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Topic and Honor Courses

Spring 2015

GRMN 4931 "German Language, Culture and Literature: Lyric Poetry" 3 cr. hr. Dr. John Pustejovsky

FOLA 4931 "Intro to Literrary Analysis in Chinese" 3 cr. hr. Ms. Jing Zhai

SPAN 4931/5931 "Contemporary Spanish Women Writers" 3 cr. hr. Dr. Anne Pasero


Fall 2014

FREN 3210 "North African Women Writers" 3 cr. hr. Dr. Sarah Gendron

GRMN 3210 "Witness and Resistance in German Film" 3 cr. hr. Dr. John Pustejovsky. Covers issues relating to Nazism and the Holocaust, communism, and terrorist movements of the 60s and 70s. (It's also taught in English; knowing German is not essential.)

GRMN 4961 Workshop in German-English Translation, Dr. John Pustejovsky. Where we will produce professional quality translations of post-WW II stories which remain untranslated.

HOPR 3953 "Slavery and Its Legacy in the Literature of the Americas” 3 cr. hr. Dr. Julia Paulk. The goals of this honors seminar are to promote reflection, critical and literary analysis and familiarity with comparative literature of the Americas. The course will focus specifically on literature related to the struggle against slavery and also to the after effects of slavery in the various nations in the Americas where it was practiced. This struggle is connected to the ways in which developing nations defined themselves in the nineteenth century as well as to attempts to overcome racial and class divisions in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Through the study of literature from the Americas, we will better understand the practice of chattel slavery and its lasting social and political impact, helping us meet the larger goal of understanding the connection between the study of literature and our understanding of the community and world around us. Because we will follow a seminar format, a high level of student involvement in all aspects of the course will be expected. Students will lead course discussions and prepare a semester research project that will also be presented in class to peers.

FOLA 4000/5000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures 3 cr. hr. Dr. Todd Hernández (SPAN)

FOLA 4931 Grammar Review and Writing 3 cr. hr. Ms. Jing Zhai (CHNS)

Spring 2014


Fall 2013

FOLA 4000/5000 Teaching World Languages and Cultures 3 cr. hr. Dr. Todd Hernández

FOLA 4931 Topics in Foreign Language, Culture and Literature: Critical Theories 1-3 cr. hr. Dr. Sarah Gendron

Spring 2013

GRMN 4931/FOLA 4931 "History of German Language" 3 cr. hr. Taught in English Dr. Tyler Luiten. Course fulfills the elective requirement for the German major.

FOLA 4931 "The Immigrant Experience in Europe through Film" 3 cr. hr. Co-Taught in English by Drs. Gendron, Luiten, Pasero and Ms. Kaftan

FREN 4530 "Eighteenth Century French Literature" 3 cr. hr. Dr. Jennifer Vanderheyden. Description du cours:  Les trois “V” dans la littérature pré-révolutionnaire:  le vice, la vertu et la vérité.

FREN 4931 "Topics in French Language, Culture and Literature: Ronsard to MC Solaar" 1-3 cr. hr. Dr. Boubakary Diakite, French and Francophone Poetry from the 16th to the 21st Century This course, entirely conducted in French will provide a survey of the major trends and authors of French and francophone poetry. Students will discover and study poems from the French Renaissance to the 21th Century French rap artists, aiming at redefining the French citizenship.

SPAN 4931 ”Topics in Spanish Language, Culture and Literature: Latin America Visual Narratives” 3 cr. hr. Dr. Jason Meyler

Summer 2012

SPAN 4931/5931 first session "From the Magical Realism to the Fantastic and the Esoteric in Contemporary Latin American Literature" Dr. German Carrillo

Spring 2012

FOLA 4931 "Formal Spoken Arabic" 3 cr. hr. Dr. Enaya Othman

GRMN 4931/FOLA 4931 "Language Evolution and Decay: The Fundamentals of Language Change. 3 cr. hr. (No linguistic or foreign language background is necessary). Dr. Tyler Luiten

CLAS 4931 "Peace and Conflict in Paganism and Early Christianity" 3 cr. hr. (No knowledge of Greek or Latin Required) Ms. Katherine Milco

FOLA 4931 "Problems of Integration Encountered Today by North African Muslims in French Society" 3 cr. hr. (In English) Dr. Jean-Pierre Lafouge

Summer 2011


The Afro-Caribbean poetry of Luis Palés Matos, Nicolás Guillen and Nancy Morejón will be a starting point for the discussion of slavery, gender, race, class, immigration, religion and politics in the works of Alejo Carpentier, Rosario Ferré, Zoé Valdés, Julia Alvarez, Esmeralda Santiago, and Dolores Prida. In addition, a critique of the following films will ver done: Fresa y Chocolate, La última cena, En el tiempo de las mariposas, El Super, and For Love or Country.

