Modern Languages and Literatures

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French
German
Russian
Spanish

PROFESSORS

Michelle Mattson. 2004. B.A., University of Minnesota; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University. (Twentieth-century German literature and culture, Gender Studies)

Valeria Z. Nollan. 1986. B.A., University of Delaware; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. (Russian language and literature-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Soviet/Russian cinema, literature and music.)

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS

Kathleen Anne Doyle. 1999. B.A., Saint Xavier College, Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago. (Spanish Language, Modernism in Spain, Contemporary Peninsular Spanish literature, Gender Studies.)

P. Eric Henager. 1995. B.A., Rhodes College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Illinois. (Spanish language, Contemporary Spanish-American literatures and cultures, popular culture and literature, Latin American Studies.)

Shira Malkin. 1990. Doctorat de Troisiéme Cycle, Université de Paris VII; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo. (French language and literature, drama, intercultural education, and translation.)

Katheryn L. Wright. 1987. Chair. B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., Indiana University. (Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century French Language and Literature; African and Francophone Literatures.)

ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

Rachel Noël Bauer. 2008. B.A. Duquesne University; M.A. Purdue University; Ph.D. Vanderbilt University (Early Modern Spanish Literature, Golden Age Narrative, Don Quixote de la Mancha.)

Elizabeth Bridges. 2010. B.A. Hendrix College; M.A. University of Arkansas; Ph.D. Indiana University (Late-Eighteenth through Early Twentieth-century German Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality.)

Alexandra Kostina. 1996. M.A. Novgorod State University; Ph.D. Gornyi University/Russian State Pedagogical University (Russian Language, Linguistics, and Culture.)

Felix Kronenberg. 2009. M.A. University of Regensburg, Germany; Dr.phil. University of Regensburg, Germany (Language Acquisition and Technology, Stereotypes in Advertising, German Culture.)

Han Li. 2008. B.A. Nanjing University; Ph.D. University of California, Irvine  (Literature and culture of Late Imperial China.)

Laura Loth. 2009. B.A. College of William and Mary; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century French Studies, Francophone Literatures, Gender Studies.)

Clara Pascual-Argente. 2011. B.A. and M.A. Universidad de Salamanca; Ph.D. Georgetown University (Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature, Film Studies.)

Elizabeth Marcela Pettinaroli. 2007. B.A. Franklin and Marshall College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia (Early Modern Hispanic literature, Spanish American literature, Space and Place.)

Alberto del Pozo Martínez. 2008. Licenciado en Filologia, Universidad de Zaragoza. M.A. and Ph.D. Vanderbilt University (Modern Spanish American Literature and Literary Theory.)

Chia-rong Wu. 2011. B.A. National Kaohsiung Normal University; M.A. National Dong Hwa University; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Modern Chinese Literature and Culture.)

INSTRUCTORS

Nora Jabbour. 2002. B.A. Universidad Rafael Landivar; M.A., Mississippi State University. (Spanish Language and Culture.)

STAFF

Kathy M. Foreman. Departmental Assistant.

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures regularly offers instruction in Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Details about the study of each of these languages at Rhodes are found under the subject heading for that specific language. In addition to literature and culture courses in the modern languages, the department also offers some courses in literature and culture in English translation.

The F10 Degree Requirement. The degree requirement in languages may be met by the successful completion of any appropriate four-credit course numbered 201 or higher or by demonstrating proficiency through placement into a language course at a level above 201 and approval by the appropriate language faculty. Students who take 201 (or higher) or the equivalent at another institution can earn transfer credit, but must still demonstrate proficiency (see above) in the specific language before the degree requirement is satisfied. This pertains to languages that are taught at Rhodes. Students who can demonstrate native or near-native proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a language other than English may petition the department of Modern Languages and Literatures to waive the F10 requirement.

All students who plan to fulfill Rhodes’ foreign language degree requirement in a language they have previously studied for two years or more in high school must take a placement test in that language. For French, German, Russian, and Spanish, scores on that test will be used to place students in the course most appropriate for them at Rhodes. Students with fewer than two years in a language may enter that language at the 101 level. Any student who scores at the 202 level or higher will need to consult with the department to see if he or she fulfills Rhodes’ foreign language requirement. Students wishing to fulfill the foreign language requirement in a language not previously studied should sign up for a course numbered 101 in that language. However, a student may not take a course numbered 101 in any language for academic credit if two or more years of that language were completed in high school.

