Courses

BASQ 12000 Elementary Basque I

This course will be an approach to the puzzling language and culture that defines Basque people. A challenge for those who dare to learn a language different from any they have ever heard. A journey to the wonderful land of the Basques, full of enigmas, strong traditions, and peculiar customs that will be discovered through very dynamic activities, such as interactive presentations, brief dialogues, games. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the Basque language through the development of some basic written and conversational skills and through structural analysis. The instructor will propose real communicative situations that will encourage the students to learn the language for the purpose of visiting the Basque Country and being able to communicate in basic ways with Basque speakers. These are usually small classes where it is easy to get a lot of first-hand exposure to the language, and the instructor creates an enriching atmosphere full of entertaining activities and possibilities to hone all skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing—as well as gaining a good grasp of the structure of the language.

2021-2022 Autumn

BASQ 12100 Elementary Basque II

This course will be a continuation of Elementary Basque I, advancing the students’ knowledge of grammatical structure and their receptive, expressive, and conversational skills. The module uses a task-based approach to learning Basque. By means of this methodology, the accumulation of task cycles promotes the acquirement of communicative goals. We will work on different tasks on each lesson, and the progressive build-up of those tasks will cause the gradual improvement of the students’ communicative skills and overall fluency. By the end of the quarter the student should be able to produce grammatically accurate short texts in Basque, interact with speakers of Basque at a basic level while employing a variety of complex cases and tenses, understand a range of basic written and oral texts in Basque, and understand a range of cases and the differences between them. This is achieved by creating a motivating atmosphere where all the students want to take part in the activities, while the teacher guides them during their learning process, providing them with the vocabulary and grammar they need to reach these goals.

Prerequisites

BASQ 12000 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

BASQ 12200 Elementary Basque III

A continuation of Elementary Basque II, with more emphasis in reading/writing and conversation. To consolidate linguistic competence in Basque and expand knowledge of specific areas of grammar. Emphasis will be placed on oral and written competence. Teamwork and personal input will be essential aspects of this module. We will work on practical objectives and will enact real-life situations in groups. Our final aim will be to achieve a relevant and useful command of the Basque language. As in the previous levels, most activities will be very dynamic and interactive.

Prerequisites

BASQ 12100 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

BASQ 24700 Introduction to Basque Culture

Crosslistings
SPAN 24701

Straddling the border of southern France and northern Spain, the land of the Basques has long been home to a people who had no country of their own but have always viewed themselves as a nation. No one has ever been able to find their roots, and their peculiar language is not related to any other in the world, but they have managed to keep their mysterious identity alive, even if many other civilizations tried to blot it out. The aim of this course is to create real situations that will enable the students to learn the meaning of Basque culture. It will be a guided tour throughout Basque history and society. Students will learn about the mysterious origins of the language; they will visit the most beautiful places of the Basque country; they will get to know and appreciate Basque traditions, gastronomy, music... and most importantly, they will be able to compare and contrast their own cultures and share their ideas during the lessons, creating an enriching atmosphere full of entertaining activities, such as listening to music, reading legends and tales, watching documentaries, and much more. This course will be conducted in English. It is not necessary to have prior knowledge of Basque language or culture to take this course.

2021-2022 Winter

CATA 12200 Catalan for Speakers of Romance Languages I

This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Catalan. In this introductory 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.

Prerequisites

Familiarity with a Romance language.

2021-2022 Autumn

CATA 12200 Catalan for Speakers of Romance Languages I

This course is intended for speakers of other Romance languages to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Catalan. In this introductory 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.

Prerequisites

Familiarity with a Romance language.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

CATA 12300 Catalan for Speakers of Romance Languages II

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.

Prerequisites

CATA 11100, CATA 12200 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

CATA 21100 Llengua, societat i cultura I

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.

Prerequisites

CATA 11200, CATA 12300 or consent of instructor

2021-2022 Autumn

CATA 21200 Llengua, societat i cultura II

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.

Prerequisites

CATA 21100 or consent of instructor

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

CATA 21600 Catalan Culture and Society: Art, Music, and Cinema

Crosslistings
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.

The course will be conducted in English.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 10100 Beginning Elementary French I

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.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 10100 Beginning Elementary French I

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.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 10100 Beginning Elementary French I

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.

Nadine O'Connor Di Vito, Khouloud Gargouri, Cécile Spotbeen, Gerdine Ulysse
2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 10200 Beginning Elementary French II

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

Prerequisites

FREN 10100 or placement.

FREN 10200 Beginning Elementary French II

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

Prerequisites

FREN 10100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 10200 Beginning Elementary French II

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

Prerequisites

FREN 10100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 10300 Beginning Elementary French III

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

Prerequisites

FREN 10200 or placement.

Marie Berg, Céline Legrand, Cécile Spotbeen
2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 10300 Beginning Elementary French III

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

Prerequisites

FREN 10200 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 10300 Beginning Elementary French III

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

Prerequisites

FREN 10200 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 12001 Intensive French I

Intensive French I, II and III: This intensive, three-quarter sequence brings students with no prior background in French to advanced-low levels in all four skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—thus preparing students to take third-year level courses in French. Learners who are starting French late in their College careers or who wish to move forward swiftly will gain skills corresponding to two full years of study by completing the entire sequence. Although the three classes constitute a sequence, students may enter the sequence whenever it is appropriate for them based on prior courses or placement exam results. Students may also exit the sequence after any given class and continue in the appropriate course in the Elementary or Intermediate French track. NOTE: Each course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses. FREN 12001, the first course in the sequence, covers the equivalent of FREN 10100 and 10200.

Prerequisites

For students with no prior French, or placement in FREN 10100. Course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 12002 Intensive French II

Intensive French I, II and III: This intensive, three-quarter sequence brings students with no prior background in French to advanced-low levels in all four skills-reading, writing, speaking, and listening-thus preparing students to take third-year level courses in French. Learners who are starting French late in their College careers or who wish to move forward swiftly will gain skills corresponding to two full years of study by completing the entire sequence. Although the three classes constitute a sequence, students may enter the sequence whenever it is appropriate for them based on prior courses or placement exam results. Students may also exit the sequence after any given class and continue in the appropriate course in the Elementary or Intermediate French track. NOTE: Each course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses. FREN 12002, the second course in the sequence, covers the equivalent of FREN 10300 and 20100.

Course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses.

Prerequisites

FREN 10200, FREN 12001 or placement in FREN 10300.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 12003 Intensive French III

Intensive French I, II and III: This intensive, three-quarter sequence brings students with no prior background in French to advanced-low levels in all four skills-reading, writing, speaking, and listening-thus preparing students to take third-year level courses in French. Learners who are starting French late in their College careers or who wish to move forward swiftly will gain skills corresponding to two full years of study by completing the entire sequence. Although the three classes constitute a sequence, students may enter the sequence whenever it is appropriate for them based on prior courses or placement exam results. Students may also exit the sequence after any given class and continue in the appropriate course in the Elementary or Intermediate French track. NOTE: Each course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses. FREN 12003, the third course in the sequence, covers the equivalent of FREN 20200 and 20300.

Course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses.

Prerequisites

FREN 12002, 14500, 20100, or placement in FREN 20200.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 14100 French for Romance Language Speakers

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.

Prerequisites

20100 in another Romance language or consent of instructor

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 14500 French for Global Studies and Economics

Designed as an alternative to FREN 20100 for students in Business Economics, Global Studies and related fields of study, this four-skills course meets the grammatical objectives of FREN 20100 while equipping students with the basic communication skills and cultural awareness necessary in the areas of international exchange and economics. Through exposure to a wide range of material—including essays, newspaper and journal articles, film reviews, professional writing practices—and interactive exercises including discussions, in-class activities, and group projects in simulated professional situations, students will acquire the linguistic skills and sociocultural knowledge required for engagement in international exchange and business economics as well as to participate in larger debates in the Francophone context.

Prerequisites

FREN 10300 or placement in FREN 20100.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 20100 French Language, History, and Culture I

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.

Prerequisites

FREN 10300 or placement.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 20100 French Language, History, and Culture I

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.

Prerequisites

FREN 10300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 20100 French Language, History, and Culture I

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.

Prerequisites

FREN 10300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 20200 French Language, History, and Culture II

This course helps students develop their descriptive and narrative skills through a variety of texts, audio-visual materials, and activities.

Prerequisites

FREN 20100 or placement.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 20200 French Language, History, and Culture II

This course helps students develop their descriptive and narrative skills through a variety of texts, audio-visual materials, and activities.

Prerequisites

FREN 20100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 20200 French Language, History, and Culture II

This course helps students develop their descriptive and narrative skills through a variety of texts, audio-visual materials, and activities.

Prerequisites

FREN 20100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 20300 French Language, History, and Culture III

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.

Prerequisites

FREN 20200 or placement.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 20300 French Language, History, and Culture III

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.

