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Spring 2009

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Lincoln Center Course Offerings
COLU 3462-001  Sympathy and Sensibilité  (4 credits)             
A. Clark     MR 2:30-3:45

A study of these concepts in French and British texts (novels, plays, essays, medical treatises, etc.) in the 18th century. Authors will include: Crébillon fils, Diderot, Mackenzie, Mandeville, Smith, Sterne, Swift, and others.


Lincoln Center Cross-listed Courses
AAEG 3071-L01  African Intellectual History  (4 credits)  
A. Idris     M 6:00-8:45

This course will introduce students to some of the main currents of African thought since the 19th century. It examines different writers or groups of writers in context, ranging from Pan-Africans of the early 20th century in Africa and America, the exponents and critics of Negritude, feminist nationalists of the World War II era, African socialists of the independence era, critics of postcolonial society, the Black Consciousness movement, and finally current assessments of the achievements of African intellectuals. The student must be at least familiar with the basic outlines of African history from the 18th century to the present. Although there will be some lectures, the emphasis will be on active learning, with students reading extensively from important works by African intellectuals, participating in classroom discussions of those readings, and making presentations on related topics. It is expected that students will leave this course with a firm understanding of the main currents and key figures of African intellectual tradition. Students will also be introduced to the task of writing critical essays on issues relating to intellectual history.
 
CMLU 3483-001  Women Filmmakers in Europe  (4 credits)
E. Stadler     T 2:30-5:15

A study of representative works made by women filmmakers beginning with the avant-garde of the 1920's, through the 1930's, the French New Wave of the 1960's, the New German Cinema and more recent films. Genres include documentary, fiction and experimental films. Readings in feminist theory and film theory. Filmmakers whose works will be analyzed include Germaine Dulac, Leni Riefenstahl, Agnes Varda, Marleen Gorris, Margarethe von Trotta, Claire Denis, Chantal Akerman.

CMLV 4001-001  Films of Moral Struggle  (4 credits)
A. Auster     T 2:30-5:15

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. Community service required.

ENEU 3045-L01  Theory for English Majors  (4 credits)
A. Hoffman     M 6:00-8:45

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.
 
ENLU 3206-001  Shakespeare  (4 credits)
M. Bly     TF 10:00-11:15

A survey of the principal plays with emphasis on the native and continental backgrounds: special attention given to (a) artistic use of sources; (b) Renaissance political and philosophical concepts; (c) development of Elizabethan theatre as a means of popular, aesthetic communication.
 
ENEP 3652-L01  New Wave Immigrant Fiction  (4 credits)
E. Stone     T 6:00-8:45

If you've paid attention to the news, there is much written about immigration, though very little of it comes from the immigrants themselves. But in fact, there is a very rich literature written by immigrants, or the children of immigrants, who have come here during the last half century. This course will examine what it means to these authors to come of age with a sense of being American as well as a sense of having deep ties to another culture; we will also contrast the experience of these “new Wave” immigrants with those whose families came early in the 20th century. Among the authors we will read are those whose families hail from China (Amy tan), Cuba (Cristina Garcia), Haiti, (Edwidge Danticat), Mexico (Richard Rodriguez), and India (Jhumpa Lahiri). We willalso use as texts films such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Avalon, and Balseros.
 
FRLU 3565-001  French Contemporary Novel  (4 credits)
F. Harris     TF 11:30-12:45

The 20th-century French novel, including the nouveau roman and after. Changes in the form of the novel and in the critical approaches used. Readings may include works by Proust, Gide Mauriac, Celine, Sartre, Robbe-Grillet, Duras. Conducted in French.
 
SPLG 3002-001  Topics in Spanish American Culture  (4 credits)
A. Cruz-Malavé     MW 11:30-12:45

Some of the major topics of Latin American culture from the 19th century to the present as represented in literature and film: the indigenous legacy, the colonial inheritance, slavery and the legacy of racism, civilization and barbarism, modernization, revolution and the search for utopia, dictatorship and migration. To include authors such as: Sor Juana, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Hernández, Quiroga, Neruda, Paz, García Márquez, Allende, Arenas, Menchú. Conducted in Spanish.
 
SPLU 3200-001  Multicultural Spain  (4 credits)
R. Lamas     TF 2:30-3:45

Since the formation of the Spanish state in early modern times the struggle between central and peripheral political powers has determined Spanish culture and society. This course explores the tension between cultural diversity and unified identity of the Spanish nation. We will focus on theories of nation building, ideology, repression and political violence. Conducted in Spanish.

SPLG 3701-001  Spanish American Women Writers (4 credits)
C. Vich    MR 10:00-11:15

In this course we will study the narrative and poetry of selected Latin American women writers of the 20th century.  Reading the author's works from within their socio-historical context, the course will be organized along thematic units such as the dynamics of gender power, the construction of female subjectivity, machismo and marianismo, sexuality and the female body, etc. Conducted in Spanish.

WSLP 3010-SL1  Feminist Theories in Intercultural Perspective  (4 credits)
A. Hoffman     T 2:30-5:15

An examination of contemporary feminist theories, with attention to the construction of gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and age. Students will analyze Western and non-Western writings from an interdisciplinary perspective. Community service required.

