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Comparative Literature (CMLIT)

CMLIT 400Y (US;IL) Senior Seminar in Literary Criticism and Theory (3) Discussions of theories of literature, of literary criticism, and particularly of the distinct methods of comparative study; individual projects.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: seventh-semester standing; 18 credits in literature  

CMLIT 401Y (IL) The Western Literary Heritage I (3) Major literary movements and authors in the literature of the Western world from the beginnings through the early Renaissance.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or history  

CMLIT 402Y (US;IL) The Western Literary Heritage II (3) Major literary movements and authors in the literature of the Western world from the late Renaissance to the present time.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or history  

CMLIT 403 (US) (LTNST 403) Latino/a Literature and Culture (3) Literary and other forms of cultural expression (film, music, art, and theater) are compared across different Latina/o communities.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the humanities or in any LTNST course or 4th-semester proficiency in Spanish  

CMLIT 404 (IL) (ASIA 404) Topics in Asian Literature (3) Selected works from the major poetry, fiction, and drama of such countries as India, China, Japan.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or related field appropriate to this course  

CMLIT 404Y (IL) (ASIA 404Y) Topics in Studies of Asian Literature (3) Selected works from the major poetry, fiction, and drama of such countries as India, China, Japan, taught with focus on written analysis and interpretation.
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or related field appropriate to this course  

CMLIT 405 (US;IL) Inter-American Literature (3) This course examines the development of literature in Canada, the United States, Spanish America, the Caribbean area, and Brazil.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 406 (IL) Women and World Literature (3) Literature written by women, especially women from non-Western cultures; the spectrum of genres in which women writers have excelled.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or in women's studies  

CMLIT 408 (IL) Heroic Literature (3) Traditional heroes, their traits and adventures; typical themes and examples chosen from the epics and sagas of world literature.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or folklore  

CMLIT 410 (IL) Literary Translation: Theory and Practice (3) Emphasizing literary translation, a study of the theoretical and practical problems encountered in the processes of translation, transmission, and interpretation.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 18 credits in a foreign language  

CMLIT 415 (GH;US;IL) World Graphic Novels (3) Critical analyses of form, genre, medium, and discourse of the graphic novel and its historical precedents in an international and comparative context.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 422 (IL) African Drama (3) Traditional and popular drama forms; modern anglophone and francophone drama; nationalism and social criticism in contemporary African drama.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 423 (IL) African Novel (3) From traditional oral narratives to modern autobiograhical, historical, satirical, sociological, and allegorical forms; novelist as social critic.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 424 (IL) (KOR 424, ASIA 424) Transnational Korean Literature (3) Exploration of seminal Korean texts, including poetry, fiction, autobiography, and criticism, from the early twentieth century to the contemporary era.
Effective: Summer 2016
 

CMLIT 425 (IL) (KOR 425, ASIA 425) Global Korean Cinema (3) Exploration of Korean cinema from the early twentieth century to the present, with an emphasis on its global/local dynamics.
Effective: Summer 2016
 

CMLIT 429 (ENGL 429) New Media and Literature (3) New media literary genres; critical discussion of creative works in digital media.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 430 (IL) Global Modernisms (3) A comparative investigation of global Modernisms, with an emphasis on the relations between modernism, modernity, and modernization.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 435 (IL) Cultures of Globalization (3) Cultural and literary effects of the process of globalization, with an emphasis on world literatures and transnationalism.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits of literature  

CMLIT 438 (IL) Fantastic Worlds: International and Comparative Perspectives (3) A comparative, international study of fantastic worlds in literature and visual culture.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 443 (US;IL) Transatlantic Literature (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Comparative literary and cultural relations across the Atlantic Ocean; may include Europe, Africa, the Americas, and/or the Caribbean.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 446 (IL) Postcolonial Literature and Culture (3) Postcolonial literature and theory in a comparative and international context.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the study of literature  

CMLIT 448 (IL) Literary Cultures of Buddhism (3) Comparative exploration of various Buddhist literary cultures, from the classical Indian subcontinent to modern movements like the Beats and dalit writing.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 449 (IL) Literary Cultures of Islam (3) Comparative discussion of the literary cultures of Islam from the seventh century to the present.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the study of literature  

CMLIT 453 (IL) (COMM 453) Narrative Theory: Film and Literature (3) Comparative study of the aesthetics and techniques of film and literature; close analyses of masters of each art form.
Effective: Fall 2006
Prerequisite: COMM 150 or 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 455 (IL) Ethics, Justice, and Rights in World Literature (3) Concepts of ethics, justice, and rights, appearing in world literature and/or film.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in the study of literature  

CMLIT 459 Topics in Theory (3) Selected topics in this history of theory and literary criticism within a global, comparative context.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 470 (IL) The Modern Novel (3) Major novels of Joyce, Proust, Kafka, Thomas Mann, Nabokov, and others; their contributions to the art of the novel.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 471 (IL) Poetry and Poetics (3) Theoretical and practical concepts in the comparative, global history of poetry and/or poetics.
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 480 (IL) The International Folktale (3) Traditional tales from various parts of the world: their origin, characteristics, forms; their transmission as oral narrative and written literature.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or folklore  

CMLIT 486 (IL) Tragedy (3) Development of tragic drama and its relationship to social background and philosophical theory.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 487 (IL) Comedy (3) Development of comic drama and its relationship to social background and philosophical theory.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

