Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2019–2020 and 2020–2021; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Please see the General Information Catalog for an updated list of courses effective fall 2020.1


Comparative Literature: C L

C L 180K. Introduction to Comparative Literature.

One-credit-hour proseminar in methods of study and research in comparative literature. One lecture hour a week for one semester. Required of first-semester graduate students in comparative literature. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in comparative literature and consent of the graduate adviser in comparative literature.

C L 380M. Problems in Translation.

Detailed study of literary translations and of the translation process, and completion of one substantial translation. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser in comparative literature.

C L 381. The Comparative Study of Literary Periods and Movements.

The study of literary periods, aspects of periods, or movements from a comparative point of view; topics include mystical literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance humanism. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

C L 382. Topics in Comparative Literature.

Study of genres, literary forms, the relationships of literature and other disciplines from a comparative point of view; topics include comedy, sensibility, and the East and the West. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

C L 385. Theories of Literary Criticism.

Comparative study of theories of literary criticism in a broad historical perspective, including representative classic texts in critical theory. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

C L 386. Literature in a Comparative Context.

A study of topics with a single primary language focus, using a strongly comparative approach. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser and instructor.

C L 390. Comparative Literary Theory and Poetics.

Comparative study of major modern critical schools and figures in literary and cultural theory and criticism. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor and the graduate adviser.

C L 391L. Conference Course in Comparative Literature.

Tutorial courses on individually designed basis available through the home departments of members of the comparative literature faculty. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser in comparative literature.

C L 698. Thesis.

The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in comparative literature and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Comparative Literature 698A and consent of the graduate adviser.

C L 398R. Master's Report.

Preparation of a report to fulfill the requirement for the master's degree under the report option. The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for one semester. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in comparative literature and consent of the graduate adviser.

C L 399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.

May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.