Romance Languages and Literatures

Courses

20th-Century French Poets in Translation

Rosanna Warren
Level: Grad
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 36003
SCTH 36003, CMLT 36003

An examination of four poets who shaped the possibilities of the art in the 20th century: Apollinaire, Max Jacob, René Char, and Francis Ponge. We will read the poems in translation with reference to the French originals. Open to undergraduates.

Accelerated Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Summer
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 13120

This course helps students gain intermediate skills in spoken and written Portuguese quickly by building on their prior knowledge of another Romance language (Spanish, French, or Italian). By relying on the many similarities with other Romance languages, students can focus on mastering the different aspects of Portuguese, allowing them to make very quick progress and to develop their abilities for further study at the advanced level or for professional purposes.

All enrolled students will conclude the program by participating in an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview. Each student will then receive an independent, certified rating of speaking ability to document the student's speaking abilities.

This course provides 140 contact hours and participants may be eligible to receive a FLAS grant from their home institution or from UChicago to support their study. The SLI accepts the FLAS award as full tuition for summer Portuguese. PQ: At least one year of recent college-level study of Spanish, French, or Italian.

Advanced Portuguese

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 20200

This course helps students develop their descriptive and narrative skills through exposure to written and oral documents (e.g., literary texts, interviews). Students are taught the grammatical and lexical tools necessary to understand these documents, as well as to produce their own analysis and commentaries. PQ: PORT 20100 or consent.

Antropofagia, Transculturación, Heterogeneidad

Victoria Saramago
Level: Grad
Spring
2018-19
Portuguese, Spanish Literature
SPAN 33400
PORT 33400, LACS 33400

This course examines three key concepts in 20th-Century Latin American literary and cultural studies that deal with cultural exchanges in situations of sociocultural asymmetry. The study of each concept combines: 1) the major works in which these concepts were coined and/or developed, 2) fictional works that have inspired or been inspired by them, and 3) their presence and resonances in subsequent debates. This comparative history may include works by Tarsila do Amaral, Mário de Andrade, Oswald de Andrade, José María Arguedas, Beatriz Azevedo, Haroldo de Campos, Antonio Cornejo Polar, Néstor García Canclini, Mabel Moraña, Alberto Moreiras, Fernando Ortiz, Mary Louise Pratt, Ángel Rama, Juan Rulfo, and others. PQ: Taught in Spanish; reading knowledge of Portuguese recommended.

Autobiographies Maghrébines: de l'Ecriture de Soi à l'Ecriture de l'Histoire.

Khalid Lyamlahy
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 27400

Dès sa naissance, la littérature maghrébine d'expression française s'est distinguée par son ancrage dans le contexte historique, politique et socio-culturel des trois pays du Maghreb que sont le Maroc, l'Algérie et la Tunisie. Souvent, l'écriture de soi a donné lieu à une (ré)écriture de l'Histoire, mettant l'individuel et le collectif en dialogue permanent. L'autobiographie, par exemple, devient le champ d'une exploration simultanée des identités individuelle et collective, le lieu d'un témoignage littéraire autour de l'expérience coloniale et de ses conséquences, ou encore de la confrontation entre le poids persistant de la tradition et le désir de liberté et de changement. En se racontant, l'écrivain maghrébin restitue les tensions qui hantent l'espace et la mémoire partagés tout en proposant des voies de reconstruction à travers la révolte, le désir, et le travail de la langue. En s'appuyant sur un corpus d'œuvres marquantes de la littérature maghrébine d'expression française (Albert Memmi, Driss Chraïbi, Kateb Yacine, Assia Djebar, Fatima Mernissi, Abdellatif Laâbi), ce séminaire sera consacré essentiellement à la question du rapport entre écriture personnelle et écriture de l'Histoire dans un contexte maghrébin. On s'interrogera en particulier sur les stratégies narratives et les outils esthétiques mis en œuvre par les auteurs maghrébins pour représenter, affronter ou déconstruire une réalité d'ordre historique, politique ou socio-culturel. PQ: FREN 20500 or 20503. Taught in French.

BA Paper Preparation: French

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 29900

In consultation with a faculty member, students must devote the equivalent of a one-quarter course to the preparation of a BA project. PQ: Consent of undergraduate adviser. Students seeking honors may count this course towards their course requirements. Must be taken for a quality grade.

BA Paper Preparation: Italian

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 29900

In consultation with a faculty member, students must devote the equivalent of a one-quarter course to the preparation of a BA project. PQ: Consent of undergraduate adviser. Students seeking honors may count this course towards their course requirements. Must be taken for a quality grade.

BA Paper Preparation: Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 29900

In consultation with a faculty member, students must devote the equivalent of a one-quarter course to the preparation of a BA project. PQ: Consent of undergraduate adviser. Students seeking honors may count this course towards their course requirements. Must be taken for a quality grade.

Baudelaire et Flaubert: la vie littéraire en l’an 1857

Daniel Desormeaux
Level: Both
Autumn
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 23660/33660
FNDL 23660

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) and Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880): two young men from wealthy families, two opponents of bourgeois education, two aborted social callings, two terminal illnesses, two resounding failures before literary institutions, two adventures in love, two satanic fascinations, two notorious literary trials, two conceptions of the craft of writing, two approaches to realism, two criticisms of romantic art, two models of poetic inspiration, two aesthetics of language, two cults of Beauty, all for one and a unique literature. This seminar will be devoted to the literary life of two writers whose canon for more than a century has occupied a central place of importance in contemporary literary criticism. It will be our task to place their work in perspective within the context of the rise of modernism, which is to say, the new status of literature as of the year 1857. We shall endeavor, thus, to discern the authenticity of the creative relationship of each artist with himself and subsequently with others. The point will be to foreground three fundamental principles that will aid in grasping the evolution of the literary world under the Second Empire and under the Third Republic: literary history, writing and the elevation of the writer (Bénichou). Our work will be based on three or four texts by Baudelaire and Flaubert, it being understood that additional works of criticism will illuminate the discussion of these texts. PQ: FREN 20500 or 20503. Taught in French. Discussions in both French and English

Beginning Elementary French I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Language
FREN 10100

This course is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of French and for those who need an in-depth review of the very basic patterns of the language.

Beginning Elementary French II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Language
FREN 10200

This course offers a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands on the material presented in FREN 10100. PQ: FREN 10100 or placement.

Beginning Elementary French III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Language
FREN 10300

This course expands on the material presented in FREN 10200, reviewing and elaborating the basic patterns of the language. PQ: FREN 10200 or placement.

Beginning Elementary Italian I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Italian Language
ITAL 10100

This course is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Italian and for those who need an in-depth review of the basic patterns of the language.

Beginning Elementary Italian II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Italian Language
ITAL 10200

This course offer a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands on the material presented in ITAL 10100. PQ: ITAL 10100 or placement.

Beginning Elementary Italian III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Italian Language
ITAL 10300

This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Italian. Students learn ways to apply their skills in another Romance language to Italian by concentrating on the similarities and differences between languages. PQ: ITAL 10200 or placement.

Beginning Elementary Portuguese I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 10100

This course is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Portuguese and for students who need an in-depth review of the basic patterns of the language.

Beginning Elementary Portuguese II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 10200

This course is a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands on the material presented in PORT 10100. PQ: PORT 10100 or placement.

Beginning Elementary Portuguese III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 10300

This course expands on the material presented in PORT 10200, reviewing and elaborating the basic patterns of the language. PQ: PORT 10200 or placement.

Beginning Elementary Spanish I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 10100

This course is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish, and for those who need an in-depth review of the basic patterns of the language.

Beginning Elementary Spanish II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 10200

This course offers a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands on the material presented in SPAN 10100. PQ: SPAN 10100 or placement.

Beginning Elementary Spanish III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 10300

This course expands on the material presented in SPAN 10200, reviewing and elaborating the basic patterns of the language as needed to prepare students for the Spanish competency examination. PQ: SPAN 10200 or placement.

Caribbean Fiction: Self-understanding and Exoticism

Daniel Desormeaux
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 23500/33500
CMLT 21801/31801, LACS 23500/33500, CRES 23500/33500

The Caribbean is often described as enigmatic, uncommon, and supernatural. While foreigners assume that the Caribbean is exotic, this course will explore this assumption from a Caribbean perspective. We will examine the links between Caribbean and Old World imagination, the relationship between exoticism and Caribbean notions of superstition, and the way in which the Caribbean fictional universe derives from a variety of cultural myths. PQ: FREN 20500 or 20503. Taught in English. A weekly session in French will be held for majors/minors and graduate students in French and Comparative Literature.

Catalan Culture and Society: Art, music and cinema

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Spanish, Catalan Literature
CATA 21600
SPAN 21610

This course provides an interdisciplinary survey of contemporary Catalonia. We study a wide range of its cultural manifestations (architecture, paintings, music, arts of the body, literature, cinema, gastronomy). Attention is also paid to some sociolinguistic issues, such as the coexistence of Catalan and Spanish, and the standardization of Catalan. Taught in English.

Catalan for Speakers of Romance Languages I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Spring
2018-19
Catalan Language
CATA 12200

This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Catalan. In this intermediate-level course, students learn ways to apply their skills in another Romance language to mastering Catalan by concentrating on the similarities and differences between the two languages. PQ: Familiarity with a Romance language.

Catalan for Speakers of Romance Languages II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Catalan Language
CATA 12300

This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Catalan. In this intermediate-level course, students learn ways to apply their skills in another Romance language to mastering Catalan by concentrating on the similarities and differences between the two languages. This course offers a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands on the material presented in CATA 12200. PQ: CATA 11100, CATA 12200 or consent of instructor.

