Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Fall 2008

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Lincoln Center Course Offerings 
COLU 1220-001  Poetry and Poetics  (3 credits)
Staff    MR 10:00-11:15

The goal of this course is to extend the students' reading experience by demonstrating the interconnection between literature and culture in its widest sense. Students will also learn the techniques of poetry and close reading.

COLU 3210-001  The Adolescent as Hero  (4 credits)
F. Harris    TF 11:30-12:45

Study of literary works and films dealing with adolescence and coming of age. Authors may include Goethe, Balzac, Gide, Mann, and Proust.

COLU 3450-001  The City in Literature and Art  (4 credits)
A. Hoffman    T 2:30-5:15

The structures, spaces, people, and life patterns of cities in the imagination of writers and visual artists from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. We will focus on Berlin, Paris, and New York, using the work of Walter Benjamin as a stimulus to thinking about our own relationship to the urban environment.

COLU 3531-001  Unhappy Families: Trauma, Secrecy and Testimony  (4 credits)
C. Petit-Hall    TF 8:30-9:45

Secrets can hold families together or tear them apart.  In recent years, American culture has become increasingly fixated on representations of secrecy in families, specifically those concealing psychological trauma. Contemporary literature, film, theatre, and the visual arts have become fearless in their exploration of the internicine warfare within the familial construct. Though alcoholism, adultery and revolt against patriarchy have marked much 20th-century cultural output, these newer portrayals shatter the paradigm and reveal previously taboo fragments. Thus, things once off limits are now fair game, such as dysfunctional communication and alienation, inappropriate sexualization, longing and nihilism, suicide and murder. Reading texts on the literature of and about psychological trauma, various narrative strategies will be analyzed with an eye to identifying connections between theory, fiction and memoir. The three major objectives will be to familiarize students with theories of trauma, apply these theories to the analysis of selected works both fictive and real, and finally, to consider the ways in which family trauma is repressed or concealed, remembered, revealed, dramatized, framed, and staged.

Lincoln Center Cross-listed Courses
AAEP 3663-L01  Minorities and the Media  (4 credits)
F. Mustafa    M 6:00-8:45

A study of minority/subaltern group representation, participation, and constitution of U.S.-based media. Minority is defined severally: via ethnicity, race, religion, nation, gender, sexuality, and generation, among others; "old" and "new" media include print culture, film, television, radio, electronic/internet and video fora and other cultural/material manifestations.

CMLU 3432-001  French Film  (4 credits)
E. Stadler    T 2:30-5:15

A study of the development of cinema in France from the 1920’s to the present. Analysis of individual films in the context of major movements and theoretical issues: the Avant-garde of the 20’s; Poetic Realism; the New Wave; “Auteur Cinema”; film and literature; women filmmakers and feminist theory.

CMLV 4001-001  Films of Moral Struggle  (4 credits)
M. Tueth    MR 4:00-5:15

This course attempts to study how human values and moral choices are explored through both the narrative content and technique of the film medium. Philosophical and theological perspectives are brought to bear on various ethical questions which each film presents, while numerous critical approaches are employed to develop the students' appreciation of each film's technical aspects. The majority of the films studied are distinguished achievements in the American film canon, such as Casablanca, On the Waterfront, The Graduate, The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River, American Beauty, and others.

CMEV 4001-L02  Films of Moral Struggle  (4 credits)
A. Auster    M 6:00-8:45

This course will survey both American and World Cinema for their approaches to moral and ethical issues. It will examine how these issues are presented to an audience and how these issues are resolved, or perhaps even left ambiguous or unresolved. It will also examine how these films' moral issues are framed by the filmmakers in various countries and cultures. Films by Fellini, De Sica, Antonioni, Godard, Bergman, Truffaut, Buñuel, Satijat Ray, Yasijo Ozu, Akira Kurosawa.

ENLU 3045-001  Theory for English Majors  (4 credits)
L. Kramer    MW 1:00-2:15

Ordinarily to be taken during the junior year, this course introduces the student to debates in literary and critical theory. The goal of this course is to reflect on reading strategies, textual practices, and language itself.  Students will engage with a range of critical, theoretical, and social issues shaping the field of literary studies today. English and Comparative Literature majors/minors only. Maybe substituted for CO 3000 "Theories of Comparative Literature."

ENLU 3609-001  Feminism and American Poetry  (4 credits)
E. Frost    MW 11:30-12:45

This course addresses contemporary American women’s poetry and its relationship to recent feminist thought, specifically during and since “second-wave” feminism (roughly 1968 to the present). What rolehas poetry played in the arena of feminist politics? How do women writers construct varying identities through poetic language, exploring differences of race, ethnicity, physical disability, and sexual orientation? How might we apply recent feminist theories of language and identity to recent women poets? In response to such questions, we will read feminist theory in relation to poetry, and poetry in dialogue with feminist theory.

ENLU 3808-001  The Art of the Novel  (4 credits)
W. Tanksley    TF 2:30-3:45

This course examines the history of the novel in terms of Milan Kundera's argument that "the sole raison d'être of a novel is to discover what only the novel can discover." We will explore some of the novels, which Kundera claims keep "the world of life under a permanent light" and protect us "from the forgetting of being." Works by Flaubert, Kafka, Joyce, Fuentes, Kundera, Tolstoy, Dostoyevski, and Sterne.

