Literature Course Catalog

The following is from the 2013-14 course catalog.  Not all courses are offered each year.  Please see the Literature Class Schedule for current offerings.
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Course Title
Course Level
Units
LIT 1
Literary Interpretation
Lower Division
5 units
Close reading and analysis of literary texts, including representative examples of several different genres and periods. An introduction to practical criticism required of all literature majors; should be completed prior to upper-division work in literature. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to first-year students and sophomores, or literature and proposed literature majors and literature minors. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 61C
The Frame Tale
Lower Division
5 units
A story within a story, the frame tale is a playful and enduring literary genre. Focuses on frame tales of the global middle ages, tracing their movement from the Indian subcontinent to the British Isles. Readings include selections from Fables of Bidpai, The Arabian Nights, Libro de Buen Amor, and The Canterbury Tales. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 61F
Introduction to Reading Fiction
Lower Division
5 units
Close reading of short stories and some novels with the aim of developing critical methods for the analysis and interpretation of prose fiction. Topics include character, plot, narrative structure, and the poetics of prose. The course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 61H
Introduction to Film Analysis
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces techniques for the close reading of film, with particular attention to film form (shot-by-shot analysis), cinematic codes, narrative structure, and the ideological burdens of the basic cinematic apparatus. Case studies of select works by major directors from the Hollywood studio period. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 61J
Introduction to Jewish Literature and Culture
Lower Division
5 units
Surveys 3,000 years of Jewish literature and culture. Themes include origins of the Jews in the ancient world; formation and persistence of the Jewish diaspora; coherence and diversity of Jewish experience; Jewish narrative and textual traditions; interaction between Jews and other cultures; tensions between tradition and modernity. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 61K
Introduction to the Fairy Tale
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces the fairy tale as a genre, including historical, cultural, and political contexts; relation to identity, performance, transnationalism; contemporary transformations of tales and their expression in other media (e.g., film, art, theater); and current scholarship. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 61L
True Stories: Memoir
Lower Division
5 units
Historical overview of the genre from Augustine to contemporary experiments in memoir. Student write weekly creative-critical responses and a final creative-critical paper. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LIT 61M
Approaches to Classical Myth
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to Greek myths, including selected ancient texts and visual artifacts, historical and cultural context of their creation and reception, modern theoretical approaches such as structuralism and psychoanalysis, and interpretations in various media. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 61N
Introduction to Children's Literature
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to children's literature as a literary genre, including historical, cultural, and political considerations of the genre's relationship to gender, race, sexuality, nationalism, colonialism, and popular culture through primary texts, secondary criticism, and other media (e.g., film, illustration, comics). (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 61P
Introduction to Reading Poetry
Lower Division
5 units
An introduction to selected modes and forms of poetry with an emphasis on close textual analysis. Examples will be taken from different historical periods and poetic traditions. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 61R
Race in Literature
Lower Division
5 units
An investigation into the various uses and abuses of "race" in literature. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 61S
Sacred Texts
Lower Division
5 units
Studies religious texts held sacred by different cultures and communities around the world, concentrating primarily on their literary dimensions. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 61T
Travel Narratives
Lower Division
5 units
Travel narratives may be of many types: odysseys of self-discovery, adventures in nature, or journeys to exotic lands off the beaten track. This course examines travelers' accounts drawn from periods ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 61W
Writing and Research Methods
Lower Division
5 units
Intensive training in the practice of literary analysis and the writing of polished research papers. Topics include manuscript sources, variant editions, reading techniques, publication technologies, web research. Workshop format. Strongly recommended for majors and/or transfer students who have completed course 1 or its equivalent.
LIT 61Z
Introducción a géneros literarios de España y América Latina
Lower Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. The study of poetry, drama, and prose in Spain and Latin America. (Formerly Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Literary Genres.) (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 80B
Monsters and Literature
Lower Division
5 units
Every age has the monsters it needs. From medieval marvels to GMO chimeras, monsters serve as figures of a culture's deepest fears, anxieties, and hidden desires. This course takes a multidisciplinary, transhistorical approach to the problems and promises of monsters, and introduces "monster theory." (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 80D
Literary Traditions of India
Lower Division
5 units
Introduces the fundamental questions of interpretation and cultural analysis through engagement with varying literary and cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent since antiquity. Emphasis is on language, communicative media, literary form, memory, transmission, interpretive approaches, and translation. The course topics change; please see the Class Search for the current topic. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 80E
Animals and Literature
Lower Division
5 units
Examines the copresence in literary works (fiction and non-fiction prose and poetry) of nonhuman and human animals from antiquity to the present across a variety of cultures. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 80I
Topics in American Culture
Lower Division
5 units
A history of one or more cultural genres in written, visual, and/or musical forms. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 80K
Topics in Medical Humanities
Lower Division
5 units
Medical Humanities designate an interdisciplinary field of humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history, and religion) concerned with application to medical education and practice. The humanities provide insight into the human condition, suffering, personhood, and our responsibility to each other; and offer a historical perspective on medical practice. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.)
LIT 80L
The Holocaust: The Destruction of European Jewry
Lower Division
5 units
Focus is on the destruction of the Jews of Europe by Nazi Germany. Issues are historically grounded, and include works of literature, social sciences, philosophy, and film. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 80N
Latino Expressions in the U.S
Lower Division
5 units
An introduction to Latino literature and culture in the U.S. A study of the creative expressions of Chicanos/as, Nuyoricans, Cuban Americans, and other Latin Americans in the U.S. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 80O
Love, Anarchy, Revolution
Lower Division
5 units
Considers love, anarchy, and revolution as three modes of liberation. Concentrating on the contemporary period, with explorations of philosophy, literature, film, popular culture, political movements and manifestos, and personal or collective experience, this course considers these variant, but overlapping, scenes of the dialectics of liberation. (General Education Code(s): PR-E.)