Composición y conversación avanzada I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20400

This course targets the development of advanced writing skills and oral proficiency in Spanish through the study of a wide variety of contemporary journalistic texts and unscripted recordings. Students will review problematic grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates, using the authentic readings and listening segments as linguistic models on which to base their own production. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

Composición y conversación avanzada II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20500

This course, the second segment of two in the third-year language sequence, continues the development of advanced writing skills and oral proficiency in Spanish through the study of a wide variety of contemporary journalistic texts and unscripted recordings. Students will review problematic grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates, using the authentic readings and listening segments as linguistic models on which to base their own production. PQ: SPAN 20400 or consent of instructor.

Contemporary Catalan Literature

Staff
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
Spanish, Catalan Literature
CATA 21900/31900
SPAN 21910/31910

This course provides a survey of major authors, works, and trends in Catalan literature from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. We study works representing various literary genres (novel, poetry, short story) and analyze the most important cultural debates of the period.

Corso di perfezionamento

Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Italian Language
ITAL 20400

This course helps students achieve a very high level of composition and style through the acquisition of numerous writing techniques. Using a variety of literary and nonliterary texts as models, students examine the linguistic structure and organization of several types of written Italian discourse. This course is also intended to help students attain high levels in reading, speaking, and listening through readings and debates on various issues of relevance in contemporary Italian society. PQ: ITAL 20300, placement, or consent.

Curso de Aperfeiçoamento

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 21500

This course helps students develop their skills in understanding, summarizing, and producing written and spoken arguments in Portuguese through readings and debates on various issues of relevance in contemporary Luso-Brazilian societies. Special consideration is given to the major differences between continental and Brazilian Portuguese. In addition to reading, analyzing, and commenting on advanced texts (both literary and nonliterary), students practice and extend their writing skills in a series of compositions. PQ: PORT 20200 or consent.

Curso de redacción académica para hablantes nativos

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20402

This advanced language course helps students achieve mastery of composition and style through the acquisition of numerous writing techniques. A wide variety of literary and non-literary texts are read. Through writing a number of essays and participating in class discussions, students are guided in the examination of linguistic structures and organization of several types of written Spanish discourse. This course also enhances awareness of the cultural diversity within the contemporary Spanish-speaking world and its historical roots. PQ: SPAN 20302 or placement. Open only to native and heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Dante's Divine Comedy 3: Paradiso

Justin Steinberg
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 22101/32101
FNDL 21804, REMS 32101

An in-depth study of the third cantica of Dante's masterpiece, considered the most difficult but in many ways also the most innovative. Read alongside his scientific treatise the Convivio and his political manifesto the Monarchia. Completion of the previous courses in the sequence not required, but students should familiarize themselves with the Inferno and the Purgatorio before the first day of class. Taught in English. PQ: Completion of the previous courses in the sequence not required, but students should familiarize themselves with the Inferno and the Purgatorio before the first day of class.

De capa y espada: Martial Arts Culture in the Spanish Golden Age

Manuel Olmedo
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 22218

In this course we will study the surprising interconnections between literature and Hispanic martial arts in the early modern period (16th and 17th centuries). The course is divided in three units. In Unit 1, we will discuss general issues regarding the practice of fencing and other early modern martial arts, as well as its social and ideological implications. In Unit 2 we will examine the theme of arms and letters by analyzing two philosophical fencing treatises by Jerónimo Carranza and Luis Pacheco—two of the most famous swordsmen in early modern Europe—. We will read this masters in the light of the most renowned literary authors of the moment, from Garcilaso de la Vega in the 16th century to Miguel de Cervantes and Francisco de Quevedo in the 17th century. In Unit 3, we will study the importance of fencing in the cultural (re)construction of concepts such as honor, race, gender, and other social issues. To this end, we will explore the narrative production of Maria de Zayas—a pioneer of literary feminism—and two plays by Lope de Vega and Andrés Claramonte. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish.

Discurso académico para hablantes nativos

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20602

This seminar/practicum focuses on developing vocabulary and discourse styles for academic verbal communication. This goal is achieved through exposure to taped formal and informal interviews and public debate in the media. Most important, however, is active class participation. Through a number of class presentations, students put into practice a variety of discourse styles (e.g., debates, lectures, seminars, interviews). PQ: SPAN 20302 or placement. Open only to native and heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Don Quixote

Frederick de Armas, Thomas Pavel
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 24202/34202
CMLT 28101/38101, SCTH 38250, REMS 34202

The course will provide a close reading of Cervantes' Don Quixote and discuss its links with Renaissance art and Early Modern narrative genres. On the one hand, Don Quixote can be viewed in terms of prose fiction, from the ancient Greek romances to the medieval books of knights errant and the Renaissance pastoral novels. On the other hand, Don Quixote exhibits a desire for Italy through the utilization of Renaissance art. Beneath the dusty roads of La Mancha and within Don Quixote’s chivalric fantasies, the careful reader will come to appreciate glimpses of images with Italian designs. Taught in English. Spanish majors will read the text in the original and use Spanish for the course assignments. The course format would be alternating lectures by the two faculty members and separate discussion sections conducted in English and Spanish.

Early Italian Lyric: Dante and his Rivals

Justin Steinberg
Level: Both
Autumn
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 23101/33101

This course examines Dante’s complicated relationship with other contemporary and near-contemporary lyric poets. In particular, we examine Dante’s texts as part of a dense web of contending vernacular discourses instead of as the final word or telos of our studies. For this reason, special emphasis is given to the sonnet form as a ritualized genre in which poetic communities are formed and contending philosophical, political, and sociological visions of society are constructed and deconstructed. The role of books and manuscript culture is especially important as we try to understand the material production and reception of the emergent vernacular literature, and its role and function in late medieval urban Italy. The first hour will be dedicated to close reading of poem/s in Italian. Auditors without knowledge of Italian are welcome to arrive for the discussion after that. Interested undergraduates, please contact instructor before the first day of class.

Ecrire en français

Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Language
FREN 20500

The main goal of this course is to help students acquire advanced grammatical knowledge of the French language and develop their writing skills. This course is strongly recommended for all students who intend to take courses in which writing essays in French are required: French literature classes on campus, the Autumn Paris Civilization program, or the academic yearlong program in Paris. It is also strongly recommended for students who wish to take the advanced proficiency exam in French. PQ: FREN 20300 or placement.

European Intellectual Transformations, Renaissance–Enlightenment

Ada Palmer
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 29322/39322
HIST 29322/39322

This course will consider the foundational transformations of Western thought from the end of the Middle Ages to the threshold of modernity. It will provide an overview of the three self-conscious and interlinked intellectual revolutions which reshaped early modern Europe: the Renaissance revival of antiquity, the "new philosophy" of the seventeenth century, and the light and dark faces of the Enlightenment. It will treat scholasticism, humanism, the scientific revolution, Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Voltaire, Diderot, and Sade. First-year students and non-History majors welcome. PQ: Students seeking French credit must read French texts in that language.

Expression orale : Décrire l'art moderne et contemporain en français

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
French Language
FREN 20602

This course explores major contemporary French and francophone artists, art forms and art works. Students will acquire basic linguistic and analytical skills to apprehend visual arts, graphic novels, movies and theatrical performance in French. They will work on individual and group art and academic assignments. PQ: FREN 20300 or placement. Taught in French. A screening and a museum field trip are required.

Expression orale et phonétique

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
French Language
FREN 20601

This course focuses on developing the tools necessary for advanced oral proficiency in an academic context. Through active class participation involving a number of class presentations, students practice a variety of discourse styles (e.g., debates, lectures, seminars, interviews). Special emphasis is placed on correct pronunciation. PQ: FREN 20300 or placement.

Figures du poète au XXème siècle (1900-1950)

Chiara Nifosi
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 22818

En quoi consiste la crise du moi poétique théorisée par Mallarmé à la fin du XIXe siècle ? Quelles sont les formes du lyrisme « neuf et humaniste à la fois » envisagé par Apollinaire au début du XXe ? Est-ce qu’il est encore possible de dire « je » en poésie ? Face à ces changements, le poète doit reconfigurer son rapport à une histoire à la fois bouleversée et bouleversante, et retrouver sa place au milieu d’un renouvèlement littéraire désormais nécessaire. Ce cours analysera la façon dont la recherche poétique, dans son contenu comme dans sa forme, fait front au défi de la modernité sans renoncer à sa nature d’expérience de « vie intégrale » (Saint-John Perse). Par le moyen d’une variété expressive extraordinaire, le poète devient une figure souple, en mesure d’adapter son langage et son rôle aux sollicitations de la réalité. Les textes du corpus (Breton, Aragon, Char, Cocteau, Claudel, Éluard, Ponge, etc.) seront accompagnés de références critiques qui serviront de guide pour l’étudiant. À travers ces lectures on essaiera d’examiner comment le poète rend compte des expériences qui l’entourent à l’aube du XXe siècle : la guerre, le cosmopolitisme, l’appel à un engagement politique et culturel, la confluence des arts – autrement dit, tous les champs d’application d’une nouvelle forme de lyrisme. Ainsi le poète se fait-il soldat, voyageur, peintre, musicien, artiste engagé, dans un processus de métamorphose incessante et pourtant indispensable. PQ: FREN 20500 or 20503. Taught in French.