Proseminar in German Studies (Independent Senior Research Projects)

Fall 2011

“Border Stories: Identity, Community, and Conflict in U.S. and Mexican Literature on the Border”
Dr. Pilar Bellver

This course will discuss common themes and rhetorical strategies in fictional representations of the U.S-Mexico border from its creation to the present time, taking into account works by both U.S. and Mexican writers. The course will explore the region’s ties to Mexican and U.S. history and will introduce Mexican voices and perspectives into our current debates on the issues affecting this region. It will allow students to reflect upon their own views and values on such important issues as racial and gender violence or immigration by exploring the many perspectives that have informed the representation of these issues in border literature and film.

This course also counts towards the Interdisciplinary Minor in Justice and Peace offered by The Center for Transnational Justice.

Spain’s Moving Image: Spanish Film and Society in 20th and 21st centuries
Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova

Film is known as a “hot” medium capable of manipulating its audiences into identifying themselves with the camera’s point of view. In the meantime, human beings are naturally predisposed to interpret moving image as real. This is why all conscious and critically-minded individuals wishing to avoid being deceived need to understand how films are made. Welcome to Spanish 4310/5310-Spain’s Moving Image, where you will develop strong skills of analyzing visual information. In this course you will learn and practice the fundamentals of filmmaking and film analysis in Spanish. You will also do readings and see films relevant for understanding the history of cinema as an art form in general, and of Spanish filmmaking in particular.
By the end of the semester you will develop advanced knowledge of how Spaniards have represented themselves on film in different historical moments since early 20th century. You will learn how to write critical reviews of films, analyze film language using appropriate terminology, recognize and describe representative Spanish films and filmmakers, and narrate the story of Spanish film industry in a historical context. If you are an undergraduate student, you will also prepare a short film under the guidance of Santiago Zannou, our 2011 Spanish film director-in-residence. If you are a graduate student, you will learn the fundamentals of visual culture studies and write research papers about Spanish film and visual culture.

Fall 2010

The Art of Genocide: Cambodian Art before, During, and After Genocide (French) Team-taught course with Drs. Sarah Gendron and Sarah Davies Cordova

An exploration of how art was used in Cambodia to cultivate genocide, to testify to what took place, and to rebuild Khmer cultural identity. Authors and artists include Damien Chavanat, Elsie, Justin Creedy Smith, Rithy Panh, Vann Nath.

Witness and Resistance in German Literature 

Spring 2009

Tourism and travel in Contemporary Spanish Culture
Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova

This course enables students to a)acquire an in-depth knowledge of Spain’s territory, recent history, regional cultures, traditions, icons, and developmental trends; b)understand that all above-mentioned aspects of the entity known as “Spain” do not exist by themselves, but are rather the products of the cultural practices, politics, and economic planning involved in local and national identity-making now known as “branding” c) analyze the practices and the cultural implications of travel and tourism and describe them using the terminology of leisure and tourism studies; d) improve oral and written proficiency in Spanish; practice their presentational skills; expand the vocabulary and the knowledge of terminology.  By the end of the semester students taking this course not only will be able to describe Spanish culture(s), traditions, and cultural products, but also acquire the habit of analyzing them using the critical apparatus of tourism and leisure studies. I also hope that our readings and discussions encourage students to understand their own leisure and travel activities and their social implications.

A Survey of French and Francophone Film
Dr. Sarah Gendron

An introduction to French and Francophone film, including the silent film era, surrealism, poetic realism, propaganda and resistance film, film noir, New Wave, political cinema, period dramas, and the digital revolution. Examinations include directors from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. 

Summer 2009

From Romantics to Revolutionaries (German)

Fall 2009

The Art of Engagement: Committed Art of the Holocaust and the Post World War II Era (French): Team-taught course with Drs. Sarah Gendron and Jean-Pierre Lafouge

An exploration of the relationship between aesthetics and ethics and how this relationship pertains to committed art referencing the Holocaust. Authors and artists include Theodor Adorno, Stephan Boos, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alice Lok Cahana, Haim Maor, Christian Boltanski.

The Sum of All Lies: The Prose Works of of Franz Kafka (German) 

Spring 2008

Visual and Textual Representations of Genocide: The Holocaust, Cambodia, and Rwanda. Dr. Sarah Gendron.

An examination of the testimonial genre as it pertains to representations of genocide. Authors and artists include Elie Wisel, André Schwarz-Bart, Luong Ung, Rithy Pahn, Gil Gourtemanche, J.P. Stassen.

Fall 2008

Rwandan Stories: Textual and Visual Representations of the Rwandan Genocide and to Living On: Team-taught course with Drs. Sarah Gendron and Sarah Davies Cordova.

An exploration of how art was used in Rwanda to encourage genocidal acts, to testify to them after the fact, and finally how art now contributes to reconciliation and to allowing life to go on. Authors and artists include Véronique Tadjo, Alfredo Jaar, J.P Stassen, Boubacar Boris Diop.

History of the German Language

Summer 2009

German Expressionism: The Arts in a Changed World

Spring 2006

Francophone Representations of the Holocaust. Dr. Sarah Gendron.
Explorations of a variety of literary, cinematic, and theoretical responses to the Holocaust. Authors include Elie Wiesel, Jacques Derrida, Paul de Mann, André Schwarz-Bart, Claude Lanzmann.




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