Prerequisites

FREN 20200 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 20300 French Language, History, and Culture III

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.

Prerequisites

FREN 20200 or placement

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 20500 Ecrire en français

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 is 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.

Prerequisites

FREN 20300 or placement.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 20500 Ecrire en français

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 is 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.

Prerequisites

FREN 20300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 20500 Ecrire en français

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 is 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.

Prerequisites

FREN 20300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 20601 Expression orale et phonétique

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.

Prerequisites

FREN 20300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 20602 Expression orale : Décrire l'art moderne et contemporain en français

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.

Taught in French. A screening and a museum field trip are required.

 

Prerequisites

FREN 20300 or placement.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 20604 Expression orale : Parler du monde francophone contemporain

This course focuses on developing advanced oral proficiency skills in French in the context of contemporary cultural, social and political issues in the Francophone world. As Francophonie is a multifaceted concept that can be approached from various perspectives—institutional, linguistic, geopolitical, cultural, and literary—the course will start with a look at what Francophonie is and means in such places as the Caribbean, Europe, Francophone Africa, and North America. Students will read articles, watch and listen to films, reports, and interviews, engage in discussions and debates, conduct interviews, and carry out projects and presentations on themes of their own choosing within this framework.

Prerequisites

FREN 20300, FREN 12003, or placement into FREN 20500

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 21122 Théâtre et relations internationales au XVIIème siècle

Adoptant une perspective transdisciplinaire à la croisée de la littérature, de l’histoire et des études théâtrales, ce cours propose de mettre en conversation des pièces de théâtre du XVIIème siècle français avec les traités diplomatiques et théoriques ainsi que l’histoire internationale dans laquelle elles s’inscrivent. Ce sera l'occasion d'aborder différents points de vue critiques sur la guerre et la diplomatie comme phénomènes politiques et historiques, ainsi que d’approfondir l'Histoire politique de France d’un point de vue mondial, et l’histoire littéraire qui l’accompagne. Le but du cours est de provoquer une réflexion sur les modalités littéraires de la représentation de la guerre et des tentatives humaines de la limiter, ou au contraire l'enchaînement irrésistible des conflits, et les dénonciations morales et politiques de ceux-ci. Les œuvres étudiées incluent: Corneille, Horace, Nicomède; Desmarets de Saint-Sorlin, Europe; Racine, Andromaque, Iphigénie.

Taught in French. This is an introductory-level course.

Prerequisites

FREN 20500 or 20503

2021-2022 Winter

FREN 21601 Francophone Caribbean Culture and Society: Art, Music, and Cinema

Crosslistings
KREY 21600, LACS 21600, GLST 21600, CRES 21600

Francophone Caribbean. Students will study a wide range of its cultural manifestations (performing arts like music and dance, literature, cinema, architecture and other visual arts, gastronomy). Attention is also paid to such sociolinguistic issues as the coexistence of French and Kreyol, and the standardization of Kreyol. Taught in English.

2021-2022 Spring

FREN 21820 Blinding Enlightenment

The French Enlightenment marks a blinding explosion of moral, philosophical, and artistic creativity. The dynamics of self and other are explored as vehicles for critical thought as well as a playful, even ironic understanding of a modern self that is being defined and constructed in and through many of the works that we will read for this course. The dialectics of passion and reason are examined in this unfurling of a newly self-conscious modernity. This introductory-level course will examine some of the great works of the French Enlightenment in their specific relation to the world we have become. Works by Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot, and Rousseau, as well as Marivaux and Beaumarchais; genres: theater, novels, philosophical dialogues, and tales.

Introductory-level course. Discussion, readings, and writing in French.

Prerequisites

FREN 20500 or 20503

2021-2022 Winter

FREN 23422 Mourning and Commemoration in Pre-Modern French Literature

This is an introductory-level course that will interrogate how experiences of death and mortality were understood and described by literary works in the pre-modern era. Be they environmental, political, or medical, the crises we face today are by no means unique to the 21st century. As distanced as we may feel from plague, crusades, and unceasing warfare, a closer look forces us to rethink what has really changed in 500 years, while offering us a deeper understanding of practices and representations from the past. The shared human anxieties related to temporal and corporeal finality and the unknown will inform a critical reading of French literary works that take on death and mortality, including texts by Eustache Deschamps, François Villon, Michel de Montaigne, and Christine de Pizan.

Introductory-level course. Taught in English with readings in French.

Prerequisites

FREN 20500 or 20503.

2021-2022 Winter

FREN 24522 French Modernism in Context

This course aims to provide an introduction to the historical set of aesthetic and ideological tenets of modernism as they developed in France at the beginning of the twentieth century, and will revolve around the following questions: What are the main features of French modernism? What is the place of France on the map of global modernism? What is the reception of French modernist writers in other countries?

1913 is generally considered as the pivotal year in the history of French modernism. In fact, some of the most important works of this period were published, such as Marcel Proust’s "Du côté de chez Swann," Guillaume Apollinaire’s "Alcools," Sonia Delaunay and Blaise Cendrars’ "Prose du Transsibérien." These works will provide the starting point for our investigation on French literature of the first decades of the century and will be used as a bridge for a transnational reflection on modernism seen as a local and global cultural phenomenon connecting intellectuals all over the European continent and beyond. Other readings will include Colette, Breton, Gide. The Anglophone and Italian traditions will also be given special attention.

Taught in English and readings will be available in English. Students taking the course for French credit will read French texts in the original language and produce at least one piece of written work in the target language.

Prerequisites

Students must be in their third or fourth year.

2021-2022 Spring

FREN 25622 Narratives of Travel and Conquest, 12th-16th centuries

Crosslistings
MDVL 25622

In this course we will read a variety of French travel and conquest narratives ranging from medieval stories of Alexander the Great to early accounts of Atlantic colonial endeavors and travel in the Americas. Employing both literary and historical approaches, as well as studies of manuscripts and maps, we will consider how travel and conquest relate to one another; how these narratives changed over time to both reflect and produce new ideologies, circumstances, and literary forms; the influence that literary cultures and conventions had on the depiction and treatment of foreign peoples and places; and in turn the impact of travel and conquest/colonialism on ideas of France and Frenchness.

For three weeks during the quarter, we will focus on an early 15th-century account of a French colonial expedition to the Canary Islands, "Le Livre nommé le Canarien." This focus will include a hands-on approach to the text, as our class will learn about the process of turning a medieval manuscript into a modern edition; work with the Newberry Library’s extensive collections of maps and documents related to the history of travel; and have the opportunity to contribute to a public and digital humanities project.

Taught primarily in French.

Prerequisites

FREN 20500 or equivalent. Students must be in their third or fourth year.

2021-2022 Spring

FREN 26012 Introduction au théâtre maghrébin

Ce cours offre un aperçu de l’évolution de l’art dramatique au Maroc, en Algérie et en Tunisie en examinant des questions telles que l’apport des formes populaires, l’emprunt aux textes étrangers, et le lien entre l’écriture théâtrale et des débats d’ordre social, culturel ou politique. On analysera en particulier les formes d’écriture, de mise en scène et de performance pratiquées par les dramaturges maghrébins et la manière dont leurs créations permettent de repenser les cultures et les mémoires nationales, le rapport entre le théâtre et l’histoire ainsi que la représentation des identités maghrébines et de leur dialogue avec l’étranger. Les dramaturges étudiés comprennent Tayeb Saddiki, Driss Ksikes, Kateb Yacine, Aziz Chouaki, Jalila Baccar, Fadhel Jaïbi.

Taught in French. All work in French for students seeking FREN credit; written work may be in English for those taking the course for TAPS credit. This is an introductory-level course.

2021-2022 Spring

FREN 27721 Relating Race and Religion: Critical Concepts of Blackness and Jewishness

Crosslistings
ANTH 23916 / CMLT 27721 / CRES 27721 / GLST 27721 / GNSE 27721 / JWSC 27721 / RLST 27721

This course examines Blackness and Jewishness in order to untangle the intersections of race and religion as they are represented in political polemic, fiction, memoir and philosophy in France and the United States from the 1960s to the present. Founded on ideals of universalism, pluralism and secularism, France and the United States are fraught with contradictions when it comes to race and religion. You will critique these founding ideals in order to expose their contradictions, and in the process seek new ways to articulate how religion and race, along with intersecting categories such as gender and sexuality, can become tools of political resistance. Readings include works by thinkers such as Césaire, Fanon, Memmi, Levinas and Foucault, along with literary classics by Nella Larsen and Sarah Kofman, and contemporary critical essays by Judith Butler, Christina Sharpe and Talal Asad. Throughout this course, you will examine how the concepts of race and religion are key components of the political, philosophical and ethical projects of these authors, and develop historical and conceptual perspective on the origins and current forms of debates that trouble the boundaries between personal and political.

