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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

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C LIT 200 Introduction to Literature (3/5) VLPA
Reading, understanding, and enjoying literature from various countries, in different forms of expression (e.g., dramatic, lyric, narrative, rhetorical) and of representative periods. Emphasis on the comparative study of themes and motifs common to many literatures of the world.
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C LIT 210 Literature and Science (5, max. 15) VLPA
Introduces the rich and complex relationship between science and literature from the seventeenth century to the present day. Students examine selected literary, scientific, and philosophical texts, considering ways in which literature and science can be viewed as forms of imaginative activity.
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C LIT 230 Introduction to Folklore Studies (5) VLPA/I&S
Comprehensive overview of the field of folkloristics, focusing on verbal genres, customs, belief, and material culture. Particular attention to the issues of community, identity, and ethnicity. Offered: jointly with SCAND 230.
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C LIT 240 Writing in Comparative Literature (5, max. 15) C
Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.
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C LIT 250 Introduction to Comparative Literature: Literature and Culture (5, max. 15) VLPA/I&S
Study of literature in its relation to culture. Focuses on literature as a cultural institution, directly related to the construction of individual identity and the dissemination and critique of values.
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C LIT 251 Introduction to Comparative Literature: Themes (5) VLPA
Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating themes such as love, sex, and murder, haunted houses, and dreams and memory. Selections drawn from European, English, and American literature, not limited to period and genre.
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C LIT 252 Introduction to Comparative Literature: Genres (5) VLPA
Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.
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C LIT 270 Perspectives on Film: Introduction (5) VLPA
Introduction to film form, style, and techniques. Examples from silent film and from contemporary film. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
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C LIT 271 Perspectives on Film: Great Directors (5) VLPA
Introduction to authorship in the cinema. The work of a major director or directors. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
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C LIT 272 Perspectives on Film: Genre (5) VLPA
Introduction to study of film genre. Literary, mythic, and historic aspects of film genre. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
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C LIT 300 Introduction to Comparative Literature: Forms, Genres, History (5) VLPA
Provides an introduction to comparative literary study which examines how literary forms and genres shape our reading of texts; how these forms and genres change over time; and how literary forms and genres manifest themselves in different cultural traditions. Includes theoretical readings and substantial writing.
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C LIT 301 Theory of Film: Analysis (5) VLPA
Introduction to the analysis of film. Covers major aspects of cinematic form: mise en scene, framing and camera movement, editing, and sound and color. Considers how these elements are organized in traditional cinematic narrative and in alternative approaches.
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C LIT 302 Theory of Film: Critical Concepts (5) VLPA
Overview of the main conceptual problems in film criticism such as: "What is a film?", "What is the relationship between film and reality?", "Does a film have a language?", "What is the connection between image and sound?" Follows a historical timeline within five individual sections.
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C LIT 303 Theory of Film: Genre (5) VLPA
Introduction to the history and significance of film genres from the early days of film to the present. Examines a selection of several genres, drawn from a list including western, melodrama, musical, thriller, road odyssey, film noir, and documentary. Topics include form, ideology, authority, history, innovation, and parody.
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C LIT 310 History of Film: 1895-1929 (5) VLPA
Film history from its beginnings in the 1890s through the golden era of silent film in the 1920s. Topics include the invention of major film techniques, the creation of Hollywood and the studios, and movements such as expressionism, constructivism, and surrealism.
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C LIT 311 History of Film: 1930-1959 (5) VLPA
Film history from the introduction of sound through the late 1950s. Focuses mostly on the golden age of the Hollywood studios and on alternative developments after World War II in Italy (Neo-Realism), France (the New Wave), and Japan.
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C LIT 312 History of Film: 1960 - 1988 (5) VLPA
Covers the vast changes in filmmaking since 1960. Topics include the continuing influence of the French New Wave, the New German Cinema of the 70s and the "New Hollywood" of the 70s, American independent film of the 80s, and the resurgence of Chinese filmmaking since 1980.
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C LIT 313 History of Film: 1989-Present (5) VLPA
Addresses the latest trends in international filmmaking typically with an emphasis on world cinema and issues of globalization and diaspora. Sometimes taught in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival.
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C LIT 315 National Cinemas (3-5, max. 15) VLPA
Examines the cinema of a particular national, ethnic or cultural group, with films typically shown in the original language with subtitles. Topics reflect themes and trends in the national cinema being studied.
