Literature - Pepperdine University - Seaver College

Literature

Literature is an expression of the human experience and gives valuable insight into not only our own modern society, but also cultures and historical periods other than our own. In this requirement, students will be trained to understand and appreciate literature as an expressive medium and use their skills to analyze, explain, and compare interpretations of written works. The reading, writing, discussion, and presentations that occur in courses fulfilling this requirement will help students hone their critical thinking skills and foster the exchange of new ideas.

Courses fulfilling the literature requirement:

ASIA 345 Modern Chinese Literature (4)

A survey of Chinese literature, in English translation, from the nineteenth century to the present. Students will read from the major works of modern literature, including from such genres as short stories, drama, and novels. The course will seek to understand these works in their cultural and social context, and will especially focus on how different authors contribute to the development of a modern Chinese identity. 

ASIA 370 Modern Japanese Literature (4)

This course explores both the institution of modern Japanese literature (the creation of a standardized, national language; experimentation with Western genres) and its theoretical implications for the development of literary forms to broader issues regarding modernization, such as the forming of a national culture, urbanization, twentieth-century militarism, and postwar democracy. Writers include Soseki, Mishima, Oe, and Tanizaki.

ENG 315 Literary Study (4)

Introduces students to interpretive reading, writing, and research skills necessary for the study of literature by focusing on some or all of the literary genres--the short story, poetry, drama, and the novel. Close reading skills and the development of a literary vocabulary are emphasized in order to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of literature. Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 325 British Literature (4)

Emphasizes the distinctive character of the British literary imagination through a study of major British writers and their work. Places these works in their historical contexts and identifies literary styles and genres characteristic of the periods studied. Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 326 American Literature (4)

Emphasizes the distinctive character of the American literary imagination through a study of major American writers and their work. Prerequisite: ENG 101

ENG 370 World Literature (4)

Examines literary texts from one or more non-British, non-American cultures. The course may focus on any genre, nationality or ethnicity, or time period, such as the Russian Novel, Modern European Poetry, or Literature of the Caribbean. Topics vary. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent.

ENG 380 Topics in Literature (4)

Examines a given topic in literary studies. The course may be focused on a theme, a movement, a historical period, or a genre. Topics vary. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent.

FRE 346 French Literature I (4)

A survey of French literature from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: FRE 252 or equivalent competency.

FRE 348 French Literature II (4)

A survey of French literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: FRE 252 or equivalent competency.

FRE 355 Contemporary French Literature (4)

A study of literary movements in the twentieth century, including surrealism, existentialism, and the new novel. Prerequisite: FRE 252 or equivalent competency.

FRE 356 Major French Authors (4)

A study of major representative figures in French literature including Pascal, Moliere, Rousseau, Balzac, Zola, and Sartre. Prerequisite: FRE 252 or equivalent competency.

ITAL 451 Contemporary Italian Literature (4)

A general introduction to twentieth-century Italian literature with an emphasis on contemporary theatre, poetry, and the narrative. Prerequisite: ITAL 252 or equivalent competency.

SPAN 449 Literature of Spanish America I (4)

A survey of Spanish-American literature from its beginning to 1880. Prerequisites: Two courses from the SPAN 300, SPAN 341, and SPAN 345 sequence.

SPAN 451 Literature of Spanish America II 

A survey of Spanish-American literature from 1880 to present. Prerequisites: Two courses from the SPAN 300, SPAN 341, and SPAN 345 sequence.

SPAN 453 Spanish Literature I (4)

A survey of Spanish literature from its beginning to 1700. Prerequisites: Two courses from the SPAN 300, SPAN 341, and SPAN 345 sequence.

SPAN 455 Spanish Literature II (4)

A survey of Spanish literature from 1700 to present. Prerequisites: Two courses from the SPAN 300, SPAN 341, and SPAN 345 sequence.