AB Literature Required Courses

 

LIT 101     Introduction to Literary Studies
LIT 101 is an introduction to undergraduate literary research and scholarship and basic issues in literary theory and criticism. In research and scholarship the course explores issues such as scholarly resources; methods of literary research; text editing; and library use. In literary theory and criticism, the course explores issues such as “author” (the art of writing, issues of poetics, process of creation, fiction, biography, authority, influence); “text” (orality, textuality, language, form, philosophy, genres, ruptures); “reader” (close reading, the critical engagement, subject position, the politics of reading); “world” (culture, history, contexts); and “literary production” (books, publishing, contests, workshops, literary degrees and departments).
 
LIT 112.1  Classical to Modern Literary Criticism
LIT 112.1 is an introduction to literary criticism and theory from five Western periods: the Classical Age, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, the Romantic Age, and the Modern Age. The course engages and interrogates representative critical texts from each period, and applies them in the analysis of selected literary texts.
 
LIT 112.2  Contemporary Literary Criticism
LIT 112.2 is an introduction to literary criticism and theory from the critical schools of the contemporary period: Russian Formalism, New Criticism, Reader-Response Criticism and Reception Theory, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Marxist Criticism, Feminist Criticism, Queer/Gay and Lesbian Criticism, Structuralism, and Post-Structuralism. The course engages and interrogates representative critical texts from each school, and applies them in the analysis of selected literary and/or cultural texts.
 
LIT 126.1  Western Literature I: The Ancient World to the Renaissance
LIT 126.1 surveys the literature of the Western World produced between the 10th century BC and the late 17th century. The course focuses on the representative poetry, drama, prose fiction, and non-fiction of the Classical Age, the Medieval Age, and the Renaissance.
 
LIT 126.2  Western Literature II: Neoclassicism to the Modern Age
LIT 126.2 surveys the literature of the Euro-American World produced after the Renaissance until the first half of the Modern Age. The course focuses on the representative poetry, drama, prose fiction, and non-fiction of the following literary periods: neoclassicism, romanticism, realism, and modernism.
 
LIT 127.1  Literatures of the Non-Western World I: Classical Literatures
LIT 127.1 surveys the literatures of the Non-Western World produced from antiquity to the 18th century. The course focuses on the ancient classics of China, Japan, the Middle East and India, and other representative texts of Latin-American, African, and Asian literary traditions.
 
LIT 127.2  Literatures of the Non-Western World II: Modern Literatures
LIT 127.2 surveys the literatures of the Non-Western World produced from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century. The course focuses on representative texts of Latin-American, African, and Asian literary traditions. The texts are discussed and problematized alongside categories such as colonialism, third world, nationalism, modernity, resistance, and revolution.
 
LIT 161  Philippine Literature in English
LIT 161 surveys Philippine literature originally written in English from the early 1900s to World War II, and locates it within the study of Philippine literature recorded and written in all the different languages of a people whose many languages include English. The course focuses on the representative poetry, drama, prose fiction, and non-fiction of the period.
 
LIT 198     Senior Paper
LIT 198 is a seminar course that consists of the preparation of the literature undergraduate majors’ Senior Papers. The Senior Paper is an application of the students’ literary study in the investigation of a literary text. During the course, the students determine the subject of their study, compile research, familiarize themselves with the theoretical underpinnings of their work, and blueprint the organization of their Senior Paper. The course is a collaborative work between the students and the Coordinator of the AB Literature Undergraduate Program, mentors, and readers. At the end of the seminar, students present and defend before a panel a Senior Paper Proposal.
 
LIT 199     Seniors Literature Conference
LIT 199 is a seminar course that consists of the drafting, defense, and revision of the Senior Paper, following the approved Senior Paper Proposal. The Senior Paper represents the students’ culminating project of years of undergraduate study of literature and theory, and showcases competent textual analysis, research gathering, and critical writing. The course is a collaborative work between students, the Coordinator of the AB Literature Undergraduate Program, mentors, and readers. Students attend lectures given by the Coordinator (and/or guest lecturers), consult with their mentors/advisers, submit a final version of the paper, and defend it in front a panel, usually consisting of the Coordinator, mentor, and reader/s.