Graduate Courses

Spring 2019

ARABIC 250 – Seminar: Premodern Arabic Literature
Seminar: Sem 1
Units: 4
Instructor: Cooperson, M.D.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Readings in Arabic texts from variety of periods and genres, along with appropriate secondary literature. Topics include pre-Islamic poetry and oratory, Qur’an, Umayyad and Abbasid poetry and literary prose, Hadith and Fiqh, historiography, biography, geography, medicine, mathematics, theology, asceticism, and mysticism. May be repeated for maximum of 24 units. S/U or letter grading.

ARMENIA 231B – Intermediate Classical Armenian
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Cowe, P.S.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 230C. Intensive review of grammar and reading of select prose and poetic texts. May be taken independently for credit. Letter grading.

ART HIS C226 – Selected Topics in Early Modern Art: Making Worlds: Art, Materiality, and Early Modern Globalization
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Wilson, B.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Variable topics in early modern art that reflect interests of individual regular and/or visiting faculty members. May be repeated twice for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C126. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: Explanatory narratives of colonialism, empire building, and religious conversion–of center, periphery, and globalization–have been under revision in recent years, in order to nuance understanding of what were immensely complex and multifaceted phenomena. Study shifts focus, from governing regimes and institutions to ways in which creative forms and practices were intertwined in dynamics of materiality and early modern globalism. Analysis directed toward flow of materials, artifacts, and motifs across borders and bodies of water.

CLASSIC 250 – Topics in Greek and Roman Culture and Literature
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor: Beckmann, S.E.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Interdisciplinary study on topics of ancient Greek and Roman culture and/or literature. May be repeated for credit with topic change. S/U or letter grading.
Units: 2/4 alternate

ENGL 184 – Capstone Seminar: English: Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Longer Poems, and Their Tudor Contexts
Units: 5
Instructor: Braunmuller, A.R.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Requisites: courses 10A, 10B, and 10C, or 11 and 87, and completion of at least four upper-division courses required for major. Limited to senior English or American Literature and Culture majors. Students use knowledge from prior coursework to address current topics in discipline and work with faculty members on focused topic of research. Culminating paper or project and class presentation required. May be repeated once for credit with topic or instructor change. Letter grading.
Class Description: Consideration of Shakespeare’s sonnets and his two narrative poems, Venus and Adonis and Rape of Lucrece, alongside sonnets and narratives by Daniel, Drayton, Sidney, Spenser, Surrey, Wyatt, and others; and forms in which those poems were published and consumed. Some literary, book, and publishing history, all in one package. Students present at least one secondary text on relevant subject, and write 15- to 20-page paper making use of appropriate secondary criticism. Essential preparation: familiarity with early modern English.

ENGL 242 – Language and Literature
Units: 4
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor: Thomas, A.
Course Description: Lecture, four hours. Application of linguistics to literary analysis. Individual seminars dealing with one historical period (medieval and Renaissance, neoclassical, or 19th century and modern), specific authors, or contributions of specific groups of linguists to literary analysis. S/U or letter grading.

HIST 200C – Advanced Historiography: Medieval
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor: Goldberg, J.L.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. May be repeated for credit. Units: 4

HIST C201W – Topics in History: World: Readings in Atlantic History
Seminar: Sem 1
Units: 4
Instructor: Pestana, C.G.
Course Description: (Formerly numbered 201W.) Seminar, three hours. Designed for graduate students. Reading and discussion of selected topics. May be repeated for credit. May be concurrently scheduled with course C191O. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: Review of Atlantic history field and best of recent scholarship produced within it. Students write short response papers to individual readings, lead discussion on groups of readings, and produce final paper on field’s strengths and weaknesses. Students may have option to link study with follow-up research paper.

ISLM ST 291A – Variable Topics in Islamic Studies
Seminar: Sem 2
Instructor: Yarbrough, L.B.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Selected topics on Islam. May be repeated for credit with topic change. S/U or letter grading. Units: 4

ITALIAN 298 – Variable Topics in Italian Studies
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor: Moudarres, A.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Seminar focusing on themes and issues outside the uniquely Italian literature topics covered in regular departmental graduate courses.

RUSSN 204 – Introduction to History of Russian Literary Language
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): Pilshchikov, I.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Requisites: course 220A, Slavic 201. Required for MA (linguistics) and PhD (literature). Evolution of literary Russian from 11th to 20th century. Analysis of texts. S/U or letter grading.

SPAN 225 – Drama of the Golden Age
Lecture: Lec 1
Units: 4
Instructor(s): The Staff
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Readings of and lectures on the comedia.