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For the most up-to-date information on enrollment, meeting times, and locations, please consult the UW Time Schedule. Keep in mind that future course listings are tentative and subject to change.

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

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

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...

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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

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...

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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...

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Spring 2014 A - 11721 Míċeál Vaughan T Th 09:30-11:20
CDH 139

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

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...

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Spring 2014 A - 11729 Tamara Cooper MTWTh 15:30-17:20
MLR 316