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T LIT 200 Understanding Literature (5) VLPA
Develops essential tools for close and informed reading of fiction, drama, and poetry. Considers how a text generates aesthetic pleasure, how it achieves moral or social impact. Develops skills in literary analysis through reading literary texts, through discussion, and through critical writing.
T LIT 210 Studies in American Literature (5) VLPA
Examines the aesthetic, social, and cultural expressions of American Literature through its major authors, modes, themes, and periods. Students will practice the analysis of literary discourse and the formation of critical arguments.
T LIT 220 Literature and the Arts (5) VLPA
Examines the connections between literature and other art forms, such as film, painting, music, and performance. Emphasizes the methods of interpretation and critical theory in studying the relationships of artistic expression. Studies the work of major artists and writers, as well as examples at local galleries, museums, and performance spaces.
T LIT 230 Multi-Ethnic American Literature (5) VLPA Raynor
Examines multicultural and multi-ethnic literature by American authors. Focuses on novels, short stories, essays, and poetry that examine the social construction of race in American society, the construction of American identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender.
T LIT 240 Studies in English Literature (5) VLPA
Examines the aesthetic, social, and cultural expressions of English literature through its major authors, modes, themes, and periods. Students will practice the analysis of literary discourse and the formation of critical arguments.
T LIT 251 Ancient Literature of Western Civilization (5) VLPA
Examines works of literature and philosophy of ancient Western Civilization as the foundation for subsequent Western writing and thought. May include Homer's Odyssey, Sophocles' Oedipus the King, Plato's Apology, and Virgil's Aeneid.
T LIT 252 Medieval and Renaissance Literature of Western Civilization (5) VLPA
Critically examines works of literature and literary theology from the medieval and Renaissance eras in Europe. Explores works as "archetypes," i.e., the foundation for subsequent European writing and thought of all kinds. Includes Dante s Inferno, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Milton's Paradise Lost.
T LIT 253 Modern Literature of Western Civilization (5) VLPA
Examines literary works of Western civilization from the modern era, works important to subsequent Western writing and thought of all kinds. May include Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Goethe's Faust, Kafka's short stories, and Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
T LIT 305 American Literary Movements, Genres, and Historical Periods (5, max. 10) VLPA
Studies movements (Transcendentalism, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, etc.); genres (poetry, fiction, drama, essay); historical periods (American Renaissance, the ' 20s, etc.); and investigates the literature of ethnic, political, and/or regional groups. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
T LIT 306 Studies in Selected American Writers (5) VLPA
Analysis of selected American writers, focusing on their depictions of success and failure, and their characteristic styles of affirmation and alienation. Are there typically American patterns that can be discerned? What makes a writer's vision compelling?
T LIT 311 Themes in American Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Studies major themes addressed by writers in America. Includes topics such as: individualism, identity and community; sex, love and marriage; justice and injustice; industrialization, technology and the city; authenticity and egalitarianism; and race relations. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
T LIT 313 American Poetry (5) VLPA
An examination of different types of American poetry. Emphasizes writers from a variety of backgrounds. Poems approached from formal, thematic and historical perspectives.
T LIT 320 African American Literature from Slavery to the Present (5) VLPA, DIV Raynor
Readings, films, lectures, and class discussions will focus on constructions of racial identity, social consciousness, race class, and gender relations as reflected in novels, short stories, essays, and poetry by African American authors.
T LIT 324 African American Women's Literature (5) VLPA, DIV Raynor
Examines female slave narratives and novels from the Harlem Renaissance, Social Protest Movement, and the contemporary period. Examines how black women illustrate social constructions and intersections of race, gender, and class. Readings, lectures, and films will explore the political motivation and public response to black women's writing.
T LIT 325 Medical and Ethical Issues in Literature and Culture (5) VLPA
Examines various medical and bioethical issues through the lens of literature. Explores the role of technology, illness and culture, and end-of-live issues. Offered: jointly with T HLTH 325.
T LIT 331 Immigrant and Ethnic Literature (5) VLPA
Explores dynamics of cultures in contact and conflict and examines how literatures of different ethnic groups reflect this contrast. Emphasizes historical and cultural perspectives on immigrant and ethnic experience in the U.S. Analyzes literature depicting different aspects of the immigrant and ethnic experience within the larger context of America.
T LIT 332 Asian American Literature (5) VLPA
Examines major works of Asian American literature and the "double burden" of Asian American writers in both creating art and representing a group. Compares this "burden" to those of writers of other ethnicities. Includes historic themes and represents voices of marginalized groups commenting on themselves and on mainstream society.
T LIT 338 Writing in the Pacific Northwest (5) VLPA
Examines the way place or region provides a context for writing. Compares several kinds of writing from the Pacific Northwest (e.g., history, journalism, fiction, nature writing) and analyzes how writing is made more effective by awareness of audience, setting and occasion for writing.
T LIT 343 Shakespeare (5, max. 10) VLPA
Examines selected works of English playwright William Shakespeare. Students read plays and engage in class discussion and textually supported interpretations in writing. Covers historical background of Shakespeare's England and play settings, as well as relevant theology, philosophy, and natural science.