Foreign Language Acquisition, Research and Teaching

Ana Lima
Level: Grad
Autumn
2018-19
RLLT Literature
RLLT 38800

This course provides students with a foundation in foreign language acquisition and sociolinguistic research pertinent to foreign language teaching and introduces current teaching methodologies and technologies and their usefulness in the classroom. PQ: Open only to RLL students.

French Cinema of the 30s

Jennifer Wild
Level: Both
Autumn
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 23404/33404
CMST 23404/33404

In our study of this important decade in the history of French cinema, we will track the rise of the poetic realist style from the culture of experimentation that was alive in both the French film industry and its surrounding artistic and literary landscape. As an exercise in the excavation of a history of film style, we will consider the salient features of the socio-political, cultural, theoretical, and critical landscape that define the emergence and the apex of poetic realism, and that reveal it as a complicated nexus in the history of film aesthetics. Main texts by Dudley Andrew and Richard Abel will accompany a wide range of primary texts. PQ: CMST 10100, ARTH 20000, ENGL 10800, ARTV 25300, or consent of instructor.

French for Romance Language Speakers

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
French Language
FREN 14100

This course helps students quickly gain skills in spoken and written French by building on their prior working knowledge of another Romance language (Catalan, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish). By relying on the many similarities with other Romance languages, students can focus on mastering the different aspects of French. This class covers content from FREN 10100 and 10200. PQ: 20100 in another Romance Language or instructor’s consent.

French Language, History, and Culture I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Language
FREN 20100

In this intermediate-level sequence, students review and extend their knowledge of all basic patterns (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, phonetics, sociocultural norms) of the language. They develop their oral and written skills by describing, narrating, and presenting arguments. They are exposed to texts and audio-visual materials that provide them with a deeper understanding of French literature, culture, and contemporary society.

French Language, History, and Culture II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Language
FREN 20200

This course helps students develop their descriptive and narrative skills through a variety of texts, audio-visual materials, and activities. PQ: FREN 20100 or placement.

French Language, History, and Culture III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Language
FREN 20300

This course helps students develop their skills in understanding and producing written and spoken arguments in French through readings and debates on various issues relevant to contemporary French society. PQ: FREN 20200 or placement.

Fronteras de la ficción en la literatura ibérica contemporánea

Mario Santana
Level:
Winter
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 33370
BASQ 33370, CATA 33370

Despite many proclamations about its imminent death, the novel has managed until now to survive as a literary genre, often by interrogating the limits of the fictional and engaging at the same time the imaginary and the factual, or (as Bakhtin would put it) by embracing, absorbing, imitating or parodying a wide variety of discourses. This seminar will study a number of works of contemporary Iberian literatures (Basque, Catalan, and Spanish) that question and explore the various boundaries between fiction and non-fiction, between the generic conventions of the novel and short stories, between original and translation. Primary readings will include works by Bernardo Atxaga, Jaume Cabré, Javier Cercas, Paloma Díaz Mas, Miren Agur Meabe, Josep Pla, Adrià Pujol Cruells & Rubén Martín Giráldez, and Kirmen Uribe. Taught in Spanish.

Histoire, Superstitions et Croyances dans le roman francophone des XXe et XXIe siècles

Michele Kenfack
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 21719

L’Afrique et les Antilles sont généralement présentées comme des régions hautement superstitieuses, figées dans les croyances et les traditions. La littérature apparaît comme le lieu privilégié où se reflètent ces éléments culturels. Les écrivains africains et antillais (plus précisément d’Haïti, de Martinique, de Guadeloupe et de la Guyane française) analysent, questionnent, reformulent des récits, mythes et légendes tirés d’une tradition avant tout orale. A leur suite, nous essayerons de remonter aux origines de ces croyances et superstitions. Nous naviguerons entre essais théoriques et récits linéaires pour mener une réflexion critique, et formuler des réponses à un certain nombre de questions, notamment : Croyances et superstitions sont-elles uniquement les vestiges d’un héritage oral ? Comment se rattachent-elles à l’histoire de ces peuples ? Quelle perception [sociale] suscitent-elles ? En tant qu’éléments du récit, quels effets provoquent-elles chez le lecteur ? Soulignent-elles des objectifs spécifiques d’écriture ? Nous examinerons également les rapports entre ces deux notions et celles d’identité et d’altérité.

Les auteurs plus particulièrement étudiés seront Mariama Bâ, René Depestre, Jean-Roger Essomba, Véronique Lordinot, André Paradis, Gisèle Pineau, Jacques Roumain, Simone Schwarz-Bart et Véronique Tadjo. PQ: FREN 20500 or 20503. Taught in French.

How to Think about Literature: the Main Notions

Thomas Pavel
Level: Grad
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
RLLT 36001
CMLT 46000

In literary studies new trends and theories rarely supersede older ones. While in physics and biology Aristotle has long been obsolete, literary scholars still find his Poetics to be a source of important insights. And yet literary studies are not resistant to change. Over time, they have experienced a genuine historical growth in thinking. Perhaps one can best describe the discipline of literature as a stable field of recurring issues that generate innovative thinking. This course will introduce graduate students to the main notion of the field. Its aim is to identify an object of study that is integral, yet flexible enough to allow for comparisons between its manifestations in various national traditions. PQ: Taught in English.

Intermediate Portuguese

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 20100

This course is a general review and extension of all basic patterns of the language for intermediate students. Students explore selected aspects of Luso-Brazilian tradition through a variety of texts. PQ: PORT 10300 or placement.

Interpretation: Theory and Practice

David Wellbery
Level: Grad
Autumn
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 41219
GRMN 41219

This seminar will be conducted on two tracks. On the one hand, we will study major contributions to hermeneutic theory (including positions that understand themselves as anti-hermeneutic). Contributions to be considered include works by Friedrich Schleiermacher, Wilhelm Dilthey, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Paul Ricoeur, E.D. Hirsch, Manfred Frank, Roland Barthes, Stanley Cavell, and Jacques Derrida. At the same time, the seminar will include a practical component in which we will collectively develop interpretations of works by Heinrich von Kleist, Johann Peter Hebel, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Charles Baudelaire, Guillaume Apollinaire, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos españoles clásicos

Frederick de Armas
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21703

En este curso estudiamos algunas de las obras más importantes de las tres primeras épocas de la literatura española: época medieval, Renacimiento y Siglo de Oro (modernidad temprana). Analizamos también diferentes géneros literarios como el cuento, la novela corta, la poesía y el teatro. Nos dedicamos al estudio de la narrativa comenzando con ejemplos de don Juan Manuel, y continuando con las Novelas ejemplares de Cervantes. Nos dedicamos a analizar la poesía de Fray Luis de León y sonetos de otros grandes poetas. También estudiamos el teatro, incluyendo una comedia de Lope de Vega. Entre los tópicos más importantes del curso se encuentran: la realidad y la imaginación; las ventajas y desventajas de la imaginación; la importancia de la magia y la astrología; el gobierno de un reino; los buenos y malos consejeros; la guerra y la salvación; los ideales renacentistas; el tema del desengaño, el contraste entre el estilo llano y el culteranismo y conceptismo; el sentido de la ejemplaridad; y el papel de la mujer en la sociedad. Veremos además cómo en España vivían conjuntamente cristianos, judíos y moros, y cómo convivían. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos españoles contemporáneos

Mario Santana
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21803

Este curso ofrecerá un amplio panorama de las literaturas españolas de los siglos XIX y XX. Buena parte de la historia cultural de España ha estado marcada por la ansiedad respecto al supuesto atraso cultural, político, social y económico del país. La modernidad se convierte así en objeto de deseo y de disputa cultural para los intelectuales españoles que luchan por definir en qué consiste y cómo alcanzarla. Este es el tema que nos guiará, de manera flexible, por las obras de autores como Mariano José de Larra, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rosalía de Castro, Emilia Pardo Bazán, Leopoldo Alas Clarín, Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, Ana María Matute, Max Aub y Manuel Rivas, entre otros, complementadas por algunas películas. En relación con este tema principal, se explorarán también el lugar del campo y la ciudad en la imaginación moderna, la cuestión nacional, las luchas por la emancipación de la mujer, las tensión creativa entre tradición y vanguardia artística, o los debates sobre la historia y la memoria del pasado reciente de España. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent. Taught in Spanish.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos hispanoamericanos del modernismo al presente

Danielle Roper (winter); staff (spring)
Level: Undergrad
Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 22003
LACS 22003

This course offers an introduction to modern Spanish American literature, from the late nineteenth century through the present moment. Drawing from essays, fiction, poetry, and film, the course focuses on the complex relations between literary production, aesthetics, and sociopolitical transformations. Among other topics, we will discuss how to approach literary texts and how to interpret them. How does literature signify? How does it work? What does it say about history, politics, and society in Spanish America? How do literary fictions relate to other cultural forms such as photography and film? PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent. Taught in Spanish.

Introducción a las literaturas hispánicas: textos hispanoamericanos desde la colonia a la independencia

Larissa Brewer-García
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21903
LACS 21903, CRES 21903

This course examines an array of representative texts written in Spanish America from the colonial period to the late nineteenth century, underscoring not only their aesthetic qualities but also the historical conditions that made their production possible. Among authors studied are Christopher Columbus, Hernán Cortés, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Simón Bolívar, and José Martí. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish.

