Comparative World Literature (CWL)

CWL 214 Second Year Written Composition: Comparative and World Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent with a grade of CR or C- or better.

Flexible reading and writing skills for academic inquiry and engaging with social issues through comparative and interdisciplinary approaches; world literature readings integrated with a variety of sources; varied composing and revising skills; critical analysis and self-reflection, with special attention to rhetorical variation; fine-tuning research. (Plus/minus ABC/NC, CR/NC allowed)

Course Attributes:

  • A4: Written English Comm II

CWL 220 Reading Beyond Boundaries: An Introduction to Comparing Literatures (Units: 3)

Reading literature from diverse times and places to discover the relevance of literary representation for contemporary life. Covers basics of literary analysis, examination of genres, and comparative methodology to uncover the significances and effects of literary representation. [Formerly CWL 210]

Course Attributes:

  • C3: Humanities: Literature
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 230 World Literature (Units: 3)

Literary classics of the world, their cultural backgrounds, and their place in the history of ideas, from a variety of genres and national literatures.

Course Attributes:

  • C3: Humanities: Literature
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 250 Fables and Tales (Units: 3)

Development from folklore and parable of the fable and the tale. Narrative forms such as the animal fable, fairy tale, and remarkable voyage; central themes and techniques in the tradition of didactic and fantastic fiction.

Course Attributes:

  • C3: Humanities: Literature
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 260 Myths of the World (Units: 3)

Different mythologies, their interpretation, and significance to world literature.

Course Attributes:

  • C3: Humanities: Literature
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 270 Fantasy and Fiction: Exploring Parallel Worlds (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Exploration of dreams, parallel worlds, and alternate realities in fiction and media from a variety of traditions and cultures; development of critical reading skills to examine the intersection of fantasy and reality in literary representation.

Course Attributes:

  • C3: Humanities: Literature

CWL 400GW Approaches to Comparative and World Literature - GWAR (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better.

Gateway to undergraduate study in comparative literature. Active comparison of texts from multiple literary traditions and genres using a variety of methods. Introduction to the discipline and critical theory. Writing intensive. (ABC/NC grading only)

Course Attributes:

  • Graduation Writing Assessment

CWL 420 Studies in Comparative Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Comparison of literary texts from multiple linguistic traditions through thematic, theoretical, chronological, and/or formal connections. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated when topics vary.

CWL 421 Celtic Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Literary traditions of culturally diverse Celtic world from earliest legends of gods, heroes, warriors, and saints to modern literature; texts may include traditions such as Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Breton, and Manx.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

CWL 422 Imagining the Constructed Body: From Statues to Cyborgs (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

How diverse cultures, through literature, have imagined "constructing bodies"--conceptualizing, creating, or enhancing the body: sex, gender, sexuality, self-referential literary representations plus relevant literary theories. [Formerly CWL 420 - Variable Topic]

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 423 Going Medieval: Comparative Medieval European Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: CWL 214 or ENG 214 or equivalent.

A survey of the major genres of Medieval European vernacular writing in translation, including epic, romance, tale collections, and lyric poetry.
(This course is offered as CWL 423 and HUM 423. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

CWL 424 Multicultural Middle Ages (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: CWL 214 or ENG 214 or equivalent.

A survey of medieval European representations of the Islamic world, as reflected in the major genres of epic, romance, tale collections, travel writing, and lyric poetry.
(This course is offered as CWL 424 and HUM 424. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities

CWL 430 Heroic Tales of the Mediterranean (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Heroic narratives, in poetry and prose, provide the means for examining aspects of the ancient, medieval, and modern cultures of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East.

Course Attributes:

  • Global Perspectives

CWL 432 From Ghost Stories to Short Stories: Japanese Fiction in Comparative Contexts (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examination of formal transformations in Japanese prose fiction through comparison with other literary traditions; focus on questions of tradition, influence, genre, and translations.
(This course is offered as CWL 432 and HUM 532. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 437 Holocaust and Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214.

Fiction and non-fiction Holocaust literature by Saul Bellow, T. Borowski, Etty Hillesum, I.B. Singer, and Elie Wiesel.
(This course is offered as JS 437, ENG 533, and CWL 437. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

CWL 440 "Typical American": Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or CWL 214 or equivalent, CWL 400GW or other GWAR course is recommended.

