COM Comparative Literature

Note. Many courses in Comparative Literature require that students have met the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) for the University of California.

Courses in COM:

COM 001Major Books of Western Culture: The Ancient World (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement. Introduction, through class discussion and frequent written assignments, to some of the major books of western civilization such as The Odyssey, Aeneid, Bible, and Augustine's Confessions. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2010 Spring Quarter.
COM 001Major Works of the Ancient World (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Introduction, through class discussion and frequent written assignments, to some of the major works of the ancient world (up to 5th century CE) such as The Odyssey, the Bible, Augustine's Confessions, and works by Plato and Confucius. Examined genres include religious texts, the epic, philosophy, drama, poetry. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
COM 002Major Books of Western Culture: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement. Introduction to the methods of inquiry applied to critical reading and the practice of writing. Focus on texts from the European Middle Ages to the eighteenth century; critical analysis of the historical-cultural developments in this period. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2010 Spring Quarter.
COM 002Major Works of the Medieval and Early Modern World (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Introduction, through class discussion and frequent written assignments, to some of the major works of the medieval and early modern worlds (6th century to the mid 17th century) such as Dante’s Comedy, 1001 Nights, The Tale of Genji, and Elizabethan/Jacobean plays. Examined genres include framed narratives, courtly literature, and early modern drama. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
COM 003Major Books of Western Culture: The Modern Crisis (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement. Introduction, through class discussion and frequent written assignments, to the major literature and thought of the late eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2010 Spring Quarter.
COM 003Major Works of the Modern World (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Introduction, through class discussion and frequent written assignments, to some of the major works of the modern world (mid 17th to the mid 20th centuries) such as those by Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Woolf, Lu Xun, Borges and Yeats. Examined genres include realist fiction, modernist fiction, and modernist poetry. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
COM 004Major Books of the Contemporary World (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of entry level writing requirement. Comparative study of selected major Western and non-Western texts composed in the period from 1945 to the present. Intensive focus on writing about these texts, with frequent papers written about these works. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 004Major Works of the Contemporary World (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Comparative study of selected major Western and non-Western texts composed in the period from 1945 to the present. Intensive focus on writing about these texts, with frequent papers written about these works. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Fall Quarter.
COM 005Fairy Tales, Fables, and Parables (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). An introduction to fairy tales, fables, and parables as recurrent forms in literature, with such readings as tales from Aesop and Grimm, Chaucer and Shakespeare, Kafka and Borges, Buddhist and Taoist parables, the Arabian Nights, and African American folklore. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 006Myths and Legends (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the comparative study of myths and legends, excluding those of Greece and Rome, with readings from Near Eastern, Teutonic, Celtic, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, African and Central American literary sources. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 007Literature of Fantasy and the Supernatural (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). The role of fantasy and the supernatural in literature: tales of magic, hallucination, ghosts, and metamorphosis, including diverse authors such as Shakespeare, P'u Sung-Ling, Kafka, Kawabata, Fuentes, and Morrison. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 008Utopias and Their Transformations (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). A consideration, in literary works from different ages, of visionary and rational perceptions of a lost paradise, Golden Age, or Atlantis-and of the inhuman nightmares that can result from perversions of the utopian dream of perfection. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 009The Short Story and Novella (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. An introduction to shorter forms of prose fiction by major authors of different countries, with special emphasis on the modern period. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010AMaster Authors in World Literature; Gilgamesh, Ramayana, Beowulf, Nibelungenlied (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Gilgamesh, Ramayana, Beowulf, Nibelungenlied. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010BMaster Authors in World Literature; Metamorphoses, Decameron, Arabian Nights, Canterbury Tales (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Metamorphoses, Decameron, Arabian Nights, Canterbury Tales. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010CMaster Authors in World Literature; Chanson de Roland, El Cid, Igor’s Campaign, Morte D’Arthur (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Chanson de Roland, El Cid, Igor’s Campaign, Morte D’Arthur. