Enrollment Policies for R&C Courses
The pre-requisite to Comp Lit R1A is satisfaction of the University Entry Level Writing Exam. If you have not fulfilled this requirement, you will not be able to enroll in an R&C course.
The pre-requisite to Comp Lit R1B is completion of the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement. There are numerous ways to fulfill the requirement. If are unsure if you have met the requirement please check with your school or college.
Due to the high demand for R&C courses we monitor attendance very carefully. Attendance is mandatory the first two weeks of classes, this includes all enrolled and wait listed students. If you do not attend all classes the first two weeks you may be dropped. If you are attempting to add into this class during weeks 1 and 2 and did not attend the first day, you will be expected to attend all class meetings thereafter and, if space permits, you may be enrolled from the wait list.
For the most up-to-date enrollment information, including class times and locations, please consult the Online Schedule of Classes at CalCentral.
Reading & Composition (R&C) courses
(Course descriptions will be updated as available; please see the Online Schedule of courses for complete list)
Tu/Th 09:30-11:00 242 Dwinelle
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
M/W/F 11:00-12:00 79 Dwinelle
This is a course about changing one’s mind: about revolutions, conversions, voltas, and plot twists, and about what happens when we sit and stare. » read more »
Course Catalog Number: 13620
Tu/Th 12:30-02:00 242 Dwinelle
Our course takes up its task of developing critical reading and writing skills through an exploration of literature in terms of two interrelated categories: the actual and the possible. » read more »
Course Catalog Number: 13622
Tu/Th 03:30-05:00 235 Dwinelle
“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
M/W/F 12:00-01:00 210 Dwinelle
“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
M/W/F 01:00-02:00 134 Dwinelle
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
Tu/Th 08:00-09:30 279 Dwinelle
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
M/W/F 09:00-10:00 234 Dwinelle
What are human rights? How did this concept begin and where? How can literature and media engage with human rights as a discourse and a practice? » read more »
Course Catalog Number: 13634
Tu/Th 11:00-12:30 106 Dwinelle
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
Tu/Th 12:30-02:00 234 Dwinelle
This course will examine a long legacy of cultural fascination with domestic space and its iconic caretaker, the housewife. » read more »
Course Catalog Number: 13639
Tu/Th 12:30-02:00 279 Dwinelle
At once setting and subject, geopolitical region and aesthetic construct, the Americas have long captivated cultural imaginations across the globe. But what are we talking about when we talk about the Americas in the plural? » read more »
Course Catalog Number: 13640
M/W/F 12:00-01:00 89 Dwinelle
Literary traditions have developed and continually redefined the often complex relations between author, poet, narrator, character, and reader in literature. » read more »
Course Catalog Number: 13584
Tu/Th 02:00-03:30 235 Dwinelle
Course Catalog Number: 13592
M/W/F 10:00-11:00 234 Dwinelle
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
M/W/F 11:00-12:00 242 Dwinelle
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
Tu/Th 02:00-03:30 263 Dwinelle
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.
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Course Catalog Number: 22405