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Comparative World Literature Discipline Courses Details

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CWL 210 : Reading Beyond Boundaries: An Introduction to Comparing Literatures

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Reading literature from diverse times and places to discover the relevance of literary representation for contemporary life. Covers basics of literary analysis, examination of genres, and comparative methodology to uncover the significances and effects of literary representation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CWL 230 : World Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Literary classics of the world, their cultural backgrounds, and their place in the history of ideas, from a variety of genres and national literatures.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 250 : Fables and Tales

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Development from folklore and parable of the fable and the tale. Narrative forms such as the animal fable, fairy tale, and remarkable voyage; central themes and techniques in the tradition of didactic and fantastic fiction.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 260 : Myths of the World

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Different mythologies, their interpretation and significance to world literature.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Humanities and Creative Arts Area (HCA)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 270 : Fantasy and Fiction: Exploring Parallel Worlds

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Exploration of dreams, parallel worlds, and alternate realities in finction and media from a variety of traditions, cultures; development of critical reading skills to examine intersection of fantasy and reality in literary representation.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 400 GW : Approaches to Comparative Literature - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.
Description: Gateway to undergraduate study in comparative literature. Active comparison of texts from multiple literary traditions and genres using a variety of methods. Introduction to the discipline and to critical theory. Writing intensive. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CWL 420 : Studies in Comparative Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

CWL 420 : Ethics, Alterity, and the Novel

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Examination of representations of "others" in the novel; world literature alongside literary theories, discussion of ethical responsibilities of novels, authors, and readers from a variety of cultural and critical perspectives.
Units: 3

CWL 420 : Love Letters: Desire and the Novel

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Stories told partially or wholly in letters show how communicating with the other relates to desire, both romantic and narrative. The course asks how epistolary form functions and why this early form remains vital in novels.
Units: 3

CWL 420 : Modernism and Desire

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Exploration of global modernist experimentation with the interrelation of literary form, subjectivity, and desire; close attention on the treatment of social and literary conventions as mechanisms that produce or repress desire.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CWL 420 : Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Introduction to psychoanalytic theory (Freud, Lacan, Zizek) and its use in the analysis of works of literature and film.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

CWL 421 : Celtic Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Literary traditions of culturally diverse Celtic world from earliest legends of gods, heroes, warriors, and saints to modern literature; texts may include traditions such as Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Breton and Manx.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Folklore
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 422 : Imagining the Constructed Body: From Statues to Cyborgs

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: How diverse cultures, through literature, have imagined "constructing bodies"--conceptualizing, creating, or enhancing the body: sex, gender, sexuality, self-referential literary representations plus relevant literary theories. (Formerly CWL 420)
Units: 3

CWL 423 : Going Medieval: Comparative Medieval European Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: A survey of the major genres of Medieval European vernacular writing in translation, including epic, romance, tale collections, and lyric poetry.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CWL 424 : Multicultural Middle Ages

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: A survey of medieval European representations of the Islamic world, as reflected in the major genres of epic, romance, tale collections, travel writing, and lyric poetry.
Units: 3

CWL 430 : Heroic Tales of the Mediterranean

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Heroic narratives, in poetry and prose, provide the means for examining aspects of the ancient, medieval, and modern cultures of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Mediterranean and Middle East: Cultural Crossroads
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CWL 437 : Holocaust and Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214.
Description: Cross listed with JS 437/ENG 533. For course description, see JS 437. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CWL 440 : "Typical American": Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or CWL 214 or equivalent; CWL 400 GWAR or other GWAR course is recommended.
Description: Understanding the Americas through historical and hemispheric comparison of multicultural literary texts; interaction of race, ethnicity, class, and gender with other constructions of group identify in narratives; interplay between community and individual identify from 1492 to the present.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 450 : Literary Crossings

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the theme and forms of literary crossings in comparative literature, among them transnationalism, migration, and second-language writing; literature crossing lines of race, gender, sexuality, class, or the boundary between human and non-human; generically hybrid literatures.
Units: 3

CWL 451 : Jewish Literature of the Americas

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with JS/ENG 451. For course description, see JS 451. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Jewish Experience
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 452 : Forster, Durrell, and Cavafy

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent
Description: Cross listed with MGS 452/ENG 452. For course description, see MGS 452. May not be repeated under alternate prefixes.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 465 : Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with MGS/C W 465. For course description, see MGS 465. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CWL 515 : The Uncanny in World Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; CWL 400 recommended.
Description: Examination of the uncanny-- the aesthetic quality of literary texts that provokes eerie, unsettling reactions-- in works from a variety of places and times. Focus on the living dead, doppelgangers, deja vu, repetition, and automatism.
Units: 3

CWL 520 : Modern Prose of the Americas

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or CWL 214 or equivalent; CWL 400 GWAR or other GWAR course recommended.
Description: Exploration of the creation and representation of modern "American" identities through comparison of prose fiction from Latin America (in translation) and the United States; focus on two periods: 1920s-1940s and 1960s-1980s.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 525 : The Partial Magic of Metafiction

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of literary self-reflection in contemporary world metafiction. Why do some novels dispel their illusions of realism? What happens when characters realize they are mere fictions? How do we make our way through these literary labyrinths?
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CWL 540 : Faulkner, Garcia Marquez, and Morrison