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010DMaster Authors in World Literature; Sakuntala, Tristan and Isolde, Aucassin and Nicolette, Gawain and the Green Knight (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Sakuntala, Tristan and Isolde, Aucassin and Nicolette, Gawain and the Green Knight. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010EMaster Authors in World Literature; Swift, Rabelais, La Celestina, Simplicissimus (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Swift, Rabelais, La Celestina, Simplicissimus. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010FMaster Authors in World Literature; Cervantes, Saikaku, Fielding, Voltaire (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Cervantes, Saikaku, Fielding, Voltaire. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010GMaster Authors in World Literature; Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Lope de Vega/Calderón, Molière/Racine, Lessing/Schiller (2) (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Machiavelli, Shakespeare, Lope de Vega/Calderón, Molière/Racine, Lessing/Schiller. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010HMaster Authors in World Literature; Goethe, Byron, Stendhal, Pushkin, Lermontov (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Goethe, Byron, Stendhal, Pushkin, Lermontov. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010IMaster Authors in World Literature; Hoffmann, Gogol, Poe, Hawthorne, Maupassant, Chekhov, Melville (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Hoffmann, Gogol, Poe, Hawthorne, Maupassant, Chekhov, Melville. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010JMaster Authors in World Literature; Flaubert, Twain, Turgenev, Galdós, Ibsen (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Flaubert, Twain, Turgenev, Galdós, Ibsen. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010KMaster Authors in World Literature; Balzac, Dostoevski/Tolstoi, Hardy, Shaw, Strindberg (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Balzac, Dostoevski/Tolstoi, Hardy, Shaw, Strindberg. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010LMaster Authors in World Literature; Unamuno, Svevo, Conrad, Gide, Kafka, Faulkner (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Unamuno, Svevo, Conrad, Gide, Kafka, Faulkner. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010MMaster Authors in World Literature; Rilke/Yeats, Joyce/Woolf, Mann/Céline, Bulgakov/Tanizaki, O’Neill/Brecht, Lorca/Pirandello (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Rilke/Yeats, Joyce/Woolf, Mann/Céline, Bulgakov/Tanizaki, O’Neill/Brecht, Lorca/Pirandello. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 010NMaster Authors in World Literature; Camus/Sartre, García Márquez/Grass, Borges/Sarraute, Bellow/Nabokov, Beckett/Pinter, Genet/Dürrenmatt (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Designed primarily to acquaint the non-literature major with a cross-section of writings by the world’s most important authors; readings in English translation. Content alternates among the following segments: Camus/Sartre, García Márquez/Grass, Borges/Sarraute, Bellow/Nabokov, Beckett/Pinter, Genet/Dürrenmatt. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 011Travel and the Modern World (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Examination of travel as a quintessential human activity and experience of global modernity and cross-cultural encounters from the 18th to the 21st century with an emphasis on German-speaking culture. Travelogues, literature, art, memoirs, and films in English translation. (Same course as GER 011.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 012Introduction to Women Writers (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Survey of fiction, drama, and poetry by women writers from all continents. Concerns of women compared in light of their varied social and cultural traditions. Literary analysis of voice, imagery, narrative strategies and diction. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 013Dramatic Literature (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Introduction, through careful reading of selected plays, to some of the major forms of Western drama, from the earliest tragedies of ancient Greece to the contemporary American theater. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 014Introduction to Poetry (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Comparative study of poetry in a variety of lyric and other poetic forms from different historical periods and different linguistic, national, and cultural traditions. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 020Humans and the Natural World (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Changing relationship between humans and the natural environment in ancient and modern authors as Virgil, Li Po, Basho, Darwin, and Thoreau. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
COM 022Literature of the Abnormal Psyche (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Representations of the human psyche in literature and other media (film, visual arts, music) spanning cultures and historical contexts. Depictions of abnormal psychological states, including madness, obsession, and self-fragmentation. Textual interpretation informed by psychological theories. Rhetorical persuasion and nuanced argumentation. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
COM 024Animals in Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Study of literary texts from various periods and cultures whose theme is the representation of animals. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
COM 025Ethnic Minority Writers in World Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Consideration of a broad range of writers who speak from an ethnic perspective different from the nominally or politically dominant culture of their respective countries and who explore the challenges faced by characters significantly affected by their ethnic minority status. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2011 Winter Quarter.
