World Literature Courses in Translation
WL 210. CROSS-CULTURAL ISSUES IN NATIONALITY AND IDENTITY (3) (GEN. ED. # 9 AND #10)
This course is organized around a rotating series of themes that explore interdisciplinary analysis of culture around the globe. Specific topics for the semester to be announced in advanced.
Spring semester. Department. Offered 2007-08 and alternate years.
WL 230. SPECIAL TOPICS IN AFRICAN LITERATURE AND FILM (3) (GEN. ED. #9 AND #10)
This course, organized around a rotating thematic topic in a given semester, focuses on the construction of identity on post-colonial Africa and its varied expressions in literature and cinema. Examination of how the contemporary cinematic and literary forms describe and react to European reshuffling of values with focus on themes of dislocation and alienation, as well as the indelible interconnectedness between others and ourselves. Topic announced prior to registration. Can be repeated if different topic. Prerequisite: sophomore or permission of instructor.
Spring semester. Martin. Offered 2009-10 and alternate years.
WL 250. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MODERN GERMAN CULTURE (4) (GER 250))
Rotating topics in German film and culture of the 20th century: Berlin-divided and united; survey of 20th-century German and Austrian culture; Berlin-Vienna: two metropolises in the 20thcentury. Readings and discussions in English, with an optional German language component (two credits). Highly recommended for students taking GER 130G in Berlin. May be repeated if topic is different.
Spring semester. Larkey.
WL 253. THE SOUL OF RUSSIA: RUSSIAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION (3-4) (RUS 253) The evolution of Russian culture and civilization from the Kievan Rus' to the present day, conducted through a study of literary texts, architecture, art, music, film, and multimedia. This course is conducted in English but may be taken with a one-credit Russian component. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency.
Spring semester. Czeczulin.
WL 254. RUSSIAN LITERATURE: REVOLUTION AND PURGE (3) (RUS 254) (GEN. ED. #9)
Political, social, and ideological factors in the development of Russian literature. A study of leading Russian authors and the conflicts between artistic freedom and political conformity. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency.
Variable semesters. Department.
WL 259. DIMENSIONS OF THE RUSSIAN LITERARY MIND: THE SAINT, THE MADMAN, AND THE DREAMER (3) (RUS 259) (GEN. ED. #9)
Survey of Russian literature from its beginning in the 12th century, with emphasis on the great works that exemplify the traits and characteristics of the Russian religious and literary mind. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency.
Variable semesters. Department.
WL 260. SPECIAL TOPICS IN EUROPEAN LITERATURE (3) (FR 260)
This course examines a theme in European literature in historical content, across diverse national cultural traditions and with attention to other genres of artistic expression such as music, cinema, theatre and the fine arts. Through analysis of these diverse engagements with a common theme, this course explores the cultural diversity of Europe and the ways Europeans today are both drawing on and recasting a rich cultural heritage to address social issues today. Prerequisites: none. Course may be repeated if topic is different.
Spring semester. Department.
WL 269. THE RUSSIAN FAIRYTALE (3) (RUS 269) (GEN. ED. #9)
A survey course of Russian oral and subsequent written traditions using multimedia and presented against the background of the Indo-European tradition. Taught in English. One-credit Russian language option.
Fall semester. Czeczulin.