self and other.

  • COM LIT C152 - Symbolism and Decadence

    Instructor(s): Ross Shideler

    Seminar, four hours. Designed for upper-division literature majors. Study of symbolist and decadent movements in 19th- and 20th-century English and French poetry and prose, including authors such as Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Mallarmé, Wilde, Yeats, and Eliot. May be concurrently scheduled with course C252. Undergraduate students may read all required French texts in translation. P/NP or letter grading.

  • COM LIT 104 - Art of Film Adaptation

    Instructor(s): Romy Sutherland Kristal

    Seminar, three hours. Engagement with current debates and key theoretical texts about film adaptation. Exploration of art of film adaptation in broad sense, including transformation of short stories, plays, novels, historical accounts, biographies, paintings, musical compositions, or philosophical concepts into multilayered medium of cinema. Adaptations addressed include selection of films from range of cultural and linguistic traditions by directors such as Kiarostami, Varda, Kurosawa, Babenco, Rossellini, Hitchcock, Antonioni, Kieslowski, and Taymor. Specific directors, films, and cinematic traditions vary year to year. P/NP or letter grading.

  • COM LIT 100 - Introduction to Literary and Critical Theory

    Instructor(s): Nouri Gana

    Lecture, four hours. Preparation: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing and College Writing requirements. Requisites: two courses from Comparative Literature 1 or 2 series or English 10 series or Spanish 60 series, etc. Seminar-style introduction to discipline of comparative literature presented through series of texts illustrative of its formation and practice. Letter grading.

  • COM LIT 4DW - Literature and Writing: Great Books from World at Large

    Instructor(s): Efrain Kristal, Mariam Rahmani

    Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 1D or 2DW. Study and discussion of major literary texts usually overlooked in courses that focus only on canon of Western literature, with emphasis on literary analysis and expository writing. Texts from at least three of following areas read in any given term: African, Caribbean, East Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern literature. Texts may include works by authors such as Achebe, Can Xue, Desai, Emecheta, Kincaid, Neruda, Ngugi, Pak, Rushdie, and El Saadawi. Analysis of texts includes focus on structures, processes, and practices that generate inter-group inequities or conflicts as well as those that support fairness and inclusiveness. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • COM LIT 4AW - Literature and Writing: Antiquity to Middle Ages

    Instructor(s): Efrain Kristal, Shane Black

    Discussion, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 1A or 2AW. Study and discussion of selected texts from antiquity to Middle Ages, with emphasis on literary analysis and expository writing. Texts include works and authors such as "Iliad," "Odyssey," "Gilgamesh," Sappho, Greek tragedies, "Aeneid," Petronius, "Beowulf," or Marie de France. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • COM LIT 2DW - Survey of Literature: Great Books from World at Large

    Instructor(s): Brandon Archambault, Stephanie Bosch, Clayton Mckee, Jason Araujo, Halah Darwazeh, Scott Robertson

    Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 1D or 4DW. Study of major literary texts usually overlooked in courses that focus only on canon of Western literature, with emphasis on literary analysis and expository writing. Texts from at least three of following areas read in any given term: African, Caribbean, East Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern literature. Analysis of texts includes focus on structures, processes, and practices that generate inter-group inequities or conflicts as well as those that support fairness and inclusiveness. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

  • COM LIT 2CW - Survey of Literature: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century

    Instructor(s): Kathleen Komar, Sharon Zelnick, Jacob Wilder-smith, Isabella Gallagher, Andrea Gambino, Jonathan Helm

    Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 1C or 4CW. Study of selected texts from Age of Enlightenment to 20th century, with emphasis on literary analysis and expository writing. Diderot, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Goethe, Ibsen, James Joyce, Kafka, Jamaica Kincaid, Garcia Marquez, Rousseau, M. Shelley, Strindberg, Swift, Voltaire. Analysis of texts includes focus on structures, processes, and practices that generate inter-group inequities or conflicts as well as those that support fairness and inclusiveness. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.