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C LIT 320 Studies in European Literature (5, max. 15) VLPA
Examination of the development of European literature in a variety of genres and periods. Possible areas of study include literature from romantic fiction of early nineteenth century through great realist classics of second half of the century or from symbolism to expressionism and existentialism.
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C LIT 321 Studies in Literature of the Americas (5, max. 15) VLPA
Emphasizes connections between twentieth century literature of the United States and Canada and current literature of Latin America. Emphasizes that, despite obvious differences, much is shared in terms of culture and national sensibility across the two continents.
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C LIT 322 Studies in Asian and Western Literatures (5, max. 15) VLPA
Topics designated by individual instructors.
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C LIT 323 Studies in the Literature of Emerging Nations (5, max. 15) VLPA, DIV
Novels and short stories, from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Discusses relationship of Western literary genres to an oral literary tradition, as well as issues like colonialism, gender relations, narrative technique, native and non-native languages.
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C LIT 330 The European Fairy Tale (5) VLPA
An introduction to folktales and literary tales from various traditions and periods. A discussion of their origin, special characteristics, dissemination, and relevance to the contemporary reader.
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C LIT 331 Folk Narrative (5) VLPA
Survey of various genres of folk narratives studied in performance contexts to reveal their socio-cultural functions in a variety of milieux. Theory and history of folk narrative study, taxonomy, genre classification, and interpretative approaches. Recommended: either SCAND 230 or C LIT 230. Offered: jointly with SCAND 331.
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C LIT 334 Immigrant and Ethnic Folklore (5) VLPA/I&S
Survey of verbal, customary, and material folk traditions in ethnic context. Theories of ethnic folklore research applied to the traditions of American communities of Scandinavian, Baltic, or other European ancestry. Recommended: either SCAND 230 or C LIT 230. Offered: jointly with SCAND 334.
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C LIT 350 Themes in World Literature: Parents and Children (5) VLPA
World literature, from the Renaissance to modern times, based upon the theme of "parents and children." Selections drawn from European, English, and American literature, not limited to period and genre. Focus upon the motive of generational conflict.
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C LIT 352 Themes in World Literature: Death and Transfiguration (5) VLPA
Theme of death, transfiguration, and new life in world literature. Selections from Tolstoy, D. H. Lawrence, Celine, E. M. Forster, and other major writers.
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C LIT 357 Literature and Film (3-5, max. 10) VLPA
The film as an art form, with particular reference to the literary dimension of film and to the interaction of literature with the other artistic media employed in the form. Films are shown as an integral part of the course. Content varies.
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C LIT 360 Topics in Ancient and Medieval Literature (5) VLPA
Explores topics in literature and cultures of the ancient and medieval worlds across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.
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C LIT 361 Topics in Early Modern Literature (5) VLPA
Explores topics in literature and cultures of the early modern world (approximately 1400-1800) across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.
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C LIT 362 Topics in Modern Literature (5) VLPA
Explores topics in literature and cultures of the modern world (approximately 1800-present) across national and regional cultures, such as particular movements, authors, genres, themes, or problems.
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C LIT 371 Literature and the Visual Arts (5) VLPA
Focuses on specific theoretical problems. Examines the relationship between text and image in a variety of art forms including poetry, novels, paintings, photography, essays, comic strips, film, and advertisement. Readings, in English, from a wide variety of national literatures.
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C LIT 375 Images of Women in Literature (5, max. 15) VLPA
Comparative study of the ways women's image, social role, and psychology have been portrayed by writers of various nationalities and literary periods. Selection of theme varies from quarter to quarter. Works are read in English translation.
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C LIT 376 Violence, Myth, and Memory (5) VLPA/I&S, DIV Benitez, Sears
Explores how images and ideas of power, violence, and global modernity circulate in films and novels, memories and discourses about U.S. relations with Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Topics include foundational myths, colonial and post-colonial encounters, historiography and narrative, and nationalist and ethnic identity formations. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 376.
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C LIT 396 Special Studies in Comparative Literature (3-5, max. 10) VLPA
Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.
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C LIT 397 Special Topics in Cinema Studies (3-5, max. 10) VLPA/I&S
Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
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C LIT 400 Introduction to Theory and Criticism (5) VLPA
A selection of major theoretical statements in the history of literary theory and criticism, with texts drawn from such fields as literary studies, aesthetic theory, film studies, philosophy, and cultural studies.
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C LIT 410 Studies in Literary History (5, max. 15) VLPA
Introduction to a major figure or movement associated with the development of literary history. Through the study of one aspect of literary history students gain a thorough understanding of a particular point of view, while exploring the breadth of contemporary approaches to literature.
