English Graduate Courses

200. Approaches to Literary Research. (4) Lecture, four hours. Bibliographical tools of English and American literary scholarship; introduction to descriptive bibliography and basic methods of research. Periods covered vary. S/U or letter grading.

201A. Criticism and Interpretation from Classical Era to Renaissance. (4) Lecture, three hours. Examination of major texts in history of critical theory and interpretation from pre-Socratics to Descartes, including classical literary criticism (Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus), biblical hermeneutics (Bible, Midrash, St. Paul, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas), and medieval and Renaissance theories of interpretation (Dante, Boccaccio, Sidney). S/U or letter grading.

201B. Aesthetics and Criticism from Enlightenment to Decadence. (4) Lecture, three hours. Continuation of course 201A, proceeding from neoclassical and Enlightenment critical theory through Victorian and decadent aesthetic and literary criticism. Readings may include texts by Rousseau, Dryden, Pope, Hume, Kant, Schiller, the Schlegels, Coleridge, Hegel, Schelling, Arnold, Pater, Wilde, and Neitzsche. S/U or letter grading.

201C. Developments and Issues in Modern Critical Thought. (4) Lecture, three hours. Study of major figures and ideas in modern and contemporary critical theory. Readings vary from year to year but may include such figures as Freud, Durkheim, Saussure, Heidegger, Shkolvskii, Benjamin, Adorno, Levi-Strauss, Lacan, Barthes, Derrida, Deleuze, Fanon, Foucault, Irigaray, Lyotard, Bourdieu, and Bhabha. S/U or letter grading.

203. Computers and Literary Research. (4) Lecture, four hours. Prior knowledge in this area not required. Practice in writing and using computer programs for analysis of literary style, content, and authorship. S/U or letter grading.

204. History of Rhetoric. (4) Lecture, four hours. Reading of basic texts in history of rhetoric and selections from standard commentaries. Survey of classical period and medieval-to-modern period in alternate years. S/U or letter grading.

M205A. Study of Oral Tradition: History and Methods. (4) (Same as Scandinavian M271.) Seminar, three hours. Exploration of scholarly and literary attempts to study, define, analyze, promote, and/or appropriate oral traditions, from Homer and ancient Greece to origins of vernacular literatures, European romantic (re)discovery of oral tradition, 20th-century heuristic models of oral composition, and modern-day electronic media and popular verbal genres, such as joking and rapping. S/U or letter grading.

M205B. Collecting Oral Tradition. (4) (Same as Scandinavian M272.) Seminar, three hours. Description and evaluation of various modern approaches to collecting and documenting oral tradition as text, performance, and sociocultural event. Consideration of approaches ranging from written transcription and textualization to audio and video presentation. S/U or letter grading.

M205C. Studies in Oral Traditional Genres. (4) (Same as Scandinavian M273.) Seminar, three hours. Exploration in depth of variety and history of, and scholarship on, particular oral traditional genre (e.g., ballad, song, epic, proverb, riddle, folktale, legend) or set of closely related oral traditional genres. S/U or letter grading.

210. History of English Language. (4) Lecture, four hours. Detailed study of history, characteristics, and changing forms of English language from its origin until about 1900. S/U or letter grading.

211. Old English. (4) Lecture, four hours. Study of Old English grammar, lexicon, phonology, and pronunciation to enable students to read literature silently and aloud. Reading of as much of more interesting Old English prose and poetry as can be read in one term. S/U or letter grading.

212. Middle English. (4) Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 211. Detailed study of linguistic aspects of Middle English and of representative examples of better prose and poetry. S/U or letter grading.

213. Early Modern English. (4) Lecture, four hours. Detailed study of phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary of English between 1450 and 1750. Description and analysis of changes in language in relation to intellectual, political, and social characteristics of period. S/U or letter grading.

214. Modern English. (4) Lecture, four hours. Description and analysis of modern English phonology, grammar, and vocabulary, using theory and techniques of contemporary linguistics. Survey of evolution of American English and account of characteristic phonological and grammatical features of major regional varieties of English around world. S/U or letter grading.

M215. Paleography of Latin and Vernacular Manuscripts, 900 to 1500. (4) (Same as Classics M218, French M210, and History M218.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Introduction to history of Latin and vernacular manuscript book from 900 to 1500 to (1) train students to make informed judgments with regard to place and date of origin, (2) provide training in accurate reading and transcription of later medieval scripts, and (3) examine manuscript book as witness to changing society that produced it. Focus on relationship between Latin manuscripts and vernacular manuscripts with regard to their respective presentation of written texts. S/U or letter grading.

216A-216B. Old Irish. (4) Lecture, four hours. Studies in grammar. Readings in glosses and other texts. Comparative considerations. S/U or letter grading.

217A-217B. Medieval Welsh. (4) Lecture, four hours. Studies in grammar. Readings in Mabinogi and other texts. Comparative considerations. S/U or letter grading.

218. Celtic Linguistics. (4) Lecture, four hours. Survey of salient features of Celtic linguistic stock in its Gaelic and British branches, with reference to position of Celtic within Indo-European languages. S/U or letter grading.

230. Workshop: Creative Writing. (2 to 4) Lecture, two to four hours. Preparation: submission of writing samples in specified genre (poetry, fiction, or drama). May be repeated but may not satisfy more than one of nine courses required for first qualifying examination nor any of five courses required for second qualifying examination. S/U or letter grading.