Kirsten Collins
2021-2022 Spring

ITAL 10100 Beginning Elementary Italian I

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.

ITAL 10200 Beginning Elementary Italian II

This course offers a rapid review of the basic patterns of the language and expands on the material presented in ITAL 10100.

Prerequisites

ITAL 10100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

ITAL 10300 Beginning Elementary Italian III

This course expands on the material presented in ITAL 10200, reviewing and elaborating the basic patterns of the language. Successful completion of ITAL 10300 meets the language competence requirement.

Prerequisites

ITAL 10200 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

ITAL 12200 Italian for Speakers of Romance Languages

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.

Prerequisites

20100 in another Romance language or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

ITAL 12200 Italian for Speakers of Romance Languages

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.

Prerequisites

20100 in another Romance language or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

ITAL 20100 Italian Language, History, and Culture I

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.

Prerequisites

ITAL 10300 or placement.

2021-2022 Autumn

ITAL 20200 Italian Language, History, and Culture II

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.

Prerequisites

ITAL 20100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

ITAL 20300 Italian Language, History, and Culture III

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.

Prerequisites

ITAL 20200 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

ITAL 20400 Corso di perfezionamento

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.

Prerequisites

ITAL 20300, placement, or consent of instructor.

2021-2022 Autumn

ITAL 20600 Cinema italiano: lingua e cultura

This course examines aspects of Italian language and culture through the study of a variety of Italian films. While acquiring the necessary vocabulary and conceptual tools to identify formal filmic elements, students will improve their language proficiency and broaden their knowledge of Italian culture, with a particular attention to historical and sociolinguistic features. Film analysis will also help foster intercultural reflection and awareness of selected past and current social issues in Italy.

Taught in Italian.

Prerequisites

ITAL 20300 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

ITAL 21322 Literature and/of/Against Fascism

How do people become fascists? How does Fascism rise to power? How does literature support, survive or oppose a totalitarian regime? Through literary and visual texts we will explore these and other questions related both to the specificity of Italian fascism and more generally to the relationship between political power and artistic practice. We will examine the fascination with the “superman” and new technologies, the dream of colonial expansion and the building of empire, censorship and the myth of autarky, overt and clandestine forms of dissent, and translation as political resistance. We will read texts by a variety of authors, including Gabriele D’Annunzio, F. T. Marinetti, Benedetto Croce, Primo and Carlo Levi, Benito Mussolini, Eugenio Montale, Elio Vittorini, Cesare Pavese and Curzio Malaparte. We will also analyze interpretations of Fascism and Resistance through films such as Pastrone’s "Cabiria" and Rossellini’s "Paisà," and through an overview of the main periodicals and publishing houses of the time.

2021-2022 Winter

ITAL 21822 Creative Ecologies: Environmental and Multispecies Storytelling

Crosslistings
CMLT 21822 / ENST 21822

Literature plays a pivotal role in addressing environmental issues by perpetuating damaging narratives or offering creative solutions for sustainable living. What then is the role of literature in an era of ecological crisis? How does it forward environmental change? How do writers represent the natural world and imagine radical ways of living ecologically? To answer these questions, we will turn to the field of ecocriticism informed by queer ecology, decolonial thought and critical animal studies. We will explore the themes of migration, extinction, hegemony, and biodiversity in texts of various genres, from poetry to speculative fiction, particularly in relation to imperial, colonial, and capitalist ecologies.


In questioning troublesome dichotomies within our reading, such as domestic/wild and nature/culture, we will also examine the links between environmental concerns and gender, race, class, and species. While discussions will address Italy's role in aggravating or lessening environmental concerns through the lens of 20th and 21st century literature and culture, our approach will remain comparative and global in scope. We will also reconsider the literary canon by privileging historically marginalized voices that narrativize ethical and sociopolitical issues related to ecology. The course will include visits to Special Collections and the Map Collection to further enrich our engagement with the literary sources.

Taught in English. No prior knowledge of Italian is required.

2021-2022 Autumn

ITAL 22722 Magic, Madness, and Marvels: Renaissance Epic Literature from the Page to the Stage

Italian Renaissance epics present us with kaleidoscope worlds of complex plots, torrid romances, frenzied madness, and marvelous enchantments. Under the vestments of wonder and imagination, they give us a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Italian Renaissance culture. In this course, we will closely examine the intertextual nature of these works (e.g., Ariosto’s "Orlando furioso," Tasso’s "Gerusalemme liberata") along with their various renditions in musical spectacles (e.g., Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell) and in other artistic media. Using these diverse sources as a foundation, we will examine the roles of the magician, necromancer, and enchantress; demons and the possessed; the madman; and others. Engaging with an array of source materials, you will leave this course with a deeper understanding of why the Renaissance was called the “age of the marvelous” (Kenseth) and will have the tools to decipher the rich and diverse artistic mediations of Italian epics that continue to be relevant even today.

Taught in Italian, with texts read in Italian.

2021-2022 Winter

ITAL 25210 Brevitas

Reflecting on his preference for short literary forms, Italo Calvino identifies brevitas as “the true vocation of Italian literature, which is poor in novelists but rich in poets, who even when they write in prose give their best in texts where the highest degree of invention and thought is contained in a few pages.” Taking as a starting point Calvino’s statement, this course explores the short and fragmentary forms of Italian literature. Not only short stories, but also aphorisms, epigrams, lyrical fragments, cases, and apologues. Some of our guiding questions will be: What are the resources of expressive density? Is a fragment the negation of a superior unity or the compendium of an entire universe? How does silence shape brevitas?

The moments of close reading and theoretical reflection will be alternated with creative writing activities, in which students will have the opportunity to engage more closely and actively with the encountered texts. This course is especially designed to help students improve their written Italian and literary interpretive skills.

Taught in Italian.

Prerequisites

This is an Italian gateway course.

2021-2022 Winter

ITAL 27020 Modern Italian Cinema: Ways of Representation and Forms of Life

Crosslistings
CMST 23002

The course aims to focus on the bond that exists in the Italian tradition between ways of cinematographic representation and forms of life. Italian cinema, especially from the post-war period on, has in fact constructed a unique link between cinematographic images and the practices, values, customs and lifestyles of an entire country. At a time of profound historical crisis, the Italian post–Second World War cinema succeeded in reviving Italy and Italian cinema, also constituting the development of a properly cinematographic “romanesque form,” which the critic André Bazin thought to have profound analogies with the American modern novel. It is only with cinematographic modernity that cinema reaches the complexity and richness of its forms, through an encounter with a reality that is no longer filtered by the codification of classical generic forms. Authors such as De Sica, Rossellini, Fellini, Pietrangeli, Ferreri, Antonioni, and Pasolini will be studied.

Taught in English.

Roberto De Gaetano
2021-2022 Spring

KREY 12200 Kreyol for Speakers of French I

Crosslistings
LACS 12220

This course is intended for speakers of French, to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Kreyol (Kreyòl Ayisyen). In this introductory course, students learn ways to apply their skills in French (or another Romance language with instructor consent) to mastering Kreyol by concentrating on the similarities and differences between the two languages. Open to students with knowledge of another Romance language and instructor consent as well as heritage learners of Kreyol.

2021-2022 Autumn

KREY 12300 Kreyol for Speakers of French II

Crosslistings
LACS 12300

This course is intended for speakers of French, to quickly develop competence in spoken and written Kreyol (Kreyòl Ayisyen). In this intermediate-level course, students learn ways to apply their skills in French (or another Romance language with instructor consent) to mastering Kreyol 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 KREY 12200.

Prerequisites

KREY 12200 or consent of instructor.

2021-2022 Winter

KREY 21600 Francophone Caribbean Culture and Society: Art, Music, and Cinema

Crosslistings
FREN 21601, LACS 21600, GLST 21600, CRES 21600

This course provides an interdisciplinary survey of the contemporary Francophone Caribbean. Students will study a wide range of its cultural manifestations (performing arts like music and dance, literature, cinema, architecture and other visual arts, gastronomy). Attention is also paid to such sociolinguistic issues as the coexistence of French and Kreyol, and the standardization of Kreyol.

Taught in English.

2021-2022 Spring

PORT 10100 Beginning Elementary Portuguese I

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.

2021-2022 Autumn

PORT 10200 Beginning Elementary Portuguese II

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

Prerequisites

PORT 10100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

PORT 10300 Beginning Elementary Portuguese III

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

Successful completion of PORT 10300 fulfills the competency requirement

Prerequisites

PORT 10200 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

PORT 12200 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

This course 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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10300 or consent of instructor.

2021-2022 Autumn

PORT 12200 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Crosslistings
LACS 12200

This course 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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10300 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

PORT 14100 Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages

Crosslistings
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.

Prerequisites

20100 in another Romance language or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

PORT 14500 Portuguese for the Professions: Intensive Business Portuguese

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.