COM 053ALiterature of East Asia (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Introduction to representative masterpieces of East Asia with readings from such works as The Story of the Stone, The Peach Blossom Fan, T'ang and Sung poetry, classical Japanese poetry, drama, and travel diaries, and The Tale of Genji. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
COM 053BLiterature of South Asia (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Introduction to representative masterpieces of South Asia with readings from such works as the Mahabharata and Ramayana, The Cloud Messenger, Shakuntala, The Little Clay Cart, and the stories and poems of both ancient and modern India and Southeast Asia. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
COM 053CLiteratures of the Islamic World (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Introduction to classical Islamic culture through translations of literature primarily from Arabic and Persian, as well as other languages. Topics include the concept of the self, society and power, spirituality, the natural world, the cosmos, and the supernatural. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Fall Quarter.
COM 090XLower Division Seminar (1-2) Active
Seminar—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Examination of a special topic in a small group setting. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to lower division students. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 100World Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), upper division standing, or consent of instructor. Comparative, cross-cultural study of a topic, theme, or movement in world cinema beyond the boundary of a single national tradition. Topics may include "postsocialist cinemas in East Europe and Asia," "cinema and globalization," and "popular Asian cinemas" May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) the topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
COM 110Hong Kong Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), upper division standing, or consent of instructor. Hong Kong cinema, its history, industry, styles, genres, directors, and stars. Special attention to its polyglot, multicultural, transnational, colonial, and postcolonial environment. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
COM 112Japanese Cinema (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Or upper-division standing. Introduction to Japanese cinema from early silent films to the present. Explores important directors, genres, stars, themes and techniques in relation to specific historical and cultural contexts. Lectures and readings in English. Films in Japanese with English subtitles. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
COM 120Writing Nature: 1750 to the Present (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Study of representations, descriptions, and discussions of humankind's problematical relationship with the non-human world in texts written in a variety of European and American traditions between 1750 and the present. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 135Women Writers (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. An exploration of women's differing views of self and society as revealed in major works by female authors of various times and cultures. Readings, principally of fiction, will include such writers as Lady Murasaki, Mme de Lafayette, and Charlotte Bronte. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 138Gender and Interpretation in the Renaissance (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Critical analysis of Renaissance texts with primary focus on issues such as human dignity, education and gender politics; "high" and "low" culture and its relation to literary practices. (Same course as ITA 141.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
COM 139Shakespeare and the Classical World (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Shakespeare's representations of the classical world in the light of selected ancient texts and Renaissance conceptions of Antiquity, with special attention to the depiction of politics and history. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 140Thematic and Structural Study of Literature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Interpretation of selected works illustrating the historical evolution of themes, as well as of formal and structural elements. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 141Introduction to Critical Theoretical Approaches to Literature and Culture (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Introduction to critical theory and its use for interpreting literary texts, film, and media forms in global culture. (Same course as CRI 101.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
COM 142Critical Reading and Analysis (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Close reading of selected texts; scrutiny of very limited amount of material, with attention to the problems of texts in translation. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 144The Grotesque (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Study of the "grotesque" in selected texts from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with attention to the "grotesque" as a means of social, cultural, and political commentary, as well as of aesthetic innovation. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 145Representations of the City (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Exploration of the representation of the city in major translated literary texts from a variety of literary traditions and periods. Emphasis on the diversity of urban experience in literature. Topics include public and private space, memory, and gender. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Spring Quarter.
COM 146Myth in Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): COM 006 recommended. Comparative study of different versions of one or more central myths, with attention to their cultural settings, artistic and literary forms of representation, as well as to their psychological dimensions. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 147Modern Jewish Writers (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Problems of the modern Jewish experience from the perspective of the writer's construction of the self in relation to the future and to the non-Jew. Draws upon Russian, German, Yiddish, and American traditions. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 148Mystical Literatures of South Asia and the Middle East (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Exploration of the comparative mystical literatures of major religious traditions, with a focus on those produced in South Asia and the Middle East, although including other traditions. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2010 Fall Quarter.
