Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5301. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Possible topics include literature and the other arts, the sociology of literature, literature and psychology, and themes. May be repeated for up to nine credits with a change of topic.

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5302. Introduction to Literary Theory

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical survey of theoretical paradigms or schools of literary theory. Topics may include literary representation, the relationship between literature and society, interpretation and meaning, ideology. Emphasis on the aims of theory, its object, and its status vis a vis other disciplines of the human sciences.

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5304. Studies in Literary History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Periods, movements, and literary relations involving several national literatures. Possible topics include the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Symbolism, and the Avant-Garde.

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5305. Comparative Studies in Romanticism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

West European Romanticism, the Bildungsroman, the quest, stories of the fantastic, and the greater Romantic lyric. Includes works of Goethe, Coleridge, Poe, Hugo and Leopardi.

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5306. Studies in Form and Genre

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Aspects of epic, drama, poetry, or narrative, such as the classical epic, the historical drama, the pastoral poem, or the picaresque novel.

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5308. Marxist Literary Criticism

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction and survey of Marxist texts from Marx and Engels to Gramsci, Lukacs, Frankfurt School theoreticians, and contemporary theorists, feminists, and third-world practitioners.

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5310. Psychoanalysis and Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to the literary and cultural application of psychoanalytic theory to the reading of literary texts; psychoanalytic interpretation from Freud to Lacan and feminist Lacanians.

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5311. Introduction to Semiotics

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical development and fundamentals of semiotics. Classical and structural models. Varying emphasis on a particular theory and its development.

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5313. Theory and Practice of Translation

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5317. Studies in Comparative Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The intersection of ideas concerning urbanization and modernism through the medium of literature, architecture, fine arts, and film.

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5318. Special Studies

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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