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The literatures of medieval Europe with emphasis on major literary genres and the philosophical and social presuppositions which inform them.

The literature of England, France, and Germany in the eighteenth century, with emphasis on literary types and prevailing ideas.

A continuation of Advanced Japanese III, including the introduction of basic concepts of translating and interpreting from English into Japanese and from Japanese into English and the reading of literary texts in Japanese.

A continuation of Advanced Chinese III focusing on translation, analysis of grammar, and the semantic range and use of commonly occurring classical Chinese words. Readings include selections of the early classics through later imperial works.

The novel as a genre. Origins of prose fiction, theory of the novel, and representative readings of novels from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries will be included.

An investigation of Western literary and artistic interpretations of the Bible, its narratives, characters, and themes.

A review of history of HanZi, Chinese characters, and how they were adopted into Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese literature and culture. All materials will be read and discussed in the original language.

Readings in Vietnamese, Chu Nom, and modern Vietnamese.

Formal, philosophical, and thematic relationships between literature and one or more of the visual arts in a given period.

Formal, philosophical, and thematic relationships between literature and cinema.

A survey of major works of East Asian cinema from literary, historical, cultural, and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Introduction to African cinema as a prolongation of both oral and written African literature. An analysis of selected films shall reveal the usage of African "aesthetics of narration," which shall lead to a better understanding of the discourse of African literatures written in European languages.

Survey course presenting orality as major modus of literary and knowledge production in Africa. Presentation of the institutional carriers of orality (storytellers, etc.). Readings in English translation.

Drama as a genre from its beginnings to the present.

This course explores the connections that have defined the “Black and Green Atlantic” in culture, politics, race, and labor. An emerging field of study, “The Black and Green Atlantic” brings together work on the comparative dimensions of Black and Irish experiences in the Atlantic world that seeks to transcend the limiting boundaries of national and even hemispheric histories. We will focus mainly on cultural production emanating from the United States, Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and Ireland.

We will examine work by established and emerging scholars, in tandem with a broad range of texts––works of fiction, autobiography, music, poetry, and cinema, etc. Several movies and documentaries will be shown in-class. Our methodological approach will be interdisciplinary, transnational, and transcultural in scope. The goal is to draw comparisons between the Black and Green Atlantics that go beyond the usual “influence” model, with the ultimate aim of reaching a better understanding of racialization processes in the transnational context.

Modernism and postmodernism as literary movements, with reading of selected literature and criticism.

The major genres of Islamic literature and its principle concepts, covering Qur'anic, hadith, legal and political literature, philosophy, theology, historiography, hagiography, and poetry, emphasizing the Medieval period and mystical prose and poetry primarily in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. The works will be in English translation. A writing intensive course.

Merging elements of comparative literature and cultural studies, this course examines culture and cultural products, including, but not restricted to, literature, media, art, sports, and mass communication. Particular attention will be given to the comparative analysis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class as they emerge in different forms of cultural production.

Readings in major writers and works of nineteenth-century European and world literature.

The works of major modern East Central European writers, with some attention to representative cinema.

Issues of immediate interest to future doctors and psychologists and to anyone concerned with the role of medicine in modern life: empathy, illness, suffering, death, dialogue, relationships, and the power of the human story. The medium is literature and art, but the aim is interdisciplinary: a way to reinsert humanist understanding into a primarily scientific worldview.

Selected readings of Japanese literature in the original language. Texts will vary, with focus on readings of works of literature and discussion of issues in literary criticism in Japanese.

Selected readings of Chinese literature and literary criticism in the original language. Texts of various genres and from different periods of the Chinese literary tradition will be read and discussed in Chinese.

Seminar focusing on specific topics in Yoruba language, culture, literature, or society.

The forms, relationships, and aesthetics of music and literature.

Embracing a comparative approach that begins by excavating the foundations of post colonial theory, this course analyzes cultural production emanating from or relating to three distinct geographic areas: Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. The course will explore the changing nature of the relationship between the periphery and the core of an increasingly globalized economy.

A survey of traditional and modern Chinese short prose focusing on literary texts in the original language. The course traces the development of short fiction and the essay in China.

Poetry, prose, and drama in traditional China and Japan. The works will be in English translation.

Poetry, prose, and drama in China and Japan from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The works will be in English translation.

The major/minor novelists and their works, especially those of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The novels are in English translation.

An examination of a variety of European and American literary and critical texts and films dealing with the Holocaust and its aftermath.

Analysis of comparative politics through the prism of film, literature, and essays/articles. Among the themes covered are: Reason, Modernity, and Political Development; Revolution; Totalitarianism; The Glory of War; Women/Children and Poverty in the Developing World; Labor Relations; and Political Corruption.

An introduction to the evolution of Chinese film in its cultural, literary and historical context. It examines moderization, cultural conflict, war, revolution, and gender roles against a backdrop of Chinese history and politics.

An interdisciplinary study of language use, text analysis, and evaluation. The course will provide students with the ability to investigate and evaluate structural features of language and to identify the strategies used by different writers based on style and cultural backgrounds.

The role of language and culture in the formation of philosophical assumptions about gender differentiation in society.

Exploration of creative works by younger Africans whose primary socialization took place in Europe (Great Britain, France, Germany) and in the United States. Their contribution to African culture as well as to Western cultural life in the Western World.

African literature from its ancient oral traditions to the European colonial period based on works of African authors written in English and English translations of the African works.

African literature since the independence of the African people from European colonial rule.

Survey of modern African literatures in French and/or Portuguese language with focus on the novel.

Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a project director.

Individual study, reading, or projects under the guidance of a project director.

Individual research in the major field or in a closely related field under the guidance of a project director.

Literary and philosophical texts of various historical periods that trace changes in how human beings understand their non-human environment.

Literature of Western Europe (Italian, French, Spanish, Germanic, and English) 1450-1600, with emphasis on literary types and prevailing ideas.

The rise and development of Romanticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with reading of selected literature and criticism.

Early Romanticism: 1750–1830, with readings of selected literature and criticism.

Middle to late romanticism: 1820 -1900, with readings of selected literature and criticism.

Lyric poetry from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Literary forms and issues in Europe ca. 1550-1700, with special attention to the intellectual background and the interrelationships between literature and other arts and sciences.



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