240. Studies in History of English Language. (4) Lecture, four hours. Individual seminars dealing with any single historical period from Old English period to present or development of one particular linguistic characteristic (phonology, syntax, semantics, dialectology) through various periods. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

241. Studies in Structure of English Language. (4) Lecture, four hours. Topics in various aspects of structure of modern English, especially syntax and semantics. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

242. Language and Literature. (4) 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. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

244. Old and Medieval English Literature. (4) Lecture, four hours. Studies in poetry and prose of Old and medieval English literature; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

245. Chaucer. (4) Lecture, four hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

246. Renaissance Literature. (4) Lecture, four hours. Studies in poetry and prose of Renaissance English literature, exclusive of Shakespeare; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

247. Shakespeare. (4) Lecture, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

248. Earlier 17th-Century Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in poetry and prose of 17th-century English literature up to Restoration; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

249. Milton. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in poetry and prose of John Milton; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

250. Restoration and 18th-Century Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in English poetry and prose, 1660 to 1800; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

251. Romantic Writers. (4) Lecture, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

252. Victorian Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in English poetry and prose of Victorian period; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

253. Contemporary British Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

254. American Literature to 1900. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in Colonial and 19th-century American literature; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

255. Contemporary American Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in contemporary American poetry and prose; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

256. Studies in Drama. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in drama as genre from its beginning to present; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

257. Studies in Poetry. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in various themes and forms of poetry from Old English to present; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

258. Studies in Novel. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in evolution of genre from its beginning to present; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

259. Studies in Criticism. (4) Lecture, three hours. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

260. Studies in Literature and Its Relationship to Arts and Sciences. (4) Lecture, three hours. Studies in interrelationships of literature, arts, and sciences; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

M260A. Topics in Asian American Literature. (4) (Same as Asian American Studies M260.) Seminar, three hours. Graduate seminar that examines and critically evaluates writings of Asian Americans. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

M261. Studies in Chicana/Chicano Literature. (4) (Same as Chicana and Chicano Studies M289.) Seminar, three hours. Intensive research and study of major themes, authors, and issues in Chicana/Chicano literature and culture. Examination of political, aesthetic, economic, and cultural context that emerges in Chicana/Chicano discourse; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

M262. Studies in Afro-American Literature. (4) (Same as African American Studies M200E.) Lecture, four hours. Intensive research and study of major themes, issues, and writers in Afro-American literature. Discussions and research on aesthetic, cultural, and social backgrounds of Afro-American writing. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

263. Celtic Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Preparation: knowledge of one ancient or modern Celtic language. Studies in poetry and prose of early and modern Celtic literatures, chiefly Irish and Welsh; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

264. Studies in Rhetoric. (4) Lecture, three hours. Special topics in classical and modern rhetoric, including substantial practice in rhetorical analysis of literary texts. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

265. Postcolonial Literatures. (4) Seminar, three hours. Study of aesthetic, historical, and social backgrounds to literatures of former British colonies that became independent after 1947. General issues related to way imperialism, colonialism, and postcolonialism have helped to shape and have been shaped by literature in English. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

M266. Cultural World Views of Native America. (4) (Same as American Indian Studies M200B.) Seminar, three hours. Exploration of written literary texts from oral cultures and other expressive cultural forms — dance, art, song, religious and medicinal ritual — in selected Native American societies, as these traditional and tribal contexts have been translated into contemporary literary texts (fiction, poetry, essay, and drama). Survey, from secondary sources, of interdisciplinary methodological approaches taken from literary analysis, structural anthropology, folklore, linguistics, and ethnomusicology. May be repeated for credit with instructor and/or topic change. Letter grading.

M270. Seminar: Literary Theory. (5) (Same as Comparative Literature M294.) Seminar, three hours. Advanced interdisciplinary seminar to explore philosophical, historical, and critical foundations of literary theory as well as current issues in literary and cultural studies. S/U or letter grading.

M298. Interdisciplinary Studies in 17th and 18th Centuries. (4) (Same as History M298.) Discussion, four hours. Topics vary according to participating faculty. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

M299. Interdisciplinary American Studies. (6) (Same as History M299.) Discussion, four hours. Readings, discussion, and papers on common theme, team-taught by faculty members from different departments. Topics vary according to participating faculty. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructors. S/U or letter grading.

375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum. (1 to 4) Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May not be substituted for any departmental enrollment requirements. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

490. Publishing Academic Literary Article. (4) Seminar, four hours. Structured as writing workshop. Determination of what publishable article looks like. Independent revision of student work. Circulation of student papers. Class-wide discussion of writing. S/U grading.

495A. Supervised Teaching Preparation. (4) Seminar, three hours. Required of all applicants for teaching assistantships in English. Introduction to teaching of literature intended to prepare teaching assistants for their first assignments in leading discussion sections. Practical concerns of creating assignments, grading papers, and holding conferences. S/U grading.

495B. Supervised Teaching Preparation. (3) Seminar, two hours. Required of all teaching assistants in their initial quarter of teaching. Mentoring and group teaching assistant/mentor conferences. S/U grading.

501. Cooperative Program. (2 to 8) Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: consent of UCLA graduate adviser and graduate dean, and host campus instructor, department chair, and graduate dean. Used to record enrollment of UCLA students in courses taken under cooperative arrangements with USC. S/U grading.

596. Directed Individual Study. (2 to 4) Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to students preparing for first qualifying examination or engaging in intensive directed research project. May not be applied toward any course requirement for degree. Consult graduate counselor to enroll or obtain information. S/U or letter grading.

597. Preparation for PhD Examinations. (4 to 12) Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to second-stage PhD students preparing for second qualifying examination. S/U grading.

598. MA Research and Thesis Preparation. (4 or 8) Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to graduate students. May not be applied toward any course requirement for degree. S/U grading.

599. PhD Dissertation Research. (4 or 8) Tutorial, to be arranged. Limited to PhD students unable to enroll in seminars in their fields or to students concurrently enrolled in such seminars. (Exception to this rule must be requested by petition.) S/U grading.