FRLU 3300-001  The Enlightenment  (4 credits)
A. Clark    MR 2:30-3:45

“Talking Jewels, Convulsionaries, and Philosophes”: The French Enlightenment and the Ancien Regime through its literature, art, and thought. Beginning with selections from Pierre Bayle’s Dictionnaire and finishing with Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais’ Le mariage de Figaro and Nicolas-Edme Rétifde la Bretonne’s Les nuits de Paris, this course will provide a thorough introduction to the literature, culture, and thought of the French Enlightenment and Ancien Regime. From pornographic and subversive texts, scientific inquiries, epistolarity, and the birth of the novel, to the mapping of knowledge (Encyclopédie, Description des arts et métiers), artist salons, new theaters, and prisons, we will examine the epistemological practices of the eighteenth-century: How and under what conditions was knowledge produced, exchanged, experienced, interpreted, and controlled? Authors included among others: Bayle, Fontenelle, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Condillac, Diderot, D’Alembert, Rousseau, Mad. de Riccoboni, Mad. de Charrière, Beaumarchais, Pidansat de Mairobert, Mercier, and Rétif de la Bretonne. Artists included among others: Watteau, Boucher, Chardin, Fragonard, Vernet, Vien, and Vigée Le Brun. Conducted in French.

SPLG 3820-001  Hispanic Caribbean Literature  (4 credits)
A. Cruz-Malavé    MR 10:00-11:15

A study of the major themes of Hispanic Caribbean literature in the work of some of its most representative authors: the Caribbean as a transcultural zone, a zone of contacts and clashes; the legacy of slavery; race, culture, and the discourses of nationhood; Latin American and pan-Caribbean discourses; the roots of authoritarism; revolutionary utopias and contemporary disenchantment and post-utopia; the place of the intellectual in the revolution; migration, sexuality, gender, and genre; and the sea as a metaphor for a diasporic Caribbean culture.  To include authors such as Martí, Marqués, Palés, Bosch, García Márquez, Guillén, Arenas, García Ramis, Valdés, and Hernández. Conducted in Spanish.

Rose Hill Course Offerings  
CORG 1250-001  Traditions of Storytelling  (3 credits)
C. GoGwilt    MR 10:00-11:15
This course offers a comparative study of traditions of storytelling, placing questions of narrative form within global cultural and historical coordinates. Selections from ancient forms of storytelling will be considered alongside modern examples from European and American literature, and with a comparative emphasis on twentieth-century work from Africa, Indonesia, and China.

CORG 1250-002  Traditions of Storytelling  (3 credits)
C. GoGwilt    MR 11:30-12:45

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CORU 3690-001  Women Writing Africa  (4 credits)
Y. Christiansë    MR 2:30-3:45

This course will consider the representation of Africa in the writing of women authors coming from different literary, cultural, and national traditions.

Rose Hill Cross-listed Courses

ENRU 3045-001  Theory for English Majors  (4 credits)
M. Gold    TF 11:30-12:45

Ordinarily to be taken during the junior year, this course introduces the student to debates in literary and critical theory. The goal of this course is to reflect on reading strategies, textual practices, and language itself. Students will engage with a range of critical, theoretical, and social issues shaping the field of literary studies today. English and Comparative Literature majors/minors only. May be substituted for CO 3000 “Theories of Comparative Literature."

ENRU 3111-001  Medieval Romance  (4 credits)
C. Batt    MR 4:00-5:15

A study of romance’s durable popular appeal, this course examines texts from the 12th to 15th centuries andcompares them with later romance traditions.

ENRU 3528-001  Contemporary British Fiction  (4 credits)
N. Pitchford    MR 4:00-5:15

This course surveys major issues in British novels from the second half of the twentieth century, with particular emphasis on three interweaving common preoccupations: the changing nature of class relationships in post-World War II Britain; the disintegration of the British Empire and Britain's resultant development into a multicultural, immigrant nation; and the role of literary fiction in reassessing and rethinking Britain's place in history. Writers often covered include Salman Rushdie, Angela Carter, and Graham Greene.

FRRU 3100-001  Medieval French Literature  (4 credits)
C. Randall    TF 10:00-11:15

The medieval French Arthurian romance and its transformation in modern, 20th-century literature and cinema. Medieval texts read in modern French. Tristan et Iseut, Lancelot and Perceval, the 13th-century Mort Artu (Death of Arthur). Films include Bresson's Lancelot and Rohmer's Perceval, as well as L'éternel retour. Conducted in French.

GERU 3302-001  German Through the Senses  (4 credits)
S. Hafner    TF 2:30-3:45

Can a German genius never live happily ever after? Is there no alternative to a miserable life and a tragic death? In this course, we will try to answer this question by focusing on texts which read the world through the experience of one particular sense: smell, hearing, or taste. Grenouille, the protagonist of Patrick Süskind's novel Das Parfum (Perfume, 1985), creates a fragrance which is bottled desirability, becoming a mass murderer in the process. Similarly, the musical genius portrayed in Robert Schneider's Schlafes Bruder (1992) cannot find love in real life and chooses death, the brother of sleep, instead. Franz Kafka's "Hungerkünstler" ("A Hunger Artist," 1922) turns starvation into an art form, whereas Bella Martha (Mostly Martha), the chef in Sandra Nettelbeck's 2001 film, can only handle her life when she is in the kitchen. All of these texts have recently been adapted into movies, and we will look at the originals as well as their screen adaptations, which—in two cases—have been produced in Hollywood. Conducted in German.

ITRU 3021-001  Vice and Virtue in Medieval Italian Literature  (4 credits)
J. Perricone    MR 10:00-11:15

Informed by Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Aquinas', Andrea Capellanus' and Abelard's writings among others, this course discusses the ethical value system sustained in works by authors like Jacopone da Todi, Guittone d'Arezzo, Dante, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. The allegorical representations of vice and virtue in paintings by Cimabue, Giotto, Duccio da Buoninsegna, and Lorenzetti, among others, will be integrated with the readings and included in class discussions. Conducted in Italian.

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