Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

University of Delaware


Student Friendly Course Descriptions


Level 200 and Above – Fall 2014 Courses
















































ARAB  200-010/080:  Advanced Intermediate Arabic    (3 credits)




Ikram Masmoudi






A continuation of ARAB 107. Emphasis is on reading and viewing authentic materials from Arab media to improve reading, writing, and listening skills, and to increase knowledge of Arab culture.



Prerequisite: ARAB 107
Honors Credit Available








CHIN  200-010:  Intermediate Chinese II    (3 credits)




Haihong Yang






This course aims at a further development of all four language skills which the students have acquired from the 100-level CHIN courses. In particular, the course emphasizes a further study of advanced Chinese grammar and basic essay writing. In this course students will not only learn authentic Chinese in terms of idiomatic usages, familiar sayings, and sophisticated grammar structure, but get to know Chinese society and culture as well. By the end of this course, students should have commanded around 250 new words and/or phrases in order to engage in a linguistically and culturally sophisticated communication in Chinese.



Honors students will read one more essay and give an oral presentation on that essay.



Prerequisite: CHIN 107
Honors Credit Available




CHIN  267-010:  Art of Chinese Calligraphy    (3 credits)




Maria Tu






This course introduces students to the rich art of Chinese calligraphy that has a long history of over two thousand years. In this course students will learn about the evolution of Chinese characters, the aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy, various kinds of intriguing ink and brush writing styles represented by noted calligraphers, the relation between Chinese calligraphy, philosophy, as well as other forms of art such as seal carving and painting. More importantly and entertainingly engaging, students will first learn how to use brush pen to practice Chinese calligraphy, which involves a working knowledge of styles such as seal script, clerical scripts, cursive script, semi-cursive script, regular script, and writing tools such as rice paper, ink, brush, ink stone, paperweight, desk pad, and seal. Then students will learn some basics of Chinese painting and be able to paining simple objects such as insects, fish, and flowers.




CHIN  350-010:  Business Chinese    (3 credits)




Renee Dong






This advanced intermediate Chinese language course aims at preparing students for effective communication in casual and formal business settings. While systemically providing trainings in all four aspects of language study (listening, speaking, reading and writing), this course has a strong emphasis on fluency in listening and speaking and focuses on the practical and functional use of the language. The students will practice language use and functions in common business situations, conduct company case analysis and perform communicative tasks on news reports and other business related multimedia materials. These activities are designed to be communicative, task-orientated, and learner-centered. Since culture and context are critical for successful foreign language learning, this course also incorporates discussion of Chinese business culture and etiquette to promote socially appropriate language use.








LATN  201:  Intermediate Latin Prose    (3 credits)










This first-reading course in ancient Roman language and culture trains students in translating authentic prose writings by major Roman figures such as Cicero, distinguished philosopher and orator; Caesar, master politician and general; and Livy, celebrated historian and ur-sociologist. An historical novel in English that illuminates the era and brings it to life will be read and discussed. Also students will prepare a short research essay on Roman culture chosen from a broad list of topics ranging from mythology to the cinema of Fellini. Two examinations consisting of translation and parsing and a final examination of the same type will complete the course.




GREK  201/301-010:  "Herodotus' Histories" Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate Ancient Greek    (3 credits)




Annette Giesecke






This is an intermediate and intermediate/advanced course in ancient Greek literature that will focus on the work of the Greek historian Herodotus and his accounts of: the life and exploits of the Persian king Cyrus the Great, the customs of ancient Egypt, and "real" causes of the Persian Wars (among other topics).



No Prerequisite




LATN  301/401:  "Petronius' Satyricon" Advanced Intermediate and Advanced Latin    (3 credits)




Annette Giesecke






This is an advanced intermediate and advanced course in Latin literature. The course will focus on Petronius' Satyricon, the notorious, satirical novel that has as its protagonist a profligate former slave and the outrageous banquet that he holds.








FLLT  316-010/080:  Gods, Heroes and Monsters    (3 credits)




Annette Giesecke






The subject of Classical Greek and Roman mythology is a broad one, and this course will focus on myth as presented primarily in the medium of epic poetry. The course commences with Hesiod's account of the birth of the Greek gods and goddesses and moves next to the most famous myth of all, the tale of the rape of Helen and the fall of Troy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the possible historical reality of the Trojan myth and on Homer's depictions of the gods and heroes who participated in this saga. From Homer's warrior hero Achilles and the wanderings of Odysseus, we will proceed to the strange Hellenistic Greek tale of Jason, the witch Medea, and the quest for the golden fleece. The remainder of the course will be dedicated to Roman myths and adaptations of Greek material. On the syllabus is Virgil's Aeneid, the story of the Trojan Aeneas and his wanderings to Italy, where he will become the founder of the Roman race. Here emphasis will be placed on the new politicizing of myth and the manipulation of myth for propagandistic purposes. Next the bold and sacrilegious Metamorphoses of Ovid will be studied; here the familiar Homeric gods become something quite undeserving of respect and worship. The course will close with what is perhaps the strangest of all tales, the story of the "hero" Lucius who becomes, quite literally, an ass and a devotee of the seductive Egyptian goddess Isis.



No prerequisites.
Honors option is available (section 080).




