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Foreign Literature in English Translation

Foreign Literatures in English Translation - FLET

100L. Understanding World Literature. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. This multicultural course introduces the student to the forms and meanings of poems, stories, novels, and plays from around the world. It provides students with the skills necessary for the appreciation and comparative analysis of these works both as literature and as representations of rich and diverse cultural values. A primary focus of the course will be the role of culture in the formation of national and individual identity, paying special attention to gender, sexuality, race, and class. All works will be read in English.

307. Understanding European Film. Lecture 2 hours; laboratory 2 hours; 3 credits. This course provides students with an historic overview of films from a variety of European countries. Students will gain the vocabulary necessary to analyze individual films and for the comparative analysis of films from different cultural and historical contexts. The course will focus on issues such as national and individual identity, film as aesthetic form, gender and sexuality, and popular culture. (cross-listed with COMM 307)

310W. The Faces of Japan. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Lectures, films and slides provide an introduction to the literature, culture, contemporary life style and geography of Japan. Taught in English.

315. Russian Literature in Translation. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 112L, 144L or FLET 100L. A well-rounded introduction to Russian literary periods, writers and their works from the 11th century to the present. Open to all students, but advanced level Russian language students may opt for dual-test format to develop familiarity with the literary language.

410W/510. Berlin-Paris: Crucibles of European Ideas. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing, completion of the literature perspective, or permission of the instructor. This course explores the cultural movements that have characterized the German-French commonalities and differences from the early 1900s through the 1990s in cross-disciplinary discourses such as film, literature, art, politics, and economics.

445/545. German Cinema. Lecture 2 hours; laboratory 2 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing, completion of the literary perspective, or permission of the instructor. This course will focus on the development of the New German Cinema, its history, its topics and its form of representation. Focusing on six directors and six films, it will explore major themes and trends of the New German Cinema, among them: the Third Reich, Germany after the war, terrorism in the 1970s, aestheticism, marginalization and gender roles. (Cross-listed with FLET 445/545 and COMM 444/544)

471/571. Hispanic Women Authors. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing, completion of the literary perspective, or permission of the instructor. A study of fictional and non-fictional works by Spanish, Spanish-American, and U.S. Latina writers from the 16th to the 20th century. The course analyzes gender identity and roles and the interaction of gender, race, and class in literary representations of courtship and marriage, spirituality, nationalism, colonialism, and multiculturalism.

473. Contemporary Latina Literature: From Borders to Crossroads. Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 112L, 144L, or FLET 100L. The course focuses on poetry and prose fiction written by Chicana, Puerto Rican, Cuban-American, and Dominican-American women authors in the last twenty years. Attention will also be paid to the very influential theoretical work written by Chicanas. Students will develop a critical understanding of the varieties of Latina construction of a cultural identity.

476/576.  German-Jewish Literature and Culture.  Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: junior standing.  A survey of seminal texts by German-Jewish authors from the Enlightenment to the present day, including figures such as Marx, Kafka, Freud, Schnitzler and Arendt.  (Cross-listed with FLET 476/576).

495/595, 496/596. Topics in Foreign Literature in English Translation. 1-3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: junior standing, completion of the literary perspective, or permission of the instructor. The advanced study of selected topics designed to permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest which, due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. These courses will appear in the course schedule booklet, and will be more fully described in a booklet distributed to all academic advisors.