COM 151Colonial and Postcolonial Experience in Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). A literary introduction to the cultural issues of colonialism and postcolonialism through reading, discussing and writing on narratives which articulate diverse points of view. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 152Literature of the Americas (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Study of the various stylistic, historical, social and cultural factors that contribute to a hemispheric vision of American literature, encompassing works by Canadian, United States, Caribbean, Brazilian, and Spanish-American writers. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
COM 152SLiterature of the Americas (Taught in Latin America) (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—6 hour(s); Term Paper; Fieldwork—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Various stylistic, historical, social, and cultural factors that contribute to a hemispheric vision of American literature, encompassing works by Canadian, United States, Caribbean, Brazilian, and Spanish-American writers. Course taught abroad. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
COM 153The Forms of Asian Literature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Introduction to distinctive Asian literary forms, such as haiku, noh, the Chinese novel and tale, through reading of major works. Comparison with Western genres and study of native and Western critical traditions. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
COM 154African Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Colonial and post-colonial sub-Saharan African literature and the African oral traditions from which it emerged. Genres and themes of African literature from the nineteenth century to the present. (Same course as AAS 153.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Spring Quarter.
COM 155Classical Literatures of the Islamic World 600-1900 (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Major texts from Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Urdu literature with attention to historical and cross-cultural context. Includes epic, romance, various genres of lyric poetry, fairy tales, historical and religious stories, mystical and philosophical narratives, and essays. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
COM 156The Ramayana (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Exploration of the Indian epic, Ramayana, through the lens of literature, performance, and visual art. Emphasis on the text's diversity and its contemporary global relevance. Topics include Ramayanas in Southeast Asia, and in various South Asian diaspora communities. (Same course as RST 158.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Spring Quarter.
COM 157War and Peace in Literature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): COM 001 or COM 002 or COM 003; or Consent of Instructor. Through study of a few major works from Western and non-Western literature the course seeks to illuminate the way in which literature from antiquity to the present has dealt with the antinomy peace/war through the ages. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 158The Detective Story as Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Study of the origins, literary and social background, development and implications of the literature of detection in a comparative context. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 159Women in Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): COM 001, COM 002, COM 003, or COM 004 or the equivalent recommended. Portrayals of women in literature, comparing selected heroines who represent a particular theme, period, or genre. Texts range around the globe and from ancient to modern works, such as Lysistrata, Emma, Hedda Gabler, The Makioka Sisters, and Top Girls. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 160AThe Modern Novel (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. The changing image of man and his world as seen in novels by such writers as Joyce, Proust, and Mann. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 160BThe Modern Drama (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Readings in representative authors such as Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello and Brecht. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 161ATragedy (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Persistent and changing aspects of the tragic vision in literature from ancient times to the present. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 161BComedy (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Comic attitudes towards life in literary works of different ages. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 162Writing Love and War in South Asia (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Comparative study of the themes and motifs of love and war in the literature of South Asia. Includes a discussion of Sanskrit epics, classical erotic court poetry, medieval heroic poetry, mystical compositions and colonial and post-colonial fiction. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 163Biography and Autobiography (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Portrayals of a human life in biographies and/or autobiographies of different countries and ages. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 164AThe European Middle Ages (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Medieval literary genres as the foundation for modern literary forms. Topics and themes as love, God, vision, nature, history and politics, and sign theory. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 164BThe Renaissance (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Literature, new science, gender, politics, and exploration in European Renaissance. Readings in Petrarch, Machiavelli, Montaigne, Tasso, Ariosto, Stampa, Shakespeare, Labé and Aphra Behn. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 164CBaroque and Neoclassicism (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Readings in major authors such as Calderón, Corneille, Pascal, Racine, Milton, and Grimmelshausen, with consideration of the tension between the expansive energies of the "baroque" and the restraints of dogma and reason. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 164DThe Enlightenment (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Enlightenment writers such as Swift, Voltaire, Sterne, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, and Kant. Emphasis on the revolutionary impact of eighteenth-century philosophical ideas and literary forms on modern political, social, and aesthetic culture. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 165Caribbean Literatures (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Comparative approach to the multi-lingual, multi-cultural literatures of the Caribbean. Works from English, French, and Spanish speaking regions with special attention to problems of identity, diaspora and resistance, class, gender, race. Not open to students who have completed COM 165S. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
COM 165SCaribbean Literatures (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Restricted to upper division standing in the student's discipline of origin. Comparative approach to the multi-lingual, multi-cultural literatures of the Caribbean. Works from English, French, and Spanish speaking regions with special attention to problems of identity, diaspora and resistance, class, gender, race. Taught at the University of Havana, Cuba. Not open to students who have completed COM 165. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.