FLLT  327-010/080:  Great Works of Literature in Film    (3 credits)




Julia Hulings






In the canon of world literature, Anna Karenina, Doctor Zhivago, and Lolita are absolute must-reads. Tolstoy’s masterful exploration of social relationships in late 19th century Russia, Pasternak’s epic documentation of the country’s transition to communism, and Nabokov’s daring and explosive exploration of the mind of a pedophile provide a sampling of the great works of Russian literature that have spawned screen adaptations. First explore and compare the relationship between the novel and the historical and literary era to which it belongs, and then experience two film versions inspired by the work. Whether examining the novel itself or a cinematic version, we will attempt to gauge the reactions created by our own personal journey. Through these written masterpieces and their screen incarnations, students will gain a better appreciation of the impact that both literature and film can have on the individual reader, on history, and on humanity itself.



Also available for honors credit (Honors students will meet with the professor periodically throughout the semester in order to choose and then discuss one additional novel and corresponding film, as well as to formulate a question to be answered in a larger writing project due at the end of the semester.)



Satisfies the Group A (Creative Arts and Humanties) requirement
Prerequisites: None




FLLT  329-010/080:  To Hell and Back: Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Medieval world    (3 credits)




Meredith Ray






Dante's masterpiece, the Divine Comedy, is a true encyclopedia of medieval learning and culture. In this course we will read selected cantos from Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso that bring into focus the history and culture of the Medieval Mediterranean world. Our readings and discussion will touch on many areas, from the historical and political context in which Dante worked and the poetic traditions that influenced him, to the influence of non-Christian civilizations on his thought and medieval views on women. In addition to our close reading of selections from the poem, we will examine visual representations and interpretations of Dante’s poem, from illuminated manuscripts to recent films. Students will hone their critical thinking skills while developing the tools necessary for perceptive literary and cultural analysis. All readings, discussion, and written work will be in English. Students wishing to read the work in Italian may discuss this with the professor.



Taught in English.



Available for Honors Credit




FLLT  333-010/080:  Israeli Film    (3 credits)




Eynat Gutman






This course studies fascinating topics in Israeli Film, such as the construction and deconstruction of the Israeli Sabra and Ethnic Groups in Israel. Israeli Film encompasses decades of change and development in Israeli society, as well as the different groups this society consists of.



Prerequisites: none
Honors students will be required to write a small-scale paper on topics pertaining to Israeli Film
The course satisfies a Group B as well as a Multicultural requirement.
Taught in English.
No previous knowledge required




FLLT  380-010/080:  Critical Approaches to the Japanese Videogame    (3 credits)




Rachael Hutchinson






This course examines the major genres of Japanese videogames, and the major critical approaches taken by academics to the study of those games. Issues for discussion include the representation of gender and race in games; how ‘immersion’ and ‘identification’ apply to different game genres; and the immersive role of graphics, dimensionality and sound. The importance of the cutscene will be examined in contrast to the opening cinematic sequences of attract mode, as well as graphic representation in the normal field of play. Performance will be examined in terms of arcade games and the arcade roots of many contemporary games, with particular reference to Guitar Hero and Rock Band on the Nintendo Wii and the creation of doubled space.



Students will log two hours per week playing game texts from different genres in the Games Lab in Morris Library. We will use games developed for the PlayStation 2 and 3, including Final Fantasy, Virtua Fighter, Tekken, Metal Gear Solid, Soul Calibur, and Katamari Damacy. Case studies of particular game developers will include the visionaries Hideo Kojima and Tetsuya Nomura.



Honors students will have the opportunity to complete a research essay on a topic related to the course content.



Honors Credit Available




FLLT  422-010:  Language Syllabus and Materials Development    (3 credits)




Ali Alalou
Cynthia Lees






Wondering how to select a textbook, or how to put together the syllabus for your next language course? Interested in creating your own teaching materials? This course will give you the opportunity to learn about the latest approaches to syllabus and materials design, while giving you extensive hands-on experience in the creation of your own classroom tasks and homework assignments.



The Practicum's content includes: the preparation and teaching of lesson plans; the formulation of a classroom management strategy and classroom procedures; the discussion of assigned readings in the text; the presentation of effective approaches to teaching vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and reading/writing in the content area; and an introduction to the uses of authentic cultural materials in the foreign language classroom. The completion of a 25-hour placement at the student teaching site includes frequent co-teaching of mini-lessons under the cooperating teacher’s direction. The goal of the Practicum is to provide strategies and techniques for effective teaching in the target language and to promote a variety of instructional opportunities that will ensure a successful student teaching experience in Spring 2015.



Prerequisites: FLLT 421
Open only to Foreign Language Education majors in their senior year.




FLLT  467-010/080:  Chinese Culture    (3 credits)




Haihong Yang






This course will explore the development and significance of social and cultural practices and imaginations that produce and shape Chinese communities and identities. We will engage with philosophy, politics, poetry, autobiography, language, posters, film, and more.



Honors Credit Available




FLLT  623-010:  Principles of Foreign Language Pedagogy    (3 credits)




Ali Alalou






Current perspectives on foreign language instruction and extensive hands-on experience with the implementation of effective language teaching strategies. Emphasis given to the enhancement of students' proficiency in class planning, syllabus design and materials preparation.



Restrictions: Graduate students only




FLLT  624-010:  Second Language Testing    (3 credits)










Study of the principles and techniques of second-language testing, including measurement of the four major skills and of communicative competence. Bilingual measures are also included as is practice in item construction and analysis.



Restrictions: Graduate Students only.