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C LIT 421 Studies in Connections: Literature and Other Disciplines (5, max. 15) VLPA
Examines the links between literature and other disciplines or art forms. Literature and history, literature and philosophy, literature and music, literature and the visual arts are all appropriate topics. Selection of focus depends on instructor.
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C LIT 422 Studies in Genre (5, max. 15) VLPA
Major genres of world literature: poetry, fiction, drama. Readings in English from a wide selection of national literatures.
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C LIT 423 East European Film (5, max. 15) VLPA Crnkovic
Studies major East European film makers who left their countries at some point in their careers. Compares East European and Western production of those directors who worked partially in the West. Offered: jointly with SLAV 423.
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C LIT 424 The Epic Tradition (5) VLPA Clauss, Levaniouk
Ancient and medieval epic and heroic poetry of Europe in English: the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid; the Roland or a comparable work from the medieval oral tradition; pre-Greek forerunners, other Greco-Roman literary epics, and later medieval and Renaissance developments and adaptations of the genre. Choice of reading material varies according to instructor's preference. Offered: jointly with CLAS 424.
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C LIT 430 Readings in Folklore (5) VLPA
Exploration of theoretical and methodological issues in folklore studies through independent reading of journal articles published during the last five years. Recommended: either SCAND 230 or C LIT 230. Offered: jointly with SCAND 430.
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C LIT 431 The Northern European Ballad (5) VLPA
Integrative study of the Northern European Ballad, with an emphasis on texts, performance, context, history, theory, genre classification, and interpretive approaches. Offered: jointly with SCAND 431.
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C LIT 432 Technology and Culture in the Making of Contemporary Empires (5) I&S Benitez, Rodriguez-Silva
Explores the struggles that shaped organization of the U.S. empire at the turn of the twentieth century, focusing on how empire's material, cultural, and ideological boundaries were drawn. Topics include race, gender, and class as colonial formations; technologies of imperial governance such as public health, citizenship and territory; and popular culture. Offered: jointly with JSIS D 432.
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C LIT 441 Literature and the Holocaust (5) VLPA, DIV Sokoloff
Examines fiction, poetry, memoir, diaries, monuments, film, and pop culture from several languages and cultural milieus, with emphases on English and Hebrew. Topics include survivor testimony, shaping of collective memory, the second generation, Holocaust education and children's literature, gender and the Holocaust, and fantasy and humor as responses to catastrophe. Offered: jointly with NEAR E 441.
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C LIT 474 Scandinavian Auteurs (5, max. 10) VLPA Nestingen
Studies the body of work of Scandinavia's auteur filmmakers. Introduces the theory and history of auteur cinema, with special attention to Scandinavian filmmakers' contribution. Offered: jointly with SCAND 470; AWSp.
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C LIT 490 Directed Study or Research (1-5, max. 10)
Individual study of topics in comparative literature by arrangement with the instructor and the Comparative Literature office.
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C LIT 491 Internship (1-5, max. 5)
Supervised experience in local businesses and other agencies. Open to upper-division comparative literature and cinema studies majors. Recommended: 25 credits of C LIT courses.
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C LIT 493 Comparative Literature Honors Seminar (5, max. 15) VLPA
Special topics in comparative literature. Required of Honors students in comparative literature.
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C LIT 495 Honors Thesis (5) VLPA
Preparation of an Honors thesis under the direction and supervision of a faculty member.
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C LIT 496 Special Studies in Comparative Literature (3-5, max. 15) VLPA
Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.
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C LIT 497 Special Topics in Cinema Studies (3-5, max. 10) VLPA
Varying topics in cinema studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
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C LIT 500 The Theory of Literature I: The Literary Text (5, max. 15)
An investigation into the nature of literature in contrast to other forms of writing and into essential features of literature such as genres, imagery, modes of communication, and structure.
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C LIT 501 The Theory of Literature II: History of Literature (5, max. 15)
An exploration of topics of literary history such as periods, traditions, the writing of literary history, and literary history in contrast to other histories.
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C LIT 502 The Theory of Literature III: Special Topics (5, max. 15)
Offerings vary to cover topics such as individual theorists, theoretical movements, or the intersection of literary theory with other disciplines or arts (psychoanalysis, structuralism, ethics, aesthetics).