T LIT 371 The World Stage (5, max. 10) VLPA
An investigation of western and non-western forms of staged performance from a historical, social, political, and cultural perspective. Subjects include the classical stage, medieval mystery plays, Jesuit theater, Noh and Kabuki theater, the Peking opera, Yiddish theater, Agit-Prop, the cabaret, the operatic gesamtkunstwerk, Avant-Garde theater, and Performance Art.
T LIT 380 Myth and Literary Sagas in Creative Expression (5) VLPA
Explores the creative depictions of mythological themes, legendary heroes, and literary sagas. Special attention given to myth, legend, and literature in traditional cultural expression and their dramatic transformation in cinema. Themes include 'the hero of many faces,' and 'love and tragedy.'
T LIT 388 Cross Cultural Studies in Contemporary Women's Fiction (5) VLPA, DIV Raynor
Examines novels and short stories concerned with race, politics, feminism, and the representation of women. Issues addressed include minority discourse, autobiographical modes, myth, storytelling, definitions of womanhood, and cultural identification. Writers studied include Allison, Erdrich, Silko, Kingston, Tan, Morrison, and Cisneros.
T LIT 390 Varieties of Literary Criticism (5) VLPA
Investigates different approaches to reading and analysis of literary texts. Draws readings from a range of theoretical and practical criticism. Considers how critical theory adds to the understanding and enjoyment of literature. Gives attention to the history of critical ideas.
T LIT 406 Children's and Young Adult Literature (5) VLPA
Explores the variety and richness of contemporary children's and young adult literature. Discusses current trends and issues, and explores multi-ethnic literature and literature from other countries.
T LIT 425 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (5) VLPA, DIV Raynor
Examines the images, themes, and characterizations in literature written by African Americans during the Harlem Renaissance. Writers include Johnson, Hughes, Larsen, Harston, Cullen, Fauset, Thurmann, White and McKay.
T LIT 431 Contemporary Native American Women's Literature (5) VLPA, DIV Raynor
Examines novels, short stories, and poetry by contemporary Native American women authors. Addresses racial and gender oppression, reservation life, acculturation, political and social emergence as well as the leadership role of Native American women. Writers studied include Erdrich, Silko, Hogan, Tapahonso, and Harjo.
T LIT 432 American Indian Literature (5, max. 10) VLPA
Studies American Indian literature reflected in thematic and topical expressions. Examines content revolving around leading Native American writers, and/or non-Indian depictions of Native Americans, and/or American Indian biographical studies. May be repeated for credit with instructor's approval.
T LIT 437 Nature and Environment in American Literature (5) VLPA
Examines the varying attitudes toward nature in American literary works - nature as antagonist, nurturer, resource, divinity, commodity. Consideration of how writers achieve authority for their visions of the natural world: to what extent is nature writing sentimental? To what extent is it our most clear-sighted literature? Writers studied may include John Muir, Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez, Robinson Jeffers, Loren Eiseley.
T LIT 438 American Folklore (5) VLPA
Examines types of American folklore and the techniques of the folklorist. Includes topics such as: American folk heroes, folklore vs. fakelore, Southern and New England archetypes, the rural mystique, sexism, violence and racism in folklore, printed folktales, and modern folk heroes.
T LIT 439 Western American Literature (5) VLPA
Studies Western American writers and their contribution to understanding the Western landscape. Focuses on selected topical areas and/or cultural themes characteristic to the West.
T LIT 453 Ancient Greek Tragedy (5) VLPA
Examines selected tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.
T LIT 455 Medieval Quests (5) VLPA
Examines important works of literature and literary theology from the medieval era, broadly construed. Special attention to the theme of the "quest." Texts include Augustine's Confessions, Beowulf, The Quest of the Holy Grail, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Don Quixote.
T LIT 458 Modern Novel (5) VLPA
Examines Cervantes' Don Quixote and twentieth-century works inspired by it. May include Don Quixote, Kafka's Castle, Borges' Labyrinths, and Nabokov's Pale Fire.
T LIT 476 American Women's Literature: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Texts (5) VLPA, DIV Raynor
Examines primarily novels and short stories by American women authors from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Explores women's work, women's education, women's activism, marriage, motherhood, and crimes committed against and by women. Addresses the construction of female identity and how American women authors revise American history and literature.
T LIT 481 Postcolonial Fiction (5) VLPA
Examines selected works of fiction by postcolonial authors while building a foundation in postcolonial history.
Instructor Course Description: Sushil Oswal
T LIT 485 Comparative Mythology (5) VLPA
Explores selected mythologies; specific studies may be topical, or thematic. Includes the exploration of mythography, critical examination of the form, context, and function of mythology, particularly in its expression of world view and attended values.
T LIT 487 African Folklore and Literature (5) I&S
Explores oral and written traditions in Africa. Emphasizes how the aesthetics of storytelling and dialogue shape the production of narrative in contemporary African contexts. Explores anthropological, literary, and historical approaches in viewing the aesthetic qualities of African folklore and literature.