Courses Offered

LIT. 101 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
Students read, interpret and analyze a representative selection of contemporary literary fiction, poetry and drama since WWII using some of the major theoretical approaches to literature. These readings offer not only a greater critical perspective and insight into contemporary history, but an enhanced understanding of ourselves within our own culture. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 111 SHORT STORY (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 105, or equivalent.

Reading, discussing, and writing about a diverse selection of classic and contemporary short fiction. Exploration of a spectrum of voices, styles, formal structures and themes will lead to an understanding and appreciation of stories from different cultures and perspectives. Independent study will encourage in-depth reading of the work of one author. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 113 INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 105, or equivalent.

Reading, discussing and writing about novels, classic and contemporary. The novel form provides in-depth exploration of characters and ideas and the entry into elaborate imaginative and intellectual worlds. Students will experience a variety of voices, writing styles and cultural perspectives while studying the literary techniques employed by novelists. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 116 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LITERATURE (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 105, or equivalent.

A sampling of world literature, from classic to modern. Students will examine how fiction, poetry, essays and plays are used to express both universal and regional concerns and the human struggle common to all of us. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 151 SHAKESPEARE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
Study of representative plays and poems, with an emphasis on Shakespeare’s poetic and dramatic skills and his understanding of human nature. Reading, discussion, critical papers. Students will understand Shakespeare’s role in the development of English language and literature. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 166 WOMEN ON WRITING (.5)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

A total of eight lecture hours.

Exploration of diverse women's experience as portrayed in a variety of genres. Students will read, hear from and discuss women authors who write in such modes as the novel, short story, poetry, drama, film, news reporting and editorial comment, memoir, biography, and historical fiction. Course participants will examine and celebrate women's voices in contemporary writing. Also listed as ENGL 166. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 3 units. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.


LIT. 191 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An overview of the body of world literature deemed appropriate and enriching for children from infancy to adolescence. Designed to impart knowledge about and practice in storytelling techniques, as well as practical experience in presenting age-appropriate literature to children and youth. Theory and practice in discerning literary genres, criteria for selection, and techniques for using classic and contemporary literature with young people. Also listed as ECE. 191. Transfer credit: CSU (C2).


LIT. 201 AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
Study of American Literature from the European conquest of the Americas through the 18th and 19th centuries. Lectures, discussions, reading of primary and secondary works, and writing of critical papers. Transfer credit: CSU (C2).

LIT. 225 MIRRORS OF TODAY: CONTEMPORARY POETRY (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 105, or equivalent.

The poetry of the last quarter of the twentieth century is both a product of and a reaction against our 'postmodern condition.'' This course, by situating major examples of this poetry in the relevant social, intellectual, and critical contexts, clarifies the meaning and methods of contemporary poetry in English. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).


LIT. 251 WOMEN IN LITERATURE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A study of the historical, sociopolitical and cultural concerns of women as these appear in novels, short stories, and poetry. A glimpse into the struggle for self-identity and the forces that interact in the course of this struggle. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).


LIT. 265 ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A survey of Asian American literature will acquaint students with the distinct literary and aesthetic qualities and the personal and cultural concerns of American writers of Asian descent. Authors may include Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Pacific Islanders, Korean Americans, Southeast Asian Americans, and Indian Americans. Material will be presented in a variety of genres. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 266 BLACK LITERATURE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A survey of Black American literature from 1619 to the present. Literature such as autobiographical works, poetry, short stories, drama, folk tales, novellas, and novels will be included to introduce and explore the qualities of Black American writing. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).


LIT. 267 FILIPINO AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A survey of Filipino American writing of the twentieth century will acquaint students with the issues that these American writers of Filipino descent address as they move between different societies. The literature reflects the unique background of shared language and history, as well as the contrasts between the cultures of the Philippines and the United States. Material will be presented in a variety of genres. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).


LIT. 370 READINGS IN LITERATURE OF THE LATINO IN THE UNITED STATES (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or equivalent.
A study of the historical, sociopolitical, and cultural concerns of Latinos in the U.S. as these appear in novels, short stories, and poetry. A glimpse into the struggle for self-identity and the forces that interact in the course of this struggle. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 373 LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 105, or equivalent.

Latin America's innovative literature vividly portrays life and mores of our neighboring countries to the south. This course samples greater- and lesser-known works in translation, revealing important literary trends and themes which have been held in high esteem throughout the world. Material will be presented in a variety of genres. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 416 MODERN EUROPEAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 105, or equivalent.

Historically, and especially today, Europe is a multicultural society with people from all regions of the world. This course may be offered as a survey of European literature or may focus on a specific region. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

LIT. 432 FOLKLORE (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 105, or equivalent.

A lively study of folk tales, legends, beliefs, superstitions, proverbs, mythology, folk life, folk speech, folk songs, lyrics, folk epics, and their influence in the literature and culture that form our heritage. Special attention will be given to folklore of various racial and ethnic groups that mold American society. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (C2).

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