In the modern languages, placement tests typically cover reading comprehension and grammar. Literature or culture courses given in translation do not satisfy the foreign language degree requirement.

Departmental Majors

Two types of majors are offered by the department:

A. The major in French, German Studies, and Spanish. This major is designed to provide depth in one language, including its literature and civilization. Requirements are listed under the appropriate language heading.

B. The Russian Studies major, described below under “Russian.”

THE LANGUAGE LEARNING CENTER

The Language Center is a support and resource space for language students and faculty. It offers a variety of technology, digital media, and non-digital resources. It offers professional development opportunities for Rhodes language faculty and curricular support, and functions as space for social interaction. For more information, visit the Center’s website:

http://www.rhodes.edu/languagecenter.

GENERAL COURSES

Modern Languages 150. Selected Foreign Languages.

Credits: Variable.

Certain foreign languages not listed above as regular course offerings are taught on occasion. Information concerning languages not regularly taught may be obtained from the Registrar or the department chair.

Modern Languages 280. Introduction to General Linguistics.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F9.

The Introduction to General Linguistics course presents language as a specific object of knowledge, thought, science, and philosophy. Students will be introduced to the major linguistic theories and examine language as a system and structure at its various levels, as well as a tool to guide, plan, and monitor human activity.

Modern Languages 460. Internship.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1-4.

Degree Requirements: F11

Internships in the departmental languages are occasionally available for language majors and permit a qualified student to receive academic credit for an internship experience on or off campus, for example by working with a business, a non-profit organization, or within the department itself. The internship, which requires of the student an advanced competence in a foreign language, must entail a significant encounter with a foreign language. Working with a faculty mentor, students must submit a project proposal for the internship prior to the beginning of the internship itself. The completed project will be graded by the faculty mentor. Intradepartmental internships will be reserved for students planning to continue their studies in a foreign language and culture beyond the undergraduate level. Such internal internships will involve working with a faculty mentor on projects of a diverse nature that seek to enhance the program offerings of the language section. Placements must be approved by the faculty mentor who teaches the language in question and the chair of the department. Internship credit will not be awarded retroactively and does not count toward the total number of credits required for the major.

Pass/Fail only.

CHINESE

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN CHINESE STUDIES:

A total of twenty (20) credits in Chinese language (above the level of intermediate Chinese 202), literature and culture. The credits are spread across the following courses:

  1. Chinese 301 and 302: Advanced Chinese*
  2. Two of the Chinese Literature and Culture courses:
    • Chinese 205: Modern Chinese Literature in Translation
    • Chinese 206: Introduction to East Asian Cultures
    • Chinese 207: Orientalism and Global China on Screen
    • Chinese 210: Chinese Literary Heritage
    • Chinese 214: Introduction to Chinese Culture
    • Chinese 215: Women in Chinese Literature
    • Chinese 220: Contemporary Chinese Cinema
  3. One of the following courses:
    • History 205: Topic: Traditional China
    • History 205: Topic: Modern China
    • History 281: The Origins of Chinese Civilization
    • History 282: Late Imperial China
    • International Studies 261: Government and Politics of China
    • International Studies 262: China’s Foreign Policy

*Students may substitute 409 for 301 or 302.

Course Offerings

101-102. Elementary Chinese.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

This two-semester course introduces Chinese to students with no knowledge of the language. Equal emphasis will be given to acquiring the rudiments of spoken and written Chinese. Students who complete the year-long course will master approximately 700 characters and a vocabulary of a 1,000 words. It also intends to acquaint students with some aspects of Chinese culture and society as a necessary part of their education in this language.

201-202. Intermediate Chinese.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Degree Requirements: F10 for 201.

In addition to the same objectives for the first year, this course aims at improving students’ aural-oral skills to achieve fluency and comprehension, further developing their proficiency in reading for understanding, and enhancing their ability to write in Chinese and to translate from Chinese into English and vice versa.

