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Comparative Literary Studies Courses

Courses Primarily for First-year and Sophomores

COMP_LIT 200 Introduction to Literary Theory Addresses key topics and debates in literary theory and criticism, especially as these theories help us to compare literature and other cultural expressions across history, language, nation, genre, and medium. Students will build a vocabulary and a set of methods for putting literary reading into action. Topics include language and semiotics; poetics; translation; formalist and contextual reading; reading for race, class, gender and sexuality; and the idea of “world literature.” May not be repeated for credit.

COMP LIT 201-0 Reading World Literature Introduction to a diverse range of important works of world literature and to central debates and questions about the idea of “world literature.” Content varies.

COMP LIT 202-0 Interpreting Culture Introduction to the theory and practice of interpreting “cultural texts,” the literary and other texts, through which human culture imposes structures of meaning on the world.

COMP LIT 205-0 Gender, Sexuality, and Representation
Representations in literature and film within their historical, social, and political contexts. Theories of reading and spectatorship in relation to gender and sexuality.

COMP LIT 206-0 Literature and Media Examination of the relationship between “literature” and “media” with particular focus on material changes to the production of literature and and the impact of new technologies of transmission on the production and definition of literature.

COMP LIT 207-0 Introduction to Critical Theory Focus on the related ideas of crisis, criticism, and critique in philo­sophical, literary, social, political, and cultural contexts. How critical theory grounds criticism systematically, disclosing the full range of the crisis to which any critical impulse responds. Investigation of various aspects of critical theory, from abstract concepts and particular works of art to concrete social conditions and current political forms.

COMP LIT 210-0 The Bible as Literature Selected books of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament studied from a literary perspective; issues of plot, character, genre, narrative strategy, and theories of interpretation.

COMP LIT 211-0 Topics in Genre Analysis of major liter­ary genres, such as epic, drama, lyric poetry, novel, and autobiography. Study of particular examples with focus on historical development, formal features and social context. May be repeated for credit with change in topic.

Courses Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

COMP LIT 301-0 Practices of Reading Theory and practice of reading literature, through the juxtaposition of critical, theoretical, and literary texts; special emphasis on the conflict of interpretations between competing practices of reading.

COMP LIT 302-0 Major Periods in World Literature Literary writings of a historical period, such as the European Renaissance; classical Chinese and Japanese; the “Age of Empires.”  Content varies; may be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 303-0  Literary Movements Study of movements such as realism, modernism, futurism, postmodernism, with special attention to their broad cultural and historical context. Content varies; may be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 304-0 Studies in Theme Use and variation of a literary theme (such as the city) or topos (such as recognition) in various times and cultures. Content varies; may be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 305-0 World Cinemas Study of national cinemas (such as Brazilian, Italian, or Indian), international film history, or major critical and theoretical issues in film studies. Content varies; may be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 311 Theory and Practice of Poetry Translation Introduces students to theoretical approaches to literary translation and to the practice of poetry translation.

COMP LIT 312 Authors and Their Readers Study of the work of a major author in terms of its critical reception. Content varies; may be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 313 Texts and Contexts Intensive study of a major work in relation to an array of different kinds of contextual material. Content varies; may be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 375 Literature and Its Others Study of the relation of literature to other arts, media, or disciplines. Content varies; may be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 383-0 Special Topics in Theory For students with previous study of criticism and literary theory. Content varies. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 390-0 Topics in Comparative Literature Content varies — for example, problems of literary translation, literature and psychoanalysis. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 398-0 Senior Seminar Students learn the tools and techniques needed for writing sustained scholarly essays. Required of senior majors in comparative literary studies. Prerequisite: consent of program adviser.

COMP LIT 399-0 Independent Study (1–3 units)

Literature in Translation Courses

COMP LIT 271-1,2,3,4 Japanese Literature in Translation  A set of 4 courses surveying Japanese literature from the eighth century to the present.

COMP LIT 274-1,2,3 Introduction to Chinese Literature Survey of Chinese poetry and fiction from the fifth century B.C.E. to the present.

COMP LIT 275-0 Arabic Literature in Translation Introduction to Arabic literary background; survey of literary genres from the pre-Islamic period to the present.

COMP LIT 276-0 African Literature in Translation  Continental African literature. Content varies. May be repeated for credit with different topic.

COMP LIT 278-1 Modern Hebrew Literature in Translation Introduction to the main works of contemporary Israeli writers.

COMP LIT 279-0 Modern Jewish Literature A study of  modern European, American, and Israeli Jewish literature in its historical context.

Literature in Translation Courses in Other Departments

For descriptions of the following courses in literature in translation, consult the relevant department listings.

CLASSICS  210, 211, 212, 245, 260,320, 350

FRENCH 276, 277, 278, 279, 374, 375, 376, 378

GERMAN 226, 228, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 240, 246, 322, 324, 328, 330, 334, 346

ITALIAN 275, 380

SLAVIC 210-1,2,3, 211-2, 310, 311, 314, 318

SPANISH 223, 225, 230, 231, 232, 323, 397

PORTUGUESE  380, 396