Prerequisites

PORT 10200, SPAN 20100, or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

PORT 20100 Intermediate Portuguese

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.

Prerequisites

PORT 10300, 12200 or placement.

2021-2022 Autumn

PORT 20500 Cultura do Mundo Lusófono

Crosslistings
LACS 20500

In this course students will explore the culture of the Lusophone world through the study of a wide variety of contemporary literary and journalistic texts from Brazil, Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, and unscripted recordings. This advanced language course targets the development of writing skills and oral proficiency in Portuguese. Students will review problematic grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple class debates, using authentic readings and listening segments as linguistic models on which to base their own production.

Prerequisites

PORT 20100 or consent of the instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

PORT 20600 Composição e Conversação Avançada

Crosslistings
LACS 20600

The objective of this course is to help students acquire advanced grammatical knowledge of the Portuguese language through exposure to cultural and literary content with a focus on Brazil. Students develop skills to continue perfecting their oral and written proficiency and comprehension of authentic literary texts and recordings, while also being exposed to relevant sociocultural and political contemporary topics. Students read, analyze, and discuss authentic texts by established writers from the lusophone world; they watch and discuss videos of interviews with writers and other prominent figures to help them acquire the linguistic skills required in academic discourse. Through exposure to written and spoken authentic materials, students learn the grammatical and lexical tools necessary to understand such materials as well as produce their own written analysis, response, and commentary. In addition, they acquire knowledge on major Brazilian authors and works.

Prerequisites

PORT 20100 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

PORT 21500 Curso de Aperfeiçoamento

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.

Prerequisites

PORT 20200, PORT 20600 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

PORT 21903 Brazilian Theater and Film

Crosslistings
LACS 21905

This course offers an overview of theater and cinema in Brazil, from the late nineteenth century to the present. Through an array of films and plays, students will become familiar with cultural, aesthetic, political, social, and environmental aspects of Brazil. The course will also discuss performance, adaptation, and intersections between theater and film. Play writers and filmmakers may include Qorpo Santo, Oswald de Andrade, Nelson Rodrigues, Ariano Suassuna, Plínio Marcos, Denise Stoklos, Mário Peixoto, Glauber Rocha, Susana Amaral, Guel Arraes, Lucia Murat, Eduardo Coutinho, and Kleber Mendoça Filho, among others.

Taught in English, with readings available in Portuguese and English.

2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 10100 Beginning Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 10100 is the initial segment of the first-year course sequence in Spanish language. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written Spanish (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistic norms) and emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. This course is intended for students with no previous exposure to Spanish.

SPAN 10100 Beginning Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 10100 is the initial segment of the first-year course sequence in Spanish language. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written Spanish (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistic norms) and emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading. This course is intended for students with no previous exposure to Spanish.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 10200 Beginning Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 10200 is the second segment of the first-year course sequence in Spanish language. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written Spanish (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistic norms) and emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10100 or placement.

Darcy Lear, James León Weber, Sabra Duarte, Amaia Agraso
2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 10200 Beginning Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 10200 is the second segment of the first-year course sequence in Spanish language. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written Spanish (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistic norms) and emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 10200 Beginning Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 10200 is the second segment of the first-year course sequence in Spanish language. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written Spanish (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistic norms) and emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 10300 Beginning Elementary Spanish III

SPAN 10300 is the third and final segment of the first-year course sequence in Spanish language. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written Spanish (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistic norms) and emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10200, SPAN 14100, or placement.

Felipe Pieras-Guasp, Antonio Diaz
2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 10300 Beginning Elementary Spanish III

SPAN 10300 is the third and final segment of the first-year course sequence in Spanish language. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written Spanish (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistic norms) and emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10200, SPAN 14100, or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 10300 Beginning Elementary Spanish III

SPAN 10300 is the third and final segment of the first-year course sequence in Spanish language. It provides students with a solid foundation in the basic patterns of spoken and written Spanish (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistic norms) and emphasizes all four skills: speaking, listening, writing, and reading.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10200, SPAN 14100, or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 12001 Intensive Spanish I

This intensive, three-quarter sequence brings students with no prior background in Spanish to advanced-low levels in all four skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—thus preparing students to take third-year level courses in the language. Learners who are starting Spanish late in their College careers or who wish to move forward swiftly will gain skills corresponding to two full years of study by completing the entire sequence. Although the three classes constitute a sequence, students may enter the sequence whenever it is appropriate for them based on prior courses or placement exam results. Students may also exit the sequence after any given class and continue in the appropriate course in the Elementary or Intermediate Spanish track. NOTE: Each course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses.

Prerequisites

SPAN 12001 is the equivalent of SPAN 10100 and SPAN 10200.

Staff
2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 12002 Intensive Spanish II

This intensive, three-quarter sequence brings students with no prior background in Spanish to advanced-low levels in all four skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—thus preparing students to take third-year level courses in the language. Learners who are starting Spanish late in their College careers or who wish to move forward swiftly will gain skills corresponding to two full years of study by completing the entire sequence. Although the three classes constitute a sequence, students may enter the sequence whenever it is appropriate for them based on prior courses or placement exam results. Students may also exit the sequence after any given class and continue in the appropriate course in the Elementary or Intermediate Spanish track. NOTE: Each course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses.

SPAN 12002 is the equivalent of SPAN 10300 and SPAN 20100

Prerequisites

SPAN 10200, SPAN 14100, SPAN 12001 or placement into SPAN 10300.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 12003 Intensive Spanish III

This intensive, three-quarter sequence brings students with no prior background in Spanish to advanced-low levels in all four skills—reading, writing, speaking, and listening—thus preparing students to take third-year level courses in the language. Learners who are starting Spanish late in their College careers or who wish to move forward swiftly will gain skills corresponding to two full years of study by completing the entire sequence. Although the three classes constitute a sequence, students may enter the sequence whenever it is appropriate for them based on prior courses or placement exam results. Students may also exit the sequence after any given class and continue in the appropriate course in the Elementary or Intermediate Spanish track. NOTE: Each course is 200 units and corresponds in workload to taking two courses.

Spanish 12003 is the equivalent of Spanish 20200 and Spanish 20300

Prerequisites

SPAN 20100, SPAN 12002, or placement into SPAN 20200.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 14100 Spanish for Romance Language Speakers

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

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20100 Spanish Language, History, and Culture I

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20100 Spanish Language, History, and Culture I

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20102 Spanish Language, History, and Culture for Heritage Speakers I

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10300 or placement. Open only to heritage speakers.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20102 Spanish Language, History, and Culture for Heritage Speakers I

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 10300 or placement. Open only to heritage speakers.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20200 Spanish Language, History, and Culture II

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20200 Spanish Language, History, and Culture II

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20100 or placement.

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 20200 Spanish Language, History, and Culture II

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20100 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20300 Spanish Language, History, and Culture III

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20200 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20300 Spanish Language, History, and Culture III

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20200 or placement.

SPAN 20300 Spanish Language, History, and Culture III

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20200 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20302 Spanish Language, History, and Culture for Heritage Speakers II/III

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20102 or SPAN 20200 or placement. Open only to heritage speakers or with consent of instructor.

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 20302 Spanish Language, History, and Culture for Heritage Speakers II/III

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20102 or SPAN 20200 or placement. Open only to heritage speakers or with consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20304 Spanish for the Professions

This course is designed as an alternative to SPAN 20300 for students aspiring to use Spanish in a professional context. In order for both courses to serve as equal preparation for the following course in the sequence (SPAN 20400), the textbook used and the grammatical topics covered in SPAN 20300 and 20304 are identical, while some readings, listenings, and vocabulary will differ. Students will expand their lexical and cultural knowledge of their chosen professional area through self-selected readings and a presentation, and will hone linguistic skills relevant to any workplace environment.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20200 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20305 Legal Spanish: Public interest Law in the US

This course brings students to high-intermediate levels in reading, speaking, and listening for the practice of public interest law in the US. Learners will build proficiency around relevant topic areas so that they can read, listen, explain, present and solicit information related to rights, procedures, legal actions, etc. Pre-requisite: one year of university-level Spanish or equivalent.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20200.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20310 Chicago Habla Español

Crosslistings
CHST 20310 / LACS 20310

Chicago is known to have multiple, diverse Spanish-speaking communities. In this course, students will immerse themselves in these communities to analyze and debate current issues confronting the LatinX experience in the United States and Midwest. In parallel, class instruction will reinforce and expand students’ grammatical and lexical proficiency in a manner that will allow students to engage in real-life activities involving speaking, reading, listening and writing skills. This intermediate-high language course targets the development of writing skills and oral proficiency in Spanish and is designed as an alternative to SPAN 20300. In class, students will review problematic grammatical structures, write a number of essays, and participate in multiple conversations using authentic readings and listening segments as linguistic models on which to base their own production. At the end of class, students are expected to produce an individual project.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20200

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20400 Composición y conversación avanzada I

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20400 Composición y conversación avanzada I

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20400 Composición y conversación avanzada I

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

SPAN 20402 Curso de redacción académica para hablantes nativos

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20302 or placement. Open only to native and heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20402 Curso de redacción académica para hablantes nativos

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20302 or placement. Open only to native and heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 20500 Composición y conversación avanzada II

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20400 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 20500 Composición y conversación avanzada II

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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20400 or consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20602 Discurso académico para hablantes nativos

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).

