Past Course Offerings

Spring 2014

COLT 102
On Location: The Place of Literature in Global Cultures
Professor Neetu Khanna

 


 

COLT 303
Globalization: Culture, Change, Resistance
Professor Neetu Khanna

 


 

COLT 312
Heroes, Myths and Legends in Literature and the Arts
Professor Michael Du Plessis

 


 

COLT 324
Women in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
Professor Heather James

 


 

COLT 345
Realist Fiction
Professor Hilary Schor

 


 

COLT 373
Literature and Film
Professor Akira Mizuta Lippit

 


 

COLT 374
Women Writers in Europe and America
Professor Margaret Rosenthal

 


 

COLT 474
Desire, Literature, Technology
Professor Atia Sattar

 


  

Fall 2013

COLT 101
Masterpieces and Masterminds: Literature and Thought of the West
Professor Vincent Farenga

 


 

COLT 302
Introduction to Literary Theory
Professor Michael du Plessis

 


 

COLT 451
Opera and Cultural Theory
Professor Roberto Diaz

 


 

COLT 454
Aesthetic Philosophy and Theory
Professor Atia Sattar

 


 

COLT 475
Politics and the Novel
Professor Neetu Khanna

 


 

COLT 476
Narrative and Law
Professor Hilary Schor

 


 

Summer 2010

For the Summer 2010 Schedule of Classes, click here. For a more detailed description of a given course being offered this semester, click the course title.

COLT 251g Modern Literature and Thought of the West Since 1800 (4)

Survey of literary and other cultural texts from the 19th to the 21st centuries, with emphasis on the individual and social change. (Duplicates credit in former 151xg.)

Fall 2009

For the Fall 2009 Schedule of Classes, click here. For a more detailed description of a given course being offered this semester, click the course title.

COLT 101g Masterpieces and Masterminds: Literature and Thought of the West (4)

A broad introduction to the great works of Western culture from antiquity to 1800. (Duplicates credit in former COLT 150gx.)

COLT 250g Cultures of Latin America (4)

Comparative study of Latin American cultures, especially vis-a-vis those of Europe and the U.S. Materials drawn from literature, but also film, opera, history, cultural theory.

COLT302 Introduction to Literary Theory (4)

Introduction to general forms of reflection on literary discourse.

COLT 357 The Avant-Garde (4)

Study of the relationship between literary modes and other arts since 1900, focusing on particular avant-garde movements.

COLT 375 Latin American Cultural and Literary Theory (4)

Survey of cultural critique focused on Latin America as a cultural region and on Latin Americanism as a transnational academic practice.

COLT 377 Literature, Theory, Gender (4)

Literary representations and theories of gender difference. Examines questions of gendered voice in writing and the cultural construction of gender in various periods and cultures.

COLT 485 The Shoah (Holocaust) in Literature and the Arts (4)

A critical analysis, in their historical contexts, of representative literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works created by or about the victims of the Shoah (Holocaust).

COLT 502 Introduction to Literary Theory (4)

Major developments in twentieth-century literary criticism, with special attention to theoretical work of the past three decades.

COLT 601 Professional Development I: Applying for Positions (2)

Familiarizes students with the process of seeking an academic position, from assembling a dossier to interviews and on-campus visits. Open to graduate students only. Graded CR/NC. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy.

COLT 620 Seminar in Literature and Social Thought (4)

Inquiry into relationships among literature, social and political ideologies, principles of political systems, and social or intellectual theory.

Spring 2009

For the Spring 2009 Schedule of Classes, click here. For a more detailed description of a given course being offered this semester, click the course title.

COLT 102g On Location: The Place of Literature in Global Cultures (4)

Comparative study of works from a broad range of cultural traditions that originate from, and provide insight into, vital global locations outside the Western sphere.

COLT 251g Modern Literature and Thought of the West Since 1800 (4)

Survey of literary and other cultural texts from the 19th to the 21st centuries, with emphasis on the individual and social change.

COLT 303 Globalization: Culture, Change, Resistance (4)

Cultural dimensions of issues in globalization: migration, diaspora, terrorism, communications, climate change, collectives, production and technology, money and exchange.

COLT 312 Heroes, Myths and Legends in Literature and the Arts (4)

Study of transformations of characters and themes from myth, legend or fairytale (Oedipus, Antigone, Faust, Don Juan, Cinderella, Comic and Tragic Twins, Hero and Monster).

COLT 365 Literature and Popular Culture (4)

Study of mass-reproduced verbal and visual art forms, such as graphic novels, comics, animation, popular music, video, graffiti, advertising.

COLT 374gm Women Writers in Europe and America (4)

Introduction to works of major women writers from the Middle Ages to the 20th century in their literary, social, and cultural contexts.

COLT 471 Literature, Theory, History (4)

Examines the relation between historical and theoretical approaches to literary works.

COLT 600 Topics in Comparative Literary Analysis (4)

Intensive study of fictional or poetic language, with emphasis on techniques of literary analysis.

COLT 603 Professional Development II: Publication (2)

Preparation of book and article manuscripts for publication and placement in presses and journals; revising dissertations for publication; preparing papers for conferences. Students produce an article manuscript ready for submission to a journal. Open to graduate students only. Graded CR/NC. Major Field Exam must be passed prior to taking this course.

Fall 2008

For the Fall 2008 Schedule of Classes, click here. For a more detailed description of a given course being offered this semester, click the course title.

COLT 101g Masterpieces and Masterminds: Literature and Thought of the West (4)

A broad introduction to the great works of Western culture from antiquity to 1800. (Duplicates credit in former COLT 150xg.)

