Reading and Composition (R&C)

R1A.001: Not Places and Bad Places

Tu/Th 09:30-11:00 242 Dwinelle Instructor: Caitlin Scholl Pedro Javier Rolón

In this course we will explore literary and cinematic utopias and dystopias in a handful of Euro-American, Middle Eastern, and African texts. How have writers in different times and places articulated their hopes and fears regarding inequality and the possibility of justice? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 22845

R1A.006: Translations

Tu/Th 03:30-05:00 235 Dwinelle Instructor: Diana Thow

“The word ‘translation’ comes, etymologically, from the Latin for ‘bearing across.’  Having been borne across the world, we are translated men.” –Salman Rushdie, “Imaginary Homelands”

What is translation?  » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13624

R1B.001: Mother Outlaws: Challenging the Archetypal Mother through Literature and Film

M/W/F 12:00-01:00 210 Dwinelle Instructor: Erin Bennett

“A woman’s body does a thousand different things, toils, runs, studies, fantasizes, invents, wearies, and meanwhile the breasts enlarge, the lips of the sex swell, the flesh throbs with a round life that is yours, your life, and yet pushes elsewhere, draws away from you although it inhabits your belly, joyful and weighty, felt as a greedy impulse and yet repellent, like an insect’s poison injected into a vein.”

-Elena Ferrante, The Lost Daughter » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13631

R1B.002: Archaic/Contemporary: Queer Ritual

M/W/F 01:00-02:00 134 Dwinelle Instructor: Christopher Scott

This course will consider the contemporary and queer fate of scenes of ritual found in Ancient Greek literature and visual culture. How does modern queer literature rewrite scenes of ancient ritual in order to generate alternative ways of thinking about kinship, mourning, and healing? » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13632

R1B.003: Trivial Objects and Superfluous Details

Tu/Th 08:00-09:30 279 Dwinelle Instructor: Keru Cai

Does every detail or object mentioned in a piece of literature necessarily have a purpose, a meaning? Does it advance the plot, evoke the setting, contribute to characterization, establish a motif? Are some details or objects just thematically purposeless? We will begin the course by considering one literary critic’s famous take on this question: Roland Barthes’s idea of “the reality effect.” When a literary text purports to represent reality, what use does it make of random, seemingly extraneous details and objects?

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Course Catalog Number: 13633

R1B.008: True Confessions

Tu/Th 11:00-12:30 106 Dwinelle Instructor: Mary Vitali

This course will examine modes of confession, including its immediate catharsis of past transgressions, but also its use in autobiography: where does confession position the confessor within society? What does it reveal or conceal about the self, and how can it serve as a platform for memoir and identity construction? What are the rhetorical effects of a professed sincerity, versus a confession which flaunts its own insincerity? We will explore these questions, among others, across texts from a range of eras and genres, including works from the Archpoet, Augustine, and Nabokov. This course satisfies the university R/C requirement, and as such will include frequent essay assignments and revisions. In addition to building skills as critical readers and writers, students will learn how to conduct scholarly research and integrate this research in their own academic writing.


Course Catalog Number: 13637

R1B.014: Leaving Home

M/W/F 10:00-11:00 234 Dwinelle Instructor: Emily Laskin Kyle Ralston

What makes a home? Is it an apartment? A native country? Or something less tangible—a feeling or a thought? In this course, we’ll devote close attention to a series of texts that address these and related questions. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13593

R1B.015: Challenging Human Nature: Feminist Science Fiction

M/W/F 11:00-12:00 242 Dwinelle Instructor: Paco Brito

Utopian hope often meets an insistence on some fixed idea of human nature. Demands for greater freedom and equality are countered by “realistic” estimations of how much order and hierarchy we must bear in order to live together in society. This course will explore this drama of revolutionary desire and reactionary response as it is staged in novels by four women: » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13594

R1B.018: Out of Our Senses

Tu/Th 02:00-03:30 263 Dwinelle Instructor: Tyleen Kelly

Course Description
Have the sights, sounds, or smells expressed in a written passage seemed to affect your own eyes, ears, and nose? Has certain written material managed to make you feel hungry, queasy, or warm? How can words on paper succeed in rendering (or fail to render) the sensory perceptions of a reader? If there is a hierarchy of the senses in literature, what are the contributing factors? This course will consider texts that explore specific sensory perceptions and their various effects upon the imagination and social constructs. This engagement will heighten your expertise in articulating subtle differences and devising sophisticated arguments, ultimately benefitting our main project of conducting written analysis at a more nuanced level. 
Course Objectives
While these questions and proposed texts will furnish us with material for rich discussions, this class is chiefly geared to improve your writing. We will concentrate on both mechanics and style, learning how to read closely, formulate interesting arguments, gather evidence, investigate and incorporate outside research of theoretical and critical material, and organize claims into persuasive essays. Over the course of the semester you will produce approximately 32 pages of written work through a gradual process of drafting, editing, reviewing, and revising. The assignments will also include a research paper, satisfying the course requirement.

