Undergraduate Courses

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

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Courses (Fall 2019)

Comparative Literature 2CW: Survey of Literature: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century

Instructor: Kathleen L. Komar

Study of selected texts from Age of Enlightenment to 20th century, with emphasis on literary analysis and expository writing. Texts may include works by authors such as Swift, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Goethe, Flaubert, Ibsen, Strindberg, M. Shelley, Dostoevsky, Kafka, James Joyce, Garcia Marquez, and Jamaica Kincaid. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

Comparative Literature 4CW: Literature and Writing: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century

Instructor: Melanie Jones

Study and discussion of selected texts from Age of Enlightenment to 20th century, with emphasis on literary analysis and expository writing. Texts may include works by authors such as Swift, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Goethe, M. Shelley, Flaubert, Ibsen, Strindberg, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Kafka, Joyce, Beckett, L. Hughes, and Garcia Marquez. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

Comparative Literature 4DW: Literature and Writing: Great Books from World at Large

Instructor: Omar Zahzah

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 Ngugi, Desai, Kincaid, Emecheta, El Saadawi, Achebe, Pak, Can Xue, Neruda, and Rushdie. Satisfies Writing II requirement.

Comparative Literature 100: Introduction to Literary and Critical Theory

Instructor: Kenneth Reinhard

Seminar-style introduction to discipline of comparative literature presented through series of texts illustrative of its formation and practice.

Comparative Literature C153 – Post-Symbolist Poetry and Poetics

Instructor: Kathleen L. Komar, Ross Shideler

Designed for upper-division literature majors. Study of specific poets and poetics related to them during first half of 20th century. Texts may include poets such as W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Paul Valéry, R.M. Rilke, Gunnar Ekelöf, and Wallace Stevens. May be concurrently scheduled with course C253. Undergraduate students may read all works in translation.

Comparative Literature M162: Israel Seen Through Its Literature

Instructor: The Staff

(Same as Jewish Studies M162.) Attempt to impart profound understanding of Israel as seen through its literature. Examination of variety of literary texts–stories, novels, and poems–and reading of them in context of their historical backgrounds.

Comparative Literature 191: Variable Topics in Comparative Literature: Poetics of Hip-Hop: Focus on Los Angeles

Instructor: Tamara Levitz

Exploration of poetics–such as art of making poetry, beats, and rhymes–in hip-hop. Students learn techniques to interpret and analyze beats and poetry of hip-hop. Study addresses historically-framed topics such as politics of hip-hop, authenticity (keeping it real), women in hip-hop, representations of gender and sexuality, cosmopolitan hip-hop, and indigenous hip-hop. Study does not attempt to survey all repertoire or genres. Exploration at each meeting of one poetic, philosophical, critical, or formal question, through close, critical readings of songs by selected artists. Emphasis on integrating examples from hip-hop history and criticism in Los Angeles. Students given tools to interpret hip-hop, and to speak and write about it critically and insightfully in public sphere.

Comparative Literature M191P: Careers in Humanities

Instructor: David MacFadyen

(Same as English M191P.) Challenges misassumptions regarding humanities majors and their practical applications to life after graduation. Exploration of wide range of careers, with hands-on practice in crafting professional narrative. Guest lectures from UCLA professionals and alumni–all experts in career planning and local industry. Students engage with workplace leaders, and simultaneously build professional dossier–on paper or online–in preparation for life after UCLA with a humanities degree.