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C LIT 507 History of Literary Criticism and Theory I (5, max. 15)
A general introduction to the major issues in the history of criticism followed by the study of the classical theorists, including Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, and the major medieval critics. Offered: jointly with ENGL 507.
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C LIT 508 History of Literary Criticism and Theory II (5, max. 15)
Literary criticism and theory from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance through the eighteenth century to, but not including, Kant. Offered: jointly with ENGL 508.
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C LIT 509 History of Literary Criticism and Theory III (5, max. 15)
Literary criticism and theory from Kant's Critique of Judgment to the mid-twentieth century and the work of Northrop Frye. Offered: jointly with ENGL 509.
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C LIT 510 History of Literary Criticism and Theory IV (5, max. 15)
A study of the major issues in literary criticism and theory since about 1965. Offered: jointly with ENGL 510.
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C LIT 511 Literary Translation (5, max. 15)
Lectures on principles of translating literary works into readable English. Students present and comment on translations made by them and write seminar papers on problems of translation in theory and practice.
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C LIT 516 Colloquium in Criticism (5, max. 15)
Recent trends in literary criticism, taught by representatives from various literature departments, covering critical trends such as structuralism, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, reception theory, and sociological approaches to literature.
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C LIT 520 Methods and Issues in Cinema and Media Studies (5)
Provides a basic grounding in the theory, history, and criticism of film and media studies, and introduces central debates, topics, and methods in the field.
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C LIT 530 Cultural Criticism and Ideology Critique I (5, max. 15)
A study of the main attempts to come to an understanding of the humanities and the nature of historical interpretation in a cultural context.
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C LIT 535 Cultural Criticism and Ideology Critique II (5, max. 15)
Offerings vary to cover individual theorists and particular manifestations of cultural criticism and ideology critique.
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C LIT 545 Medieval Studies (3/5, max. 15)
Literature, intellectual history, and sociology of the Middle Ages, 500-1200. Topics may include "renaissance" of the twelfth century; the educational ideal; rise of universities; philosophical concepts.
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C LIT 546 Studies in Renaissance and Baroque (3-5, max. 10)
Aspects of Western European literature during the Renaissance and Baroque period. Course content varies.
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C LIT 547 Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature (3-5, max. 10)
Examination of various trends in eighteenth-century literature including the Enlightenment, Rationalism, Pre-Romanticism, and Neo-Classicism. Course content varies with instructor.
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C LIT 548 Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature (3-5, max. 10)
Examination of various trends in nineteenth century literature including Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, and Symbolism.
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C LIT 549 Twentieth-Century Literature (3-5, max. 10)
Selected movements, schools, and trends of significance in twentieth-century literature of Europe and Americas. Symbolism, surrealism, dada, expressionism, neorealism, existentialism, nouveau roman, and absurd may be considered. Texts in English, French, and German figure most prominently, but Spanish, Italian, Russian, and other materials may be examined. Content and emphasis vary.
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C LIT 570 The Novel: Theory and Practice (3-5, max. 15)
Study of the novel as a genre, examining two or more novels of varying national literatures. Course content varies.
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C LIT 571 The Lyric: Theory and Practice (3-5, max. 15)
Examination of central questions in the study of the lyric genre as approached from an international point of view. Course content varies.
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C LIT 573 The Drama: Theory and Practice (3-5, max. 15)
Examination of various aspects of the drama as a major literary genre, as approached from international and multilingual points of view. Course content varies.
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C LIT 574 Scandinavian Auteurs (5, max. 10) VLPA Nestingen
Seminar on auteur filmmakers in Scandinavian cinema, studying specific auteurs' bodies of work, theories of auteur cinema, and the history of auteurism in Scandinavian cinema. Offered: jointly with SCAND 570; AWSp.
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C LIT 576 Seminar in East-West Literary Relations (3-5, max. 15)
Comparative investigation of literary topics requiring the study of both Eastern and Western documents. Explores parallels and contradictions between the two, in concepts, ideas, and specific topics. A comparative paper on a chosen topic with qualified conclusions is required. Emphasis varies. Prerequisite: at least one East Asian language.
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C LIT 590 Master of Arts Essay (5/10, max. 10)
Research and writing project under the supervision of a faculty member.
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C LIT 596 Special Studies in Comparative Literature (3-5, max. 15)
Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty. Course content varies.
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C LIT 599 Special Seminar or Conference (1-9, max. 30)
Group seminars or individual conferences scheduled to meet special needs. Prerequisite: permission of graduate program adviser.
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C LIT 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
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C LIT 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
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C LIT 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)
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