Introduction à la Littérature Française III: Littérature à l'Age des Révolutions

Daniel Desormeaux
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 21903

An introduction to some major nineteenth-century French literary works, this course emphasizes the main cultural debates of the period through some close readings and discussions. We study various literary genres from early Romanticism to the rise of Symbolism. Authors include Chateaubriand, Mme de Staël, Benjamin Constant, Balzac, George Sand, Hugo, Musset, Zola, Lamartine, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, and Mallarmé. PQ: FREN 20500, 20503 or consent of instructor. Taught in French.

Introduction to Basque

Amaia Gabantxo Uriagereka
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Spanish Language
BASQ 10100

Non-Indo-European, unrelated to anything else, a mystery…. the Basque language is one of the only surviving ancient languages of Europe, some even say the oldest of them all. It has a long history of being described as a difficult language. But Basque is, in fact, an extremely logical language supported by a very simple structure.

Through this course, students will learn the basic structures of Basque and learn to read the language and identify its grammatical components. For this purpose, we will be using regular language acquisition techniques, and simultaneously effect an organic immersion into the language and its different cultural manifestations: in music, literature, and film. The objective is to get a strong sense of the language, to become familiar with its basic essence and be introduced to the art produced in it.

Introduction to Basque is a course that would be a perfect complement for students interested in the multiple languages of Spain, and to students of linguistics, ancient languages and cultures, anthropology, sociology, psychology, European history, and non-hegemonic cultures.

Introduction to Brazilian Culture

Victoria Saramago
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
Portuguese Literature
PORT 27200/37200
LACS 27200/37200

This course provides a survey of Brazilian culture through its literature, music, cinema, visual arts, and digital culture. Through these different media, we will discuss topics such as urban development, racial issues, gender issues, modernity, deforestation, and internal migrations, besides samba, bossa nova, funk, and visual arts movements, among others. Authors may include Machado de Assis, Oswald de Andrade, Rubem Fonseca, Bernardo Carvalho, Angélica Freitas, Glauber Rocha, Suzana Amaral, and Walter Salles. Taught in English.

Italian for Speakers of Romance Languages

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter, Spring
2018-19
Italian Language
ITAL 12200

This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Italian. Students learn ways to apply their skills in another Romance language to Italian by concentrating on the similarities and differences between languages. PQ: 20100 in another Romance language or consent of instructor.

Italian Language, History, and Culture I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Italian Language
ITAL 20100

This course is a general review and extension of all basic patterns of the language for intermediate students. Students explore the diversity of the Italian-speaking world through the reading of excerpts from contemporary Italian literature. PQ: ITAL 10300 or placement.

Italian Language, History, and Culture II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Italian Language
ITAL 20200

This course develops the use of persuasive and argumentative language. Our focus is on analyzing and debating current issues pertaining to the Italian-speaking world, and articulating sound personal perspectives on these issues. A variety of written, oral, listening, and reading activities allow students to explore different genres, while reviewing grammatical and lexical items. Cultural awareness is enhanced through close study of contemporary Italian film and literature, as well as through in-class discussion. PQ: ITAL 20100 or placement.

Italian Language, History, and Culture III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Italian Language
ITAL 20300

This course completes the study of the common grammatical functions and syntactical structures of the oral and written language and introduces students to description and analysis of a variety of texts through written, oral, listening, and reading activities. Students read a contemporary Italian novel and a selection of Italian poetry. PQ: ITAL 20200 or placement.

Italian Renaissance: Dante, Machiavelli, and the Wars of Popes and Kings

Ada Palmer
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 16000
HIST 16000, RLST 22203, CLCV 22216, SIGN 26034, KNOW 12203

This course will consider Florence, Rome, and the Italian city-states in the age of plagues and cathedrals, Dante and Machiavelli, Medici and Borgia (1250-1600), with a focus on literature, philosophy, primary sources, the revival of antiquity, and the papacy's entanglement with pan-European politics. We will examine humanism, patronage, politics, corruption, assassination, feuds, art, music, magic, censorship, education, science, heresy, and the roots of the Reformation. Writing assignments focus on higher-level writing skills, with a creative writing component linked to our in-class live-action-role-played (LARP) reenactment of a Renaissance papal election. This is a Department of History gateway course. Graduate students by consent only; register for the course as HIST 90000 (sect 53) Reading and Research: History.

Las regiones del español

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 21100
LACS 21100

This sociolinguistic course expands understanding of the historical development of Spanish and awareness of the great sociocultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking world and its impact on the Spanish language. We emphasize the interrelationship between language and culture as well as ethno-historical transformations within the different regions of the Hispanic world. Special consideration is given to identifying lexical variations and regional expressions exemplifying diverse sociocultural aspects of the Spanish language, and to recognizing phonological differences between dialects. We also examine the impact of indigenous cultures on dialectical aspects. The course includes literary and nonliterary texts, audio-visual materials, and visits by native speakers of a variety of Spanish-speaking regions. PQ: SPAN 20300 or placement.

Leyes del deseo: miradas queer en España y Latinoamérica

Isaías Fanlo
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 23219
LACS 23219

This course will follow the traces of queer voices throughout different textual and artistic manifestations – from poetry to scenic arts, from narrative to cinema – with the aim to draw an intersectional, unstable and transnational map of rebel textualities and visualities in both the Latin American countries and Spain. As a lateral way of looking, queerness brings together, not without conflict, activism and academia, theory, action and creation. During the course, we will address how these Hispanic queer works problematize notions such as the canon, the tradition, the sociopolitical structures or the idea of family and lineage. By questioning them, we will see how not only these works challenge the fundamental basis of social, political and literary order, but also unfold a fluid, productive alternative to neoliberalism. PQ: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor. Taught in Spanish. Readings in Spanish and English.

Llengua, societat i cultura I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Catalan Language
CATA 21100

This advanced-level course will focus on speaking and writing skills through the study of a wide variety of contemporary texts and audiovisual materials. It will provide students with a better understanding of contemporary Catalan society. Students will review problematic grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates. PQ: CATA 11200, CATA 12300 or consent of instructor.

Llengua, societat i cultura II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Catalan Language
CATA 21200

This advanced-level course will focus on speaking and writing skills through a wide variety of texts and audiovisual materials. We will study a wide range of Catalan cultural manifestations (e.g, visual arts, music, gastronomy). Students will also review advanced grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates. PQ: CATA 21100 or consent of instructor.

L’écriture du quotidien au XXe siècle

Alison James
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 24110/34110

Si les avant-gardes de la première moitié du siècle prétendent "changer la vie" (selon l'expression de Rimbaud), c’est surtout après la Seconde Guerre mondiale que s’élaborent des théories du quotidien (Lefebvre, de Certeau). Ce cours se propose de confronter les théories du quotidien aux différentes pratiques d’écriture du quotidien et au quotidien (des surréalistes à Annie Ernaux, en passant par Michel Leiris, Roland Barthes, et Georges Perec), afin de mieux cerner la spécificité des approches littéraires du réel. PQ: FREN 20500 or 20503. Taught in French.

Margins of Fiction in Contemporary France

Alison James
Level: Grad
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 38510

This course explores the strategies adopted by French literary fiction in a cultural context that increasingly relegates the novel to the margins and privileges forms of non-fiction narrative. Countering the pervasive discourse of literary crisis, we will examine the ways in which contemporary literature increasingly asserts its agency in the world by locating itself on the margins of fiction. We will also consider the extension of the literary domain beyond the boundaries of the book with the emergence of new digital forms. Readings may include texts by Modiano, Michon, Ernaux, Bon, Chevillard, Bouraoui, Carrère, J. Rolin, Salvayre, in conjunction with theoretical and critical readings (Genette, J.-M. Schaeffer, J.-P. Richard, Viart, Rancière). PQ: Reading knowledge of French required; advanced undergrads admitted with consent of instructor. Course conducted in English, with readings in French.

Medieval Beasts

Daisy Delogu
Level: Both
Autumn
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 22910/32910

From fables to bestiaries, in the margins of medieval manuscripts and at the center of animal narratives, animals abound in medieval literature. Transformations from human to animal form (or vice versa), friendships between animals and humans, the anthropomorphization of animals, invite us to interrogate the relationship between animals and humans, and to put into question the boundary (if indeed one can be defined) between the two.

In this course we will read a variety of medieval texts as well as modern critical theory in order to gain a better understanding of the textual, narrative, hermeneutic, and ethical roles that animals play in medieval literature, and in our contemporary critical posture vis à vis the natural world. PQ: Reading knowledge of French (for all); FREN 20500 or 20503 for those seeking credit for the French major/minor. Taught in English with required discussion section in French for those seeking French credit.

Memory and Identity in French Literature: Proust to the Present

Alison James
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 23810
FNDL 23810, SIGN 26047

This introductory-level course takes as its point of departure Marcel Proust’s conceptualization of memory as the foundation both for the self and for literature. For Proust, literary style conveys the singularity of an individual vision while rescuing experience from the contingencies of time. Literature, identity, and memory are inseparable. Later writers will follow Proust’s lead in defining literature as an art of memory; but they develop this art in different ways, whether by inventing new forms of life-writing or attempting to revive, via fiction, a lived connection to history. How does memory serve as the foundation of individual or collective identities? How does fiction imagine and give form to memory, and how does literature serve as a medium for cultural memory? How do literary works register the intermittence of memory, its failings and distortions, its fragility as well as its attachment to bodies and places? We will tackle these questions through close analysis of a range of texts. In addition to Proust, authors studied may include Yourcenar, Perec, Modiano, Roubaud, and Ernaux. PQ: French reading knowledge desirable but not required. Taught in English. The course may be counted toward the French major or minor; students taking the course for French credit will do appropriate readings in French and participate in a weekly French discussion section.

