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Pre-req to Declare Literature Major

Course Term Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
C LIT 252: Introduction To Comparative Literature: Genres
Reading Literary Forms: The Novel

Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 11702 Leroy Searle MTWTh 13:30-14:20
KNE 220
C LIT 250: Introduction To Comparative Literature: Literature And Culture

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.

I&S, VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11830 Block, Richard M W F 10:30-11:20
RAI 121
C LIT 252: Introduction To Comparative Literature: Genres

Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.

VLPA, W
Autumn 2014 A - 11832 Míċeál Vaughan T Th 09:30-11:20
MLR 316

Pre-req to Declare Cinema Major

Course Term Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
C LIT 272: Perspectives On Film: Genre
American Nightmares: The History of the Horror Film, 1924-2014

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.

This course examines the development of the horror genre in American cinema from the early 1920s to the early twenty-first century.  We will consider how the development of the horror film has been related to economic and structural changes in the film industry since the formation of Hollywood’s...

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 11707 Jennifer M. Bean MTWTh 10:30-12:20
KNE 220
C LIT 270: Perspectives On Film: Introduction

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11833 M W
KNE
C LIT 270: Perspectives On Film: Introduction

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.

Autumn 2014 AA - 11834 F 10:30-11:20
SMI 304
C LIT 270: Perspectives On Film: Introduction

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.

Autumn 2014 AB - 11835 F 10:30-11:20
SMI 102
C LIT 270: Perspectives On Film: Introduction

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.

Autumn 2014 AC - 11836 F 11:30-12:20
RAI 121
C LIT 270: Perspectives On Film: Introduction

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.

Autumn 2014 AD - 11837 F 12:30-13:20
SAV 264
C LIT 270: Perspectives On Film: Introduction

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.

Autumn 2014 AE - 11838 F 12:30-13:20
SMI 102
C LIT 270: Perspectives On Film: Introduction

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.

Autumn 2014 AF - 11839 F 13:30-14:20
SAV 264
C LIT 270: Perspectives On Film: Introduction

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.

Autumn 2014 AG - 11840 F 13:30-14:20
SMI 304

Cinema Studies Core

Course Term Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
C LIT 303: Theory Of Film: Genre
Black Contemporary Cinemas

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.

C Lit 303 - Black Contemporary Cinemas is open to AIS, AES, CHID, ENGL, GWSS, DRAMA students during Period 1 registration along with students in performance studies. No prior film analysis knowledge is necessary.

“Black Contemporary Cinemas” runs 4 days per week with M/W screening and T/R...

VLPA, W
Spring 2014 A - 11716 Tamara Cooper MTWTh 13:30-15:20
SAV 162
C LIT 303: Theory Of Film: Genre
Film Noir

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.

The term film noir was coined in 1946 by a French film critic who, when viewing a number of recently imported American films (The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Laura, and others), described them all as noir or “black,” referring not only to their stylistic features (deep shadows,...

VLPA
Spring 2014 B - 11717 Eric Ames MTWTh 11:30-13:20
THO 101
C LIT 313: History Of Film: 1989-Present

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.

This course provides an introduction to recent developments in Hollywood, US independent, and world cinema. Topics may include the blockbuster, computer-generated imagery and animation, heritage cinema and literary adaptations, post-socialist cinema, new documentaries, low-budget movements like...

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 11718 James Tweedie M W 13:30-15:20
THO 101
C LIT 315: National Cinemas
South Asian Cinema

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.

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 11719 Sudhir Mahadevan M W
MGH
C LIT 301: Theory Of Film: Analysis

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.

VLPA
Summer 2014 A-term A - 10613 Sudhir Mahadevan MTWTh 13:10-15:20
PCAR 290
C LIT 312: History Of Film: 1960 - 1988

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.

VLPA
Summer 2014 A-term A - 10614 Tamara Cooper MTWTh 10:50-13:00
THO 101
C LIT 315: National Cinemas

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.

VLPA
Summer 2014 A-term A - 10615 Cynthia Steele MTWTh 13:10-15:20
THO 101
C LIT 315: National Cinemas

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.

VLPA
Summer 2014 A-term C - 10617 Mazzola, Claudio MT ThF 14:20-16:30
SIG 134
C LIT 315: National Cinemas

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.

VLPA
Summer 2014 B-term B - 10616 Tamara Cooper MTWTh 13:10-15:20
THO 101
C LIT 301: Theory Of Film: Analysis

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11842 Sudhir Mahadevan MTWTh 11:30-13:20
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C LIT 302: Theory Of Film: Critical Concepts

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11843 MTWTh 09:30-11:20
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C LIT 303: Theory Of Film: Genre

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11844 MTWTh 13:30-15:20
MUS 223
C LIT 311: History Of Film: 1930-1959

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11845 Sudhir Mahadevan MTWTh 15:30-17:20
MGH 287
C LIT 315: National Cinemas

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 B - 11847 Mazzola, Claudio M
SIG
C LIT 315: National Cinemas

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 C - 11848 Cynthia Steele T Th 13:30-15:20
MGH 251
C LIT 315: National Cinemas

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 D - 11849 Edward Mack T Th 11:30-13:20
MLR 316

Literature Core

Course Term Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
C LIT 323: Studies In The Literature Of Emerging Nations
Historical Fiction and Post/Colonialism in Southeast Asia and Africa

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.

