Intro Comp Lit/Transfer Foundations

“Transfer Foundations” is a course designed especially for first-semester transfer students intending to study in the Arts and Humanities. Many transfer students report that the transition from community college to UC Berkeley is one of the most challenging moments in their educational careers. This course is designed to support that transition by introducing students to key methods in the humanities. We'll explore these methods in detail and in explicit, transparent, and demystifying ways.

Modern Greek Literature

Modern Greek Language

Berkeley Connect

Senior Seminar

How do nonlinguistic forms of meaning making (semiosis) relate to language, and what kinds of interest do literary writers show in these non-linguistic practices in different times and places? In this seminar we will take up the case of music-making as a semiotic practice and investigate what different kinds of literary interest in music might consist of.

The Modern Period

How is that a poetic form, genre, or modality--lyric poetry, which, in its innumerable modern versions, is often said to have started somewhere within mid-late 18th century Romanticism, and which continues exerting influence into and across 20th-21st century successive artistic movements/periods known as modernism, avant-gardism, and postmodernism, as well as today's "post-postmodernist" situations--has kept generating such interest, attention, passion, controversy?

Intro to Comp Lit

Comparative Literature 100 is an introduction to the field of Comparative Literature via a topical lens. This fall, we will read memoirs (both fictional and non-fictional) centered on the experience of immigration. We will also examine the work of key figures in narrative theory. Authors include Michael Ondaatje, Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Dandicat, Maxine Hong Kingston, Faye Myenne Ng, Charles Yu, Ocean Vuong and Thi Bui.

Berkeley Connect

Literature American Cultures

What is meant when we say someone or something “sounds American”? Can a person sound like a certain gender, social class, sexuality, or race? How would we possibly define that sound? And what might it mean to think of a culture by the ways it sounds and listens, instead of how it looks or sees? This course will explore these questions and others by studying podcasts, poems, songs, novels, and the changing forms of sonic technologies like microphones, radios, mp3s, turntables, and more.

Literary Cultures

From antiquity to the present, writers and artists have addressed the question of how to lead a good life, as well as addressing those obstacles—fate, the gods, our own divided psyches--that have made it difficult for us to do so. They have also presented conflicting notions of what the good life is, and what its relationship is to happiness and happenstance. In this course, we will explore a range of ancient and modern takes on these questions.