Michel Foucault: "Les Aveux de la chair"

Arnold Davidson
Level: Grad
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 40007
PHIL 50007, CMLT 50007, DVPR 50007

The last volume of Foucault's history of sexuality has finally been published after more than a 30 year wait. In this volume Foucault moves from his previous focus on Greco-Roman culture to early Christianity, and his account culminates in an extensive discussion of Saint Augustine. This seminar will consist of a close reading of "Les Aveux de la chair", supplemented by a few other texts from the later Foucault. We will also try to draw some general methodological and philosophical conclusions from our reading.
Good reading knowledge of French and familiarity with the previous volumes of Foucault's "Histoire de la sexualité". All students interested in enrolling in this course should send an application to wweaver@uchicago.edu by 12/14/2018. Applications should be no longer than one page and should include name, email address, phone number, and department or committee. Applicants should briefly describe their background and explain their interest in, and their reasons for applying to, this course.

Milton's Italian Music

Robert Kendrick
Level: Grad
Winter
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 40119
MUSI 42119

This course examines John Milton's encounter with Roman culture, first and foremost music, around 1640. It is built around the April 2019 performance in Logan of this music by the English early music group Atalanta, for which students will prepare notes and preconcert activities. Reading both Milton's youthful texts, as well as literature and poesia per musica from Rome, while studying the musical genres and personalities that we know he encountered there, gives insight into this encounter between Puritan and Barbarini sensibilities, seemingly so distant, but mediated via music. In addition to preparing for the concert activities (including interacting with the singers in a workshop), students will write a research paper.

Molière

Larry Norman
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 25000/35000
FNDL 25001, TAPS 28470, REMS 35000

Molière crafted a new form of satirical comedy that revolutionized European theater, though it encountered strong opposition from powerful institutions. We will read the plays in the context of the literary and dramatic traditions that Molière reworked (farce, commedia dell'arte, Latin comedy, Spanish Golden Age theater, satiric poetry, the novel), while considering the relationship of laughter to social norms, as well as the performance practices and life of theater in Molière's day. PQ: FREN 20500 or 20503, and one introductory-level literature course taught in French. Taught in French.

Montaigne and Modernity

Philippe Desan
Level: Grad
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 33720

Creator of the “Essay,” Montaigne served as a bridge between what we call the Early Modern and Modernity. Montaigne constantly redefined the nature of his task, in order to fashion himself anew and, in the end, offered an impressionistic model of descriptions based on momentary experiences. Over the centuries, the reception of Montaigne has been anything but simple. The institutionalization of an author depends on what one might call his or her “ideological and historical trajectory.” An effect of “globalization” has even reached Montaigne in recent years, bringing him sudden, worldwide visibility. The 21st century seems somewhat less interested in the writer Montaigne, but strives more than ever to find for him a place in the western philosophical canon. Thus, for the last two decades people all over the world have been asking: what is it that makes Montaigne a modern philosopher? In what way can the Essays be considered the first great text of modernity? In short, the question of Montaigne’s modernity or postmodernity is now posed more than ever. In this sense, the 21st century is in the process of reinventing a new Montaigne. This Montaigne is inside us, he inhabits us. We will attempt to define this Modern or Post-Modern Montaigne. PQ: Classes and discussions will be in English, and the Essais will be read in English (or French by students seeking French credit).

Music and Ethnic Authenticity in Mexico and Cuba, 1900-1950

Robert Kendrick
Level: Both
Autumn
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 23619/33619
MUSI 23619/33619, LACS 23619/33619

This course uses literary, artistic, and musical materials to compare visions of Afro-Cuban and Native Mexican cultures as imagined by artists in this time period. Some of the issues in the political and cultural changes behind the remarkable new repertoires created in these two countries include nationalism, nativism, modernism, and relations with France and the U.S. We look at representations of these non-European cultures in paintings, “high-culture” music, anthropological research, and literature. Graduate students will have longer papers and more intense readings. Students will prepare one (oral) reading report, take two short ID/listening quizzes, and prepare a final paper due on Tuesday of Week 11. PQ: ONE of the following: a Music Core course (101, 102, 104, 122); OR a LACS Core Civ course (LACS 161 or 163); OR a RLL Latin American literature course (e.g., SPAN 21903 or 22003, or equivalent). Music-reading NOT necessary; Spanish at a 10300-level will help.

Myth, Art and Ekphrasis in Early Modern Spanish Theater

Frederick de Armas
Level: Both
Autumn
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 23201/33201
CMLT 23212/33212

In the early modern age, the verbal had a strong visual component. Poets and playwrights utilized the sense of sight since it was the highest of the Platonic senses and a mnemonic key to lead spectators to remember vividly what they had read or heard, long before spectacle plays were in fashion. One important technique for visualization was ekphrasis, the description of an art work within a text. Often, to perform was to imitate the affects, sentiments and poses of a painting. For this purpose, playwrights such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega and Calderón often turned to the mythological canvases of the Italian Renaissance along with the portraits of great rulers and images of battle. The class will examine the uses of art onstage: mnemonic, mimetic, political, religious comic, tragic, lyric and licentious. It will also delve into different forms of ekphrasis from the notional to the dramatic and from the fragmented to the reversed. Although the course will focus on Spanish plays of the early modern period, it will also include ancient treatises by Cicero, and Pliny as well as Renaissance mnemonic treatises by Della Porta. PQ: The course will be in English. Reading knowledge of Spanish is required since plays will be read in the original. Those taking the class for credit in Spanish must write their final paper in Spanish.

Negative Empathy, Catharsis, Fear: An Intermedial Approach to Tragedy and Its Transformations

Massimo Fusillo
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 28219

Literature on empathy has enormously increased in recent decades, especially from the point of view of neuroscience and neuro-aesthetics. Scholars, however, have been focusing on the ethical dimension of empathy: on the identification with the victims, which is also highlighted by the political use of this concept. The course focuses instead on the (more or less latent) empathy with negative characters, which can have a strong cathartic and social function, as a discharge of destructive and self-destructive drives, and is often linked to the representation of fear and other strong emotions. The preliminary step is a theoretical introduction to the category of empathy, from its first eighteenth-century conceptions to new aesthetic and psychoanalytic elaborations at the beginning of twentieth century (especially Theodor Lipp), up to recent developments coming from the neurosciences. Other parallel issues to be introduced are catharsis, identification, and discharge. Greek tragedy, Shakespeare, Giuseppe Verdi and Pier Paolo Pasolini will be studied, as well as the TV series "Breaking Bad," which brilliantly exemplifies what negative empathy means today.

Neo-Avant-Wave: Post-War Film Experiment in France and Belgium

Jennifer Wild
Level: Grad
Autumn
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 43713
CMST 63701, ARTH 43701

The New Wave. The Neo-Avant Garde. Rarely have these film and art movements been placed into an explicit historical or theoretical dialog or dialectic. It will be the task of this seminar to do just that. We will begin our study with a brief look into the pre-WWII situation of radical art and film movements, and classic theories of the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde. Turning our attention to the rise of Lettrism within the context of post-war film and art culture, we will subsequently evaluate the conditions that surrounded the emergence of New Wave filmmaking and criticism, and that include the Situationist International and Nouveau Réalisme. As we move toward and beyond the events of May 1968, we will bring our study of social documentary, politically militant forms, collective film and art practices, and historiography to bear on purportedly stable understandings of the New Wave, its art historical forebearers, and its heirs. Reading knowledge of French is required. While some of our texts will appear in English translation, many will not. The seminar will be conducted in English, but the last thirty minutes of each session will be conducted in French. This component is intended to improve students’ oral proficiency, but it will not be used in student evaluation. Screenings are mandatory. With some possible exceptions, films will be subtitled. PQ: Reading knowledge of French is required. The seminar will be conducted in English, but the last thirty minutes of each session will be conducted in French.

New Directions in Afro-Latin Performance

Danielle Roper
Level: Grad
Autumn
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 35500
TAPS 34880, LACS 35505

This class engages contemporary conversations in the study of Afro-Latin performance and explores the work of emerging black performance artists across the hemisphere. Tracing performances of blackness from the Southern cone to the Caribbean, we will examine the ways blackness is wielded by the State and by black communities themselves in performance and visual art across the region. We ask: what is the relationship between race and theatricality? What work is blackness made to do in states organized around discourses of racial democracy and mestizaje? How are notions of diaspora constructed through performances of blackness? We take up these questions in our study of reggaetón, hip hop, samba, el baile de los negritos and examine the works of noted and upcoming black artists such as Victoria and Nicomedes Santa-Cruz, Carlos Martiel, Las Nietas de Nonó, and others. PQ: Knowledge of Spanish is recommended. While the course will be taught in English, many of the performances and at least four of the readings will be in Spanish.

Opera and Film: China/Europe

Martha Feldman
Level: Grad
Winter
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 41419
CDIN 41401, EALC 41401, MUSI 45019, TAPS 41401

This seminar will explore the mutual attraction of cinema and opera across the two vast operatic cultures of Europe and China in order to interrogate the many cross-cultural issues that their media encounters produce and accentuate. Such issues include changing relations to myth, ritual, history, and politics; cross-dressing and gender-bending; closed forms or open; stock characters and plots or narrative fluidity. We will ask why in both China and Europe, opera repeatedly became the conflicted site of nationalist and modernizing aspirations, reiterations of tradition, and attempts at avant-gardism. When the presumed realism of film meets the extravagant hyperperformativity of opera, the encounter produces some extraordinary third kinds-media hybrids. Film repeatedly wrestled with the inherent histrionics of opera through the use of such devices as close-ups, camera angles, shot reverse shot, displacement of sound from sight, acousmatic sound, and trick photography. Such devices were generally meant to suture the supposed improbabilities of the operatic art form, incongruities often based on extravagant and transcendent relationships to realism. Such cinematic renderings of opera are highly revealing of fundamental faultlines in the genres themselves and revealing of the cultures that produced them. Looking across these double axes- European opera versus Chinese opera, on the one hand, and operatic form versus cinematic form, on the other-this course uses opera and cinema to explore critical matters of cultural, aesthetic, and historical difference.