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or CWL 214 or equivalent; CWL 400 GW or other GWAR course is recommended.
Description: Comparative reading of three major 20th century novelists: William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Toni Morrison. These authors provide a vantage point for exploring representation in the Americas, the modern novel, and literary value.
Units: 3

CWL 690 : Editing and Publishing the Comparative Literature Journal

Prerequisites: major/minor in comparative literature or department consent.
Description: Supervised experience in editing and production of journal of student work. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in comparative literature. Paired with CWL 890. CWL 690 and 890 may be repeated for a combined total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

CWL 690 : Editing and Publishing the Comparative Literature Journal

Prerequisites: Major/minor in comparative literature or department consent.
Description: Supervised experience in editing and production of journal of student work. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in comparative literature. Paired with CWL 890. CWL 690 and 890 may be repeated for a combined total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 697 : Honor's Thesis

Prerequisites: Major in comparative literature and consent of department.
Description: Tutorial leading to an honor's project or thesis on special research topic to be determined jointly by student and faculty member. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of the department chair and instructor.
Description: Projects requiring critical study and analysis of advanced material adapted to individual needs and interests.
Units: 3

CWL 746 : Seminar: Opera and Liturature

Prerequisites: ENG 741 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross-listed with ENG 746. For course description, see ENG 746. May not be repeated under alternative prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

CWL 800 : Introduction to Graduate Study in Comparative Literature

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status in comparative literature or consent of instructor.
Description: Methodology and definitions of comparative literature; critical theory of literature as it relates to comparative studies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CWL 815 : Seminar: Topics in Critical Theory

Prerequisites: classified graduate status or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated for a total of 9 units when topics vary.
Units: 3

CWL 815 : Ethics in Literature, Theory, and Criticism

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in CWL or consent of instructor.
Description: Reading of theories of literary ethics and learning to think critically about the strategies that literary, critical, and theoretical texts employ to make ethical claims on readers.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 815 : Literary Value

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Theories of literary value: antinomic relations among aesthetics, ethics, and economics. Canon formation, Kant's aesthetics, and the relationship between literature and institutions, especially in the 20th century.
Units: 3

CWL 815 : Narrative Theory in Comparative Literature

Prerequisites: Classified graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Literary theories introduced, including structuralist narratology, romance quests, text of bliss, ideology of point of view. Theories applied to fiction, computer narratives, film, in comparatist context.
Units: 3

CWL 815 : Theory and the Premodern Text

Prerequisites: CWL 800.
Description: Connections and intersections between modern theory and premodern literary theory and practices, including comparative theories of authorship, interpretation and audience; premodern foundations of postmodern theory; the interventions of postcolonial medieval criticism in postcolonial theory; and medievalism in the postmodern imagination.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CWL 820 : Topics in Comparative Literature

Prerequisites: graduate status or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: May be repeated for a total of 9 units when topics vary.
Units: 3

CWL 820 : 20th Century Comparative American Literary Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Study creation of modern American identities through comparison of selected prose (primarily novels) from Latin America and the United States. Theoretical readings on subjectivity and value, nation and narration.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 820 : Medieval Encounters

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Influential encounters between European and Arab-Islamic societies in the high Middle Ages, focusing especially on literary contact, travel and ethnographic writing, and Crusades literature.
Units: 3

CWL 820 : Novel Mirrors: Global Metafiction

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of literary self-reflection in masterpieces of contemporary world metafiction. What kind of reading practices do these novels ask us to adopt, and why? Various theoretical perspectives are explored.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

CWL 825 : Advanced Study in Comparative Literature

Prerequisites: CWL 800.
Description: Synthesizing prior knowledge about theory and practice of comparative literature; developing scholarly and professional skills for culminating experience and beyond; exploring post-M.A. paths.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

CWL 890 : Editing and Publishing the Comparative Literature Journal

Prerequisites: major/minor in comparative literature or department consent.
Description: For course description, see CWL 690. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in comparative literature. Paired with CWL 690. CWL 690 and 890 may be repeated for a total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1-3

CWL 890 : Editing and Publishing the Comparative Literature Journal

Prerequisites: Major/minor in comparative literature or department consent.
Description: For course description, see CWL 690. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in comparative literature. Paired with CWL 690. CWL 690 and 890 may be repeated for a total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 890 : Editing and Publishing the Comparative Literature Journal

Prerequisites: Major/minor in comparative literature or department consent.
Description: For course description, see CWL 690. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in comparative literature. Paired with CWL 690. CWL 690 and 890 may be repeated for a total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 890 : Editing and Publishing the Comparative Literature Journal

Prerequisites: Major/minor in comparative literature or department consent.
Description: For course description, see CWL 690. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in comparative literature. Paired with CWL 690. CWL 690 and 890 may be repeated for a total of 6 units. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 896 : Directed Reading in Comparative Literature

Prerequisites: Approved ATC and culminating experience proposal.
Description: Supervised study based on departmental reading list and student's specialty area in preparation for the Comprehensive Oral Examination. Not open to M.A. candidates selecting the thesis option. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor; recommendation of major adviser; and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) for the Master of Arts and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

CWL 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition (form available in the department office).
Units: 1-3
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