Reed College Catalog
Many departments in the Division of Literature and Languages offer courses in which the texts are read in translation. Literature courses are described under particular cross-listed departments within the division, with the exception of Literature 400 and 401, which are intended to serve all majors in the division. When courses are cross-listed under the sponsoring department, the texts in these courses are often read in the original language, usually in a separate conference; students with appropriate language skills should, for example, register for German 321 rather than Literature 321.
All literature courses fulfill Group A requirements. One unit of a literature course (or one unit in creative writing) may be applied toward the English major. For other majors in the division, literature courses at the 300 level will fulfill the division requirement of two units in a literature outside of the major.
Literature 400 - Introduction to Literary Theory
Full course for one semester. A historical and analytical introduction to the major theoretical movements of the last 50 years in Western European and American literary criticism. The course will trace the philosophical origins and conceptual affiliations of the major theoretical developments, as well as the methodological paradigms that draw on them. As part of this overview we will unpack the master tropes of the different theoretical movements in order to provide the student with a basic understanding of how to wield them effectively in literary critical discourse. Movements covered will include structuralism and semiotics; poststructuralism and deconstruction; Lacanian psychoanalytic theory; poststructuralist Marxist theory; Foucauldian theory; postmodernism; and cultural studies. The course will be taught as a seminar, with each student responsible for organizing the discussion of a reading or topic. It is designed for literature majors, but non–literature majors with adequate preparation may be admitted at the discretion of the instructor, depending on enrollment. Prerequisites: junior standing and at least one literature course, or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed as French 400 and English 400.
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 2009-10.
Literature 324 - Genres of Memory in Medieval China
See Chinese 324 for description.
Chinese 324 Description
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.
Chinese 337 Description
Literature 346 - Avant-garde Fiction and Contemporary Chinese Cinema
See Chinese 346 for description.
Chinese 346 Description
Literature 353 - Early Chinese Historical Writings
See Chinese 353 for description.
Chinese 353 Description
Literature 355 - Early Chinese Philosophical Texts
See Chinese 355 for description.
Chinese 355 Description
Literature 360 - The Social Life of Poetry in the Tang Dynasty (618–907)
See Chinese 360 for description.
Chinese 360 Description
Literature 369 - Modernizing Sentiments, Sentimentalizing Modernity
See Chinese 369 for description.
Chinese 369 Description
Literature 380 - Narrative Traditions of China
See Chinese 380 for description.
Chinese 380 Description
Literature 321 - Modernism
See German 321 for description.
German 321 Description
Literature 325 - Modern German Jewish Writers: The Discontents of Emancipation
See German 325 for description.
German 325 Description
Literature 340 - Exile: Theoretical and Literary Configurations
See German 340 for description.
German 340 Description
Literature 354 - The Modern German Novel
See German 354 for description.
German 354 Description
Literature 358 - The Holocaust and Limits of Representation
See German 358 for description.
German 358 Description
Literature 365 - City, Space, Memory
See German 365 for the course description.
German 365 Description
Literature 391 - Studies in German Theory I: Body Media
See German 391 for description.
German 391 Description
Literature 353 - Literary Theory and Classical Literature
See Classics 353 for description.
Classics 353 Description
Literature 340 - Jewish Modernisms: Eastern Europe and Beyond
See Russian 340 for description.
Russian 340 Description
Literature 366 - "The Literature of Destruction": Narratives of Apocalypse in Modern Jewish and Russion Literary Traditions
See Russian 366 for description.
Russian 366 Description
Literature 371 - Russian Literature from Its Beginnings through Gogol
See Russian 371 for description.
Russian 371 Description
Literature 372 - 19th-Century Russian Fiction
See Russian 372 for description.
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 405 - Special Topics in 19th-Century Russian Literature: Gogol and Dostoevsky
See Russian 405 for description.
Russian 405 Description
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.
Russian 410 Description
Literature 419 - Horror and the Sublime in Russian Culture
See Russian 419 for description.
Russian 419 Description
Literature 425 - 20th-Century Russian Jewish Literature and Culture: Text, Canvas, Screen
See Russian 425 for description.
Russian 425 Description
Literature 435 - Introduction to Russian Film
See Russian 435 for description.
Russian 435 Description