Paris and the French Revolution

Colin Jones
Level: Both
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 22619/32619
HIST 22610/32610

The French Revolution is one of the defining moments of modern world history. The course will explore the mix of social, political and cultural factors which caused its outbreak in 1789 and go on to consider the overthrow of the Bourbon monarchy in 1792, the drift towards state-driven Terror in 1793-94 and the ensuing failure to achieve political stability down to the advent of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1799. We will view these epochal changes through the prism of France’s capital city. Paris shaped the Revolution in many ways, but the Revolution also reshaped Paris. The urbane city of European enlightenment acquired new identities as democratic hub from 1789 and as site of popular democracy after 1793-94. In addition, the Revolution also generated new ways of thinking about urban living and remodelling the city for the modern age. A wide range of primary sources will be used including visual sources (notably paintings, political cartoons and caricatures and maps). PQ: Students taking FREN 22619/32619 must read French texts in French.

Pascal and Simone Weil

Thomas Pavel
Level: Both
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 29100/39100
CMLT 29101/39101, RLST 24910, FNDL 21812

Blaise Pascal in the seventeenth century and Simone Weil in the twentieth formulated a compelling vision of the human condition torn between greatness and misery. They showed how human imperfection coexists with the noblest callings, how attention struggles with distraction and how individuals can be rescued from their usual reliance on public opinion and customary beliefs. Both thinkers point to the religious dimension of human experience and suggest unorthodox ways of approaching it. We will also study an important text by Gabriel Marcel emphasizing human coexistence and cooperation. PQ: Undergraduates must be in their third or fourth year. Taught in English. For French undergraduates and graduates, we will hold a bi-weekly one-hour meeting to study the original French texts.

Pasolini

Armando Maggi
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 28400/38400
CMST 23500/33500, GNSE 28600/38600, FNDL 28401

This course examines each aspect of Pasolini's artistic production according to the most recent literary and cultural theories, including Gender Studies. We shall analyze his poetry (in particular "Le Ceneri di Gramsci" and "Poesie informa di rosa"), some of his novels ("Ragazzi di vita," "Una vita violenta," "Teorema," "Petrolio"), and his numerous essays on the relationship between standard Italian and dialects, semiotics and cinema, and the role of intellectuals in contemporary Western culture. We shall also discuss the following films: "Accattone," "La ricotta," "Edipo Re," "Teorema," and "Salo."

Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 14100
LACS 14100

This course helps students quickly gain skills in spoken and written Portuguese by building on their prior working knowledge of another Romance language (Spanish, French, Catalan or Italian). By relying on the many similarities with other Romance languages, students can focus on mastering the different aspects of Portuguese, allowing them to develop their abilities for further study. This class covers content from PORT 10100 and 10200. PQ: 20100 in another Romance Language or instructor’s consent.

Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Spring
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 12200
LACS 12200

This class is intended for speakers of Spanish to develop competence quickly in spoken and written Portuguese. In this intermediate-level course, students learn ways to apply their Spanish language skills to mastering Portuguese by concentrating on the similarities and differences between the two languages. PQ: SPAN 10300 or consent.

Portuguese for the Professions: Intensive Business Portuguese

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Portuguese Language
PORT 14500

This is an accelerated language course that covers vocabulary and grammar for students interested in working in a business environment where Portuguese is spoken. The focus of this highly interactive class is to develop basic communication skills and cultural awareness through formal classes, readings, discussions, and writings. PQ: PORT 10200, SPAN 20100 or consent.

Pour une sociologie de Rabelais

Philippe Desan
Level: Both
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 25220/35220
FNDL 25220

Nous aborderons l’œuvre de Rabelais à partir d’une lecture contextuelle de Gargantua et Pantagruel (les deux romans que nous lirons dans ce sours). Le but de ce cours est de présenter le contexte social, politique, économique et religieux de la première moitié du XVIe siècle en reliant les thèmes choisis (guerre, genre, utopie, éducation, amitié, écocomie, etc.), à des problèmes plus modernes. Car Rabelais nous permet aussi d’adresser les grands thèmes de la société française et occidentale contemporaine. Nous étudierons ainsi l’écriture du corps, l’organisation sociale de l’Ancien régime, les premières théories économiques, la découverte du Nouveau Monde et l’exploration de l’altérité. Nous lirons deux romans de Rabelais: Gargantua et Pantagruel. PQ: FREN 20300 Taught in French.

Reading & Research: Catalan

Staff
Level: Grad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Catalan Literature
CATA 42100

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Reading & Research: French

Staff
Level: Grad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 42100

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Reading & Research: Italian

Staff
Level: Grad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 42100

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Reading & Research: Portuguese

Staff
Level: Grad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Portuguese Literature
PORT 42100

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Reading & Research: Spanish

Staff
Level: Grad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 42100

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Reading French for Research Purposes

Staff
Level: Grad
Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer
2018-19
French Language
FREN 23333/33333

This intensive course is designed to take students with a basic knowledge of French to the level of reading proficiency needed for research. To that end, students will work on grammar, vocabulary, and reading strategies. Students will read a range of scholarly texts, a number of which will be directly drawn from their respective areas of research. PQ: FREN 10200 or placement in FREN 10300 for undergraduates. No prerequisite for graduate students, though some prior experience with French is highly recommended.

Reading Nonhuman Animals: A Challenge to Anthropocentrism

Elizabeth Tavella
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 25218
CMLT 25218

How can we “read” a literary nonhuman animal? In what ways does literature deal with ethical and political issues concerning nonhuman animals? What does it mean to live in a multicultural and multispecies world? What does it mean to be “human”? In this course we will ask these and other related questions as they are presented and represented in Italian 20th-century literary texts, read alongside philosophical writings, scholarly essays, and visual materials. While maintaining a focus on Italian literature, a comparative approach involving literary works of non-Italian authors will be key in understanding the pervasiveness of the problems that have caused our detachment from nature and our broken relationship with nonhuman animals. We will closely analyze and critically evaluate the works of several authors, including those by Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, Anna Maria Ortese, Elsa Morante, Italo Svevo, Alice Walker, and Franz Kafka, giving particular attention to techniques of close reading. A thematic approach will enable us to explore a large number of critical discourses, from the moral status of nonhuman animals to the long-held assumptions regarding the anthropocentric set of values that have defined (Western) culture. We will also take into consideration different theoretical frameworks such as posthumanist theory and gender studies in order to discuss and evaluate the selected texts from different perspectives and entry points. Taught in English. No prior knowledge of Italian is required.

Reading Spanish for Research Purposes

Staff
Level: Both
Spring, Summer
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 23333/33333

This intensive course is designed to take students with a basic knowledge of Spanish to the level of reading proficiency needed for research. To that end, students will work on grammar, vocabulary, and reading strategies. Students will read a range of scholarly texts, a number of which will be directly drawn from their respective areas of research.

Readings in Special Topics: Catalan

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Catalan Literature
CATA 29700

This course involves directed readings in special topics not covered by courses offered as part of the program in Catalan. Subjects treated and work to be completed for this course must be chosen in consultation with the instructor no later than the end of the preceding quarter. PQ: CATA 12300 or 21200, depending upon the requirements of the program for which credit is sought.

Readings in Special Topics: French

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 29700

This course involves directed readings in special topics not covered by courses offered as part of the program in French. Subjects treated and work to be completed for this course must be chosen in consultation with the instructor no later than the end of the preceding quarter. PQ: FREN 10300 or 20300, depending upon the requirements of the program for which credit is sought.

Readings in Special Topics: Italian

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 29700

This course involves directed readings in special topics not covered by courses offered as part of the program in Italian. Subjects treated and work to be completed for this course must be chosen in consultation with the instructor no later than the end of the preceding quarter. PQ: ITAL 10300 or 20300, depending upon the requirements of the program for which credit is sought.

Readings in Special Topics: Portuguese

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Portuguese Literature
PORT 29700

This course involves directed readings in special topics not covered by courses offered as part of the program in Portuguese. Subjects treated and work to be completed for this course must be chosen in consultation with the instructor no later than the end of the preceding quarter. PQ: PORT 10300 or 20100, depending upon the requirements of the program for which credit is sought.

Readings in Special Topics: Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 29700

This course involves directed readings in special topics not covered by courses offered as part of the program in Spanish. Subjects treated and work to be completed for this course must be chosen in consultation with the instructor no later than the end of the preceding quarter. PQ: SPAN 10300 or 20300, depending upon the requirements of the program for which credit is sought.

Renaissance and Baroque Fairytales and Their Modern Rewritings

Armando Maggi
Level: Both
Autumn
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 26200/36200
CMLT 26700/36700, REMS 36200

We study the distinctions between myth and fairy tale, and then focus on collections of modern Western European fairy tales, including those by Straparola, Basile, and Perrault, in light of their contemporary rewritings of classics (Angela Carter, Calvino, Anne Sexton). We analyze this genre from diverse critical standpoints (e.g., historical, structuralist, psychoanalytic, feminist) through the works of Croce, Propp, Bettelheim, and Marie-Louise Von Franz. Class conducted in English.