FREN  200-010/080:  French Grammar and Composition    (3 credits)




Karen Quandt






This course provides a comprehensive grammar review, as well as an exploration of more advanced structures, in conjunction with an introduction to reading skills and strategies. Students complete grammar exercises, build vocabulary, respond to comprehension questions on the readings, and write short essays in order to improve their language skills. The reading material will consist of modern short stories, and film will also be incorporated.



This course may be taken for honors credit.
It is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit for this course
have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.




FREN  211-010/080:  French Reading and Composition    (3 credits)




Judy Celli
Donna Coulet du Gard






This course includes reading and discussion of French literature and the writing of short papers. The emphasis of the course is on improving critical reading skills and on writing formal analyses of literature. Students will be introduced to several literary movements. Honors credit involves supplementary readings, papers and meetings outside of class with the professor.



Satisfies the College of Arts and Sciences Group A breadth requirement.

Prerequisites: FREN 200 with a minimum grade of C or FREN 107 with a minimum grade of A-.
FREN 211 is required as a prerequisite for FREN 301 or 302.

Honors section meets with the regular section.
It is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit for this course have earned grades of A or A- in previous coursework.




FREN  301-010/080:  Introduction to French Literature: Prose    (3 credits)




Cynthia Lees






A knight, Yvain, and his faithful lion right wrongs, protect damsels, and slay evil opponents; two giants, Gargantua and his son Pantagruel, engage in bizarre battles and drinking bouts in one of the great comic masterpieces of French literature; a seraglio, eunuchs, and two Persian noblemen, Usbek and Rica, fill the pages of a work that encapsulates the revolution in human thought of the Age of Enlightenment; and a young woman and her father engage in the passionate pursuit of love and money with resulting tragedy for all involved. A GPS that navigates the prose fiction and non-fiction of major French authors from the Middle Ages to the present, this course expands and consolidates written and oral language skills through a close reading and discussion of the texts. Topics include identity, social transformation, gender, class, borders, and disorders. At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of French culture and society, to analyze critically, and to discuss representative works of French literature.



Prerequisites: FREN 211, and any 200-level course taught in the French language, both with a suggested minimum grade of B-. This course may be taken for Honors credit; an A or A- in previous French coursework for those pursuing Honors credit is recommended. Satisfies Group B Arts and Science breadth requirement.




FREN  302-010/080:  Introduction to French Literature: Poetry and Theatre    (3 credits)




Cynthia Lees






A provincial French town is overrun by rhinoceroses, and the inhabitants succumb to a mass metamorphosis by turning themselves into beasts in a drama on conformity and group-think. Another play examines a senselessly mad world in which an anxious middle class is dispossessed and doomed to an increasingly claustrophobic existence. Hypocrisy and religious trickery were difficult to tackle in 1664, and one of the most famous French comedies of all time still speaks to a modern audience about quackery and fraud. Introduction to French Poetry and Theater explores poets and dramatists from the Renaissance through the twentieth century with particular attention to the methods and language of literary analysis through close readings and explications de texte. In this course you will learn the terminology of literary criticism, employ this terminology in critical analyses of poems and plays, and discuss the recurring themes – power, love, deception, loss, patriarchy, totalitarianism – in the works studied.



Prerequisites: FREN 211, and any 200-level course taught in the French language, both with a suggested minimum grade of B-.
This course may be taken for Honors credit; an A or A- in previous French coursework for those pursuing Honors credit is recommended.
Satisfies Group B Arts and Science breadth requirement.




FREN  305-010/080:  French Conversation and Composition    (3 credits)




Deborah Steinberger






French 305 is an advanced conversation and composition course, conducted entirely in French, which focuses primarily on current issues in France and the Francophone world. Topics covered include politics, social issues, science and technology, and the arts. You will practice French through oral reports, role play, and discussions, as well as through regular written assignments including movie reviews and your own blog. Grammar review will be tailored to the needs of the class.



Prerequisites: FREN 211 and one other 200-level course taught in French, both with a suggested minimum grade of B-.
This course may be taken for Honors credit; it is highly recommended that those pursuing Honors credit in this course have earned final grades of A or A- in previous French coursework.

Not intended for native speakers of French.




FREN  412/612:  Great Authors II: 1750-Present    (3 credits)




Bruno Thibault






Do you enjoy traveling? Are you fascinated by exotic places? Do you think a journey could change your life? If so, you have something in common with such famous authors as Chateaubriand, Nerval, Mérimée, Loti, Maupassant, Saint-Exupéry, Gide, Camus and Le Clézio. This course is a presentation of several French masters of the short story in the 19th and 20th century. Selected short stories, all connected by the theme of travel, will enable us to discuss the varied facets of that genre and to better understand the intricate relationships between plot, theme, symbols, narration and structure. Poems by Hugo, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Cendrars and Segalen will also be discussed in class.



Selected readings of master authors from the dawn of Romanticism to the present. Authors may include Rousseau, Hugo, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Proust, Gide, Valéry, Colette, Camus, Sartre, Yourcenar, Beauvoir, Tournier, Robbe-Grillet, Duras, and others.