LIT 80T
Literature and Magic
Lower Division
5 units
Explores the history of magic in relation to the written word. Concerns include the gendering of magic; interconnections among Judaic, Arabic, and Christian worlds; magic in the age of rationalism; and the recent popular fascination with magic. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 80U
Introduction to Contemplative Reading
Lower Division
5 units
Combines contemplative practice, including meditative practice, with close reading of literary works to provide students with a more precise ability to interpret and respond to texts, both literary and non-literary. Works include poetry, imaginative prose, and essays. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LIT 80V
Literature and History
Lower Division
5 units
Examines literature's relationship to the past and to the experience of history. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 80W
Captive Minds: The Literature of Pre-modern Slavery
Lower Division
5 units
Examines the literary production of slave societies by looking at the literatures of several pre-modern slave societies; also develops a cultural-historical narrative that explains the origins of genocidal forms of plantation slavery in the Americas by tracing their origins back to Greece and Rome. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 80X
Global Narratives
Lower Division
5 units
A survey of global narratives, with a focus on the novel over several centuries, traditions, languages, and cultures. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 80Y
Harry Potter
Lower Division
5 units
From The Sorcerer's Stone to The Deathly Hallows, this course approaches the Harry Potter books and films from a variety of critical angles, using the analytical tools of literary and cultural studies to shed new light on this dizzying phenomenon. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 80Z
Introduction to Shakespeare
Lower Division
5 units
Study of representative plays. No previous experience with Shakespeare is assumed. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 90
Introduction to Creative Writing
Lower Division
5 units
Introduction to the crafts and techniques of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, identifying and exploring traditional and non-traditional literary forms and genres while working on individual creative writing projects. An author reading and two workshop sections per week. Prerequisite: satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing requirement. Enrollment restricted to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LIT 90X
Introducción a la Escritura Creativa/Introduction to Creative Writing
Lower Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish is required. Explores creative writing from a bilingual (Spanish-English) perspective, and considers bilingualism in the literary arts (como el ejercicio de una identidad), as a way of thinking and a way of being, as a creative lens (el pensamiento de frontera), as a framework, as a border (que quiere ser cruzada). Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing requirement. Enrollment is restricted to first-year, sophomore, and junior students. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LIT 91A
Intermediate Fiction Writing
Lower Division
5 units
An intermediate-level course in fiction designed for prospective applicants to the creative writing concentration. Prerequisite(s): course 90, or Creative Writing 10. Enrollment restricted to first-year, sophomores, and juniors. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LIT 91B
Intermediate Poetry Writing
Lower Division
5 units
An intermediate-level course in poetry designed for prospective applicants to the creative writing concentration. Prerequisite(s): course 10. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LIT 101
Theory and Interpretation
Upper Division
5 units
Contemporary approaches to literary and cultural theory, with emphasis on how theoretical perspectives advance and broaden the reading of literary texts. Introduction to important new theoretical developments and their antecedents. Literature majors should complete this course as early as possible. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for the current topic. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to literature and proposed literature majors and literature minors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 102
Translation Theory
Upper Division
5 units
Promotes the understanding of translation and its role in redefining meanings across epochs and cultures, in establishing common norms, and in advancing mutual intelligibility; but also providing encounters with absolute alterity. Actual translations are used as case studies. Prerequisite(s): one year of college-level, non-English language study or the equivalent reading ability in a non-English language. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 110A
The Traditional British Canon, Part I
Upper Division
5 units
The constitution of the "canon" of English literature from Chaucer to Cowper. Critical approach designations: Canons. Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 110B
The Traditional British Canon, Part II
Upper Division
5 units
Explores poetry and prose from 1800 to 1950 through extensive reading in the Romantics, Victorians, Moderns, articulating the connections among them, and connecting their work to key social, political, scientific, and technological moments defining these eras. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry.
LIT 110D
The Traditional U.S. Canon, 1900 to the Present
Upper Division
5 units
Major works from 1900 to the present, with attention to their social and cultural context. Critical approach designation: Canons, Histories.
LIT 111B
Geoffrey Chaucer
Upper Division
5 units
Close study of Chaucer's poetry, with some attention to relevant cultural, philosophical, and historical issues in the context of the late medieval period. Particular emphasis on "The Canterbury Tales." Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 111D
William Shakespeare
Upper Division
5 units
Study of representative works by William Shakespeare. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 111E
Edmund Spenser
Upper Division
5 units
Studies in Spenser's major poetry: "Faerie Queene, Book I; Epithalamion; Mutabilitie Cantos." Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750.
LIT 112A
Jane Austen
Upper Division
5 units
Representative Austen novels within political, historical, and cultural context; considers form and genre, nationalism, feminist, postcolonial, and other critical readings. Examines poetry and other writings that illuminate cultural issues of the period, as well as film and other adaptations of Austen's novels. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories.
LIT 112C
Charles Dickens
Upper Division
5 units
Study of representative work by Charles Dickens. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 112G
William Faulkner
Upper Division
5 units
A survey of Faulkner's early fiction; focus on development of theme and technique. Also considers Faulkner as a Southern historian, stressing the relationship between personal and regional experience in time. Critical approach designations: Canons, Geographies.
LIT 112I
Kafka in Translation
Upper Division
5 units
An intensive study of the works of Franz Kafka, with reference to the literary, social, and historical context in which his work emerged. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Geographies. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 112K
Herman Melville
Upper Division
5 units
Study of representative work by Herman Melville, including novels and short stories. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories.
LIT 112M
Twain
Upper Division
5 units
A chronological survey of Twain's major works, with an emphasis on the development of style and content. Among other works, The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, and Huckleberry Finn are considered. Critical approach designations: Canons, Power and Subjectivities.
LIT 114A
"Orlando Furioso"
Upper Division
5 units
Reading the 46-canto Italian Renaissance adventure poem of Ludovico Ariosto, the most popular book of its century and a classic of humanist literature, students consider literary tradition, Renaissance humanism, and how entertainment literature may articulate moral and political criticism. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirement: Poetry, Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 114C
Dante's Divine Comedy
Upper Division
5 units
Reading of the Inferno, the Purgatorio, and selected canti of the Paradiso, along with selections from Dante's lyrics and from medieval Italian and French poetry. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 114D
Goethe's "Faust"
Upper Division
5 units
An intensive study of Goethe's "Faust," Parts I and II. All works are read in English. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry.
LIT 116C
Ancient Myth/Modern Poetics
Upper Division
5 units
Reading of Greek and Roman texts (in English translation) which utilize mythic material juxtaposed with later poems written in response to them. Readings from Homer, Sappho, Greek drama, Petrarch, modern poets; discussion of concepts of myth, strategies of response. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirement: Poetry, Pre-1750.
LIT 118A
Hebrew Bible
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to textual, source, redaction, historical, and literary criticism of individual books of the Hebrew Bible and to exegesis as science and ideology. Covers texts and iconography of neighboring mythological traditions (Mesopotamian, Ugaritic, Egyptian, Greek) when appropriate. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 120A
Topics in Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Close reading--critical and creative--of poetry. Examines how poets teach, through their writing, to radically attend to reading. The course topics changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 120B
Poetry of the 17th Century
Upper Division
5 units
Readings in the works of Donne, Jonson, Herbert, Herrick, Marvell, and others. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 120C
Victorian Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
A reading of the major Victorian poets from Tennyson to early Yeats. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 120D
Nineteenth-Century American Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
The major figures and important movements from Poe to Emerson through Whitman and Dickinson. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirement: Poetry.
LIT 120F
Topics in Modern Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Survey of modern poetry; includes a variety of poetic forms. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 120H
American Poetry Since World War II
Upper Division
5 units
Major poets since World War II, with attention to leading movements and critical issues. The course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 121D
Medieval Epic
Upper Division
5 units
Medieval reworkings of stories and motifs drawn from the "barbarian" or Germanic tradition including "Beowulf," "The Song of Roland," "Nibelungenlied," Snorri Sturlason: "King Harald's Saga" from "Heimskringla," and "Njal's Saga." Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirement: Poetry, Pre-1750.
LIT 121G
The Idea of Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Focus is on the theories of rhetoric and poetry written between 1580 and 1620. Texts include English, Italian, French, and Spanish works. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 121H
Classical Poetics in Elizabethan Verse
Upper Division
5 units
An introduction to Elizabethan poetry and poetics, with emphasis on shorter lyrics (sonnets, ballads, etc.), pastoral, erotic epyllia, devotional poetry, etc. Examines various Classical and Continental strains of influence at play in the production of English verse in the later 16th century, including Classical rhetoric, Ovidian mythology, and Petrarchanism. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750.
LIT 121J
Medieval Romance
Upper Division
5 units
A study of representative texts from the 12th through the 15th centuries. Questions of subjectivity, sexuality, and history in romance narratives are addressed. Critical approach designations: Genres, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.
LIT 125A
Ancient Novel
Upper Division
5 units
Roman prose fiction--the ancient novel and texts from other genres--in relation to the history of the novel. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirements: Pre-1750.