CMLIT 488 (IL) (ENGL 488) Modern Continental Drama (3) From Ibsen to the drama of today: Strindberg, Chekhov, Hauptmann, Pirandello, Ionesco, Beckett, Genet, and others.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030  

CMLIT 489 (IL) Contemporary World Fiction (3) A survey of developments in contemporary world fiction in translation.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature  

CMLIT 490 (GAME 460) Video Game Lit Studies (3) A comparative look at the nature and history of video games as cultural artifacts, from Pond to online role-playing.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: GAME 160, GAME 140 or 3 credits in literature   Concurrent: GAME 160 or GAME 140 if desired

CMLIT 491 (IL) Literary Adaptation: International and Comparative Perspectives (3) A comparative, international study of adapations between literature and other media (film, theater, photography, music).
Effective: Summer 2010
Prerequisite: 3 credits in literature or other fields relevant to this course  

CMLIT 494 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 494H Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

CMLIT 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 498 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 499 (IL) Foreign Study--Comparative Literature (3-6) Advanced courses offered on comparative literary topics as part of a foreign-study program.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: 18 credits or equivalent in the appropriate foreign language; 6 credits in literature or related field appropriate to this course  

CMLIT 501 Comparative Method in Literary Studies (1-6 per semester/maximum of 6) Bibliography, research methods, and studies in comparative literature.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

CMLIT 502 Comparative Criticism I: Classical to Neoclassical (1-3 per semester/maximum of 3) Issues in literary criticism from Plato and Aristotle to the mid-eighteenth century.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

CMLIT 503 Comparative Criticism II: Romantic to Contemporary (1-3 per semester/maximum of 3) Principles and theories of literary criticism from eighteenth- and nineteenth- century beginnings to twentieth-century expansion and application.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

CMLIT 504 Studies in Literary Genres (3-6) The concept of genre and the evolution of genre theory; application to a specific genre, e.g., the lyric or the novel.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 505 Studies in Literary Periods and Movements (3-6) Comparative approaches to cohesive units within literary history, e.g., the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Surrealism.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 506 Studies in Literary Themes and Motifs (3-6) Comparative approaches to recurrent literary themes and motifs; application to a specific example, e.g., literary Utopias or the Faust theme.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 507 Comparative Poetics (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Theoretical and practical concepts in the comparative, global history of poetry and/or poetics.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

CMLIT 508 Global Visual Culture (3-6 per semester/maximum of 6) Comparative study of transnational forms of visual cultural production; e.g. new media, cinema, television, public culture.
Effective: Fall 2011
 

CMLIT 509 Comparative Modernisms (3-6 per semester/maximum of 6) Aesthetic and historical development of Modernism in diverse cultures.
Effective: Fall 2011
 

CMLIT 510 Theory and Practice of Translation (3) Theories of translation and interpretation; importance of translation in literary transmission; application of theoretical concepts to individual translation projects.
Effective: Summer 1995
Prerequisite: 24 credits in a foreign language  

CMLIT 521 Comparative Seminar in Inter-American Literatures (1-12) Comparative topics presenting literary works of the Americas--North America, South America, and the Caribbean--from early to present times.
Effective: Summer 2000
 

CMLIT 522 Comparative Seminar in Asian Literatures (1-12) Comparative topics presenting literary works of Asia, from the origins of literature in Asia to the present time.
Effective: Summer 2000
 

CMLIT 523 Comparative Seminar in African Literatures (1-12) Comparative topics presenting literary works of Africa, from the origins of literature in Africa to the present time.
Effective: Summer 2000
 

CMLIT 543 Literary Relations (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Mutual influences among specific literatures and cultures; for example, German-American, French-American, Inter-American, or East-West literary relations.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 570 Forces in Contemporary Literature (3-6) Intellectual currents and experimental forms in contemporary world literature.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 577 (ASIA 577) Critical Perspectives on Modern Chinese Literature (3) This course provides students with an overview of the core texts and main critical paradigms of modern Chinese literary studies.
Effective: Spring 2016
 

CMLIT 580 Contemporary Literary Theory (3) Major issues in contemporary literary theory and their significance for criticism, with emphasis on continental European theorists and their influence.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 589 (FR 589, GER 589, SPAN 589) Technology in Foreign Language Education: An Overview (3) Approaches to the uses and research applications of multimedia and other educational technologies applied to the teaching of foreign languages. (also crosslisted with APLNG 589)
Effective: Spring 2004
 

CMLIT 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars which consist of a series of lectures by faculty, students or outside speakers.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special inerest subject which may be offered infrequently.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 599 (IL) Foreign Study--Comparative Literature (1-12) Graduate-level courses offered on comparative literary topics as part of a foreign-study experience approved by the program head.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: 24 credits in the appropriate foreign language(s); 18 credits in literature or relevant related fields  

CMLIT 600 Thesis Research (1-15) No description.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 601 Ph.D. Dissertation Full Time (0) No description.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 602 Supervised Experience in College Teaching (1-3 per semester, maximum of 6) Supervision of teaching; consideration of insturctional aims and objectives, methods of lecturing and leading discussions, evaluation of student work.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 603 Foreign Academic Experience (1-12) Foreign study and/or research constituting progress toward the degree at a foreign university.
Effective: Spring 2000
 

CMLIT 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

CMLIT 611 PH.D. Dissertation Part-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

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