Prerequisites: FREN 3XX and FREN 3XX literature with a suggested minimum grade of B-




FREN  423/623:  Manifestations of Love in French Medieval Literature    (3 credits)




Karen Quandt






Though far removed from us in time, the Middle Ages still remain vibrant in contemporary popular culture through the legacy of courtly romances. Images of queens, white steeds and knights continue to captivate the human imagination, and chivalry remains a familiar code of conduct. However, we will discover in this course that love in Medieval literature more often than not appears in earthly and even vulgar forms that problematize or satirize the ideal standards played out in chivalric romances. Starting with the noble concept of love exemplified in Chrétien de Troyes’ Lancelot, we will go on to explore sexuality, gender, marriage, as well as representations and treatments of the body in texts such as troubadour poems, fabliaux, Le Roman de la Rose, Marie de France’s Lais, Béroul’s Le Roman de Tristan, the Roman de Renart, and Aucassin et Nicolette. We will end by considering how Medieval manifestations of love continued to persist or be reworked in French literature of subsequent time periods. Course discussions will also be devoted to visual culture and film.




FREN  454:  French Cinema    (3 credits)




Bruno Thibault






Study of modern French cultural history through the films of such masters as Vigo, Gance, Pagnol, Renoir, Bresson, Resnais, Malle and others.



Are you interested in learning more about French cinema, its stars and filmmakers, its heroes and villains, its dramatic tales of war and peace, of passion and murder, of class struggle and individual freedom? French 454 is a coursefocusing on French cultural history from 1895 to 1945 as seen through the “classics” of French cinema. Daily presentations and discussions on major films by such great mastersas Abel Gance, René Clair, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Pagnol, Jean Vigo, Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, René Clément, Georges Clouzot and Alain Resnais.



Prerequisites: Any two 300-level French literature courses




FREN  875:  Writing about Love: Seminar in Seventeenth-Century French Literature    (3 credits)




Deborah Steinberger






Is love an ennobling passion? a dangerous snare? an unattainable ideal? a game of mirrors? In this course we will study the prevailing ideas about love in seventeenth-century France, considering male and female points of view, and a variety of literary genres: fable, fairy tale, maxim, letter, portrait, story and novel. To the extent possible, the course will be conducted as a literary salon: students will engage in debate, try their hand at composition, and critique each other’s productions. Works we will study include Molière, Les Précieuses ridicules and L'Ecole des femmes ; Racine, Andromaque; Guilleragues, Lettres portugaises; La Rochefoucauld, Maximes; La Fayette, La Princesse de Clèves and La Comtesse de Tende; Choisy, L’Héritier and Perrault, La Marquise-Marquis de Banneville; plus fairy tales by Perrault, D’Aulnoy, and L’Héritier, selected fables by La Fontaine, and film versions or treatments of at least three of the works on the syllabus.



Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.








GRMN  211-010:  German Reading and Writing    (3 credits)




Nancy Nobile






Designed as an introduction to literature for students who have developed basic German language skills, this course will enable you to read German fiction with greater ease and appreciation. In order to build confidence gradually, we’ll begin with very short stories, progressing step-by-step to longer ones. We’ll also work with contemporary music and film. On occasion, we’ll review selected aspects of grammar. Students will write several short essays, a midterm, and a final.



This course fulfills an Arts and Sciences ‘Group A’ requirement.
Prerequisite: German 107 or equivalent




GRMN  235-010:  German Popular Culture    (3 credits)




Ester Riehl






German culture: Bach, Beethoven, Wagner and Goethe, right? Then explain the appeal of the most widely-viewed film in Germany in 2013, F--- ju, Göthe, a crass, crude, very funny and heartwarming (okay, kitschy, too) movie about an ex con who becomes a teacher at a "problem" school and wins the hearts of his students and colleagues. What is culture?



In this course we’ll compare “traditional” German culture with recent popular trends in food, television, film, travel, etc. We’ll do grammar review and have a few short grammar quizzes as needed. Students will write several short papers, a midterm exam and a final project, as well as give a report on a recent popular film.



Prerequisite: German 107 or equivalent




GRMN  355-010:  Germany and the EU    (3 credits)




Nancy Nobile






As its largest member state, Germany plays a crucial role in the stability and development of the European Union. With our main focus on Germany, we will discuss the history of the EU, the challenges it currently faces, and its goals for the future. Readings will be drawn from German newspapers, broadcasts, and online sources. Our discussions will also center around student projects, created in small increments over the course of the semester. This course will expand students’ knowledge of the EU, and hone their speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. In addition to the project, there will be a midterm and a final exam.



Prerequisite: any two 200-level courses taught in German.




GRMN  455/655-010:  The Craft of Translating    (3 credits)




Nancy Nobile






This course will offer students an unusual approach to German literary texts by focusing on their translation. We will work with short masterpieces of German literature, explore how they have been variously translated by others, and create translations of our own. The verb “translate” comes from Latin roots meaning “to carry across” or “to bring over.” What gets lost when one attempts to carry beautiful meanings across from one language to another? Can one compensate for these losses somehow? Since all translations are, in a sense, interpretations, students will learn a lot about interpreting literature. Through hands-on experience rather than memorization, students will also hone their grammar skills, expand their vocabularies, and increase their sensitivity to the written word. We will read a bit of translation theory and translate texts by authors including Rilke, Kafka, Benn, Hesse, Karen Duve and Judith Hermann. Students will complete several short and one longer project.



Prerequisites: for majors: any three 300-level courses
for minors: any two 300-level courses
This course may be taken concurrently with a 300-level course.








ITAL  200-010:  Italian Grammar Review    (3 credits)




Giorgio Melloni






This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to improve and refine basic language skills, thus building greater confidence and proficiency. A systematic review of grammar will include exercises and activities for honing writing and speaking skills. Students will be engaged through short stories, films, music, debates and many other activities.