Prerequisites

SPAN 20302 or placement. Open only to native and heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 20602 Discurso académico para hablantes nativos

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).

Prerequisites

SPAN 20302 or placement. Open only to native and heritage speakers with consent of instructor.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 21008 Introduction to Latinx Literature

Crosslistings
ENGL 11008 / CMLT 11008 / LACS 11008

From the activist literature of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement to contemporary fiction and poetry, this course explores the forms, aesthetics, and political engagements of U.S. Latinx literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. Theoretical readings are drawn from Chicanx Studies, Latinx Studies, American Studies, Latin American Studies, Hemispheric Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Postcolonial Studies, as we explore Latinx literature in the context of current debates about globalization, neoliberalism, and U.S. foreign policy; Latinx literature's response to technological and socio-political changes and its engagement with race, gender, sexuality, class, and labor; and its dialogues with indigenous, Latin American, North American, and European literatures. (Poetry, 1830-1940, Theory)

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 21100 Las regiones del español

Crosslistings
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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 21100 Las regiones del español

Crosslistings
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.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or placement.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 21150 El español en los Estados Unidos

Crosslistings
LACS 21150

This sociolinguistic course expands understanding of both the historical and the contemporary development of Spanish in parts of the United States, and awareness of the great sociocultural diversity within the Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and its impact on the Spanish language. This course emphasizes the interrelationship between language and culture as well as ethno-historical transformations within the different regions of the United States. 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 English on dialectical aspects. The course includes sociolinguistic texts, audio-visual materials, and visits by native speakers of a variety of Spanish-speaking regions in the United States.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 21500 Introducción al análisis literario

Through a variety of representative works of Hispanic literature, this course focuses on the discussion and practical application of different approaches to the critical reading of literary texts. We also study basic concepts and problems of literary theory, as well as strategies for research and academic writing in Spanish.

Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 21610 Catalan Culture and Society: Art, Music, and Cinema

Crosslistings
CATA 21600

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.

Prerequisites

The course will be conducted in English.

2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 21705 Iberian Literatures and Cultures: Medieval and Early Modern

Crosslistings
MDVL 21705

This class explores Spanish language, literature, and culture focusing on premodern Iberian texts and artifacts. We will start by anonymous "Cantar de Mio Cid," the first great vernacular epic in the Middle Ages, and we will end in Maria de Zayas's "Novelas ejemplares," one of the finest expressions of European early modern short story. Between these two literary works we will talk about music, painting, witchcraft, conversion, and the Inquisition as milestones of a five-century span. In this time Spanish consolidates as a written language, while numerous political and religious conflicts mark the struggle for hegemony in the Iberian Peninsula. The class will function like a seminar and be discussion-based. In addition to enhancing your knowledge of Iberian cultural history and improving your close reading and critical thinking skills, this course is designed to continue building on your linguistic competence in Spanish.

Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

NOTE: This course is the equivalent of SPAN 21703.

 

2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 21805 Iberian Literatures and Cultures: Modern and Contemporary

This is a survey of the literatures and cultures of Spain from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The course offers an introduction to key historical moments of Spanish modernity, including the age of liberalism and the end of the empire, the Civil War and the Spanish exile, and the fight for democracy and equality in the Transition period and in the present day. Through literature, film, and the visual arts we will discuss topics such as the rivalry of competing national projects, the creative tension between tradition and avant-garde, the relationship between languages, literature, and society, and the struggles of women, among others. We will study towering cultural figures such as Emilia Pardo Bazán, Federico García Lorca, Mercè Rodoreda, Pablo Picasso, or Luis Buñuel, among many others. In addition to enhancing your knowledge of Iberian cultural history and improving your close reading and critical thinking skills, this course is designed to continue building on your linguistic competence in Spanish.

Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

NOTE: This course is the equivalent of SPAN 21803.

 

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 21905 Latin American Literatures and Cultures: Colonial and 19th-Century

Crosslistings
CRES 21950 / LACS 21900

This course introduces students to the writing produced in Hispanic and Portuguese America during the period marked by the early processes of European colonization in the sixteenth century through the revolutionary movements that, in the nineteenth century, led to the establishment of independent nation-states across the continent. The assigned texts relate to the first encounters between Indigenous, Black, and European populations in the region, to the emergence of distinct (“New World”) notions of cultural identity (along with the invention of new racial categories), and to the disputes over the meaning of nationhood that characterized the anti-colonial struggles for independence. Issues covered in this survey include the idea of texts as spaces of cultural and political conflict; the relationships between Christianization, secularization, and practices of racialization; the transatlantic slave trade; the uses of the colonial past in early nationalist projects; and the aesthetic languages through which this production was partly articulated (such as the Barroco de Indias, or “New World baroque,” Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Modernismo, among others). In addition to enhancing your knowledge of Latin American cultural history and improving your close reading and critical thinking skills, this course is designed to continue building on your linguistic competence in Spanish.

Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

NOTE: This course is the equivalent of SPAN 21903.

 

2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 22005 Latin American Literatures and Cultures: 20th and 21st Centuries

Crosslistings
CRES 21955 / LACS 22005

This course will survey some of the main literary and cultural tendencies in Latin America from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. We will pay special attention to their aesthetic dimensions, as well as the socio-historical and political conditions that made them possible, and in which they simultaneously intervened. Questions to be studied might include the innovations of the Modernist and avant-garde movements, fantastic literature, the novel of the so-called “Boom,” cultural production associated with revolutionary movements, military dictatorships, and the Cold War, as well as new currents in literary and theatrical practices. Likewise, the course will foreground some of the following concepts relevant to the study of this production: modernity and modernization; development and neoliberalism; neo-colonialism and empire; cultural autonomy and ideas of poetic and cultural renewal; the epic vs. the novel; realism and non-verisimilitude; and performativity, among others. In addition to enhancing your knowledge of Latin American cultural history and improving your close reading and critical thinking skills, this course is designed to continue building on your linguistic competence in Spanish.

Taught in Spanish

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

NOTE: This course is the equivalent of SPAN 22003.

 

2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 22005 Latin American Literatures and Cultures: 20th and 21st Centuries

Crosslistings
CRES 21955 / LACS 22005

This course will survey some of the main literary and cultural tendencies in Latin America from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. We will pay special attention to their aesthetic dimensions, as well as the socio-historical and political conditions that made them possible, and in which they simultaneously intervened. Questions to be studied might include the innovations of the Modernist and avant-garde movements, fantastic literature, the novel of the so-called “Boom,” cultural production associated with revolutionary movements, military dictatorships, and the Cold War, as well as new currents in literary and theatrical practices. Likewise, the course will foreground some of the following concepts relevant to the study of this production: modernity and modernization; development and neoliberalism; neo-colonialism and empire; cultural autonomy and ideas of poetic and cultural renewal; the epic vs. the novel; realism and non-verisimilitude; and performativity, among others. In addition to enhancing your knowledge of Latin American cultural history and improving your close reading and critical thinking skills, this course is designed to continue building on your linguistic competence in Spanish.

Taught in Spanish

Prerequisites

SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

NOTE: This course is the equivalent of SPAN 22003.

2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 24701 Introduction to Basque Culture

Crosslistings
BASQ 24700

Straddling the border of southern France and northern Spain, the land of the Basques has long been home to a people who had no country of their own but have always viewed themselves as a nation. No one has ever been able to find their roots, and their peculiar language is not related to any other in the world, but they have managed to keep their mysterious identity alive, even if many other civilizations tried to blot it out. The aim of this course is to create real situations that will enable the students to learn the meaning of Basque culture. It will be a guided tour throughout Basque history and society. Students will learn about the mysterious origins of the language; they will visit the most beautiful places of the Basque country; they will get to know and appreciate Basque traditions, gastronomy, music... and most importantly, they will be able to compare and contrast their own cultures and share their ideas during the lessons, creating an enriching atmosphere full of entertaining activities, such as listening to music, reading legends and tales, watching documentaries, and much more. This course will be conducted in English. It is not necessary to have prior knowledge of Basque language or culture to take this course.