COLT 250g Cultures of Latin America (4)

Comparative study of Latin American cultures, especially vis-a-vis those of Europe and the U.S. Materials drawn from literature, but also film, opera, history, cultural theory.

COLT 302 Introduction to Literary Theory (4)

Introduction to general forms of reflection on literary discourse.

COLT 351 Modern and Contemporary Drama (4)

Comparative study of major modern dramatic trends, subgenres, and techniques, through representative works from Strindberg to the Theatre of the Grotesque and the Absurd. (Duplicates credit in former COLT 305.)

COLT 381 Psychoanalysis and the Arts (4)

Introduction to psychoanalytic literature on the arts, including classic texts by Freud, Jones, Lacan, Derrida, and others. Readings of theoretical and fictional works.

COLT 382g Zen and Taoism in Asian Literature (4)

Studies of the presence and influence of Zen Buddhism and Taoism in Asian literature, with a focus on China and Japan.

COLT 385 Literature and Justice (4)

Examination of literary and autobiographical texts that raise questions of justice in multicultural societies; links to theories of justice in historical, political, or philosophical contexts.

COLT 474 Desire, Literature, Technology (4)

Relations between technology, desire, power and literature through contemporary philosophers, theorists and literary critics. Examines literature and philosophy in relation to global technological planning.

COLT 502 Introduction to Literary Theory (4)

Major developments in 20th-century literary criticism, with special attention to theoretical work of the past three decades.

COLT 524 Topics in Classical to Early Modern Literature(4)

Literary currents from classical antiquity through to the 17th century. Varying focus on specific genres, periods, movements, or problematics.

COLT 601 Professional Development I: Applying for Positions (2)

Familiarizes students with the process of seeking an academic position, from assembling a dossier to interviews and on-campus visits. Open to graduate students only. Graded CR/NC. Prerequisite: admission to candidacy.

COLT 640 Seminar in Literature and Visual Culture (4)

Topics in reciprocal relation of visual arts and theory to narratology, semiotics, psychoanalysis, and other areas.

Summer 2008

For the Summer 2008 Schedule of Classes, click here. For a more detailed description of a given course that was offered this semester, click the course title.

COLT 151xg Modern Western Literature and Culture (4)

Survey of literary and other cultural texts from the 17th to the 21st centuries, with emphasis on the individual and social change. Not available for major credit.

Spring 2008

For the Spring 2008 Schedule of Classes, click here. For a more detailed description of a given course that was offered this semester, click the course title.

COLT 303 Globalization: Culture, Change, Resistance (4)

Cultural dimensions of issues in globalization: migration, diaspora, terrorism, communications, climate change, collectives, production and technology, money and exchange.

COLT 374gm Women Writers in Europe and America (4)

Introduction to works of major women writers from the Middle Ages to the 20th century in their literary, social, and cultural contexts.

COLT 472 Los Angeles Crime Fiction (4)

The noir tradition in books and films set in Los Angeles. Emphasis on generic conventions, representations of the city, and discourses of class, gender, race.

COLT 480 Dada and Surrealism (4)

A comparative study of Dada and Surrealism in literature in relation to painting, sculpture, photography and cinema.

COLT 487 Critical Image (4)

Introduction to critical reflection on the image. Analysis of criticism, fiction, film, and visual artifacts.

COLT 526 Topics in Modern Literature (4)

Literary currents from the 19th century to the present. Varying focus on specific genres, periods, movements, or problematics. Views of the modern in different cultural contexts.

COLT 603 Professional Development II: Publication (2)

Preparation of book and article manuscripts for publication and placement in presses and journals; revising dissertations for publication; preparing papers for conferences.  Students produce an article manuscript ready for submission to a journal. Open to graduate students only. Graded CR/NC. Major Field Exam must be passed prior to taking this course.

Fall 2007

For the Fall 2007 Schedule of Classes, click here. For a more detailed description of a given course that was offered this semester, click the course title.

COLT 151xg Modern Western Literature and Culture (4)

Survey of literary and other cultural texts from the 17th to the 21st centuries, with emphasis on the individual and social change. Not available for major credit.

COLT 250g Cultures of Latin America (4)

Comparative study of Latin American cultures, especially vis-a-vis those of Europe and the U.S. Materials drawn from literature, but also film, opera, history, cultural theory.

COLT 302 Introduction to Literary Theory (4)

Introduction to general forms of reflection on literary discourse.

COLT 354 Revolutions in Theater (4)

Comparative study of groundbreaking contributions to modern theories of theater and performance in the context of other 20th century revolutions—aesthetic, cultural, and social.

COLT 385 Literature and Justice (4)

Examination of literary and autobiographical texts that raise questions of justice in multicultural societies; links to theories of justice in historical, political, or philosophical contexts.

COLT 499 Special Topics: Writing Women, Writing Diaspora in the Caribbean (4)

Intensive study of selected author or authors in the context of a major literary tradition.

COLT 502 Introduction to Literary Theory (4)

Major developments in 20th-century literary criticism, with special attention to theoretical work of the past three decades.

COLT 601 Professional Development I: Applying for Positions (2)

Familiarizes students with the process of seeking an academic position, from assembling a dossier to interviews and on-campus visits. Open to graduate students only. Graded CR/NC. Prerequisite:admission to candidacy.

COLT 602 Topics in Literary Criticism and Theory (4, max 12)

Intensive study of a theoretical tradition or critical movement, or of an individual topic or thinker, in literary criticism or theory. May be repeated for credit.



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