• 4 Credits

    LF101 Elementary French 1

    Stresses mastery of essential vocabulary and primary grammatical structures through a situational approach. Students perceive that language is """"living"""" and they discover by the third week of the semester that they can already communicate in French. Class time is devoted to interactive practice. Conversational skills, pronunciation, and understanding are verified through regular oral exams.

    Instructors Pierre Hurel,Michaele Gauduchon
  • 4 Credits

    LF102 Elementary French 2

    Continuation of LF 101, this course also incorporates reading skills and exposes students to a wider range of cultural materials.

  • 4 Credits

    LI120 Introduction to Literary Studies

    Gives students intensive practice in literary analysis, critical writing, and related research. In discussing primary texts, considerable attention is given to elements of the different genres (e.g., narrative point of view, narrative structure, metrical and free verse), as well as to issues relevant across literary genres (e.g., form and content, voice, contexts, tone). Readings are chosen from the following genres: poetry, drama, and narrative modes. Readings also include selected literary theory and criticism.

    Instructors William Donoghue, Douglas Ishii, Katerina Seligmann, Alexander Ruggeri, Steven Ambrose, Daniela Kukrechtova, George Baroud,Kelvin Goh, Shannon Derby
  • 4 Credits

    LI201 Literary Foundations

    Surveys foundational works of literature spanning a wide range of periods, genres, and regions in order to familiarize students with broad principles in literary and cultural history. Works studied may include ancient Greek and other premodern epic, lyric, and drama along with cognate and contrasting traditions.

    Instructors George Baroud, Robert Dulgarian
  • 4 Credits

    LI202 U.S./American Literatures

    Introduces students to the literary history of the United States from the colonial period to the modern by surveying a wide range of texts, including canonical and non-canonical authors in several genres. The course examines questions such as: How is the narrative of Americanness constructed How have authors employed the literary craft to explore the construction of the self in relation to transcendentalism, abolitionism, feminism, class consciousness, and national belonging This course focuses on writers such as Whatley, Apress, Melville, Douglass, Whitman, Stowe, Rowlandson, Hurston, Steinbeck, and Paredes.

    Instructors Charles Redmond, Brian Cronin
  • 4 Credits

    LI203 Literatures in English

    A historical overview of several genres of non-U.S. literatures written in English from Renaissance through the 21st century. This course focuses on writers such as More, Defoe, Bronte, Shakespeare, Bront, Joyce, Achebe, Rhys, Coetzee, and Walcott.

    Instructors Robert Dulgarian,Shannon Derby, Catherine Long
  • 4 Credits

    LI204 Topics in Literature: Contemporary Fairy Tales

    Through the study of the origins and transformations of fairy tales, we will explore how storytelling shapes our sense of identity. We examine the recurring motifs within these enduring tales and why and how contemporary authors have subverted these themes and lessons. Above all, we will utilize this traditional literature and its variations to explore various theoretical approaches, which define, interpret, and reflect culture.

    Instructors Peter Shippy
  • 4 Credits

    LI204 Topics in Literature: Democracy and American Literature

    This course traces democracys genealogy in America, beginning with its Greek foundations and then shifting to its contentious transposition into an American context from the revolutionary period to the present day. Democracy frequently appears in American political discourses as a utopian drive or impulse, yet writers and thinkers have persistently emphasized the violence of this vision of democracy and rejected the utopian undercurrent of the American democratic project. By reading different articulations of the democratic model in literary and critical texts, this course will examine different conceptions of democracy as well as think alternative traditions of democratic thought.

    Instructors Matthew Scully
  • 4 Credits

    LI204 Topics in Literature: Melancholia in Literature

    What is melancholia Is it an illness, a temperament, or a mood The word derives from the classical Greek for black bile, the bodily humor that the ancients held to be the cause of lasting sadness and also erratic bouts of genius. It is a condition that is often associated with certain types of individualsartists, writers, and philosophers. We have even come to understand it as a mood or quality belonging to certain places, moments, artworks, or poems. In this class we will seek a philosophical understanding of melancholia as it appears in works of literature.

    Instructors Divya Menon
  • 4 Credits

    LI204 Topics in Literature: Urban Experience in Modern Literature

    This course examines literary representations of the U.S. urban experience, focusing primarily on fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Specifically, we will be concerned with literature that addresses two major phenomena that impacted how American people interacted with their environment and with each other in cities. These phenomena were massive international and internal migration to North American metropolises and the resulting division of urban space along social and racial lines. We will look closely at urban literature from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when cities were growing rapidly, and post WWII, when the inner cities were experiencing urban decline. We will also look at several major U.S. tragedies that significantly reshaped the urban experience in specific cities, such as New Orleans and L.A. in the 21st century. Our main focus will be particular U.S. metropolises and their residents, namely Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., L.A., and New Orleans.

    Instructors Daniela Kukrechtova