Course Catalog Number: 22405


20: Literary Cultures

Shakespeare and the World

M/W/F 10:00-11:00 160 Kroeber Instructor: Timothy Hampton

In many ways Shakespeare is the literary inventor of modernity. His plays depict the psychological, political, economic, and social upheavals that mark the transition from the pre-modern world to a world that is recognizably our own. But he is also the most international of all writers. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13617

41E: Forms of the Cinema

The Cinematic Machine

M/W/F 04:00-05:00 237 Cory Instructor: Marianne Kaletzky

This course examines a series of films, beginning in the silent era and working towards the present day, to consider how cinema represents its own relationship to technology and industry. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 46079

60AC: Literature of American Cultures

All the Feels: The Aesthetics and Politics of Emotion

Tu/Th 11-12:30 101 Morgan Instructor: Dora Zhang

Joy, grief, anxiety, shame, desire, jealousy, fear, hope: emotions are a familiar part of ordinary life, even if it’s sometimes hard to say exactly what they are and where they come from. We tend to talk about feelings in terms of individual experience, but emotions are also public, social, and political, at the same time that publics and politics are very much emotional. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 22315

100: Introduction to Comparative Literature

“if a book is locked”: Fictional Diaries and the Writing of the Self

Tu/Th 02:00-03:30 258 Dwinelle Instructor: Karl Britto

In the age of Facebook and Instagram, of tweets and vlogs, it can be difficult to remember that not so long ago the practice of narrating the self was often closely tied to intimate, private, and even secret forms of writing. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 21917

112A: Modern Greek Language

M/W/F 12:00-01:00 4104 Dwinelle Instructor: Maria Kotzamanidou

This is a course in beginning Modern Greek, involving speaking, reading and writing.

Modern Greek is unique among languages in that it is the only modern language directly descended from Ancient Greek. In this course, the student studies reading, writing, pronunciation and use of contemporary spoken idiom, all within the historical and cultural context of the language. By the end of the course, the student should have a grammatical and linguistic foundation in Greek as it is spoken today.  In this course, there is also an emphasis and practice of oral language skills.

(No Prerequisite)

Course Catalog Number: 13565

153: The Renaissance (cross listed with German 112)

Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Reformation

Tu/Th 12:30-2:00 106 Dwinelle Instructor: Niklaus Largier

According to the historical legend, Martin Luther posted 95 thesis about the reform of the Church on the doors of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. These theses, published 500 years ago, were quickly reprinted, translated, and distributed throughout Germany and Europe. They are often seen as the starting point of the Reformation that not only changed the understanding of Christian teachings but also had a great influence on European culture and thought. In this course we read and discuss Luther’s basic writings, the ways in which he teaches the reading of the Bible, and his influence on the history of modern thought and culture.

Course Catalog Number: 45007

155: The Modern Period (Combined with Slavic 131)

Literature and Revolution

Tu/Th 11-12:30 88 Dwinelle Instructor: Harsha Ram

The 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution seems an ideal moment to go back and examine the history and literature of revolutionary Russia. This was an era of violent upheaval, material destitution and radical projections of social renewal and human transformation. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 22512

171: Topics in Modern Greek Literature

“Topos”: Interpreting the Home and the Homeland in Modern Greek Fiction

F 02:00-05:00 262 Dwinelle Instructor: Maria Kotzamanidou

References to the word “topos”, place, as signifying home and the homeland, whether used in a limited and local, or in a broader, national context, abound in Greek life, literature and culture. From the point of view of anthropology/ethnography, and as the discipline of “refugee studies” has currently expanded its scope, the theoretical perspectives on what constitutes home and homeland seem to fall into three basic ethnographic categories. The first one, known in cultural anthropology as “sedentarism,” » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13546

190: Senior Seminar

Frankfurt School Aesthetics, Literary Theory, and Criticism

W 02:00-05:00 251 Dwinelle Instructor: Robert Kaufman

This senior seminar will offer students an introductory overview of, as well as in-depth engagement with, the work in aesthetics, literary theory, and criticism developed by the Frankfurt School.  » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13553


225: Studies in Symbolism and Modern Literature

Modern Poetry and Frankfurt School Aesthetics

Tu 02:00-05:00 4104 Dwinelle Instructor: Robert Kaufman

Readings in modern, and above all modern lyric, poetry (much of it from the U.S., but also from Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Near East) in relation to major Frankfurt-School texts on aesthetics, criticism, and social theory » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 45009