Reading and Composition (R&C)

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.

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)


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

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, Art, and Society in 20-Century Russia: The European Avant-Garde: From Futurism to Surrealism

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

The literary and artistic avant-garde of the early twentieth century was the most radical expression of European modernism in literature and art. We will be focusing on the four most forceful and creative of the literary movements to have swept through Europe between the 1910’s and the 1930’s: » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 22512

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