What is the relationship between history and literature? What is the “nation” and how can its story be told? Who can tell it? The novels, short stories, and films in this course will be drawn from the Philippines, Indonesia, Algeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam in order to discuss how the...

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 11720 William Arighi T Th 11:30-13:20
SMI 205
C LIT 360: Topics In Ancient And Medieval Literature
Love in Troy

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.

From Homer’s Iliad to Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida (and beyond) the siege of Troy has been treated as the result of and the background for a number of love stories.  In the European Middle Ages, the story of Troilus and Cressida, a late invention, came in for particularly interesting...

VLPA, W
Spring 2014 A - 11721 Míċeál Vaughan T Th 09:30-11:20
CDH 139
C LIT 320: Studies In European Literature

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.

VLPA
Summer 2014 A-term B - 10619 MTWTh 09:40-11:50
SMI 205
C LIT 320: Studies In European Literature

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.

VLPA
Summer 2014 B-term A - 10618 Henry Staten MTWTh 12:00-14:10
THO 119
C LIT 320: Studies In European Literature

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 B - 11851 M W F 14:30-15:50
CMU 228
C LIT 320: Studies In European Literature

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 C - 22101 T Th 09:30-11:20
DEN 212

Literature Elective

Course Term Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
C LIT 396: Special Studies In Comparative Literature
The Comics Get Real: Non-Fiction in Graphic Narrative

Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

Traditionally, readers have not seen fit to associate comics with such “serious” genres as autobiography, memoir and war reportage. But in resisting its ghettoization as a mere “children’s medium” and in a bid for cultural/literary legitimacy, comic art over the last 40 years has produced...

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 11722 José Alaniz T Th 13:30-15:20
CMU 120
C LIT 396: Special Studies In Comparative Literature

Offered by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

This course will deal with the major Russian and American novels of Vladimir Nabokov: The Defense (or Luzhin's Defense), Despair, Pnin, and Lolita.

Cross-listed with RUSS 240

All readings and discussions are in English.  No prerequisites.  Optional writing credit.

VLPA
Spring 2014 B - 20330 Diment, Galya M W 12:30-14:20
MOR 220
C LIT 424: The Epic Tradition

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.

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 11723 Levaniouk, Olga T Th 14:30-16:20
LOW 117
C LIT 441: Literature And The Holocaust
Literature And The Holocaust

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.

By examining fiction, poetry, memoirs, diaries, monuments, film, and aspects of popular culture, this course will explore literary responses to the Nazi Holocaust. How has literature imagined and reacted to the persecution of Jews and other marginalized groups – including Gypsies, homosexuals,...

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 11724 Naomi Sokoloff M W 10:30-12:20
SAV 168
C LIT 496: Special Studies In Comparative Literature
Folktales Along the Silk Road

Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty. Content varies.

w/ NEAR E 496/596

The course will introduce folktales from Mongolia, at the eastern end of the Silk Road, and proceeding westwards, we will get acquainted with Uzbek, Tajik, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Turkmen and Turkish folktales.  After discussing the various types of folktales and their...

VLPA
Spring 2014 A - 20756 Cirtautas, Ilse D
Ilse Cirtautas
M W 13:30-14:50
DEN 302
C LIT 410: Studies In Literary History

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11858 Gary Handwerk M W 13:30-15:20
SMI 307

Cinema Studies Elective

Course Term Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
C LIT 497: Special Topics In Cinema Studies
Documentary Cinemas: Struggles for Representation

Varying topics in cinema studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.

“Documentary: Struggles for Representation” runs 4 days per week with M/W screening and T/R lecture. While students are responsible for watching both films each week, they are welcome to locate streaming versions to make viewing easier.  Many of the films are available on either Netflix or Hulu...

VLPA, W
Spring 2014 A - 11729 Tamara Cooper MTWTh 15:30-17:20
MLR 316
C LIT 397: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.

I&S, VLPA
Summer 2014 A-term C - 10621 Tom Colonnese MTWTh 10:20-12:20
SIG 134
C LIT 397: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.

I&S, VLPA
Autumn 2014 B - 11854 Gordana Crnkovic T Th 14:30-16:20
MUE 153
C LIT 397: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

Varying topics relating to film in social contexts. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.

I&S, VLPA
Autumn 2014 C - 11855 Jennifer M. Bean M W
MGH
C LIT 497: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

Varying topics in cinema studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11862 José Alaniz M W 09:30-11:20
DEN 206
C LIT 497: Special Topics In Cinema Studies

Varying topics in cinema studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 B - 11863 MTWTh 11:30-13:20
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Capstone for both Literature and Cinema

Course Term Section / SLN Instructor Meetings
C LIT 400: Introduction To Theory And Criticism

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.

VLPA
Autumn 2014 A - 11856 James Tweedie M W 11:30-13:20
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