LIT 125B
Studies in the English Novel
Upper Division
5 units
From the 18th to the 20th century. The course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 125C
Great French Novels
Upper Division
5 units
Provides an introduction to important French novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. All works are read in English. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies.
LIT 125D
Modern German Fiction
Upper Division
5 units
Selected readings from the novel and novella in 20th-century German literature. All works are read in English. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories.
LIT 126A
International Cyberpunk
Upper Division
5 units
Cyberpunk, considered a subgenre within science fiction, has achieved international prominence and presents interesting interpretative challenges. Course examines some issues as manifested in representative texts. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. (General Education Code(s): PE-T.)
LIT 126F
Speculative Fiction As Cultural Theory and Practice
Upper Division
5 units
Readings of contemporary and historical speculative fiction, including examination of representational practices, technologies, and politics that emerge from and/or circumscribe their interrelations. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 130A
Ancient Literature in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Upper Division
5 units
Comparative approaches to the study of ancient literature and culture. Topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global, Pre-1750. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 130B
Travel Writing and Intercultural Relations in the Middle Ages
Upper Division
5 units
Provides a historically-based and theoretically-informed introduction to medieval and early modern European contacts with other cultures. Readings include fourth through 17th-century writings about travel, discovery, and conquest in Asia, Africa, and America. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global, Pre-1750.
LIT 130D
The Global Middle Ages
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of texts from the global Middle Ages in a range of world cultures and traditions, with attention to their historical and social contexts. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Satisfies the Global and Pre- and Early Modern distribution requirements. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 131A
Problems
Upper Division
5 units
Considers a range of phenomena from a critical world perspective: subject formation; human activity on a global scale; questions that demand a worlded answer. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 131B
Space/Time
Upper Division
5 units
The world as understood through spatial and temporal divisions: regions, nations, empires, periods in a worlded perspective. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 131C
Worldings
Upper Division
5 units
How to think about the world as a whole: representations, networks, systems, taxonomies, versions of globalization. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 131D
Literature in a Global Context
Upper Division
5 units
Comparative examination of fiction in the modern world and of fictional responses to social change and crisis. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirements: Global. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 132A
Germany in War and Peace
Upper Division
5 units
Study of selected texts reflecting German society at war or in that ambiguous state called "peace." Attention is given to the place of literature in German cultural life and its special role in the formation of national identity. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities.
LIT 133D
Topics in the Literatures and Cultures of Southern Asia
Upper Division
5 units
Provides in-depth analysis of literary and cultural phenomena of southern Asia. The course topic changes; see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 133F
Pacific Rim Discourse
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the rise of the idea of the Pacific Rim: its historical background, ideological assumptions, and various forms of its cultural manifestations. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global.
LIT 135A
Topics in African Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Thematic and stylistic linkages: classical texts, oral traditions, and modern developments in African literature. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 135E
The Historical Imaginary
Upper Division
5 units
A survey of historical literature in the Americas that examines fictional attempts to re-imagine New World histories. Readings focus on secret or mangled histories, the legacies of slavery and colonialism, gendered critiques of national histories, and U.S. imperialism. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 135F
Empire and After in the Anglophone Novel
Upper Division
5 units
Examines fiction written in English, 1883 to 1948, in order to consider the complex relations--complicit, resistant, both--between literary and imperialist discourses. Likely novelists for study are Schreiner, Haggard, Conrad, Kipling, Forster, Hilton, Paton. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 135G
Postcolonial Writing
Upper Division
5 units
Introduces students to a selection of postcolonial theory and texts. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 136B
Beat Literature and the World
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the sources and context of Beat writing, emphasizing the Beats' intense interest in and engagement with the world at large. Includes works by major and minor Beat writers. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Poetry. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 137A
Global Cities
Upper Division
5 units
Examines cities as social spaces and as local spaces in the global economy and global imaginary. Focus is interdisciplinary, including literature, film, cultural studies, history, and sociology. Topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 138A
Culture and Nation
Upper Division
5 units
Course explores the role of literature and culture in the production of national communities. Course topic changes; please see the Schedule of Classes for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 138B
Regions in American Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Examines development of regional writing in the U.S. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 138C
Modern Turkish Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the formation of modern Turkish literature from the late-Ottoman tale to the postmodern novel. Introduces key critical concepts/debates (orientalism, canon formation, belatedness/modernization, national allegory) used in the study of non-Western literatures. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 139A
Topics in American Literature and Culture
Upper Division
5 units
Studies in American literature and culture, with attention to historical context. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 141A
Early Mediterranean Cultures
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of representations of medieval and early modern Mediterranean history. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global, Pre-1750.(Formerly Cultural Theory in Historical Perspective.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 141B
Classical Chinese Culture and Literature, 10th Century B.C.E. through Sixth Century C.E
Upper Division
5 units
Survey of writing and culture from the 10th century B.C.E. through the sixth century C.E., focusing on poetry, philosophical and historical writing, supernatural fiction, Buddhist/Taoist texts in contexts of fragmentation, empire building, dynastic collapse, rebellion, eremitism, and courtly society. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global, Poetry, Pre-1750. (Also offered as History 141A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)
LIT 141C
Classical Chinese Culture and Literature, Sixth Century through 16th Century
Upper Division
5 units
Survey of writing and culture from the Tang through early Ming dynasties (sixth century C.E. through 16th century C.E.). Themes include literary, religious, and philosophical innovation; courtly life; cultural contacts with non-Chinese people; and transformations of state and society. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global, Poetry, Pre-1750. (Also offered as History 141B. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)
LIT 141D
Arab-Islamic Literatures I: 500-1200
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the development of classical Arabic literature in historical context, including the appearance and importance of major genres and their broad relationship to the social and cultural history of the Arab-Islamic world. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global, Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 141E
Arab-Islamic Literatures II: 1200-1900
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the evolution of Arabic and Islamic literatures and cultures through the late-Medieval and early-modern periods. These periods produce much of the body of literature and texts that survive today, and is profoundly influential. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global, Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 144A
Continental Renaissance
Upper Division
5 units
Introductory survey of great prose writings of the continental Renaissance in their cultural and historical contexts. Authors include: Machiavelli, Castiglione, Erasmus, Rabelais, Montaigne, and Cervantes. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.
LIT 145A
Colonial American Literatures
Upper Division
5 units
Surveys representations of the Euro-Amerindian encounter in the pre-national period. Readings include collective stories of indigenous peoples; European captivity narratives; and reflections about spirituality and religion, as well as poems and a contemporary novel. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. (Formerly Colonial American Literature.) (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 146A
Studies in Romanticism
Upper Division
5 units
A survey of major Romantic themes and authors between 1780 and 1820. Explores relationships to pre-Romantic and post-Romantic authors. The main goal is to achieve familiarity with a wide range of individual poems in the general context of Romanticism. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 146B
Victorian Literature
Upper Division
5 units
British Victorian literature (1830-1901) featuring representative texts and authors. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 146C
Victorian Prose
Upper Division
5 units
Victorian prophecy, Victorian criticism: an examination of some major writings of 19th-century nonfiction prose by Carlyle, Mill, Ruskin, Newman, Arnold, Pater, and Wilde, with a glance at the social context and the minor fictional forms of the era. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories.