Prerequisite: ITAL 107
Honors credit available




ITAL  211-010:  Italian Reading & Composition    (3 credits)




Riccarda Saggese






Let the masters of the Italian short story teach you how to write! This courses emphasizes vocabulary acquisition and written expression. Students will read and discuss short works of literature and film. You will improve your writing skills, add to your rich stock of conversation topics in Italian, and begin your love affair with contemporary Italian authors.



Prerequisite: ITAL 200, ITAL 205, or ITAL 206
Honors Credit Available
Counts as Group A course




ITAL  267-010:  Italian through Music    (3 credits)




Meredith Ray






Drawing on Italy's rich musical tradition, this course strengthens students' skills in Italian conversation and composition. From opera librettos to pop songs, students will improve their command of grammar, writing, speaking and comprehension, while exploring Italian culture through music.



Prerequisite: Ital 107
Available for Honors Credit




ITAL  311-010:  Survey of Italian Literature II    (3 credits)




Laura Salsini






This course explores Italy’s recent literary past through some of its greatest authors and their masterpieces. By focusing on selected works from the 17th Century to the present, students will also gain a better understanding of Italy’s cultural history.



Prerequisite: ITAL 211 or ITAL 212
Honors Credit Available
Satisfies a Group B requirement




ITAL  355-010:  The Art of Translation    (3 credits)




Laura Salsini






This course offers students an opportunity to improve their writing and comprehension skills by working closely with traditional texts (short stories, plays, and poetry) as well as non-traditional texts (song lyrics, promotional materials, web pages). Students will translate from English to Italian and Italian to English.



Prerequisite: Any Ital3XX course
Available for Honors Credit




ITAL  455-010:  Italian Women Writers    (3 credits)




Riccarda Saggese






This course focuses on the contribution of the most important Italian women writers to the “battle” of women’s rights during the 20th and the 21st century. It analyzes selected works by Fallaci, Maraini, Morante as well as Avallone, Mazzantini, Mazzucco. This course will also offer opportunities for improving communication skills, especially writing and speaking.



Prerequisites: Any two Ital3xx courses.
Available for Honors Credit.








JAPN  200-010:  Japanese Grammar and Composition    (3 credits)




Mutsuko Sato






This course helps our students to incorporate what they have learned in previous Japanese courses and to improve their abilities to express themselves in Japanese through writing exercises. The textbook used in this course offers students the opportunity to read texts from some of the best Japanese literary works as examples of great writings.




JAPN  201-010/080:  Advanced Intermediate Japanese I    (3 credits)




Chika Inoue






This course covers the first six chapters of Genki II text book. Students learn to use various grammatical forms to convey different nuances. Classes are conducted mostly in Japanese. Activities include oral, reading and writing exercises on various topics. About 90 additional Kanji will be introduced.



Prerequisite: JAPN107.
Textbook: Genki II




JAPN  202-010/080:  Advanced Intermediate Japanese II    (3 credits)




Chika Inoue






This course covers the last five chapters of Genki II text book. Students learn to use various grammatical forms to convey different nuances. Classes are conducted in Japanese. Activities include oral presentations and essays on various topics. About 75 additional Kanji will be introduced.



Prerequisite: JAPN201 or 206.
Textbook: Genki II (Chapters 19-23)




JAPN  301-010:  Advanced Japanese Grammar    (3 credits)




Mutsuko Sato






This is a course designed for students who want to achieve a higher level of fluency. The goal is a more natural and native-like use of the language, both in written and oral forms. New grammatical forms, idiomatic and set phrases, Kanji, and vocabulary are introduced. Topics include Japanese geography, technology, foods, pop culture, and education system. There is a final project designed by each student.



Prerequisite: successful completion in three 200-level Japanese courses or equivalent.
Textbook: TOBIRA: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (Chapters 1,3,5,7,9)




JAPN  401-010:  Using Japanese: Issues in Contemporary Society    (3 credits)




Chika Inoue






This course has been designed for students who have successfully completed 300-level sequence and provides advanced instruction in Japanese grammar at the 400 level. In the last chapters of the textbook Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese, you will build a foundation for using Japanese to discuss social issues such as education, history, politics and the arts. As such, complementary materials at the instructor’s discretion (newspapers, magazines, television and so on) will be used.



Prerequisite: Two courses of JAPN 3XX.
Textbook: Tobira: Gateway to Advanced Japanese; Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan








PORT  216:  Intensive Brazilian Portuguese for Spanish Students and Speakers    (3 credits)




Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz






Study the language of Brazil and unlock the door to this exciting giant of South America. Learning Brazilian Portuguese may not change your life, but then again, maybe it will. Why take a chance?



Due to their similarities in structure and vocabulary, your knowledge of Spanish will put you on the fast track to learning Portuguese. In this intensive course you can expect to gain a good functional knowledge of this language, which is spoken by 230 million people. You will also learn about Brazilian culture, and Brazilian popular music will be incorporated into our lessons to reinforce language learning. Come prepared to groove to Bossa Nova and other Brazilian rhythms, and to have fun learning a really cool language!



Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish course or being a heritage speaker of Spanish.

