Comparative Literature (COM LIT)
COM LIT 191 - Variable Topics in Comparative Literature: On Happiness: Literary History, from Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel
Seminar: Sem 2
Class ID: 152846201
Class Website: https://ccle.ucla.edu/course/view/20W-COMLIT191-2
Open: 7 of 25 Left
0 of 5 Taken
Royce Hall Room 156
Alon Amit, N.
Final Exam Information
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Seminar, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Study and discussion of limited periods and specialized issues and approaches in literary theory, especially in relation to other modes of discourse such as history, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, anthropology. Development of culminating project required. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
Study asks what literature, philosophy, and religion are; and how they are interconnected. How are they connected with happiness and redemption? How did ideas on happiness develop, from ancient Near East to modernity; and how were they presented in literature: Old Testament, classical and medieval authors, and prose and poetry of early American and Israeli pioneers? Study follows concept of happiness from Abraham's blessedness in Old Testament; to classical and Hellenistic Greek eudaimonia (Epictetus' Manual, Plato's Republic); to early and late medieval ecstatic oneness (St. Augustine's Confessions, Rumi's Spiritual Couplets with their 20th-century resonance in writings of Paulo Coelho and Gibran Khalil Gibran); to modern era. Examination of modern transcendentalism (Emerson), conceptions of redemption in naturalism (Rachel Bluwstein Sela, A.D. Gordon, Walt Whitman), and Zionist essayists' views on happiness in Promised Land.
General Education (GE)
This class does not satisfy any GE requirements.
This class does not satisfy the undergraduate Writing II requirement.
This class does not satisfy any College/School diversity requirement.
- COMPARATIVE LITERATURE POLICY FOR ATTENDANCE AND LATE ENROLLMENT IN ALL 2W AND 4W CLASSES:
- The department will cancel your enrollment in any Comparative Literature 2W and 4W class if you do not attend at least one of the first two class meetings.
- After the first week of classes, wait-listed students may enroll in Comparative Literature 2W and 4W classes only with permission to enroll obtained from the instructor.
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