Renaissance Demonology

Armando Maggi
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 26500
HIST 22110, RLST 26501, CMLT 27602

In this course we analyze the complex concept of demonology according to early modern European culture from a theological, historical, philosophical, and literary point of view. The term ‘demon’ in the Renaissance encompasses a vast variety of meanings. Demons are hybrids. They are both the Christian devils, but also synonyms for classical deities, and Neo-platonic spiritual beings. As far as Christian theology is concerned, we read selections from Augustine’s and Thomas Aquinas’s treatises, some complex exorcisms written in Italy, and a new recent translation of the infamous Malleus maleficarum, the most important treatise on witch-hunt. We pay close attention to the historical evolution of the so-called witch-craze in Europe through a selection of the best secondary literature on this subject, with special emphasis on Michel de Certeau’s The Possession at Loudun. We also study how major Italian and Spanish women mystics, such as Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi and Teresa of Avila, approach the issue of demonic temptation and possession. As far as Renaissance Neoplatonic philosophy is concerned, we read selections from Marsilio Ficino’s Platonic Theology and Girolamo Cardano’s mesmerizing autobiography. We also investigate the connection between demonology and melancholy through a close reading of the initial section of Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy and Cervantes’s short story The Glass Graduate (El licenciado Vidriera). Course taught in English.

Revising Prose

Justin Steinberg
Level: Grad
Autumn
2018-19
RLLT Literature
RLLT 37000

This course is open to all graduate students and will be run as a workshop. The idea is to work intensely on one piece of scholarship throughout the quarter. Our primary goal will be publication of an article but this is also appropriate for anyone who wants to work on dissertation proposal, first chapter. We will cover all aspects of professional writing, from abstracts and grant proposals to revising manuscripts after readers reports.

Self-determination and Democracy in Spain: The Case of Catalonia

Mario Santana
Level: Both
Autumn
2018-19
Spanish, Catalan Literature
SPAN 26555/36555
CATA 26555/36555

In recent years, tensions between Spain and Catalonia have called attention to a number of long-standing issues that have remained unresolved in modern Spanish cultural and political history: the recognition of national or regional identities, the rights of minority cultures and languages, the nature of democracy and citizenship… This course will study the history of Spanish and Catalan nation-building, as well as the ideological and cultural discourses generated around those projects, and it will pay particular attention to current debates regarding Catalonia’s claim to self-determination.

Signs of the Americas

Edgar Garcia
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 25818
ENGL 25804

It is a common misconception that literature can happen only in the alphabet or that such non-alphabetical literatures have long ago ceased to be made. This course corrects such misconceptions by exploring modern and contemporary literatures that have been written with, or in response to, such sign-systems as pictographs, hieroglyphs, totem poles, wampum, and khipu. Focusing especially on the sign-systems of the native Americas, this class gives students a basic introduction to the mechanics of these signs, in order to discuss how these mechanics might be at play in the works of such poets, writers, and artists as Anni Albers, Simon Ortiz, Gerald Vizenor, Louise Erdrich, John Borrows, Charles Olson, Bill Reid, Robert Bringhurst, Fred Wah, Clayton Eshleman, Cy Twombly, Joaquín Torres-Garcia, Cecilia Vicuña, and others. Key questions to be asked include: how are these signs an interface for contemporary histories of nation and capital? And: how do those material histories and their identifications in race, gender, kinship, and ecology change when cast in the mechanics, tropes, and figures of these signs? As a “Makers Seminar,” this course will include creative alternatives to the standard analytical college paper.

Spanish Language, History, and Culture for Heritage Speakers I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20102

The goal of this first course in a two-course intermediate sequence is to help students who are heritage learners of Spanish to improve their oral, writing and reading skills and to formalize their linguistic ability. Basic grammatical patterns (e.g. grammar, vocabulary, socio-cultural norms) and orthographic conventions are reviewed and practiced in a variety of short papers, oral presentations and class discussions. Awareness of contemporary Hispanic societies and their historical roots will be enhanced through exposure to a variety of literary and non-literary texts and authentic audio-visual materials. PQ: SPAN 10300 or placement. Open only to heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Spanish Language, History, and Culture for Heritage Speakers III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20302

The goal of this second course in a two-course intermediate sequence is to teach heritage learners of Spanish how to use formal written and spoken language to debate and to formulate cogent arguments. Students are expected to analyze particular topics related to the Spanish-speaking world and to participate within an academic forum. Challenging grammatical structures and orthographic conventions are reviewed and practiced in a variety of writing exercises and through class discussions. Students are exposed to a wide range of literary and non-literary texts and audio-visual materials that exemplify the different cultures and regional varieties within the Spanish-speaking world. PQ: SPAN 20102 or placement. Open only to heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Spanish Language, History, and Culture I

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20100

This course is a general extension of all basic patterns of the language for intermediate students. Students explore the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of texts and audio-visual materials. PQ: SPAN 10300 or placement.

Spanish Language, History, and Culture II

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20200

This course focuses on both objective and subjective description of people, places, and life processes. A variety of written, oral, listening, and reading activities allow students to explore different genres while reviewing grammatical and lexical items pertaining to each individual theme in context. Cultural awareness is enhanced through exposure to an array of target-language media, as well as through in-class discussion. PQ: SPAN 20100 or placement.

Spanish Language, History, and Culture III

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Autumn, Winter, Spring
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 20300

This course develops the use of persuasive and argumentative language. Our focus is on analyzing and debating current issues pertaining to the Spanish-speaking world, and articulating sound personal perspectives on these issues. A variety of written, oral, listening, and reading activities allow students to explore an ample selection of topics, while reviewing grammatical and lexical items pertaining to each individual theme in context. Cultural awareness is enhanced through exposure to an array of target-language media as well as through in-class oral presentations and discussions. PQ: SPAN 20200 or placement.

Summer Intensive Elementary French

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Summer
2018-19
French Language
FREN 10123

This eight-week course helps students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken French and their use in everyday communication. Attention will be given to all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Completing this sequence is the equivalent of FREN 10100-10200-10300 during the regular academic year, and it will fulfill the College language competency requirement for UChicago students.

Summer Intensive Elementary Spanish

Staff
Level: Undergrad
Summer
2018-19
Spanish Language
SPAN 10123

This eight-week course helps beginning students build a solid foundation in the basic patterns of written and spoken Spanish and their use in everyday communication. It is specifically designed to help you obtain functional competency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in Spanish. The curriculum is the equivalent of SPAN 10100-10200-10300 during the regular academic year, and successful completion of the fulfills the language competency requirement for UChicago students in the College.

Text/Image/Territory in Nineteenth-Century Latin America

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz
Level: Grad
Spring
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 33710
LACS 33710

In this seminar we will explore how concepts of territory and territorialization were textually and visually articulated in nineteenth-century Latin America. Our inquiry will not only interrogate the aesthetic principles and procedures through which the nation (conceived as geography) was envisioned in the literature and arts of the period, most saliently around the figure of the landscape. We will also investigate alternative forms of spatialization related, yet irreducible, to the imperatives of the modern nation-state, such as the cognitive mappings associated to scientific explorations and to the symbolization of private property. What are the epistemological presuppositions and ideological implications of such practices? What scenarios did they produce? Who was deemed or destined to inhabit them, and within what temporality? In our discussions we will engage key theoretical works on space, territory and landscape (e.g. Lefebvre, Mignolo, Cosgrove, W.J.T. Mitchell, Casid, Mirzoeff) and may focus on literary texts by Bello, Echeverría, Sarmiento, Matto de Turner and Cirilo Villaverde, and on visual artifacts by Rugendas, Blanes, Laplante, Christiano Junior, and Velasco, among others. PQ: Taught in Spanish.

The (Auto)Biography of a Nation: Francesco De Sanctis and Benedetto Croce

Rocco Rubini
Level: Both
Spring
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 27700/37700
CMLT 28800/38800, KNOW 27700/37700

At its core, this course examines the making and legacy of Francesco De Sanctis’s History of Italian Literature (1870-71), a work that distinguished literary critic René Wellek defined as “the finest history of any literature ever written” and “an active instrument of aesthetic evolution.” We will read the History in the larger context of De Sanctis’s corpus, including his vast epistolary exchanges, autobiographical writings, and so-called Critical Essays in order to detail his reform of Hegelian aesthetics, his redefinition of the intellectual’s task after the perceived exhaustion of the Renaissance, Enlightenment, and Romantic moments, and his campaign against the bent toward erudition, philology, and antiquarianism in 19th-century European scholarship. We will compare De Sanctis’s methodology to that of his scholarly models in France (Alphonse de Lamartine, Alfred Mézières) and Germany (Georg Gottfried Gervinus, Georg Voigt) to explore De Sanctis’s claim that literary criticisms – not just literary cultures – are “national.” In the second part of the course, we assess Benedetto Croce’s appropriation of De Sanctis in his Aesthetics (1902), arguably the last, vastly influential work in its genre and we conclude with Antonio Gramsci’s use of De Sanctis for the regeneration of a literary savvy Marxism or philosophy of praxis. In the current age of “world literature,” characterized by a wariness toward national literary canons, we may find that reading De Sanctis, one of the uncontested founders of modern literary critcism, proves therapeutic and usefully introspective in critically revaluating and clarifying our current values and beliefs as women and men of letters.