PORT 216 is part of Option II of the Spanish major and can count toward the Latin American and Iberian Studies major and minor. It is also part of the Foreign Language Certificate in Brazilian Portuguese. Portuguese can be used as Language Three for the Three Language Major. Additionally, this course helps students prepare for the winter session in Brazil where they can continue studying Portuguese.








RUSS  310-010:  Introduction to Russian Literature I    (3 credits)




Julia Hulings






Read some excerpts of the best Golden-Age Russian fiction, ranging from short stories by Alexander Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol, Mikhail Lermontov, and Anton Chekhov to excerpts from great novels by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ivan Turgenev, and Lev Tolstoy. Through close reading and discussion, you will learn to apply literary terminology to analyze and interpret these texts. Improve your vocabulary, as well as your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as we examine major authors, literary movements, and trends, placing them in their historical context.



Satisfies the Group B (History and Cultural Change) requirement.
Prerequisite: RUSS 211




RUSS  455-010:  Satire as Revolt in Russian and Soviet Literature    (3 credits)




Julia Hulings






The Russian love of satire is deep rooted, existing primarily in oral folk practice until taking written form around the 17th century. In whatever the genre, be it prose, drama, poetry, the folk tale, the joke or anecdote, song, or visual art like the irreverent lubok woodcut, clever devices such as humor, exaggeration or ridicule expose true feelings about a layer of society, a particular politician, a policy, or a troubling side of human nature. Satire can be serious as in Evgenij Zamyatin’s prophetic and antiutopian We; it can be hilarious as in Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin’s History of a Town; or it can even be absurd as in Vladimir Mayakovsky’s avant-garde and futuristic Bedbug. Whether cloaked in parody, allegory, the grotesque, sarcasm, or irony, what we really see at the core of this form of literary expression is a creative and often veiled way to show displeasure and take a stand — to stage a revolt against the powers that be.



Also available for honors credit (Honors students will meet with the professor on a regular basis to choose and discuss additional reading assignments and to formulate a broad-reaching question to be answered in a larger writing project due at the end of the semester.)



Prerequisite: Any RUSS 3xx, preferably 310 or 312.
Honors Credit Available








SPAN  200:  Spanish Composition and Grammar    (3 credits)




Joerg Busch
Cristina Guardiola
Fatima Haq
Stacey He






An intensive study of selected grammatical topics (ser-estar, preterite and imperfect, present subjunctive and commands); vocabulary; grammatical exercises and short compositions. Offered with an Honors section (080).



In this course you will acquire new vocabulary, broaden and improve your knowledge of grammatical structures (agreement, verb tenses, pronouns, and much more). You will learn strategies for developing and refining your written communication skills.



Prerequisite: SPAN 107
Honors Credit Available




SPAN  201:  Spanish Reading and Composition    (3 credits)




Jesus Botello
Lee Glen
Meghan McInnis-Dominiguez



Susan McKenna






This course places major emphasis on the development of reading, writing and analytical skills while studying literary selections from Spain and Latin America.



In this course the student has the opportunity to read a wide variety of Spanish and Latin American literature in three genres: poetry, narrative and drama. The student will develop reading skills as well as a solid knowledge of the literary terms and movements which will be encountered in more advanced literature classes. Compositions will be based on interpretation of the readings and will be directed towards reinforcing the use of literary terminology.



Prerequisite: SPAN 200




SPAN  205:  Spanish Conversation: A Cultural Approach    (3 credits)




Joan Brown
Carmen Finnicum
Tomás McCone



Krystyna Musik






The goal of this course is to enable each learner to achieve increased mastery of practical spoken Spanish in its cultural context. The language will be used strategically – to accomplish objectives and resolve conflicts – in realistic situations. Linguistic and cultural topics include travel, health, geography, education, social interactions, cuisine, sports, housing, family life, entertainment, technology, and business. An array of methodologies is used to build oral competence in real-world situations. Course components include role-playing activities, vocabulary expansion, cultural readings, films and other nonprint media; oral reports, Internet research, listening activities, pronunciation practice, grammar repair and review, short compositions, and an individual final project. The Honors section features additional proficiency activities.





Prerequisite: SPAN 107, SPAN 112, SPAN 200 or SPAN 201.
RESTRICTIONS: A minimum grade of B is required in SPAN 107 or SPAN 112.
Not intended for native speakers.
May not be taken if student has reached the 400 level.




SPAN  300:  Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar I    (3 credits)




Lee Glen
Asima Saad-Maura






This course is a comprehensive study of basic and complex grammatical structures with both oral and written practice to facilitate further mastery of vocabulary and structures. Cultural topics are explored through readings that raise awareness of the Hispanic world while building up vocabulary to express abstract ideas.



Prerequisites: SPAN 200 and SPAN 201




SPAN  301:  Survey of Spanish Literature    (3 credits)




Cristina Guardiola






This course studies the development of Spanish literature from its origins through the 17th century; it is a study of representative works, discussions and collateral readings.



From the epic poem of the Cid to the riotous adventures of Don Quijote, from the sorceress Celestina to the seductions of Don Juan, from the picaresque novel Lazarillo de Tormes to the philosophical drama La vida es sueño, this course will explore the literature and culture of Spain from the Middle Ages through the Golden Age. Students will gain exposure to classic authors in various genres of Spanish literature, honing critical skills while exploring the evolution and development of Spain's literary genius.