LIT 146D
Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of selected fiction written between the end of the 18th century and the Civil War, with attention to historical and cultural as well as literary issues. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 147A
Twain, Slavery, and the Literary Imagination
Upper Division
5 units
Using Mark Twain's later writings and other literary/non-literary materials, explores responses to popular and legal discourse on "blood," race, sex, resurgence of racism, and imperialism. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 149A
Behind the Berlin Wall
Upper Division
5 units
Examines cultural life in the German Democratic Republic between 1946 and 1992 through films from the state-owned DEFA film studios. Topics include: socialist realism and international modernism in cinema; the representation of collective labor; the status of women; youth culture; and the texture of everyday life and consumer culture in socialism. Critical approach designations: Histories, Media. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 149B
Contemporary American Literature
Upper Division
5 units
A selective examination of major writings since World War II, with attention to both literary issues and historical context. Critical approach designation: Geographies, Histories. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 149C
The 1960s
Upper Division
5 units
An interdisciplinary study of the cultural and social movements of the 1960s. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 149D
Topics in Modern Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Study of 19th- and/or 20th-century literature, with attention to its literary and historical context. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 149E
Modern Fiction and Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Survey of modern fiction and poetry. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 149F
Contemporary Mexican Narrative
Upper Division
5 units
Examines 20th and 21st century Mexican literature, with attention to literary critical issues as they relate to cultural, historical, and political contexts. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 149G
War in Contemporary American Culture
Upper Division
5 units
Considers the treatment of war in American literature since World War II. Close attention paid to both literary form and historical context. Also provides perspectives on, and critical tools for thinking about, contemporary armed conflict. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 149H
The Future
Upper Division
5 units
Examines modes of thinking and imagining the future throughout human history, and considers the fate of the future today. Topics include apocalyptic religion, utopia and dystopia, progress, revolution, finance, and everyday life. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 150D
The Power of Writing: Books and Libraries 600-1500
Upper Division
5 units
Surveys the history of the book in the West from ca. 600-1500. Concentrates on the medieval illuminated manuscript and the first years of printing, and focuses on the relationship between text and image. Critical approach designations: Histories, Media. Distribution requirements: Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 151B
The Phenomenon of Tragedy
Upper Division
5 units
Examines the theory of tragedy from Aristotle to Nietzsche, while inviting students to read and discuss classic dramatic pieces to which the label "tragedy" was applied. Relies on student presentations and contributions, and teaches skills both in handling theory and in practical literary criticism. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.
LIT 155A
Cinema and Subjectivity
Upper Division
5 units
An examination of the ways in which the technological and institutional practices of cinema construct modes of modern and contemporary subjectivity. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 155C
New German Cinema
Upper Division
5 units
Surveys the work of Fassbinder, Kluge, Herzog, Schlöndorff, von Trotta, Reitz, Straub, Sanders-Brahms, and others. Major themes include post-fascism and the problems of history, the burden of memory, mass culture, gender, social class, and migration in postwar Germany. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Media. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 155D
Italian Cinema and Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the rich history of Italian cinema. Special attention is given to the links between literacy and visual narratives, Italian films and Italian novels, autobiographies, and short stories on which the films are based. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Media. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 155E
Cinema and Social Change in Latin America
Upper Division
5 units
Surveys selected Latin American and Latino feature and documentary films. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirements: Global. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 155H
The Horror Film
Upper Division
5 units
Shifting definitions of horror in the movies from the late silent period to the present through close analysis of representative films and critical texts. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 155J
The Films of John Carpenter
Upper Division
5 units
Study of development and central themes of preeminent genre director of the "post-Hollywood" era, concentrating on central core of major works in horror/science fiction genres from "Halloween" to "In the Mouth of Madness," with attention to the comedies and action films. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media.
LIT 156A
The Gothic Imagination in Fiction, Film, and Theory
Upper Division
5 units
Readings include theoretical essays by Freud and Lacan and such fictions as "The Monk," "Frankenstein," "Dracula," "Maus," "The Yellow Wallpaper," and "Beloved." Films change each year. Critical approach designations: Histories, Media. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 157A
Modern Ancient Drama
Upper Division
5 units
The study of 20th- and 21st-century productions and adaptations of ancient Greek drama in theater, dance, music, and film, including Stravinsky, Graham, Pasolini, Breuer, and von Trier, discussing artists' goals, the sociopolitical context, ideas of authenticity, and audience response. Critical approach designations: Histories, Media. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 157C
Representations of Hamlet
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" from various perspectives, including as a literary and historical object, and as a mirror of socio-political concerns. Readings include both precursors to Shakespeare and modern adaptations and revisions of the "Hamlet" story. Critical approach designations: Canons. Media. Distribution requirements: Pre-1750.
LIT 157E
Greek Drama/Modern Film
Upper Division
5 units
A reading of ancient Greek plays along with contemporary films similar to them in theme, form, and effect. Students discuss different definitions of tragedy; genre as a critical tool; and similarities and difference between the media of literature, drama, and film. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.
LIT 160E
Theorizing Race and Comics
Upper Division
5 units
Examines comics' origins in the United States' legacies of racial caricature and political cartoons about slavery, Asian exclusion, yellow journalism, and imperial expansion. Analyses of graphic novel's 20th-century evolution around human-rights violations and post-atrocity representational strategies around race, nationalism and minority status. Critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirements: Global. Enrollment by interview only; course requires an essay application. Enrollment restricted to literature and history of art and visual culture majors. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 160F
Topics in Cultural Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Investigates the ways in which cultural texts--literary, aesthetic, visual, performative, and a variety of "popular" forms--create and transform individual experiences, everyday life, social relations, and power. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 160G
Topics in Literary Theory
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of major issues in contemporary theory, with emphasis on key concepts. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Power and Subjectivities. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 160I
Race, Militarism, and Empire in Asia and the Pacific
Upper Division
5 units
Theoretical and historical inquiry into the relationship between race, militarism, and empire; a comparative examination of the Japanese and U.S. empires in the Asia-Pacific region; and a consideration of how liberal ideologies around race were wielded as a tool of imperial governance. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirements: Global. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 160J
Exile, Diaspora, Migration
Upper Division
5 units
Analyzes how the figure of the refugee, migrant, and other travelling communities are produced, engaged and represented in literary texts, cultural texts, and theories. Course materials include fiction, memoir, essay, legal tracts, and film. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirements: Global. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 161A
African American Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of African American writing and cultural representations, with attention to the historical, cultural, and general literary contexts out of which they emerged and upon which they commented. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 161B
African American Women Writers
Upper Division
5 units
Explores the cultural, aesthetic, political, and feminist issues in select works by African American women. Through close analysis of the works, students develop an understanding of the intersections that race, gender, and class play in the literary imaginations of these writers. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 162A
Asian American Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of Asian American literary works (fiction, poetry, dramatic essays) in the context of the historical presence of Asian Americans in the United States since the 1850s. Emphasis on comparison of select works from ethnic Asian writings. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 163A
American Indian Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Explores works of fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and poetry written by American Indians. Focuses on historical and political issues within the text as well as on formal and thematic structures. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities.
LIT 164A
Jewish Travel Narratives
Upper Division
5 units
Exploration of the idea of the Diaspora as a "moving" condition, and of the mutli-dimensional character of global Jewish culture, covering authors who traveled across the Jewish world from medieval times to the present. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.