COM 166Literatures of the Modern Middle East (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Major translated works in modern Middle Eastern and North African Literature, including Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish. Social and historical formation, with topics such as conflict and coexistence, journeys, and displaced people, gender and family. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
COM 166AThe Epic (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Study of various forms of epic poetry in both the oral and literary traditions. May be repeated for credit in different subject area. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 166BThe Novel (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). The novel as global genre: picaresque, epistolary, Bildungsroman, historical novel, contemporary forms. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 167Comparative Study of Major Authors (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Pivotal works of artists in the Western mainstream, such as Dante, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Goethe, Tolstoi, Proust, and Joyce. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 168ARomanticism (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Introduction to the Romantic movement with emphasis upon Romantic concepts of the self, irony, love, the imagination and artistic creativity, and the relationship of the individual to nature and society. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 168BRealism and Naturalism (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Novels and plays by Dickens, Zola, Flaubert, Dreiser, Ibsen, and Strindberg investigate marriage and adultery, the city and its perils, the hardships of industrialization, the war between the sexes, the New Woman, and other 19th-century themes. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 169The Avant-Garde (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Studies in movements such as surrealism, expressionism and the absurd. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 170The Contemporary Novel (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Study of important novels from different parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and the United States, in the period from the Second World War to the present. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 172A Story for a Life: The Arabian Nights (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth exploration of The Arabian Nights, the best-known work of pre-modern Arabic literature and a major work of world literature. Analysis of the work in its historical context and in comparison to other frame tales in world literature. (Same course as ARB 140 and MSA 121C.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
COM 175Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. In-depth analysis of the Persian Book of Kings (Shahnameh) by Abu al-Qasim Ferdowsi (d. 1020 CE) in its historical context with a comparative perspective on the role of this work in Persian and world literature. (Same course as MSA 121A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
COM 180Selected Topics in Comparative Literature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Subject A requirement and at least one course in literature. Study of a selected topic or topics appropriate to student and faculty interests and areas of specialization of the instructor. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 180SSelected Topics in Comparative Literature (Taught Abroad) (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—6 hour(s); Extensive Writing; Fieldwork—6 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Subject A, and at least one course in literature, or consent of instructor. Study of selected topics appropriate to student and faculty interests and areas of specialization of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit when topic differs. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
COM 192Internship in Comparative Literature (1-12) Active
Internship—1-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Completion of 84 units. Restricted to Comparative Literature majors. Internships in fields where students can practice their skills. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
COM 194HSpecial Study for Honors Students (1-5) Active
Independent Study—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Open only to majors of senior standing who qualify for Honors Program. Guided research, under the direction of a faculty member approved by the Program Director, leading to a senior honors thesis on a comparative topic. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 195Senior Seminar in Comparative Literature (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing as a Comparative Literature major or minor or consent of instructor. Open only to Comparative Literature majors or minors in or consent of instructor. Advanced study of selected topics and texts in Comparative Literature, with explicit emphasis on the theoretical and interpretive approaches that define Comparative Literature as a discipline and distinguish it from other literary disciplines. Required for the major. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WE. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
COM 197TTutoring in Comparative Literature (1-5) Active