Prerequisite: SPAN 201
Fulfills Arts & Sciences ‘Group B’ requirement




SPAN  303:  Survey of Spanish-American Literature    (3 credits)




Persephone Braham
Gladys Ilarregui






Selected readings include representative works in all genres of Latin American literature in the 20th Century, with discussion and analysis, of different texts of various forms of poetry and prose from the Renaissance period to Modernism. We move to another time and South of the Border to learn about the writings of the conquistadores and the authors who lived in the Age of Colonialism, through the revolutions and into the Modern age. You will see how peoples of Spanish-speaking countries viewed the world during several historical epochs. This course provides a comparison of literary works with the arts and unique insights into other cultures.



Prerequisite: SPAN 201
Fulfills Group B Arts & Science requirement




SPAN  305:  Oral Communication    (3 credits)




Ángel Esteban






For individuals with a comprehensive knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. Emphasis on refinement of expression of abstract ideas as well as mastery of practical communication.



You love Spanish. You would love to travel to Spanish-speaking countries. You can read Spanish and you can communicate but you want to be able to have meaningful Spanish conversation. This course is designed to help you speak Spanish more fluently and expand your vocabulary while learning current issues and customs in the Hispanic world. The goal is to enable you to sustain conversations and express your opinions on diverse topics. The course draws from a variety of resources, including short stories and essays, articles from the Spanish press, slides, videos, and satellite newscasts. Interactive formats such as class discussions, debates, oral presentations and scenarios will be used.



Prerequisite: SPAN 200
Restrictions: Not intended for native speakers




SPAN  314:  Spanish Phonetics & Phonology    (3 credits)




Hans-Jörg Busch






This course is highly recommended for prospective Spanish teachers and students who want to improve and practice their pronunciation and intonation in Spanish. The course will help you to understand how the Spanish phonetic system is organized, compared to the system in English. This, together with a wealth of practical exercises will enable you to lose the typical “American accent”, and to speak like a Spaniard. You will learn how to divide Spanish words into syllables, where and when to put written accents, how to pronounce vowels and consonants, as well as learn about Spanish rhythm, intonation, linguistic variation and phonetic transcription.




SPAN  325:  Spanish Civilization and Culture    (3 credits)




Angel Esteban






Survey of geography, history, art and society of Spain. This course offers a survey of the geography, history, culture, politics and society of Spain. You will study key historical events, from prehistoric times to the most recent developments, as well as cultural movements that have shaped Spanish national identity. The course is conducted in Spanish and the readings are in Spanish.



Prerequisite: SPAN 200
Fulfills ‘Group B’ Arts & Science requirement
Required for teaching majors.




SPAN  326:  Latin American Civilization and Culture    (3 credits)




Phillip Penix-Tadsen



Persephone Braham






This is a student-centered class in which students will research and analyze fundamental aspects of the geography, history, politics and cultural production of Latin America from pre-Columbian times to the present. We place particular emphasis on questions of human rights, colonialism and nationalism, intervention, and globalization and migration. This is a process-oriented course, in which students are encouraged to:

  • Discover the historical causes of modern-day problems in Latin America;
  • Improve research and analytical skills;
  • Develop independent learning skills;
  • Master practical academic and presentation technologies.



Prerequisite: SPAN 200.
Fulfills Arts & Sciences ‘Group B’requirement.




SPAN  401:  Advanced Spanish Grammar II    (3 credits)




Joerg Busch



Asima Saad-Maura






SPAN 401 is not a systematic study of Spanish grammar (that is the purpose of SPAN 200 and 300). In this course students will practice and apply what they have learned in previous courses, as well as broaden their vocabulary through different kinds of writings (i.e.: summaries, opinion papers, narrations, feature articles, descriptions, poems, short stories, etc.), projects and class participation. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to study and practice more in-depth those structures that traditionally cause the most problems. For example: subjunctive vs. indicative, past tenses, prepositions and pronouns, reflexivity, active vs. passive, text progression, determination, word order, direct vs. indirect speech, sequence of tenses, use of complex tenses, etc. The SPAN 401 textbook contains an array of authentic readings about the culture, history, and politics of Spain and Latin America. The overall goal of SPAN 401 is to help students reach the ACTFL Language Testing Advanced-Low Level.



Prerequisite: This course is the last in a series of Spanish language courses. Students must have taken SPAN 200 and SPAN 300 before enrolling for this course. The course is conducted in Spanish.




SPAN  439:  Postwar Spanish Narrative    (3 credits)




Joan Brown






What effect did the Spanish Civil War have on contemporary literature? In this course we will trace the lingering effects of the conflict that shaped Spain in the 21st century. From the actions of a conflicted priest in Andalusia to a young woman’s coming-of-age in Catalonia to the heroism of a young doctor in Galicia, we will read unforgettable stories from modern Spain. The goal of the course is to read intensively, concentrating on a few works in depth. By using Spanish in a seminar setting, each student will build his or her critical and linguistic skills (including speaking, reading and writing).



Section meets with an MA-level graduate section, SP 639-10.




SPAN  450:  Modern Hispanic Literature 1898-1936    (3 credits)




Ángel Esteban






The blending of European, Spanish and Latin American genius produces a twentieth century literary movement, Modernismo, in which the cult of beauty, love, fantasy, and desire produce the rhythms and harmonies of verbal music.