LIT 164B
Hebrew Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Hebrew poetry-Biblical, medieval, modern-explores cultural and literary issues central to our contemporary world. Texts and discussion focus on Jewish and Israeli literary traditions. Critical approach designations: Genres, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Poetry. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 164C
Global Jewish Writing
Upper Division
5 units
Comparative analysis of modern Jewish writers from Western and non-Western diasporas. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 164D
Jewish Diaspora, Ethnicity, and Urban Life
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on modern Jewish diaspora, ethnicity, and urban life. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 164G
Literature and the Holocaust
Upper Division
5 units
Reading and analysis of fiction and poetry, focusing on Holocaust literature as a problem in critical theory, cultural studies, and literary history. Though most of the works are read in translation, some knowledge of European languages is helpful. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 164H
Jewish Writers and the European City
Upper Division
5 units
Interrogates the master narrative of a specific European city and discusses the ways in which Jewish life and Jewish actions helped to shape that story and were shaped by it. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 164J
Jewish Writers and the American City
Upper Division
5 units
An examination of some major Jewish writers and their responses to the American city. Major writers: Henry Roth, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, J. Kaplan, Philip Roth. A look at Yiddish and other minority writers, and including sociological and historical materials on the American city. The course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 165A
Chicano/Mexicano Geographies
Upper Division
5 units
Considers the historical, current, and future directions of Chicano/a literary culture within the context of the long-standing exchanges of culture and politics across the U.S.-Mexican border and the challenges of globalization. Includes novels, essays, and films. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 165B
Latin/o American Fiction
Upper Division
5 units
Writers in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean have been drawn repeatedly to the theme of intercultural conflict as they recall the traumatic history of the hemisphere. Examining fiction, poetry, and film expands the horizons of "American" literature. Critical approach designations: Genres, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 166A
Representations of Gender in Medieval Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of the portrayal of gender roles and interactions. Particular stress on erotic experience and the courtly tradition: Ovid, Andreas Capellanus, Marie de France, Chretien de Troyes, "The Romance of the Rose," Dante, Chaucer, Christine de Pizan. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Poetry, Pre-1750.
LIT 166B
Early Modern Representations of Gender
Upper Division
5 units
Explores representation of gender in early modern literature, with attention to contemporary aesthetic, cultural, and theoretical contexts. Texts include drama, poetry, and prose. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 166C
Early Modern Italian Women Writers
Upper Division
5 units
In early modern Italy several factors converged to foster a boom in women's writing and publication. Course addresses the context and content of these writings, dealing with key theoretical and historical issues surrounding women's entry into authorship in Europe. Knowledge of Italian not required. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivies. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.
LIT 166E
Women's Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Works by women from the 18th century to the present, with special attention to the relationship of literature to history, psychology, and aesthetics. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 167E
The Vampire in Literature and Popular Culture
Upper Division
5 units
Traces the vampire's appearance in different historical moments, cultural contexts, genres, and media to interrogate its place in the shifting cultural politics of gender and sexuality, as well as in relation to race, ethnicity, class, and other identity positions. Critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 167G
Reading the Weather: Literature and Global Climate Change
Upper Division
5 units
An overview of climate change and its representations in literary and filmic texts. Asks how climate fiction and non-fiction narratives of climate change can help us to confront issues of environmental justice, inequalities of race and class, vulnerability, land rights, and refugeehood. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirements: Global. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)
LIT 179A
Advanced Writing: Fiction
Upper Division
5 units
Intensive work in writing fiction. Critical approach designation: Genres. Enrollment restricted to creative writing literature majors. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LIT 179B
Advanced Writing: Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Intensive work in writing poetry. Critical approach designation: Genres. Enrollment restricted to creative writing literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 179C
Methods and Materials
Upper Division
5 units
Focuses on a particular process or subject used in the production of a literary text. Course is intended to work as a bridge between invention and scholarship. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designation: Genres. Enrollment restricted to creative writing literature majors. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.)
LIT 181A
Biblical Hebrew, Part 1
Upper Division
5 units
Grammatical study interspersed with narrative excerpts from the Hebrew Bible. Recommended: previous study of a second language up to the advanced level. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global, Pre-1750.
LIT 181B
Biblical Hebrew, Part 2
Upper Division
5 units
Continuation of grammatical study interspersed with poetic texts from the Hebrew Bible. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. Distribution requirements: Global, Poetry, Pre-1750. Together, Biblical Hebrew 1 and 2 fulfill the language prerequisites for Literature 102; together they also satisfy the intensive major second-language course requirements. Prerequisite(s): course 181A or the equivalent.
LIT 181D
Reading Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Part 1
Upper Division
5 units
Introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphs as a graphic, conceptual, and communicative system. Covers the basic elements of classical Egyptian grammar, drawing primarily on inscriptions from extant Egyptian monuments. Students read one prose and one poetical text from the Middle Kingdom. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Media. Distribution requirement: Global, Pre-1750. Strongly recommended: two years previous study of a foreign language at the college level or the equivalent. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 181E
Reading Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Part 2
Upper Division
5 units
Advanced Middle Egyptian grammar (two weeks). Close reading of the "Tale of Sinuhe" in Middle Egyptian, selected hymns and love poetry from the New Kingdom. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. Distribution requirement: Global, Poetry, Pre-1750. Together, Egyptian Hieroglyphs 1 and 2 fulfill the language prerequisites for Literature 102; together they also satisfy the intensive major second-language course requirements. Prerequisite(s): course 181D (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 181F
Reading Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Part 3
Upper Division
5 units
Close reading of the "Tale of Sinuhe" in Middle Egyptian. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. Distribution requirement: Global, Poetry, Pre-1750. Prerequisite(s): course 181E.
LIT 181G
Sanskrit, Part 1
Upper Division
5 units
Systematic introduction to the grammar, syntax, and usage of Classical Sanskrit, to the oral dimensions of the language, and to the Sanskrit literary tradition. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global, Poetry, Pre-1750.
LIT 181H
Sanskrit, Part 2
Upper Division
5 units
Continued study of the grammar, syntax, and usage of Classical Sanskrit, and the Sanskrit literary tradition. Students read the entire "Bhagavad-Gita," including key sections in the original Sanskrit. Critical approach designations: Canons, Geographies. Distribution requirements: Global, Poetry, Pre-1750. Together Sanskrit, Part 1 and Part 2 fulfill the language prerequisites for Literature 102; together they also satisfy the intensive major second-language course requirements. Prerequisite(s): course 181G.
LIT 182A
Le Moyen Age
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in French required. Study of 12th- and 13th-century texts, with attention to problems of history and social change. In modern translations with selected readings in Old French or Provencal. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry, Pre-1750. (Formerly The Middle Ages.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 182E
Etudes de Poésie
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in French required. Emphasizes the close study of a limited number of poetic texts in terms of their linguistic, stylistic, and rhetorical devices. Course topic changes; please see Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. Distribution requirement: Poetry. (Formerly Studies in Poetry.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 182F
Le théâtre
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in French required. Studies in French drama and theories of theatricality. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. (Formerly Theater and Drama.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 182H
Auteur et culture
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in French required. Designed to provide an in-depth study of a given author's literary oeuvre and its cultural context. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. (Formerly Author and Culture.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 182I
Littérature d'expression française hors de France
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in French required. A study of texts written in French-speaking cultures: Belgium, Canada, Africa, the Caribbean. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly French Literature Outside France.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 182K
Textes et contextes
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in French required. Examines implications of social and political change in terms of literary theory and practice. Places equal emphasis on literary and other kinds of cultural texts: historical, political, and cinematic. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. (Formerly Texts and Contexts.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 183A
Einführung in der deutschen Literatur
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. Wide reading of works representing the major authors, periods, and genres of German literature. Critical approach designations: Canons, Geographies. (Formerly Introduction to German Literature.)