205. Modern Chinese Literature in English Translation.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4, F9.

An introductory course of modern Chinese literature (1918-1989) designed to acquaint students with major phases of modern Chinese literature and some masterpieces of representative writers in relation to political and social changes. The course provides opportunities to learn about modern Chinese culture, society, and politics through readings of chosen works and trains students to read thoughtfully and critically. No prior knowledge of Chinese language and culture is required. Course scheduled for Spring, 2014.

206. Introduction to East Asian Cultures.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4, F9.

This course introduces East Asian cultures through the classic works of China, Japan, and Korea. In order to better grasp the cultural legacies of East Asia, students will read various cultural texts such as fiction, poetry, drama, and prose in English translation. This course is designed to help students develop a more sophisticated understanding of and critical appreciation for East Asian cultures. No knowledge of East Asian languages or prior coursework on East Asian cultures is required. Course scheduled for Fall, 2014.

210. Chinese Literary Heritage.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4, F9.

This course introduces one of the world’s richest literary heritages: traditional Chinese literature. It conducts a general survey of Chinese literature from high antiquity up to modern times with the focus on some representative writers and their works. It consists of three major sections: poetry and prose, drama, and fiction. All readings are in English. No prior knowledge of Chinese language and culture is required.

214. Introduction to Chinese Culture.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F3, F9.

This course introduces students to Chinese civilization and culture from the multiple perspectives of geography, history, philosophy, language, literature, religion, art, people, society, and general ways of life. Major concerns will include, but are not restricted to, forms of material and spiritual culture that have developed and changed through China’s continuous traditions; individual and collective values that underlie social life, political organization, economics systems, family structure, human relationships, and individual behavior; and the rationales that have made Chinese culture what it is.

215. Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature and Film.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4, F9.

This course looks into the changing constructions of gender, sexuality, and desire in Chinese literature and film over time. It seeks to examine the social, cultural and institutional norms of gender behaviors in Chinese society as well as how the fictional imagination conforms to, deviates from and subverts these norms. Other critical issues discussed include the complex relationships between identity and performance, the construction of female subjectivity and male fantasy, gender and genre. Students will be encouraged to conduct cross-genre and cross-cultural comparisons. All readings in English.

220. Contemporary Chinese Cinema.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5, F9.

An introductory course on contemporary Chinese cinema that combines film viewing with readings of film theory and criticism. The aim is to provide a window for students to glimpse the complexity of contemporary Chinese culture. Students will view selected Chinese films produced in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong from the 1980’s to the present and be required to read essays of critical studies which explore the interrelations of various issues in Chinese society. Course scheduled for Fall, 2014.

301-302. Advanced Chinese.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

This course lays greater emphasis on further developing students’ proficiency in reading for understanding and enhancing their ability to write in Chinese and to translate from Chinese into English and vice versa. At the end of the year-long course students should be able to read Chinese materials in everyday life, to write compositions in Chinese characters for daily communication, and to translate non-technical materials from Chinese into English and vice versa with the help of dictionaries.

409. Special Topics.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Intensive study of some aspect or theme of Chinese literature, culture or society in China. May be taken more than once for credit with new topics.

Prerequisites: Chinese 301 and 302 or the permission of the instructor.

FRENCH

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN FRENCH:

A total of forty (40) credits as follows:

  1. French 202*.
  2. French 301, 485, 486.
  3. French 321 or 322.
  4. French 323 or 324.
  5. Twenty (20) additional credits in French (5 four-credit courses) at the 300-400 level, three of which must be in literature.

Recommended: A second modern language or Latin; related courses in English, history, philosophy, and art.

Majors are strongly encouraged to spend their junior year in a French or Francophone university. Departmentally pre-approved courses taken there will normally be accepted as courses in the major.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN FRENCH:

A total of twenty (20) credits as follows:

  1. French 202*.
  2. French 301.
  3. French 323 or 324.
  4. Additional elective four-credit courses at the 300-400 level. French 202, 301, and 323 or 324 must be taken before elective courses above 324 are attempted.

Minors are strongly encouraged to spend at least one term of their junior year in a French or Francophone university. Departmentally pre-approved courses taken there, beyond French 324, will count as elective courses in the minor. French 305 counts as one elective course in the French minor.