Discussion—2-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing with declared major in Comparative Literature. Tutoring in undergraduate courses including leadership in small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with current courses offered by Comparative Literature. May be repeated up to 6 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 198Directed Group Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 210Topics and Themes in Comparative Literature (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in Comparative Literature, English, or a foreign-language literature, or consent of instructor. Comparative, interpretive study of the treatment of specific topics and themes in literary works from various periods, societies, and cultures, in light of these works' historical and sociocultural contexts. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 214Approaches to Lyric Poetry (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Analysis and interpretation of poetic texts in different historical periods and national literatures, with consideration of major theoretical developments in the understanding of poetic discourse. (Letter.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
COM 215Forms of the Spiritual Quest (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor; knowledge of at least one foreign language. An exploration, culminating in a research paper, of changing forms of the quest for transcendence in different cultures, mainly in major works of Western literature, but also in other traditions and from the perspectives of other disciplines. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 220Literary Genres (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in Comparative Literature, English, or a foreign-language literature or consent of instructor. Comparative literature of major works in a particular genre from various linguistic, national, and cultural traditions, with particular attention to historical developments within the genre and to genre theory. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 238Gender and Interpretation (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Study of how literary texts from different periods, societies, and cultures represent gender roles and gender hierarchy, building on recent work on gender in anthropology, literature, psychology, and women's studies. (Letter.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
COM 250AResearch in Primary Literature (4) Active
Project (Term Project). Individually guided research in the primary literature of concentration, under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a conference paper. Required of M.A. and Ph.D. candidates. (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
COM 250BResearch in Second Literature (4) Active
Project (Term Project). Individually guided research in the secondary literature of concentration, under the supervision of a faculty member, culminating in a paper. Required of Ph.D. candidates. (Letter.) Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
COM 250CResearch in Third Literature or Special Topic (4) Active
Conference—1 hour(s); Term Paper; Independent Study—8 hour(s). Individually guided research, under the supervision of a faculty member, in the third literature of concentration or on a special topic culminating in a paper. Required of Ph.D. candidates. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
COM 250DDissertation Prospectus (4) Active
Independent Study. Individually guided writing of the dissertation prospectus under supervision of a faculty member. Must be taken prior to completion of the qualifying exam. Required of Ph.D. candidates. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2006 Spring Quarter.
COM 255Proseminar: Comparative Literature: Past, Present, Future (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Restricted to graduate students. History, theory, and methodology of comparative literature. Issues of national literature, world literature, and comparative literature. Relation of comparative literature to other disciplines and diverse expressions. Discussion of current problems in teaching and research in comparative literature. Required for MA/PhD. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
COM 260Contexts of the 19th-Century Novel (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Development in 19th-century history, culture, and society in relation to major trends in the 19th-century novel. (Letter.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
COM 297Directed Independent Study in Primary, Secondary, or Third Literature (4) Active
Conference—1 hour(s); Term Paper; Independent Study—8 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Directed Independent Study in Primary, Secondary, or Third Literature culminating in term paper. Only for languages with no graduate course offerings. May be repeated for credit when no seminars are available and topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
COM 298Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 299Individual Study (1-12) Active
Variable. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 299DSpecial Study for the Doctoral Dissertation (1-12) Active
Variable. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
COM 390Teaching Comparative Literature in College (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Appointment as a Comparative Literature Associate Instructor or consent of instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Discussion of the theory and practice of teaching composition at the college level in a department of comparative literature in relation to the major cultural and social developments and with specific application to the introductory courses 1, 2, 3, 4. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
COM 392Teaching Internship in Comparative Literature (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). Restricted to graduate students. Regular consultations between the student instructor teaching Comparative Literature courses and a supervisor. Specifically designed for first-time TAs in COM 5, 6, 7, and 10. Instruction in the teaching of writing in a literature course, grading of papers, leading discussions. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
COM 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.