LIT 183B
Themen in deutscher Literatur und Kultur
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. Course studies German literature and culture, with attention to historical context. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. (Formerly Topics in German Literature and Culture.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 183D
Die deutsche Romantik
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. A study of the emergence and development of German Romanticism. Central concerns are the Romantics' attitude toward the role of the imagination in literature and their attempts to revitalize myth and folklore in their works. Authors read include Tieck, Novalis, Hoffmann, Eichendorff, and Heine. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. (Formerly German Romanticism.)
LIT 183F
Die deutsche Novelle
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. A study of Novellen of the major 19th-century German authors. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. (Formerly The German Novelle.)
LIT 183G
Deutsche Komödie
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. A study of a series of comic works by authors writing in German. In addition to discussing the texts in depth, we also look at theories of humor and laughter developed by thinkers such as Freud, Schopenhauer, and Bergson. Critical approach designations: Canons, Media. (Formerly German Comedy.)
LIT 183H
Das deutsche Drama
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. Selected readings of major German dramatists; attention given to various movements in theater. Critical approach designations: Canons, Media. (Formerly German Drama.)
LIT 183K
Moderne deutsche Literatur und Film
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. Discusses a range of modern and contemporary German texts, including poetry, drama, and film. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Media. (Formerly Modern German Literature and Film.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 183M
Moderne deutsche Fiktion
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. Selected readings from the novel and novella in 20th-century German literature. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. (Formerly Modern German Fiction.)
LIT 183P
Fremdenangst: Ausländerfeindlichkeit in der deutschen Literatur und Kultur
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in German required. Considers recent violence against immigrants and asylum-seekers in Germany, and moves on to examine images of people perceived as "foreign" or alien in German literature and culture from early times to the present. Critical approach designations: Genres, Power and Subjectivities. (Formerly Fear of the Foreign: Xenophobia in German Literature and Culture.)
LIT 184A
Introduction to Greek Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Ancient Greek required. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 184B
Greek Drama
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Ancient Greek required. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Histories, Media. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 184C
Greek Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Ancient Greek required. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry, Pre-1750. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 184D
Prose Authors
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Ancient Greek required. Course topic changes; see Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 184E
Special Topics in Greek Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Ancient Greek required. Readings in selected ancient Greek texts. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Focus is on translation and interpretation; requirements normally include translation exams and interpretive essays. Critical approach designations: Canons. Genres. Distribution requirement: Global, Pre-1750. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 185B
Letteratura e cultura italiana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. In-depth examination of a topic in Italian literary and cultural studies. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. (Formerly Studies in Italian Literature and Culture.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 185H
L'Opera italiana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. Explores Italian opera as dramatic and spectacular cross-cultural phenomenon beginning in 1590s Florence through the 19th and 20th centuries. Attention to opera's function as a medium of cultural translation and political critique. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. Prerequisite(s): Two years of university study of Italian language, or equivalent proficiency. (Formerly Italian Opera as Drama.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 185I
Teatro italiano
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. Survey of Italian theater from its beginnings in medieval ritual through the development of Renaissance staged comedy and the commedia dell'arte, pastoral and tragicomedy, opera, melodrama, and 20th-century avant-garde and political theater. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. (Formerly ltalian Theater.)
LIT 185J
Poesia moderna
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. Study of development of the Italian lyric from romanticism to present, with close stylistic and thematic analyses of works of Leopardi, D'Annunzio, Ungaretti, Quasimodo, Pavese, and Montale. Critical approach designations: Canons. Genres. Distribution requirement: Poetry. (Formerly Modern Italian Poetry.)
LIT 185L
La novella italiana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. Surveys short fiction in Italian, from bawdy medieval novellas to folk tales edited in the 19th Century, to psychological and character studies. Focuses on the formal properties that distinguish short fiction from romances and novels and the social functions these writings can perform. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. (Formerly Italian Short Fiction.) (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 185M
Fascismo e resistenza
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. The relationship between literature and Italian fascism is explored, including the rise and myths of fascism, critique and censorship, the persecution of minorities, the Resistance, the role of the intellectual. Authors include Borgese, Vittorini, Bassani, Pavese. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. (Formerly Literature and Fascism.)
LIT 185N
Le donne nell'Italia moderna
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. Explores the specificity of Italian women's writing and studies their literary activities in historical and social context. Readings include Italian feminist and some history as well as literary texts. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. (Formerly Women in Italy: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.)
LIT 185P
Boccaccio: Decameron
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. Critical study of "The Decameron." Critical approach designation: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. (Formerly Boccaccio.)
LIT 185Q
Dante: "Divina Commedia"
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. Reading of the "Inferno," the "Purgatorio," and selected canti of the "Paradiso," along with selections from Dante's lyrics and from medieval Italian and French poetry. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry, Pre-1750. (Formerly Dante's "Divine Comedy".)
LIT 185S
Petrarca
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Italian required. The transition from medieval to Renaissance modes of poetry in the works of Francesco Petrarca. Readings in the "Rime Sparse," the "Trionfi," and the prose works. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750.
LIT 186A
Introduction to Latin Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Latin required. Course topic changes; see Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)
LIT 186B
Roman Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Latin required. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 186C
Prose Authors
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Latin required. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 186D
Special Topics in Latin Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Reading proficiency in Latin required. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 188B
Literatura peninsular: de los orígenes al siglo XVIII
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. A critical study of several representative texts from the early period of Spanish literature in their sociohistorical context. Included among the readings are "El Poema del Cid," the "Romancero," "La Celestina," "Lazarillo de Tormes," and a Golden Age play. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. (Formerly Origins to 18th Century.)
LIT 188E
Teatro del Siglo de Oro español
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Studies in Spanish Golden Age theater. Critical approach designations: Histories, Media. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. (Formerly Spanish Golden Age Theater.)
LIT 188F
Cuentos del Siglo de Oro español
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Focuses on the prose in the Renaissance period and the different genres that flourished before the creation of Cervantes' "Don Quixote." Chosen texts constitute an amalgam of Renaissance ideology, and provide examples of 16th-century literature, including the picaresque novel, pastoral novel, the Byzantine novel, and the chivalresque novel. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. (Formerly Short Stories of the Spanish Golden Age.)
LIT 188G
Literatura y vida en "Don Quijote" y otros textos cervantinos
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. A close reading of the works of Cervantes, with particular attention to "Don Quijote," in an attempt to discover how these works reflect the conflictive period in which the author lived. Also looks closely at the Cervantine view of the relationship of literature to life, as manifested in the works under study. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. (Formerly Literature and Life in "Don Quijote" and Other Cervantes Texts.)
LIT 188H
Erotismo y Mistica
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Examines the connections between erotic literature and mystical literature through poetic representations of sublime where Eros and Thanatos meet. As symbolisms of mystical and erotic experiences fuse and confuse each other, we are able to establish connections between Sufi, Hindi, and Judeo-Christian mystical poetry. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.
LIT 188I
La novela picaresca
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. The picaresque novel of 16th-century Spain considers the fictive environment as reality in order to introduce its protagonist as a rebel against social dominion. The picaresque novel is the only literary genre comparable to what is now called "literature of social protest." Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. (Formerly The Picaresque Novel.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 188L
Literatura de la guerra civil española
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Examines literature related to the period of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the Franco years (1939-75). Includes works by Spanish writers in exile during this period; also examines literary texts written prior to the outbreak of the war. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. (Formerly The Literature of the Spanish Civil War.)
LIT 188M
Literatura peninsular: siglos XIX y XX
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. A critical study of several representative texts from this period of Spanish literature. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. (Formerly Peninsular Literature: 19th and 20th Centuries.)
