SPRING 2016 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
FREN 581GAdvanced Grammar and Syntax BOSWORTH
The course aims at a systematic examination of French structure at the level of the word (morphology) and the sentence (syntax). An analysis of common learner difficulties of expression and composition will enhance the students' mastery of the material and its practical applications. Upon completion of this course, students will acquire a sophisticated understanding of French structures, enabling them to continually improve their speaking and writing skills. Class sessions will consist of review and discussion of the material covered in readings, analytical exercises conducted in small groups, pairs and individually. Students are evaluated on the basis of regular written homework and quizzes, participation in class discussion, and two exams. Classes are conducted in French at the appropriate level of complexity for the students. Students taking this course for graduate credit will write and present a short paper with a research component on a morphological or syntactic phenomenon of their choosing. Students from other departments may do their written work in English if permitted by their department. PREREQUISITES: At least two 300-level courses
FREN 581H Race, Roots & Identity in the French Caribbean COPE
Although they are French citizens, the people of the French-speaking islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe have a history and culture that are distinct from those of Metropolitan France. Like many other Caribbeans, they are primarily an Afro-diasporic people whose history includes plantation culture, the Middle Passage, and the Atlantic slave trade. In addition, because the Caribbean has been a global crossroads for over five hundred years, questions of language and rootlessness have been central to Caribbean writing. This course will trace the quest for a distinct identity in Martinique and Guadeloupe over the course of the twentieth century from Négritude to Antillanité, Créolité, and beyond. Works studied will include the politically charged Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, Black Skin, White Masks, and In Praise of Creoleness as well as creative responses to Négritude and Créolité such as the novels Juletane and Crossing the Mangrove and the film Sugarcane Alley. Lectures and discussions conducted in English. Students from all disciplines welcome. However, students who do readings, papers, and oral presentations in French may count this course toward the French major or minor. Requirements: written homework, three short papers, one longer final paper, oral presentation(s), active participation, regular attendance. PREREQUISITES: French students must have taken at least two 300-level French courses.
ITAL 581B Advanced Composition and Stylistics
The goal of this course is twofold: 1. to expose the students to compelling readings that present new venues for an advanced use of Italian grammar and vocabulary. In this process, particular attention will be devoted to pre-reading discussion activities and post-reading activities that guide the students to discuss orally and in writing the topic of the readings; 2. to create a writing workshop, where the students practice writing strategies to develop their ability to draft clear, logical essays. The writing topics will motivate the students to construct and defend a thesis in the context of the unit theme and readings they have studied.
ITAL 581I Italian Cinema From Fascism to the New Millennium HENNESSEY
This course examines key contributions to Italian cinema from 1930 to the present, focusing on how popular cinematic categories (the Western, zombie and Euro-horror, science fiction, etc.) intersect with the art film. Classics by Fellini, Rossellini, Antonioni, as well as recent works by directors Bernardo Bertolucci and Paolo Sorrentino frame a broad survey of Italian film production. Film analysis and readings on Italian history and art introduce ideas on popular culture, political cinema, realism, race, and gender. Course is taught in English; Italian majors and minors will complete some assignments in Italian.
SPAN 581T coli 535L; mdv 561Q Cervantes Don Quixote (in English) FAJARDO
We shall do an attentive reading of both parts of the book. The principal activity in this class is discussion. In order to participate fully, students need to prepare carefully through an engaged reading of the assigned material. The class will be conducted in English. Spanish students are expected to read the text in Spanish (and in English as well if they so choose) and to do the written assignments in Spanish.
SPAN 581F: NATURE AND EMPIRE IN SPAIN AND COLONIAL LATIN AMERICA IN THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD (16th-17th Centuries) MONTENEGRO In this course we will analyze literary and visual works from the Iberian Peninsula and Colonial Latin America in the Early Modern period with a focus on the representation of nature. Together, we will investigate the binaries of dominance and subjugation in the narrative of the conquest and taming of nature. We will also analyze representations of gendered nature and learn and use key concepts from ecocriticism. Doing so, we will examine stereotypes such as that of Eden, Arcadia, the Virginal paradise, the savage wilderness and elements such as animals, rivers, and mountains. The basic questions that this course aims to discuss are: How is nature represented across a variety of literary genres? What are the implications of an allegorical and ornamental depiction of nature? How is ordered European nature represented against the savage American continent? How is nature classified? How does the subjugation of nature reveal cultural values concerning the ordering of animals and peoples? Readings may include the depiction of paradise in Columbus's letters, the pastoral in Lope de Vega, depictions of "ornamental" nature in barroque sonnets, war and destruction in Ercilla's epic poem, La Auracana, the classification of exotic nature in crónicas, and indigenous and mestizo accounts of nature in the New World. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 360 or 370 or equivalent. May be repeated for credit if topic is different.
SPAN 581I CONTEMPORARY POPULAR FICTION IN THE HISPANIC CARIBBEAN CASANOVA
This course examines the most recent popular fiction of Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. During the semester, students will read and analyze texts from various literary genres such as crime and thriller, horror and gothic, fantasy, sci-fi, cyberpunk and splatterpunk, the gangster novel and the graphic novel, among others. We will study how these genres have evolved in the Hispanic Caribbean in the past decades and how they are concerned with issues of violence, poverty, gender, colonization, drug trafficking, urban planning, among others. Students will also reflect upon discussions such as the so-called division between "high and low culture" and the place of Caribbean literature in the Western canon.