The Medieval Mediterranean

Jacqueline Victor
Level: Undergrad
Winter
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 23219

In this course we will be looking at the medieval Mediterranean world from the perspective of French literature of the 12th and 13th centuries. In direct contrast to an understanding of the Middle Ages as a time of cultural isolation and homogeneity, we will be considering some of the many points of contact between medieval France and other Mediterranean geographies, cultures, and peoples. Our readings will take us to such places as Greece and Rome, Constantinople, Cairo, Syria, Jerusalem, and Spain. The emphasis will be on texts that present these trans-Mediterranean relationships in complex and varied ways. Texts will be selected from a variety of genres, including poetry, epic, and romance, and we will also look at medieval art and art objects. PQ: FREN 20500 or 20503. Course is taught in French. All of the Old French texts will be available in modern French translations.

The Sublime: Theory and History of an Aesthetic Category

Massimo Fusillo
Level: Grad
Spring
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 36319

This course focuses on the aesthetic category of the sublime, combining a rich theoretical discussion with analysis of literary and visual texts. The starting point is Pseudo Longinus’ "On the Sublime," the first text in the history of aesthetics to focus on reception and subjective response. After a close reading of this text and a careful examination of its recent interpretations, the course will first deal with key moments in the long and complex modern theoretical debate on the sublime, with special focus on the Italian Renaissance and Torquato Tasso, French classicism and Boileau, the British Enlightenment and Burke. In parallel with this historical overview, the course will examine concrete examples of the sublime in the arts, especially the poetry of Leopardi and Baudelaire, and the parallel theme of landscape, especially in visual arts (Lorrain, Poussin, Salvator Rosa, Caspar David Friedrich). The last part of the course will focus on contemporary philosophical and aesthetic debate on the sublime, in particular on Fredric Jameson’s notion of the hysterical sublime, Slavoj Zizek’s reflection on trash sublime; and on parallels with visual arts: Italian arte povera, Bill Viola’s videos inspired by Italian Renaissance paintings, Anselm Kiefer’s paintings, Mario Martone’s movie on Leopardi, and Lars von Trier’s "Melancholia," which recovers the theme of apocalypsis reinforced by Wagner’s sublime music.

The Translation Zone: Languages in Catalan-Speaking Territories

Helena Buffery
Level: Both
Spring
2018-19
Spanish, Catalan Literature
CATA 24019/35019
SPAN 24019/35019

This course will be focusing on Catalan culture and translation in order to address different aspects of translation history, ethics and practice in relation to minority and minoritized languages, identities and communities. The classes would seek to explore and analyze what happens to Catalan literature, film, theatre and performance in translation into other languages (in particular in the Anglophone world), as well as reflect on changing approaches to and affordances of translation within, between and beyond the Catalan-speaking territories in diverse situations of language contact and intercultural encounter involving Catalan-speaking individuals and communities. The course will be structured in four parts: Catalonia in-translation; invisible landscapes; traumatic translations; and cartographies of desire.

The Worlds of Harlequin: Commedia dell'arte

Rocco Rubini
Level: Both
Spring
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 29600/39601
TAPS 28480

This course is an introduction to the Italian art of theatrical improvisation or Commedia dell’arte, a type of theatre featuring masked characters and schematic plots. We will look at the influence of Boccacio’s Decameron on the formation of stock-characters, the introduction of women into the realm of theatrical professionalism, the art of costume and mask making, and the Italian knack for pantomime and gestural expression. Readings include masterpieces in the tradition of comic theatre such as Machiavelli’s The Mandrake and Goldoni’s Harlequin Servant of Two Masters as well as their renditions in film. Taught in English.

Theater and Performance in Latin America

Danielle Roper
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 29117/39117
LACS 29117/39117, TAPS 28479/34879, GNSE 29117/39117, CRES 29117/39117

What is performance? How has it been used in Latin America and the Caribbean? This course is an introduction to theatre and performance in Latin America and the Caribbean that will examine the intersection of performance and social life. We ask: how have embodied practice, theatre and visual art been used to negotiate ideologies of race, gender and sexuality? What is the role of performance in relation to systems of power? How has it negotiated dictatorship, military rule, and social memory? Ultimately, the aim of this course is to give students an overview of Latin American performance including blackface performance, indigenous performance, as well as performance and activism. We will study the works of Coco Fusco, Augusto Boal, Regina Galindo, Yuyachkani among others. PQ: Undergraduates must be in their third or fourth year.

Traducción y piratería en el mundo colonial

Larissa Brewer-García
Level: Grad
Autumn
2018-19
Spanish Literature
SPAN 32810
LACS 32810

Translation and piracy can both involve the strategic appropriation of language, knowledge, or property. This course analyzes the relationship between translation and piracy in the creation of foundational works of colonial Latin American literature. As students read texts about colonial encounters, conquests, piracy, and conversion, they will become familiar with early histories of translation in Latin America and a variety of early modern, modern, and post-colonial translation theories. PQ: Taught in Spanish.

Unveiling Chivalry: Chivalric literature in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (1100-1600)

Filippo Petricca
Level: Undergrad
Autumn
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 24218
CMLT 24218, MDVL 24218

When we think of chivalry today we imagine damsels in distress, knights’ self-sacrifice, adventures and courtly love. But how was chivalry in 11th- or 17th-century literature different from today’s perception? What changed between historical chivalry and its fictional representation? This course aims to challenge the mainstream narrative of chivalry as conventionally characterized by its progressive decadence, from the superstitious Middle Ages to scientific modernity, from the virtuous Roland to the ironic Don Quixote. We will see instead how chivalry is constantly redefined across time and space, and how each literary text provides multiple layers of interpretation that contradict this stereotypical narrative. Exploring the notion of chivalry will allow us to question the so-called “spirituality” of the Middle Ages and the relationship between Early Modernity and the past. We will study chivalric literature from the Chanson de Roland to Cervantes’s Don Quijote. A strong emphasis will be given to Italian literature, including Dante’s Commedia, Boccaccio’s Decameron and Ariosto’s Orlando furioso. Readings will also include Chrétien de Troyes’s Lancelot and Perceval, with a final session devoted to T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Taught in English.

Versailles

Larry Norman
Level: Grad
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 35961

Reading and research course.

Versailles: Art, Power, Resistance and the Sun King’s Palace

Larry Norman
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
French Literature
FREN 26043
SIGN 26043

Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles helped shape European culture and history from the Baroque era through the French Revolution, and it continues to animate contemporary international culture. How does this astounding assemblage of architecture, visual arts, landscaping, performance spaces and political arenas reveal transformations in cultural tastes and power arrangements over the centuries? How do literature and art alternately support and subvert absolutist power and state propaganda? To respond we will range across media, from the bitingly satiric comedies and provocative tragedies of the 17th century (Molière, Racine), through royal edicts regulating colonial slavery and first-hand accounts of the 1789 Women’s March on Versailles that upended the monarchy, and finally to cinematic depictions (from Jean Renoir to Sophia Coppola) and experimental palace installations by the world’s leading contemporary artists (Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, etc.). While this course will broadly introduce major themes of French and European culture and history of the early-modern and modern periods, students are also encouraged to pursue in-depth projects in their own areas of interest, from history and political philosophy to the visual arts, theater and performance, and literature. PQ: Students who register under the FREN course number must have completed FREN 20003 or equivalent, and will read French texts in the original.

Vico's New Science

Rocco Rubini
Level: Both
Winter
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 22900/32900
FNDL 21408, CMLT 22501/32501

This course offers a close reading of Giambattista Vico’s masterpiece, New Science (1744)—a work that sets out to refute “all opinions hitherto held about the principles of humanity.” Vico, who is acknowledged as the most resolute scourge of any form of rationalism, breathed new life into rhetoric, imagination, poetry, metaphor, history, and philology in order to promote in his readers that originary “wonder” and “pathos” which sets human beings on the search for truth. However, Vico argues, the truths that are most available and interesting to us are the ones humanity “authored” by means of its culture and history-creating activities. For this reason the study of myth and folklore as well as archeology, anthropology, and ethnology must all play a role in the rediscovery of man. The New Science builds an “alternative philosophy” for a new age and reads like a “novel of formation” recounting the (hi)story of the entire human race and our divine ancestors. In Vico, a prophetic spirit, one recognizes the fulfillment of the Renaissance, the spokesperson of a particular Enlightenment, the precursor of the Kantian revolution, and the forefather of the philosophy of history (Herder, Hegel, and Marx). The New Science remained a strong source of inspiration in the twentieth century (Cassirer, Gadamer, Berlin, Joyce, Beckett, etc.) and may prove relevant in disclosing our own responsibilities in postmodernity. Taught in English.

Women and the Mafia in Contemporary Italian Cinema

Veronica Vegna
Level: Undergrad
Spring
2018-19
Italian Literature
ITAL 27500

This course will examine how gender dynamics within mafia contexts have been represented in a selection of Italian films. Students will engage in cinematic analysis by drawing from sociological and psychological studies on female roles in relation to organized crime. Both these fields, sociology and psychology, have underscored the important part that women play in relation to the mafia, notwithstanding the rigid patriarchal structure that allows only male affiliation. Although focusing primarily on Sicilian mafia, this course will include information on other types of Italian mafia, namely Camorra, ’Ndrangheta and Sacra Corona Unita. Vocabulary in Italian to identify formal elements of the films will be provided throughout the course. PQ: ITAL 20300 or consent of instructor. Taught in Italian.