LIT 188Z
Literatura de España
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Examines works by Spanish authors with attention to historical and cultural as well as literary issues. Course topic changes, see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. (Formerly Literature of Spain.) May be repeated for credit.
LIT 189A
De la conquista a Sor Juana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. A study of Hispanic American and Peninsular literatures from the chronicles of the conquest through the 17th century. Readings deal with transformations in both the idea of empire and the rights of the conquered. Includes the works of Colon, Cortes, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and others. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global, Pre-1750. (Formerly From the Conquest to Sor Juana.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 189B
Del romanticismo al modernism
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Follows the literary manifestations of the growing consciousness of the Latin American writer: discovery of native themes, comparative analysis of Spanish American and Peninsular European models, search for a "new language" literally and figuratively. Relates historical events with literary movements. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly Romanticism to Modernism.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 189C
Introducción a Spanish Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish is required. Explores the social, cultural, economic, and political changes that connect Latin America, Spain, and the United States Latina/o communities. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly Introduction to Spanish Studies.) (Also offered as Spanish 105. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): Spanish 6 or Spanish for Heritage Speakers 6 or permission of instructor. (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 189D
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. An in-depth examination of the life and work of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th-century nun, poet, playwright, and woman of genius and intellectual prowess whose ideas and accomplishments were ahead of her time. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750.
LIT 189E
Cuba
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Examines Cuban literature and culture, with attention to historical context. Course topic changes: please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 189F
Literaturas Latinas en los Estados Unidos: en inglés, español y Spanglish
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Spanish-based, English/bilingual inclusive overview of Latino/a writing in the U.S. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly U.S. Latino/a Writing in Spanish/English and Spanglish.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)
LIT 189G
Cine y Literatura
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Analysis and interpretation of Spanish-language films derived from literary works by Latin American and Spanish authors. Topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. Distribution requirement: Global. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): IM.)
LIT 189H
La Globalizacion en/del Cine Latin/o Americano
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Examines globalization of Latin/o American cinema as a cultural industry. Classical issues of cultural politics and political economy are revisited from the viewpoint of current global processes. Also provides access to the representation of different aspects of globalization in Latin/o American cinema. Critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 189I
Cine y sexualidad en América Latina
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Changing cinematic representations of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality and their articulation with expressions of the national in feature films made in various Latin American countries between 1940 and the present. Critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 189K
El ensayo latinoamericano
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. A study of the essay in Spanish America from Sarmiento to the present, concentrating on problems of national or cultural identity. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly The Latin American Essay.)
LIT 189L
Poesía latinoamericana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Poets from "modernismo" to the present in Spanish America. Studies how this poetry attempts to define Latin America, its past, its present history, and its vision for the future. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. Distribution requirement: Global, Poetry. (Formerly Latin American Poetry.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 189M
Prosa contemporánea hispanoamericana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Examines contemporary Spanish American prose. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly Contemporary Spanish American Prose.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 189N
Latinoamericano testimonio
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Contemporary non-fiction testimonial literature of Latin America. Critical approach designations: Genres, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly Latin American "testimonio".)
LIT 189O
El Cuento Hispanoamericano: Variedades esteticas de la literatura breve en America Latina
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Explores various aesthetics of the Latin American short story including fantastic, detective, metaliterary, social critique, historical, and philosophical writings. Critical approach designations: Canons, Genres. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 189P
Las mujeres en la literatura latinoamericana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Literary and sociological writings by and about women in Latin America-in Hispanic, indigenous, and African-Latino communities; in rural and urban settings; in historical and contemporary periods. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly Women in Latin American Literature.)
LIT 189Q
Ficción y marginalidad
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Marginalized perspectives take center stage in this course that studies ways Latin American/Latino authors textually contest dominant representations and realities, opening symbolic spaces for emergent historical subjects who gain agency and authority by re/presenting unmapped terrains. Texts include chronicles, "testimonios," writings of the self, and novels. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly Fiction and Marginality: The Marginal at the Center.)
LIT 189S
La cultura popular en la narrativa latinoamericana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Explores short stories and novels that have been greatly influenced by popular culture, not only in theme, but also by appropriation of popular forms of language and modes of representation. Includes works by authors from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, and Colombia. Critical approach designations: Genres, Geographies. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly Popular Culture in Latin American Narrative.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 189T
Historia de la lectura y los lectores: Recepcion y consumo cultural en el mundo Latino Americano
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Explores historical readers and reading practices in at least three different formations: colonial, national-popular, and transnational. Proposes a historical-theoretical reconstruction of the place of reading and readers at key moments in the history of culture in Latin America. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 189U
Modernidad y literatura: El Boom de la novela latinoamericana
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish required. Explores the relationships between literature and mass culture, modernization, and globalization through the study of the so-called Boom of Latin American narrative. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 189V
Andean Indigenismo
Upper Division
5 units
An introduction to the indigenista movement in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay, and to the literary and ideological debates surrounding it. Authors include Mariategui, Gonzalez Prada, Arguedas, Icaza, Alegria, and Vallejo. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.
LIT 189X
Estudios mediaticos
Upper Division
5 units
Investigates film, radio, video games, new media, and other newly emergent forms of cultural production in the Spanish-speaking world. Topics may include the historical study of media, media-focused analysis of literary texts, and new media translation. The course topic changes; see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 190A
Topics in Pre- and Early Modern Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Examination of individual authors or critical problems in ancient, medieval, or early modern/Renaissance literature. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. Distribution requirements: Pre-1750, Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 190F
Studies in Poetry
Upper Division
5 units
Studies in English-language poetry. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 190J
Studies in English Language Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Studies of selected authors or issues in English language literature. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior Literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 190K
Studies in U.S. Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Intensive examination of issues in U.S. literature. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 190L
Topics in World Literature and Cultural Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirements: Global, Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 190N
Studies in 19th-Century British Literature
Upper Division
5 units
Study of selected authors or issues in 19th-century British literature. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 190O
Studies in Slavery, Race, and Nation in the Americas
Upper Division
5 units
Compares literatures and histories of slavery, abolitionism, and nationalism in 19th-century Cuba and the U.S. Readings include slave narratives and antislavery novels. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global, Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior literature majors.
LIT 190T
Topics in Modern Literary Studies
Upper Division
5 units
Selected authors or issues in modern literary and cultural studies. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designation: Histories. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 190V
Fiction Senior Seminar
Upper Division
5 units
Satisfies the Creative Writing Literature concentration; also satisfies the senior seminar distribution requirement. Critical approach designation: Media. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior creative writing literature majors.
LIT 190W
Poetry Senior Seminar
Upper Division
5 units
Satisfies the Creative Writing Literature concentration; also satisfies the senior seminar distribution requirement. Critical approach designation: Media. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101. Enrollment restricted to senior creative writing literature majors.
LIT 190X
Temas de la literatura y cultura españolas y latinoamericanas
Upper Division
5 units
Speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish is required. Examines authors or issues in Spanish and Latin American literature and cultures. Course topics changes; see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. Spanish studies majors may use this course to satisfy the Spanish studies senior exit requirement. (Formerly Topics in Spanish and Latin American Literature and Culture.) (Also offered as Spanish 190A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): LIT 101. Enrollment is restricted to senior literature majors. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
LIT 190Y
Topics in Jewish Literature and Culture
Upper Division
5 units
Study of selected authors or issues related to modern Jewish literature and culture. Topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. Jewish Studies majors may use this course to satisfy the Jewish Studies senior exit requirement. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and Literature 101 (for literature majors). Enrollment restricted to senior literature and Jewish studies majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 190Z
Topics in German Literature and Culture
Upper Division
5 units
Study of selected authors or issues related to German literature and culture. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirement: Senior Seminar. German studies majors may use this course to satisfy the German studies senior exit requirement. Prerequisite(s): Literature 101 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to senior German studies and literature majors. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 191
Methodologies of Teaching
Upper Division
3 units
This 3-credit course provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to help others become more careful, sensitive, and sophisticated readers of complex texts. Enrollment by permission of the instructor. (General Education Code(s): PR-S.)
