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The WVC English Department

Literature Courses

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English 5A Survey of English Literature

This course provides a survey of English literature from Anglo-Saxon/Beowulf through the 18th century. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 5B Survey of English Literature

This course provides a survey of English literature from the Romantic period and Wordsworth to the present. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 6A World Literature up to 1650

This course surveys literature from around the world produced from the beginnings of oral history up to the year 1650. This course emphasizes literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students analyze and compare texts representing various genres from different cultural regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands. Through this cross-cultural study of literature, students engage in thinking critically about cultural diversity and related issues -- such as global migrations, international power dynamics, and transnational patterns of inequality -- in a world context. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 6B World Literature

This course surveys literature from around the world produced between 1650 and the present. This course emphasizes literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students analyze and compare texts representing various genres from different cultural regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Through this cross- cultural study of literature, students engage in thinking critically about cultural diversity and related issues—such as global migrations, international power dynamics, and transnational patterns of inequality—in a world context. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 7A American Literature

This course surveys major American literary traditions from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 7B American Literature

This course surveys major American literary traditions from the Civil War to the present. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 10 Children's Literature

This course provides a survey of representative samples of the world’s literature written for and about children. Students will examine both the history of this literature and the trends in style, purpose, and subject matter. Folk tales, mythology, fantasy, modern fiction, poetry, biography, and autobiography form the basic categories of study. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 12 African American Literature

This course examines African American literature from the 1700’s to the present with emphasison the development of a significant body of litera- ture by new world Africans in America. Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement for the AA/AS degree. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 13 U.S. Latino/Chicano Literature

This course examines Latino/Chicano Literature in the United States. While focusing on literary styles and prevalent themes, the course will examine the impact of class and race on the Latino/Chicano experience as well as the contribution of Latina/Chicana writers. Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement for the AA/AS degree. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 18 Asian American Literature

This course provides a cross-cultural study of literature from at least four of the following Asian American communities: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indian, other Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders. Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement for the AA/AS degree. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/ No Pass Option.

English 41 Literature and Film

This course will examine cultural, aesthetic, and historical aspects of selected works of literature and film. Each semester, the course content will focus on a different course theme. Students will analyze and compare the technique writers and filmmakers use to explore this theme. They will examine how literature and film differ in narrative technique as well as how formal elements (such as point of view in literature and camera work in film) are used to create an aesthetic statement. Students will use critical theories and methods, such as reader response and reception theory, to compare the treatment of the course theme in the two media. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/ No Pass Option.

English 43 Classical Mythology

An examination of the major myths of our western heritage, and consideration of the subsequent treatment through the centuries of these myths in various literary genres. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/ No Pass Option.

English 44 The Bible as Literature

A literary analysis of the Old and New Testaments and their influence on language and literature. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 46 Contemporary American Multicultural Literature

This course examines contemporary and modern American literature by writers from at least three of the following groups: African American, American Indian, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Latino/Chicano, European American, and Middle Eastern American. Students will examine issues of race, gender, and class as explored through short stories and novels. Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement for the AA/AS degree. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 47 Introduction to Poetry

A study of the elements of poetry through the reading, analysis and discussion of selected poems. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 48 Introduction to Shakespeare

An analysis and discussion of a selection of the author’s major plays and poems, with appropriate attention to Elizabethan backgrounds and dramatic conventions, in order to gain insight into human variety, understanding, and worth as illuminated through an appreciation of Shakespeare’s works. This course does not satisfy the Shakespeare requirement at San Jose State University, but does fulfill general education requirements at West Valley College for the Associate degree. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

English 49 Modern Fiction

Reading and analysis of the modern and contemporary novel and short story; fulfills general education requirement for literature. Recommended preparation: Eng 1A. Transfer: UC, CSU. Pass/No Pass Option.

Many of these courses are offered online.

Check the Schedule of Classes and the website titled eLearning.

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