Graduate Courses

The UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies offers a variety of graduate courses. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Registrar’s Website for language courses. For a complete listing and description of department courses visit the UCLA General Catalog.

Below is a list of graduate courses taught under the ELTS banner. Students are encouraged to privilege these courses (200-level) as they make their course selections.  

In certain cases, graduate students may enroll in upper-division undergraduate courses for graduate credit. The list of undergraduate courses offered in ELTS Spring 2022 can be found here: Before you make a final decision about an undergraduate course (100-level), consult Professor Brozgal and the instructor of record.

Fall 2022

ELTS 200: Graduate Proseminar

Instructor: Todd Presner

Structured around ten key concepts that transcend national borders and languages, the purpose of this proseminar is to introduce graduate students to a range of methodologies, theories, and ideas for literary and cultural studies. After starting with an introduction to the approach (keywords and conceptual history), we will discuss one key concept each week. Students will engage with a range of primary and secondary sources as well as bring literary texts from their own fields of study to supplement class discussions and assignments. The goal of the seminar is to develop a foundation for a shared language and approach to literary and cultural studies in ELTS. Taught in English.

French 219: Romanticism or Realism?

Instructor: Laure Murat

Known as two major artistic movements of the nineteenth century, Romanticism and Realism are supposed to be opposite philosophies of representing the world. After carefully defining what is at stake in the « battle of romanticism » and the « battle of realism », conceptually and historically, we’ll try to understand both movements as actually intertwined problematics. But how and why? Through major texts of French nineteenth-century literature, including Sand, Musset, Balzac, and Flaubert, we’ll analyze what we could call a queer couple of Romanticism and Realism. Taught in French.

Italian 216A: Studies in the Italian Renaissance

Instructor: Massimo Ciavolella

This course considers the idea of Humanism and Renaissance in Italy from the prism of literature, the visual arts, medicine, and political and social life. We will start with the 1347-48 black plague and the epochal changes that came about in the aftermath of this deadly catastrophe, and follow the “rebirth” of the peninsula through to the second half of the sixteenth century. Taught in English.