COM LIT 2CW

Survey of Literature: Age of Enlightenment to 20th Century

Description: Lecture, two hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 1C or 4CW. Study of selected texts from Age of Enlightenment to 20th century, with emphasis on literary analysis and expository writing. Texts may include works by authors such as Swift, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Goethe, Flaubert, Ibsen, Strindberg, M. Shelley, Dostoevsky, Kafka, James Joyce, Garcia Marquez, and Jamaica Kincaid. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

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Fall 2021 - For starters, I have to put in the disclaimer that I am a north campus major, so that is the perspective I am writing from. With that being said, I would look at other Writing 2 Classes if you're a south campus major. It's by no means a bad class, it's just probably not as easy other classes that meet the requirement. Professor Komar herself is one of the better lecturers I've had at UCLA. Her lectures were meaningful, insightful, and light-hearted at times. As a person Komar came across as very wholesome, and it really helped balance the complex nature of the subject matter at times. She often encouraged student discussion, and really tried to make the learning environment inclusive for everyone. Nonetheless, the structure of the class just creates a heavy workload some weeks. We covered about eight books in ten weeks, although most books weren't that long. The five essays and one presentation added onto that make it one of the more fast-paced courses you can take, which again makes this course one I wouldn't recommend to south campus majors unless you're an avid reader. With that being said, most of your grade relies on your TA. Therefore I strongly suggest to figure out what the TA considers to be a good paper early on in the course. Discussion sections are almost mandatory, as much of the actual writing process and material about the essay is covered here rather than in lecture. Student collaboration was emphasized in my section, which made the weekly discussions oddly enjoyable at times. Lectures were on Zoom, but weren't really necessary. You could complete this course in good standing without going to a single lecture, but they do help in giving you ideas for the paper. The best part of the class were probably the books Komar assigned, which were all mostly interesting and engaging. I would almost recommend this course solely on the assigned novels. Komar does a very good job making them relevant to the world today, and having you appreciate each work on its own merit. This class would work really well in a semester period, but in a quarter system it just becomes a very rigorous course. The influence of the TAs on your overall grade also make it somewhat of a riskier course, especially if you end up with a stricter one. All in all it makes for a somewhat tough course, but one well designed to improve your writing abilities and your own personal perspectives as well.
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