*Students who place into the 300-level are neither required nor permitted to take French 202 for credit toward the major or minor. Students placed at the 300-level are still required to take a total of 40 credits for the major and 20 credits for the minor. Students who choose to take appropriate 300-400 level courses offered by the French section in English may count only one course taught in English toward the major or minor.

HONORS IN FRENCH

A minimum of 44 hours above the 200-level courses in French; a research paper on a specific literary topic; demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written French; and study abroad (at least one semester.)

Course Offerings

101. Elementary French.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Fundamentals of the language including pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing, and speaking.

102. Elementary French.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

A continuation of 101. Additional fundamentals of the language including pronunciation, grammar, reading, writing, and speaking.

141. Topics in the Francophone World.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Intensive study of some aspect of French and/or Francophone culture and literature. No prior knowledge of French is necessary: all works are read in English.

154. African Literatures of French Expression in Translation.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4, F9.

An introduction to the reading and analysis of African literatures written in French. The course examines identity/otherness, “race,” cultural hegemony, oral literatures, gender-related issues, and post-colonialism. No prior knowledge of French is necessary: All works are read and discussed in English. Open to seniors with permission of instructor only.

200. Intensive French.

Summer. Credits: 4 or 6.

Degree Requirements: F10, F11.

Immersion-style French language study at the intermediate level, in a Francophone country. May be used to satisfy the college’s proficiency requirement in foreign languages.

Prerequisite: French 102 or the equivalent.

201. Intermediate French.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirement: F10.

Continued practice and acquisition of the basic language skills.

Prerequisite: French 102 or the equivalent.

202. French and Francophone Connections.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

Enhanced practice and acquisition of linguistic and cultural skills. Particular attention is placed on the reading and discussion of literary and cultural texts

Prerequisite: French 201 or the equivalent.

301. Literary Analysis Through Written Expression.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F2i.

This course develops the ability to read critically and write substantial analytical essays in French. Introduction to literary analysis and advanced grammar review.

Prerequisite: French 202.

305. Intensive French.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

Immersion-style French language study beyond the intermediate level, in a Francophone country. Counts as one elective course beyond the three core courses in the French minor, but does not count toward the major in French.

Prerequisite: French 202 or the equivalent.

306. Conversation Practicum.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1.

Emphasis on oral expression and listening comprehension. Small group format. May be repeated once for credit with a different instructor or topic. Recommended in conjunction with French 301.

Prerequisite: French 301 or the permission of the instructor.

308. French Cultural Heritage.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

Intensive French language study at the advanced level in a Francophone culture, supplemented by an in-depth investigation of a major aspect of that culture’s civilization. Research paper and formal oral presentation. Counts as one course towards the major in French.

Prerequisite: French 301 or the permission of the instructor.

317. Modern French Civilization.

Credits: 4.

Life in France and the Francophone world. French readings on contemporary society, lifestyles, values, art and fashion, commerce, and advertising. Readings in current periodicals. Research project.

Prerequisite: French 301 or the permission of the instructor.

321. French Society from the Middle Ages to the Revolution.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F2i, F3.

Survey of the historical, intellectual, and artistic forces that shaped French society from the Middle Ages to the fall of the Ancien Régime in 1789. (Offered in alternate years; to be offered Spring, 2015.)

Prerequisite: French 301 or the permission of the instructor.

322. French Society from Napoleon to the 21st Century.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F3.

Survey of the social, political, intellectual, and artistic changes that have created modern French society and its contemporary issues. (Offered in alternate years; to be offered Spring, 2014.)

Prerequisite: French 301 or the permission of the instructor.

323. Survey of French Literature Through the Revolution.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

Major French authors of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, classical period and enlightenment.

Prerequisites: French 301. Students are advised to take French 321 or 322 prior to French 323.

324. Survey of Literature Since the Revolution.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

Major French authors of the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Prerequisites: French 301. Students are advised to take French 321 or 322 prior to French 324.

332. French Drama.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5.

Plays by representative French dramatists from the French classical period to the present.

Prerequisites: French 301, and 321 or 322 and 323 or 324.

