Literature Course Descriptions

Literature 400 - Introduction to Literary Theory

Full course for one semester. This class offers an introduction to the major topics in 20th-century literary theory and criticism. Movements covered will include structuralism and semiotics, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, New Historicism, gender studies and queer theory, and postcolonialism. The course will be taught as a seminar, with each student responsible for organizing the discussion of a specific topic or text. In addition to theoretical materials, we will read several works of poetry and prose and consider the diverse interpretations they have occasioned. The class is designed for literature majors, but nonliterature majors with adequate preparation will be admitted at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: junior standing and at least one literature course, or consent of the instructor; for students taking this course for German credit, German 220 or the equivalent. Cross-listed as English 400 and German 400. Conference.
English 400 Description

Literature 401 - Literary Theory and Literary Criticism

Full course for one semester. This course explores the practical challenges of literary analysis. We will focus on what it means to “apply” a theory in the act of reading. We will also ask how critics attempt to respond to the concrete demands of individual texts rather than viewing them through the lens of preformulated methodologies. Each class session will be organized around the examination of a canonical work of poetry or prose alongside the diverse interpretations it has occasioned. Authors will include Baudelaire, George, James, Kafka, Kleist, Poe, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth. Criticism by Adorno, Bloom, Brooks, de Man, Felman, Greenblatt, Jakobson, Michaels, Riffaterre, and Spivak. Students taking the course for German credit will meet in extra sessions. Prerequisites: at least one course in the Division of Literature and Languages or consent of the instructor. Cross-listed as English 401 and German 401. Conference. Not offered 2008-09.

Literature 470 - Thesis

Full course for one year.

Literature 324 - Genres of Memory in Medieval China

See Chinese 324 for description. Not offered 2008-09.

Literature 325 - Songs to Lost Music: Readings in Ci-Poetry

See Chinese 325 for description.
Chinese 325 Description

Literature 334 - Yijing: Text and Tradition

See Chinese 334 for description.
Chinese 334 Description

Literature 337 - Biopolitics and Modern Chinese Literature

See Chinese 337 for description. Not offered 2008-09.

Literature 346 - Avant-garde Fiction and Contemporary Chinese Cinema

See Chinese 346 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Chinese 346 Description

Literature 347 - Generations of Chinese Cinema

See Chinese 347 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Chinese 347 Description

Literature 355 - Early Chinese Philosophical Texts

See Chinese 355 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Chinese 355 Description

Literature 360 - The Social Life of Poetry in the Tang Dynasty (618–907)

See Chinese 360 for description. Not offered 2008-09.

Literature 378 - Chinese Mainland Women Writers Since the 1980s

See Chinese 378 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Chinese 378 Description

Literature 380 - Narrative Traditions of China

See Chinese 380 for description.

Literature 325 - Modern German Jewish Writers: The Discontents of Emancipation

See German 325 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
German 325 Description

Literature 329 - Early German Cinema

See German 329 for the course description.

Literature 340 - Exile: Theoretical and Literary Configurations

See German 340 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
German 340 Description

Literature 343 - Aesthetics of the Everyday: East German Literature and Film, 1949–1989

See German 343 for description. Not offered 2008-09.

Literature 351 - German Drama and Dramatic Theory: From Lessing to Brecht

See German 351 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
German 351 Description

Literature 354 - The Modern German Novel

See German 354 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
German 354 Description

Literature 358 - The Holocaust and Limits of Representation

See German 358 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
German 358 Description

Literature 365 - City, Space, Memory

See German 365 for the course description.

Literature 391 - Studies in German Theory I: Body Media

See German 391 for description.
German 391 Description

Literature 462 - Seminar: Franz Kafka

See German 462 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
German 462 Description

Literature 338 - The Ancient "Novel"

See Classics 338 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Classics 338 Description

Literature 353 - Literary Theory and Classical Literature

See Classics 353 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Classics 353 Description

Literature 266 - Russian Short Fiction

See Russian 266 for description.
Russian 266 Description

Literature 339 - Masculinities in Russian Culture

See Russian 339 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Russian 339 Description

Literature 340 - Jewish Modernisms: Eastern Europe and Beyond

See Russian 340 for description. Not offered 2008-09.

Literature 371 - Russian Literature from Its Beginnings through Gogol

See Russian 371 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Russian 371 Description

Literature 372 - 19th-Century Russian Fiction

See Russian 372 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Russian 372 Description

Literature 373 - Modern Russian Literature from Chekhov to the Present

See Russian 373 for description.
Russian 373 Description

Literature 388 - The Soviet Experience

See Russian 388 for description.
Russian 388 Description

Literature 389 - Postcommunist Russian Literature, Film, and Society

See Russian 389 for description. Not offered 2008-09.

Literature 408 - Russian Decadent and Symbolist Culture in a European Context

See Russian 408 for description.
Russian 408 Description

Literature 410 - Topics in Russian Culture: The Art of Political Discourse

See Russian 410 for description.

Literature 413 - 20th-Century Russian Critical Theories

See Russian 413 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Russian 413 Description

Literature 419 - Horror and the Sublime in Russian Culture

See Russian 419 for the course description. Not offered 2008-09.
Russian 419 Description

Literature 425 - 20th-Century Russian Jewish Literature and Culture: Text, Canvas, Screen

See Russian 425 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Russian 425 Description

Literature 435 - Introduction to Russian Film

See Russian 435 for description. Not offered 2008-09.
Russian 435 Description




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