2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 26722 Literatura y escuela

Crosslistings
LACS 26722

Today, institutions of education have become one of the most intense sites of the so-called “culture wars,” both in Latin America and the United States. This situation, of course, is part of a longer history. In this course, we will explore the complex relations between literature and institutions of learning in twentieth-century Latin America in order to understand (or try to understand) the institutional, cultural and political present we now face. On the one hand, we will read essays on the subject by important Latin American pedagogues, who were most times in charge of developing their countries’ educational systems. On the other, we will read works of fiction (short stories, novels, memoirs) that formulate concrete images of the ‘school experience.’ We’ll pay attention to the ways in which the school distributed cultural capital (knowledges, skills, tastes) and produced cultural difference (nationality, gender, race, class) amongst subjects. In this sense, the objective of the class is to provide students with historical, linguistic and analytic tools they can use to understand and shape their institutional present.

Taught in Spanish.

2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 26822 Women and Food in Latin America

Crosslistings
GNSE 26822 / LACS 26822

Taking on a transatlantic and trans-historic approach to understanding the role and representation of women in connection to food, this course will explore a diverse array of cultural artifacts ranging from 1583 to contemporary times. We will read authors such as Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Spanish chronicles about the food cultures of the Mexica people, alongside cookbooks, and representations of women and food in Baroque, Colonial Latin American, and Latinx art. We will put premodern and modern sources in dialogue in order to flesh out the long-standing ideas and representations of women’s relation to food. Some of the questions we will explore are: How have notions of race shaped the experience of Latin American women in the kitchen? What modes of knowledge transmission has food enabled for women? How have Mexican and Latinx women re-appropriated the figure of a 17th-century poet as a culinary icon? How have poets re-imagined the religious meanings of food? Our focus will be on how notions of motherhood, femininity, and sexuality are expressed and constituted in practices and cultural beliefs about food. We will also explore how women have reimagined the space of the kitchen and challenged conventions such as domesticity, breastfeeding, health, and appetite. Today, gender inequality in the domestic space and the food industry is still very much a reality. For that reason, this class also aims to reflect upon women’s contemporary issues in relation to eating and cooking.

2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 27822 Ficciones comerciales: Dinero, mercado y literatura

Crosslistings
LACS 27822

El objetivo de este curso es reflexionar sobre las complejas dinámicas entre dinero, mercado y cultura a partir de algunos ejemplos literarios producidos en Latinoamérica al final del siglo XX y durante lo corrido del siglo XXI. Los ejes temáticos que guiarán el curso son: i) la relación entre la literatura y la industria editorial (el relato como capital y/o mercancía, editoriales cartoneras), ii) la producción de espacios (centros comerciales) y prácticas de consumo masivos (publicidad), iv) el uso del lenguaje económico en la narrativa y la poesía, v) la circulación de valores y mercancías entre diferentes geografías, vi) “ficcionalizaciones” y metáforas del dinero, y vii) la producción de sujetos a través del discurso de la mercadotecnia y la publicidad. La intensificación de la producción industrial y la lógica del mercado y su inferencia en el campo de la cultura ha transformado la forma cómo producimos y consumimos bienes culturales. Los textos incluidos en este curso desde diferentes posiciones reflexionan sobre esta contaminación, dramatizando sus efectos o sugiriendo alternativas. Aunque el énfasis del curso serán textos literarios, películas y algunas obras de arte también serán objeto de análisis. Algunos de los autores que leeremos en este curso son, Mario Levrero, César Aira, Andrés Neuman, Lina Meruane, Alan Pauls, Mario Bellatín, entre otros.

2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 28922 La escritura autobiográfica latinoamericana

Crosslistings
LACS 28922

TBD.

Taught in Spanish.

2021-2022 Spring

42100 Reading & Research

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Staff
2021-2022 Autumn

42100 Readings And Research: French

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Staff
2021-2022 Autumn

42100 Reading And Research

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Staff
2021-2022 Autumn

42100 Readings And Research: Italian

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Staff
2021-2022 Autumn

CATA 21900 /CATA 31900 Contemporary Catalan Literature

Crosslistings
SPAN 21910 / SPAN 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.

Taught in English.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

CATA 22221 /CATA 32221 Patterns of Resilience: Politics, Culture and Identity in Contemporary Catalonia

Crosslistings
SPAN 22221 / SPAN 32221

Catalonia can be considered a unique laboratory for studying the complexity of present-day identity politics. On the one hand, Catalan society is marked by pronounced levels of cultural diversity, and it is a remarkably multilingual and multicultural society that has managed to incorporate successive waves of immigration without significant strife. On the other hand, Catalonia is strongly shaped by the resilience of patterns of collective belonging based on a shared historical trajectory — in spite of their lacking operative institutional structures for most of the 19th and 20th centuries, Catalans have been remarkably successful in reclaiming and readopting a singular tradition as a people. The most significant recent chapter in this trajectory has been the rising claim to sovereignty, which reflects the continuity and strength of a common identity project, even if this project has not remained uncontested.

The course will focus on Catalonia’s complex diversity and on the intricacies that underlie its political articulation. From a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, it will offer the methodological orientation that is required for interpreting the interplay of culture and politics on a thick, contextually informed basis. The Catalan experience offers evidence of how the tension between the “communitarian” rootedness and the “cosmopolitan” openness of shared civic identities can be tackled in productive ways that point beyond hegemonic nation-state narratives.

Knowledge of Catalan and Spanish will be helpful, but not required.

Peter Kraus
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 23333 /FREN 33333 Reading French for Research Purposes

Reading French for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in French. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of French grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well in FREN 33333/23333 will be able to synthesize key points, arguments and evidence in scholarly texts into their own research. The course also includes practice of skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in French, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA). Undergraduate students have the option of taking the ARCA, or completing a final assignment in which they identify, cite, and describe the relevance of multiple French secondary texts in their discipline or to a specific project.

Prerequisites

PQ for 23333: FREN 10200, 12001 or 14100, placement into FREN 10300 or instructor consent.
PQ for 33333: While there is currently no strict prerequisite for FREN 33333, one year of introductory French or the equivalent is highly recommended.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 23333 /FREN 33333 Reading French for Research Purposes

Reading French for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in French. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of French grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well in FREN 33333/23333 will be able to synthesize key points, arguments and evidence in scholarly texts into their own research. The course also includes practice of skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in French, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA). Undergraduate students have the option of taking the ARCA, or completing a final assignment in which they identify, cite, and describe the relevance of multiple French secondary texts in their discipline or to a specific project.

Prerequisites

PQ for 23333: FREN 10200, 12001 or 14100, placement into FREN 10300 or instructor consent.
PQ for 33333: While there is currently no strict prerequisite for FREN 33333, one year of introductory French or the equivalent is highly recommended.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

FREN 23333 /FREN 33333 Reading French for Research Purposes

Reading French for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in French. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of French grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well in FREN 33333/23333 will be able to synthesize key points, arguments and evidence in scholarly texts into their own research. The course also includes practice of skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in French, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA). Undergraduate students have the option of taking the ARCA, or completing a final assignment in which they identify, cite, and describe the relevance of multiple French secondary texts in their discipline or to a specific project.

Prerequisites

PQ for 23333: FREN 10200, 12001 or 14100, placement into FREN 10300 or instructor consent.
PQ for 33333: While there is currently no strict prerequisite for FREN 33333, one year of introductory French or the equivalent is highly recommended.

Staff
2021-2022 Winter

FREN 24256 /FREN 34256 Récits et mémoire des catastrophes naturelles

Crosslistings
CMLT 24256 / CMLT 34256

Ce cours propose d’interroger, dans une perspective diachronique et comparatiste, les enjeux de la mise en récit et de l’artification des « catastrophes naturelles ». On se demandera, par exemple, quelles formes de rationalisation, quels rapports à la temporalité implique le choix du récit, de l’image, du spectacle et de tel ou tel média (architecture, peinture, film, bande dessinée….). L’hypothèse de travail majeure du cours est que l’artification des catastrophes est inséparable de stratégies mémorielles et d’enjeux politiques. La réflexion se portera sur quelques mémoires (avec des extraits de Boccace, Montaigne, Samuel Pepys) et représentations fictionnelles des épidémies. La comparaison entre Le Journal de l’année de Peste de Defoe et la Peste de Camus amènera à s’interroger sur l’usage de la première personne dans les fictions de la peste.

Taught in French.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 25000 /FREN 35000 Molière

Crosslistings
FNDL 25001 / TAPS 28470

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.

Taught in French.

Prerequisites

For undergrads: FREN 20500 or 20503 and one introductory-level literature course taught in French.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 25505 /FREN 35505 Grandes voix féminines des Lettres africaines

Crosslistings
GNSE 25506 / GNSE 35506

Ce cours s’intéresse aux œuvres des écrivaines francophones majeures de l’Afrique sub-saharienne dont Mariama Bâ, Aminata Sow Fall, Fatou Diome, Léonora Miano, Scholastique Mukasonga, et Véronique Tadjo. Il s’agit d’étudier les thématiques abordées par ces auteures et les techniques qu’elles utilisent non seulement pour représenter et repenser la condition de la femme africaine mais aussi pour contribuer activement aux débats socioculturels et politiques qui résonnent à travers le continent et sa diaspora. Dans ce cours, on analysera les questions d’engagement, de résistance et d’émancipation telles que mises en scène par des voix féminines africaines qui luttent contre les préjugés et opposent aux stéréotypes la diversité et le dynamisme de leurs créations.