Understanding the Americas through historical and hemispheric comparison of multicultural literary texts; interaction of race, ethnicity, class, and gender with other constructions of group identity in narratives; interplay between community and individual identity from 1492 to the present.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 450 Literary Crossings (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of the theme and forms of literary crossings in comparative literature, among them transnationalism, migration, and second-language writing; literature crossing lines of race, gender, sexuality, class, or the boundary between human and non-human; generically hybrid literatures.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 451 Jewish Literature of the Americas (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Explores literature of the Americas through the lens of Jewish identity and tradition. Texts in translation from Latin America, Canada, and the US reveal how Jewish writers have rethought modernity's intersection with Jewish traditions.
(This course is offered as JS 451, CWL 451, and ENG 451. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 452 Forster, Durrell, and Cavafy (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examination of English novelists and travel writers E. M. Forster and Lawrence Durrell and of their connection to Alexandrian poet C. P. Cavafy. Discussion includes their collective interest in Alexandria as an alternative literary and ideological topos.
(This course is offered as MGS 452, CWL 452, and ENG 452. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Global Perspectives

CWL 465 Modern Greek Poetry in Comparative Perspective (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Survey of Greece's prominent modern poets in comparison with major Anglo-American and European poets. Poets to be studied can include Cavafy, Seferis, Elytis, Mastoraki, Yeats, Eliot, Pound, and Rich.
(This course is offered as MGS 465, CWL 465, and C W 465. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

CWL 480 European Jewish Writers (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or CWL 214 or equivalent.

Survey of the works of modern Jewish writers throughout Europe between the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries; influence of the Jewish Enlightenment on modern Jewish literature.
(This course is offered as JS 480 and CWL 480. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

CWL 515 The Uncanny in World Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent, CWL 400GW recommended.

Examination of the uncanny-- the aesthetic quality of literary texts that provokes eerie, unsettling reactions-- in works from a variety of places and times. Focus on the living dead, doppelgangers, déjà vu, repetition, and automatism.

CWL 520 Modern Prose of the Americas (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or CWL 214 or equivalent, CWL 400GW or other GWAR course recommended.

Exploration of the creation and representation of modern "American" identities through comparison of prose fiction from Latin America (in translation) and the United States; focus on two periods: 1920s-1940s and 1960s-1980s.

Course Attributes:

  • Global Perspectives

CWL 525 The Partial Magic of Metafiction (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or consent of instructor.

Exploration of literary self-reflection in contemporary world metafiction. Why do some novels dispel their illusions of realism? What happens when characters realize they are mere fictions? How do we make our way through these literary labyrinths?

CWL 540 Faulkner, García Márquez, and Morrison (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or CWL 214 or equivalent, CWL 400GW or other GWAR course is recommended.

Comparative reading of three major 20th century novelists: William Faulkner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Toni Morrison. These authors provide a vantage point for exploring representation in the Americas, the modern novel, and literary value.

CWL 690 Editing and Publishing the Comparative Literature Journal (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Major or minor in comparative literature or department consent.

Supervised experience in editing and production of a journal of student work. Credit not applicable to major or minor fields in comparative literature. CWL 690 and CWL 890 may be repeated for a combined total of 6 units. (CR/NC grading only.)

CWL 697 Honor's Thesis (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Comparative Literature major and consent of department.

Tutorial leading to an honor's project or thesis on special research topic to be determined jointly by student and faculty member. (CR/NC grading only)

CWL 699 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of the department chair and instructor.

Projects requiring critical study and analysis of advanced material adapted to individual needs and interests. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

CWL 746 Seminar: Opera and Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 741 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.

Literary aspects of the creation, composition, production, and interpretation of opera. Literary texts that inspire operas will be interpreted critically along with the operas they inspired. Opera libretti will be examined as literature interactively with opera's musical, dramatic, and performative elements.
(This course is offered as ENG 746 and CWL 746. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

CWL 800 Introduction to Graduate Study in Comparative Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Methodology and definitions of comparative literature; critical theory of literature as it relates to comparative studies.

CWL 815 Seminar: Topics in Critical Theory (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Research seminar examines a major subject area in critical and literary theory. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 9 units when topics vary.

CWL 820 Topics in Comparative Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Research seminar compares literary texts from multiple traditions through thematic, theoretical, chronological, and/or formal connections. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a total of 9 units when topics vary.

CWL 825 Advanced Study in Comparative Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: CWL 800 or consent of instructor.

Synthesizing prior knowledge about theory and practice of comparative literature; developing scholarly and professional skills for culminating experience and beyond; exploring post-M.A. paths.

CWL 890 Editing and Publishing the Comparative Literature Journal (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Comparative Literature major or minor or department consent.

Supervised experience in editing and production of journal of student work. Credit not applicable to major/minor fields in comparative literature. CWL 690 and CWL 890 may be repeated for a combined total of 6 units. (CR/NC grading only)

CWL 896 Directed Reading in Comparative Literature (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Approved ATC and culminating experience proposal.

Supervised study based on departmental reading list and student's specialty area in preparation for the Comprehensive Oral Examination. Not open to M.A. candidates selecting the thesis option. (CR/NC grading only)

CWL 896EXM Culminating Experience Examination (Units: 0-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor, committee chair, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies. ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.

Enrollment in 896EXAM required for students whose culminating experience consists of an examination only. Not for students enrolled in a culminating experience course numbered CWL 898 (or in some cases, courses numbered CWL 890 - see program's graduate advisor for further information). (Credit/No Credit/RP)

CWL 898 Master's Thesis (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor; recommendation of major adviser; and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) for the Master of Arts and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies. ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only)

CWL 899 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member.

Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition (form available in the department office). May be repeated for a total of 6 units.