LIT 200
Proseminar
Graduate
5 units
The proseminar provides a common experience for entering students, facilitates exchange of ideas and approaches to literary and extra-literary texts, critical issues, and theoretical problems. It focuses on broad aspects of the history of theory and criticism, on the students' critical writing, and on aspects of professional development. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 201
The Pedagogy of Literature
Graduate
1 units
Provides training for graduate students in university-level pedagogy in general and in the pedagogy of literature specifically. Coordinated by a graduate student who has had substantial experience as a teaching assistant, under the supervision of a faculty member. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 202
Colloquium
Graduate
2 units
Student receives credit for attending a designated number of freestanding lectures, colloquia, symposia, or conferences during the term and reports orally, or in writing, to instructor. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 204
Readings in Literature
Graduate
2 units
Focuses on selected texts or authors in literature and/or theory. Students meet with instructor to discuss readings and deepen their knowledge on a particular author, critic, theorist, or text. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 205
Writing and Publication Practicum
Graduate
2 units
Introduces the methods and practice of dissertation writing and publication in literature. Workshop format. Meets one hour per week. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 221
Canons
Graduate
5 units
Considers literary canon formation through the lens of neglected or "lost" works by authors otherwise considered peripheral because of their language, cultural tradition, or regional affiliation. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 222
Topics in English Language Literature
Graduate
5 units
Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 223
Periods and Movements
Graduate
5 units
Examines a particular historical period or literary movement. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 224
Transnational Literatures
Graduate
5 units
Investigation of English language literature which transcends national boundaries. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 230A
Topics in Theory
Graduate
5 units
Explores issues arising in both the modern practice of criticism and in writings on the theory of criticism. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 230B
Narrative Theory
Graduate
5 units
A survey of 20th-century narratology, emphasizing structuralist and poststructuralist theories of narrative. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 230C
Feminist Theories/Historical Perspectives
Graduate
5 units
A critical examination of feminist and related theories (queer, critical race, post-humanist) and criticism in historical and culturally specific contexts. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 231A
Studies in Literary and Cultural History
Graduate
5 units
Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 237A
Modernism
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on modernism and the intellectual and social forces which help illuminate that period. Considers concepts by which the innovative tendencies in 20th-century modernist literature and arts have been theorized and periodized, including high and late modernism, avant-garde and experimental, and the concept of global modernisms. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 240G
History and Tragedy
Graduate
5 units
Examines history, tragedy, and early science as ways of representing human experience in the Western canon. Topics include truth claims and questions of evidence, the nature of historical events, and tragedy as a political medium. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 243A
Studies in Early Modernity
Graduate
5 units
In-depth examination of a topic in Early Modern Studies. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 246
Individual Authors
Graduate
5 units
Focuses on work of a single author in literary historical and/or historical context. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 250
Theory and Methods
Graduate
5 units
Global theories of history and cultural production. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 251
Topics in Cultural Studies
Graduate
5 units
The course topic changes; see the Class Search for the current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 279A
Methods and Materials
Graduate
5 units
A combined seminar and creative-writing workshop with a concentrated focus on a particular problem, aspect, or genre of poetry or prose writing. Includes reading and analysis of selected texts with critical responses and creative writing. Explores the productive interaction between various practices of scholarship and creative invention. The course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 279B
Writing Studio
Graduate
5 units
In this graduate-level, multi-genre course, students develop their own creative projects of publishable quality under the guidance of the instructor. (Formerly Writing Workshop.) Enrollment is restricted to graduate students in the creative/critical concentration or by permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 282A
Studies in Literary Genres
Graduate
5 units
An in-depth examination of one genre of French literature. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 282B
Studies in Literary and Cultural History
Graduate
5 units
In-depth examination of one period of French literature. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 282C
Texts and Contexts
Graduate
5 units
The implications of social and political change examined in terms of literary theory and practice. Equal emphasis placed on literary and other kinds of cultural texts: historical, political, cinematic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 282D
Topics in Theory
Graduate
5 units
Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 282F
French Literature Outside France
Graduate
5 units
A study of texts written in French-speaking cultures: Belgium, Canada, Africa, the Caribbean. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 283A
Deutsche Literatur und Kultur
Graduate
5 units
Examination of topics within German literature. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for the current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 288C
"Don Quijote"
Graduate
5 units
Concentrates on the study and analysis of Miguel de Cervantes' major work "Don Quijote," with a three-part structure: life and literature in "Don Quijote;" Cervantes-the father of the modern novel; and madness and "ingenio" in "Don Quijote." Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 288F
Writing and Re-Writing of the Conquest and Colonial Period in Spanish America
Graduate
5 units
Study of 1) the writings (chronicles, memoirs, diaries, letters) comprising European and indigenous accounts of the encounter and indigenous, criolla, and mestiza writings during the colony; and 2) the re-writings of these events in contemporary post-colonial novels. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 288M
Cuba
Graduate
5 units
Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 288O
The Conquest through the Eyes of Contemporary Writers
Graduate
5 units
Analyzes contemporary writers who fictionalize the phenomenon of the conquest of the Americas. These authors, who combine chronicles, biographies, and accounts with fiction, offer an imaginative way to view history. Enrollment limited to 20.
LIT 288P
The Avant Garde in Latin America
Graduate
5 units
Emerging from a Europe in crisis, this 20th-century avante-garde movement opened a space in Latin/o American literature for the emergence of a post-western aesthetic exploring a cultural identity in difference. A deconstruction of vanguardismo, lo real maravilloso, lo fantástico, lo mítico-antropológico, and realismo mágico. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 288S
Citiscapes
Graduate
5 units
Theories of space/place poetics and politics, and the literary and visual re-presentations of urban spaces in Latin/o America. Questions of identity and location in modernist poetics, and the ways difference (gender, ethnicity, and sexuality) inhabit and imagine the post-modern lettered city. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 288U
Spain in the Eyes/Camera of Pedro Almodovar
Graduate
5 units
Contemporary Spain through the camera of Pedro Almodovar from transgressive enthusiasm, experimentation, and cultural disobedience of the 1980s to more universal themes of human nature and borderline experiences in the pursuit of love, relationships, beauty, and art. Enrollment restricted to graduate students.
LIT 288Y
Teoria Critica en America Latina
Graduate
5 units
Overview of contemporary theoretical issues in Latin American cultural critique. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 288Z
Literatura y sociedad
Graduate
5 units
Analyzes the relationship between Latin American cultural products and their cultural, economic, and political contexts. The course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 291F
Advising
Graduate
2 units
Independent study formalizing the advisee-adviser relationship. Regular meetings to plan, assess, and monitor academic progress and to evaluate coursework as necessary. May be used to develop general bibliography of background reading and trajectory of study. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.
LIT 294
Teaching-Related Independent Study
Graduate
5 units
Directed graduate research and writing coordinated with teaching of undergraduates. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. May be repeated for credit.