SPAN  455/655-010:  Hispanic Crime Fiction    (3 credits)




Cynthia Schmidt-Cruz






In this course we will examine how detective fiction in the Hispanic world evolved from the classic British mystery or “enigma” and the North American hard-boiled genre toward the crime novel or novela negra. In Latin America, the novela negra has become a favored genre to address political reality, particularly in situations where the state is involved in criminality and wrongdoers escape with impunity. It has the capacity to describe the world of political and economic power and, when it incorporates the psychological thriller, to explore the inner recesses of the human psyche. The addition of intrigue and suspense to this already compelling mix explains the popularity of this genre.



We will study the traditional “grammar” of the genre—for instance the character trio of criminal-victim-detective and the plot which develops to resolve an enigma—and how these elements are employed or altered to paint a gripping portrait of contemporary society. Course readings will consist of a selection of critical essays, short stories, and novels; possible novels include ¿Quién mató a Palomino Molero? by Mario Vargas Llosa, Tuya and Betibú by Claudia Piñeiro, and El vuelo de la reina by Tomás Eloy Martínez.



Prerequisite: One 300-level Spanish literature course




SPAN  475:  Drug Culture in Latin America    (3 credits)




Philip Penix-Tadsen






Drug production, trafficking, and consumption have had an immeasurable impact on culture in Latin America, affecting the region’s politics and way of life as well as its art and literature. This course will examine the euphoria and the tragedy surrounding the drug trade, from psychedelic 1960s creative experiments, to Pablo Escobar’s cocaine empire in the 1980s, to the tragic wave of drug violence Mexico faces today. These topics will be studied through the rigorous analysis of the region’s cultural production, including literature, fiction and documentary film, journalism, electronic media, political discourse, and visual arts.



Prerequisite: Any of the following: SPAN307, SPAN308, SPAN325, SPAN326.




SPAN  475:  From Amazons to Zombies    (3 credits)




Persephone Braham






Why have Latin Americans repeatedly turned to Amazons, sphinxes, vampires, mermaids, cannibals, and zombies to describe their world? The discovery of the Americas upset existing hypotheses about the nature of the world and man’s place in it, and the New World became the arena for an exceptionally transformative encounter with monsters, real and imagined. In this course we will study these monsters and their role in Latin America's ongoing discourse of self-discovery.




SPAN  490:  Hispanic World through literature and film    (3 credits)




Alexander Selimov






This course offers a wide scope approach to social, political and historical issues in the Hispanic world through literary texts and film. Students will study historical, and cultural aspects of Spain and several Spanish American countries using pertinent narrative and visual materials. The course will focus, in particular, on interrelations between science, literature and film in the Hispanic countries and their impact on individuals and communities. The additional objective is to develop students’ written expression of critical thought as well as to provide learners with opportunities to express their ideas orally in discussion groups. The grade will be based on a midterm exam, vocabulary quizzes, one presentation, and a final paper. The honor section will have additional readings and presentations.




SPAN  639:  Postwar Spanish Narrative    (3 credits)




Joan Brown






What effect did the Spanish Civil War have on contemporary literature? In this course, students will acquire the framework for mastery of the area of twentieth-century Peninsular literature. Novels and novellas including San Manuel Bueno, mártir by Miguel de Unamuno (which was banned under Franco’s dictatorship) and Nada by Carmen Laforet (which inaugurated postwar existentialism) will be situated in their historical, literary, and critical contexts. Uncensored exile literature and 21st century hybrid literature also will be introduced. The goal of the course is to read intensively, concentrating on a few works in depth. By using Spanish in an advanced seminar setting, each student will build his or her critical skills while preparing for the MA Comprehensive Exam in this area. Section meets with an Honors undergraduate section, SPAN 439-080.




SPAN  875:  Literatura e Identidad en España y América Latina.    (3 credits)




Alexander Selimov






El presente seminario enfoca el tema de la identidad en la variedad de manifestaciones que de éste se ofrecen en la literatura española e hispanoamericana, y en particular, los procesos de búsqueda, formación, constitución y cuestionamiento de diversas identidades, es decir, nacionales, culturales e históricas. Los estudiantes tendrán amplias oportunidades para poner en práctica competencias y destrezas comunicativas adquiridas en cursos anteriores, así como, podrán perfeccionar sus habilidades de lectura interpretativa de obras literarias. El curso tiene como objetivo desarrollar y reforzar en los estudiantes capacidades y competencias para producir distintos tipos de discursos críticos en base a los textos provenientes de la lista de lecturas de M.A. Los textos primarios son: 1) Etreban Echeverría, El matadero & Jorge Luis Borges, El Sur 2) Manuel J. Quintana, Pelayo & Benito Pérez Galdós, Doña Perfecta 3) José Martí, Nuestra América & José E. Rodó, Ariel 4) Octavio Paz, El laberinto de soledad.




SPAN  875:  (Des)articulaciones del Boom latinoamericano    (3 credits)




Phillip Penix-Tadsen






The Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s was a moment of great literary innovation, a collective drive for global impact and maximum international fame by authors who have since been canonized in the region’s literature: Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Fuentes and Julio Cortázar, among others. This course will examine the work of these Boom legends, contextualizing them among the predecessors who laid the groundwork for their experimental approaches (Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Juan Rulfo), and concluding with a look at literature after the Boom, as authors move away from the magical realist past toward an even more fragmentary future. Literary works will be studied in combination with major texts of post-strucuralist, post-colonial, and Marxist cultural theory.



This course is a seminar in which graduate students take responsibility for independent contributions to and leadership of the group. Through intensive participation, each individual will hone his of her critical analytical skills.



Restrictions: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.