Taught in French.

Prerequisites

FREN 20500 or FREN 20503.

2021-2022 Autumn

FREN 26103 /FREN 36103 Les Misérables

Crosslistings
FNDL 26100 / SCTH 38230

In this course we read "Les Misérables" and discuss the work's message, structure, and aesthetic vision. We will be particularly attentive to Victor Hugo's role as an observer of nineteenth-century French society as well as an actor in the political life of his times.

All classes and texts in French; presentations preferred in French, but English will be acceptable depending on the concentration. Written work in French or English.

2021-2022 Winter

FREN 41815 Writing the Algerian War of Independence

Crosslistings
CMLT 41815 / NEHC 41815

This course aims to examine the representation of the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962) in the work of Algerian and French writers. It will consider a corpus of testimonial texts, novels, and poetry in relation to the memory of the war, its traumatic experiences, and various forms of anticolonial struggle and insurgency. We will analyse the narrative, discursive, and poetic strategies used by authors to explore individual and collective memories and elaborate a politics of resistance and transformation in the Algerian context. Studied authors include Maïssa Bey, Assia Djebar, Leïla Sebbar, Mouloud Feraoun, Jean Sénac, Laurent Mauvignier, and Joseph Andras.

All readings and in-class discussions will be in English. Students will have the option to write either in English or in French.

2021-2022 Autumn

ITAL 22560 /ITAL 32560 Poetic Postures of the Twentieth Century

Modern poetry begins with a crisis-the loss of the poet's authority. What are the cultural and historical factors that determine this loss of authority? And what are the Italian poets' reactions to such a this crisis? The variety of possible attitudes is wide and ranges between two extremes: the shame for the poetic gesture and the pride of reaffirming its importance. This survey course explores chronologically how these reactions are embodied by poetic postures that go range from the poet as idol (D'Annunzio) to the poet who is ashamed of his own verses (Gozzano), from the playful clown (Palazzeschi) to the sleepwalker (Sbarbaro). Throughout this course, we will see how these attitudes postures can expand into literary movements, but we will also pay attention to how postures can be textualized, manifesting themselves in specific stylistic elements, which we will analyze with careful close readings.

Taught in Italian.

2021-2022 Spring

ITAL 23000 /ITAL 33001 Machiavelli and Machiavellism

Crosslistings
CMLT 25801 / CMLT 35801 / FNDL 21603

This course is a comprehensive introduction to Machiavelli’s The Prince in light of his vast and varied literary corpus and European reception. The course includes discussion of Machiavelli as playwright ("The Mandrake"), fiction writer ("Belfagor," "The Golden Ass"), and historian ("Discourses," "Florentine Histories"). We will also closely investigate the emergence of myths surrounding Machiavelli (Machiavellism and anti-Machiavellism) in Italy (Guicciardini, Botero, Boccalini), France (Bodin and Gentillet), Spain (Ribadeneyra), and Northern Europe (Hobbes, Grotius, Spinoza) during the Counter Reformation and beyond.

Course conducted in English. Those seeking Italian credit will do all work in Italian.

2021-2022 Winter

ITAL 23020 /ITAL 33020 The Italian Cinematographic Comedy

Crosslistings
CMST 23030 / CMST 33030

An important genre in Italian cinema is represented by the “commedia,” in particular the declination “all’italiana.” It is a very original form of representation of the world invented by Italian cinema. The comedy genre has marked many decades of Italian cinematography: from the plot comedies of the fifties (going back until the thirties), with films like "Due soldi di speranza" (1952) by Renato Castellani; to the grotesque comedy of masks of the sixties, with authors such as Dino Risi ("Il sorpasso," 1962, "I mostri," 1963), Mario Monicelli ("La Grande Guerra," 1959), and Pietro Germi ("Divorzio all’italiana," 1961, "Sedotta e abbandonata," 1964); up to the dominance of the grotesque representation of the world, with authors such as Elio Petri ("Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto," 1972). The heritage of the commedia all’italiana can be found in contemporary Italian cinema, as for example with Nanni Moretti. Moretti’s cinema in fact summarizes the entire inheritance of Italian cinematographic modernity—starting from neorealism and going up to comedy and author cinema—in one of the most effective ways. The Italian cinematographic comedy is also rooted in the Italian literary tradition, in the masks of “commedia dell’arte” and generally speaking in the different aspects of grotesque tradition (as analyzed by Bachtin).

Taught in English.

Prerequisites

Open to undergraduates in their third or fourth year.

Roberto De Gaetano
2021-2022 Spring

ITAL 33501 Boccaccio Minore

Intensive study of Boccaccio’s oft-neglected “minor” works including "Teseida," "Filostrato," "Fiammetta," "Cobarccio," "Amorosa Visione," "Ninfale Fiesolano," and selections from the "Genealogia decorum gentilium." Since Boccaccio frequently references these works and revises them in the "Decameron," they are essential preparation for the "Boccaccio's Decameron" course (which will be offered in the spring). More importantly they were highly influential in their own right, especially outside of Italy, even more that the "Decameron." Much work still needs to be done not only on the influence of Boccaccio on Chaucer and Shakespeare, but also on the Spanish and French medieval and early modern traditions. Finally, these are crucial works for anyone interested in the connection between literature and the visual arts. Boccaccio is the most important author the late medieval/early modern era for studying this issue.

Language of course will be determined by students’ backgrounds. However, all works are available in translation and students from other departments are welcome.

2021-2022 Autumn

ITAL 23502 /ITAL 33502 Boccaccio's "Decameron"

Crosslistings
FNDL 21714

One of the most important and influential works of the middle ages—and a lot funnier than the "Divine Comedy." Written in the midst of the social disruption caused by the Black Death (1348), the "Decameron" may have held readers attention for centuries because of its bawdiness, but it is also a profound exploration into the basis of faith and the meaning of death, the status of language, the construction of social hierarchy and social order, and the nature of crisis and historical change. Framed by a storytelling contest between seven young ladies and three young men who have left the city to avoid the plague, the one hundred stories of Boccaccio’s "Decameron" form a structural masterpiece that anticipates the Renaissance epics, Chaucer’s "Canterbury Tales," and the modern short story. Students will be encouraged to further explore in individual projects the many topics raised by the text, including (and in addition to the themes mentioned above) magic, the visual arts, mercantile culture, travel and discovery, and new religious practices.

Taught in English.

2021-2022 Spring

ITAL 28400 /ITAL 38400 Pasolini

Crosslistings
CMST 23500 / CMST 33500 / FNDL 28401 / GNSE 28600

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."

Taught in English.

2021-2022 Autumn

PORT 25000 /PORT 35000 The Amazon: Literature, Culture, Environment

Crosslistings
ENST 25000 / LACS 25005 / LACS 35005 / SIGN 26059 / SPAN 25555 / SPAN 35555

This course proposes a cultural history of the Amazonian region. Through films, novels, visual arts, essays, manifestos, and works on cultural and environmental history, we will explore the history of Amazon from a range of perspectives. We will examine indigenous cultures and epistemologies, extractivist activities, environmental policies, contemporary literature and film, and a global imagination of the Amazon. Authors and projects may include Claudia Andujar, Gaspar de Carvajal, Milton Hatoum, Euclides da Cunha, Ciro Guerra, Susanna Hecht, Davi Kopenawa, Ailton Krenak, Chico Mendes, Daniel Munduruku, Lúcia Sá, Silvino Santos, Candance Slater, Mario Vargas Llosa, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Video in the Villages, among others.

Taught in English. Materials available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

2021-2022 Autumn

PORT 26304 /PORT 36304 Literature and Society in Brazil

Crosslistings
HIST 26304 / HIST 36304 / LACS 26304 / LACS 36304

This course explores the relations between literature and society in Brazil, with an emphasis on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the Modernist movement of 1922. We will read poetry but pay special attention to the novel. The Brazilian novel, like the Russian novel, was an arena in which intellectuals debated, publicized, and perhaps even discovered social questions. We will examine ways in which fiction may be used and misused as a historical document. All works available in English translation.

Prerequisites

Students taking the course as PORT 26304/36304 must read works in Portuguese.

