Reading and Composition (R&C)

Enrollment Policies for R&C Courses

Pre-Requisites

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.

Enrollment Restrictions

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.


(Course descriptions will be updated as available; please see the Online Schedule of courses for complete list)

R1A.001: Not Places and Bad Places

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

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 45 Evans 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.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

Undergraduate

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

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

Graduate

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