LLGA 5006-001  Latino New York  (4 credits)
A. Cruz-Malavé     T 6:00-8:00

New York as represented, imagined, and constructed by Spanish and Latin American immigrant and exile writers and by native Latino New Yorkers through culture (literature, film, music, performance art, visual arts, and daily life). A review of research on Latino New York cultures and a cultural history of Latino New York, this course will also be conducted as an interdisciplinary seminar where students will be able to engage in and share their research on some aspect of the cultures of Latino New York. Graduate course open to advanced undergraduates with instructor's permission.


Rose Hill Course Offerings 
CORU 1220-002  Poetry and Poetics  (3 credits)
Y. Christiansë     MR 11:30-12:45

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.
 
CORU 3912-001  Literature of the Americas  (4 credits)
D. Contreras     MR 2:30-3:45

Spanning North, Central, and South America, this class will read novels across time and space. Whether this literature can produce a coherent vision of “America” in the 21st century will be considered alongside questions of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We will also examine the complexities of the aesthetic: not only what makes a novel “American” but also what makes an American novel valuable. Authors include Pynchon, Cisneros, Garcia Marquez, Burroughs, and Fuentes.
 
CORU 4016-001  Rewriting the Mediterranean  (4 credits)
F. Parmeggiani     T 2:30-5:00

Historically the Mediterranean has been a region where different ethnicities, cultures and religions have emerged, dissolved or coexisted. The enduring encounter of East and West, North and South on its shores and in its waters, however, has been far from peaceful. In this seminar, we will discusscontemporary writers and intellectuals from the Mediterranean who confront the legacy of centuries-old political and religious divisions, and build on the rich artistic heritage and still vital culturaltraditions of the region. We will address the question of what the notions of “Mediterranean culture” and “Mediterranean identity” mean today, by examining fiction and essays by Albert Camus, Vincenzo Consolo, Assia Djebar, Amin Maalouf and Orhan Pamuk. Capstone seminar for Comparative Literature majors.


Rose Hill Cross-listed Courses
CMRV 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.

ENRU 3045-001  Theory for English Majors  (4 credits)
M. Gold     TF 10:00-11:15

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. May be substituted for CO 3000 - Theories of Comparative Literature.
 
ENRU 3045-002  Theory for English Majors  (4 credits)
M. Gold     TF 11:30-12:45

[See above for description.]
 
ENRU 3099-001  Translating Literature: Why and How?  (4 credits)
C. Brandt     MR 4:00-5:15

What does it take to translate a poem or story well? How to be true to the original and carry over its aesthetic excitement as well as its meaning? A course for those with a basic knowledge of a language other than English.
 
ENRU 3115-001  Medieval Women Writers  (4 credits)
M. Erler     TF 2:30-3:45

We will begin with the autobiographical account of Perpetua, Roman martyr, then we will look at the plays of Hroswitha, a Saxon nun, the biography of Christina of Markyate, an Englishwoman who rejected marriage for life as a solitary, and the romantic lyrics of the anonymous woman of Christine de Pizan, plus excerpts from Englishwomen who knew each other.
 
ENRU 3400-001  Age of Romanticism  (4 credits)
J. Bugg     MR 5:30-6:45

This course covers the broad sweep of British Romanticism, from the 1780s through the 1830s. In any given semester, specific themes may organize the readings, but they are designed to encompass a wide range of poetry, prose, and drama.
 
ENRU 4134-001  Spy Plots and Conspiracy Theories  (4 credits)
C. GoGwilt      M 2:30-4:20

This course will examine a variety of spy plots and conspiracy theories, from English Renaissance drama to contemporary American movies. The main aim is to place in comparative historical, cultural, and theoretical context contemporary interest in conspiracy theories, as exemplified in recent spy thrillers, films, and current events. Recent examples of spy thrillers, such as The Bourne Identity, The Interpreter, and The Manchurian Candidate will be placed in a variety of historical contexts: the Cold War, with such examples as Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and the James Bond films; the rise of the spy thriller in the early twentieth century, from such works as Kipling’s Kim and Conrad’s The Secret Agent; and against the backdrop of classic prefigurations of espionage and conspiracy theory, in such works as Wilkie Collin’s The Moonstone, Karl Marx’s The Communist Manifesto, and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

HSRU 3940-SL1  The African City  (4 credits)
C. Ray      MR 2:30-3:45

This course will introduce students to the long, complex, and rich urban histories of Africa and the Black Atlantic diaspora, and will help them think comparatively about how Africa's urban history has both shaped and been shaped by the Black Atlantic world. The course integrates a "living and learning" approach to the investigation of the historical processes through which New York City became and continues to be an "African city." To this end this course will facilitate students' work in African-American and African immigrant community-based organizations here in New York City.
 
SPRU 3210-001  Transatlantic Picaresque  (4 credits)
S. Lehman     TF 1:00-2:15

Exploration of the origins of this uniquely entertaining genre, its most exemplary manifestations in Spain, and its transatlantic resonance in the New World. Texts include Lazarillo de Tormes, El Buscón, Don Catrín de la Fachenda, El lazarillo de ciegos caminantes, and others. Conducted in Spanish.

SPRU 3540-001  Spain and Islam  (4 credits)
J. Jimenez-Belmonte    MR 11:30-12:45

Coexistence, tolerance, violente, conflict are some of the concepts traditionally used to describe the nature of the relationship between Islam and the Spanish/Iberian culture and society, from their first contact in 711 to the 1980's and 1990's North African migratory waves to Spain. This course will question the cultural and social foundations of those terms by exploring the ways Islam has been represented by some of the most significant Spanish writers, artists and intellectuals of the last twelve centuries. Conducted in Spanish.


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