2021-2022 Spring

RLLT 24500 /RLLT 34500 Digital Approaches to Text Analysis: opening new paths for textual scholarship

Crosslistings
DIGS 20018 / DIGS 3001

The purpose of this course is to introduce students of literature, and more generally the humanities, to digital humanities methodologies for the study of text. Among the various digital approaches which will be introduced in class are concordances (retrieving occurrences of words), semantic similarity detection (finding similar passages across texts), sentiment analysis, stylometry (analysis of literary style), and topic modeling (automatic classification of texts). The course will highlight how these approaches to text can provide new avenues of research, such as tracing intellectual influence over the longue durée, or uncovering the distinguishing stylistic features of an author, work, or literary movement. Students need no prior knowledge of such methods, and the course will aim at providing the basics of computer programming in Python to give students the necessary tooling to conduct a digital humanities project. The source material for the course will be drawn from literary sources, and students will be free (and encouraged) to use texts which are relevant to their own research interests.

Students will need to bring a laptop to class.

2021-2022 Winter

RLLT 47000 Professional Academic Writing

This course is open to all RLL students and will be run as a workshop. The primary goal is to work on the Qualifying Paper with the objective of producing a piece of work that might, with subsequent revision, be submitted to an academic journal for publication. This course is also appropriate for anyone who wants to work on a dissertation proposal or chapter. We will cover all aspects of professional writing, from abstracts and grant proposals to revising manuscripts after readers' reports.

Taught in English.

Prerequisites

Open only to RLL students.

2021-2022 Winter

RLLT 48000 Academic Job Market Preparation

Advanced RLL graduate students will prepare and polish materials needed for applying to academic jobs: cover letter, CV, dissertation abstract, research statement, teaching statement, and diversity statement. In addition we will discuss best practices for first-round interviews and campus visits. The course is strongly recommended for students in their fifth and sixth years but open to other students.

Taught in English.

Prerequisites

Designed primarily with RLL students in mind but open to others.

2021-2022 Spring

RLLT 48800 Foreign Language Acquisition, Research and Teaching

This course provides students with a foundation in foreign language acquisition and sociolinguistic research pertinent to foreign language teaching, introduces current teaching methodologies and technologies, and discusses their usefulness in the classroom.

Prerequisites

Designed primarily with RLL students in mind but open to others.

2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 21310 /SPAN 31310 Golden Age Poetry. Theory and Practice of Lyric Reading

In this course we will read a few classic Spanish poems of the Golden Age from different methodological and theoretical paradigms. Each class session will revolve around one or a few poems in order to allow time for in-depth discussion and analysis, and we will often pair these lyric texts with influential critical readings of them. On the one hand, this will provide students with an introduction to the main poetic traditions, themes, and authors of the Spanish Golden Age in their historical context. On the other, we will critically examine a varied array of reading strategies and interpretive paradigms, including structuralism and post-structuralism, philology and textual criticism, Marxism, feminist criticism and gender studies, New Historicism, and emerging scholarship in “lyric theory.” Moreover, we will engage in a discussion about the value, the meaning, and the social uses of poetry broadly considered.

Taught in Spanish.

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 22221/SPAN 32221 Patterns of Resilience: Politics, Culture and Identity in Contemporary Catalonia

Crosslistings
CATA 22221 / CATA 32221

Catalonia can be considered a unique laboratory for studying the complexity of present-day identity politics. On the one hand, Catalan society is marked by pronounced levels of cultural diversity, and it is a remarkably multilingual and multicultural society that has managed to incorporate successive waves of immigration without significant strife. On the other hand, Catalonia is strongly shaped by the resilience of patterns of collective belonging based on a shared historical trajectory — in spite of their lacking operative institutional structures for most of the 19th and 20th centuries, Catalans have been remarkably successful in reclaiming and readopting a singular tradition as a people. The most significant recent chapter in this trajectory has been the rising claim to sovereignty, which reflects the continuity and strength of a common identity project, even if this project has not remained uncontested.

The course will focus on Catalonia’s complex diversity and on the intricacies that underlie its political articulation. From a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, it will offer the methodological orientation that is required for interpreting the interplay of culture and politics on a thick, contextually informed basis. The Catalan experience offers evidence of how the tension between the “communitarian” rootedness and the “cosmopolitan” openness of shared civic identities can be tackled in productive ways that point beyond hegemonic nation-state narratives.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of Catalan and Spanish will be helpful, but not required.

Peter Kraus
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 22266 /SPAN 32266 Witchcraft and the Cultural Imagination

Crosslistings
ARTH 22266 / ARTH 32266

This seminar takes as its focal point the vast range of conceptual, material, and visual artifacts that are produced by, and indeed help to construct, this enduring fascination with the figure of the witch, from the medieval past to the present. We will examine case studies from premodern Europe to Colonial North America to Indonesia, scrutinizing texts, films, and works of art. Rather than offering a standard history of witchcraft, we will explore the intersections of gender, labor, and representation that the figure of the witch makes specially available for study. Witchcraft constitutes a multifaceted phenomenon that aims to alter reality and the self through the use of various techniques, transmitted both orally and in writing. These techniques have often appeared culturally marked in terms of gender and belief. Witchcraft has for centuries been the business of women in societies where very few avenues existed for women to develop any sort of business.

Students must attend first class to confirm enrollment.

Noel Blanco Mourelle, Tamara Golan
2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 23333 /SPAN 33333 Reading Spanish for Research Purposes

Reading Spanish for Research Purposes prepares students to read and do research using scholarly texts in Spanish. Students will build on their fundamental knowledge of Spanish grammar and the most common vocabulary terms used in scholarly writing, while developing reading comprehension skills and working intensively with academic texts in their areas of research specialty. Students who perform well in SPAN 23333/33333 will be able to comprehend difficult scholarly texts and begin using them in their own research. The course also includes practice of skills necessary to pass the Academic Reading Comprehension Assessment (ARCA) in Spanish, administered by the Office for Language Assessment (OLA). Undergraduate students have the option of taking the ARCA, or completing another final assignment to complete the course.
Note: This course may fulfill the graduate language requirement in some departments.

Prerequisites

PQ for 23333: SPAN 10200, 12001 or 14100, placement in SPAN 10300, or instructor consent.
PQ for 33333: While there is currently no strict prerequisite for SPAN 33333, one year of introductory Spanish or the equivalent is highly recommended.

Staff
2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 24202 /SPAN 34202 Don Quixote

Crosslistings
CMLT 28101 / CMLT 38101 / FNDL 21221 / SCTH 38250

The course will provide a close reading of Cervantes' "Don Quijote" and discuss its links with Renaissance art and Early Modern narrative genres. On the one hand, "Don Quijote" 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 Quijote" exhibits a desire for Italy through the utilization of Renaissance art. Beneath the dusty roads of La Mancha and within Don Quijote's chivalric fantasies, the careful reader will come to appreciate glimpses of images with Italian designs.

Taught in English. Students seeking Spanish credit will read the text in the original and use Spanish for the course assignments.

2021-2022 Spring

SPAN 25555/SPAN 35555 The Amazon: Literature, Culture, Environment

Crosslistings
ENST 25000 / LACS 25005 / LACS 35005 / SIGN 26059 / PORT 25000 / PORT 35000

This course proposes a cultural history of the Amazonian region. Through films, novels, visual arts, essays, manifestos, and works on cultural and environmental history, we will explore the history of Amazon from a range of perspectives. We will examine indigenous cultures and epistemologies, extractivist activities, environmental policies, contemporary literature and film, and a global imagination of the Amazon. Authors and projects may include Claudia Andujar, Gaspar de Carvajal, Milton Hatoum, Euclides da Cunha, Ciro Guerra, Susanna Hecht, Davi Kopenawa, Ailton Krenak, Chico Mendes, Daniel Munduruku, Lúcia Sá, Silvino Santos, Candance Slater, Mario Vargas Llosa, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Video in the Villages, among others.

Prerequisites

Taught in English. Materials available in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 26210 /SPAN 36210 Witches, Sinners, and Saints

Crosslistings
CRES 26220 / CRES 36220 / GNSE 26210 / GNSE 36210 / LACS 26212 / LACS 36212

This course examines representations of women's bodies and sexualities in colonial Latin American writings. In doing so, we will study the body through a variety of lenses: the anatomical body as a site of construction of sexual difference, the witch's body as a site of sexual excess, the mystic's body as a double of the possessed body, the tortured body as a site of knowledge production, and the racialized bodies of New World women as sites to govern sexuality, spirituality, labor, and property in the reaches of the Spanish Empire.

Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites

For undergrads: SPAN 20300 or consent of instructor.

2021-2022 Autumn

SPAN 38800 Problemas críticos y teóricos en el estudio de las culturas ibéricas y latinoamericanas

Crosslistings
LACS 38802

En este seminario abordaremos algunas de las problemáticas clave que han estructurado el campo de los estudios literarios hispánicos/ibéricos y latinoamericanos en las pasadas décadas.

Taught in Spanish.

2021-2022 Winter

SPAN 42100 Rdgs/Rsch: Spanish

Independent study with an individual faculty member.

Staff
2021-2022 Autumn