334. French and Francophone Cinema.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5.

A study of prominent directors and movements of French and Francophone cinema, this course emphasizes techniques and themes of French and Francophone filmmaking and may includee the New Wave and other movements. Taught in English. Counts toward the Film Studies minor.

Prerequisites: Students wishing this course to count toward the French minor or major should have completed French 301 and 321 or 322 and French 323 or 324 prior to taking 334. Credit toward the French major or minor will not be granted retroactively. (Scheduled for Spring, 2014.)

335. Readings in French Fiction.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Selected prose readings from the French classical period to the twenty-first century. The major focus of the course will be the study of representative French novelists. May be repeated for credit with a different topic.

Prerequisites: French 301, and 321 or 322 and 323 or 324.

336. Contemporary French Literature.

Fall. Credits: 4.

An examination of selected authors and developments in prose, drama, and film since the 1960s. Focus on the avant-garde of the 1960s, revisionism of 1940s occupied France in the 1970s, ‘popular’ literary voices, and the literary representation of marginalized populations in France. (Scheduled for Fall, 2013.)

Prerequisites: French 301, and 321 or 322 and 323 or 324.

337. French Language Studies.

Credits: 1-4.

Special studies in contemporary French usage. Focus on practical analysis of the French language.

Prerequisites: French 301, and 321 or 322 and 323 or 324.

340. Introduction to Translation.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Emphasis on problems and strategies of translation. Students will be trained in a variety of techniques to translate accurately and idiomatically from French into English and from English into French.

Prerequisites: French 301, and 321 or 322 and 323 or 324.

354. African Literatures in French.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F9.

Examines the origins and development of sub-Saharan African literatures written in French. Emphasis on the origins and dynamics of the Négritude movement, postcolonial theories and literatures, and the emergence of women’s voices in literature.

Prerequisites: French 301, and 321 or 322 and 323 or 324.

441-442. Special Topics in French.

Credits: 4-4.

Intensive study of some aspect of French literature, culture, or linguistics.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

485. Senior Paper.

Spring. Credits: 2.

An independent research and writing project to result in an oral presentation and a paper of critical literary inquiry on a topic of the student’s choice. Required of all majors.

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

486. Senior Review.

Fall. Credits: 2.

Review of selected topics and theories in French and Francophone literatures. Preparation for the Senior Paper. Required of all majors.

Prerequisite: Senior Standing.

495-496. Honors Tutorial.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-8,4-8.

GERMAN

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN GERMAN STUDIES:

A total of nine courses (36 credits) above 201 as follows:

  1. German 301 and 302. Must be taken before any other 300-level course is attempted but may be taken concurrently with others. German 305 taken abroad may be substituted for one of these.
  2. German 320 and 321 (each must be taken in conjunction with one credit of 311.)
  3. Two of the following: German 340-348 (Students who wish to count these toward the German major will do portions of the work in German.)
  4. German 409 (topics vary.)
  5. German 202 may be applied to the major unless a student places into a higher level course in the curriculum.
  6. One of the following courses may be applied to the major: German 240-248. (Students who wish to count these toward the German major will do portions of the work in German.)
  7. German 486 (Senior Paper). Required for majors.

Majors are strongly encouraged to participate in the exchange program with the University of Tübingen or with a departmentally approved ISEP program during their junior years; equivalent courses from there will be accepted as substitutes.

Recommended: A second foreign language; related courses in English, international studies, philosophy, and history.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN GERMAN STUDIES:

A total of five courses (20 credits) above 201 as follows:

  1. German 301 and 302. Must be taken before any other 300-level course is attempted but may be taken concurrently with others. German 305 taken abroad may be substituted for one of these.
  2. At least one of the following: German 320-321 (each must be taken in conjunction with one credit of 311.)
  3. At least one course numbered 340 or higher.
  4. German 202 may be applied to the minor unless a student places into a higher level course in the curriculum.

Minors are also strongly encouraged to spend at least a semester at the University of Tübingen or with a departmentally approved ISEP program; equivalent courses from there will be accepted as substitutes.

HONORS IN GERMAN

A minimum of 40 credits above German 201; a research paper on a specific literary, linguistic, or cultural topic; demonstrated proficiency in spoken and written German.

Course Offerings

101-102. Elementary German.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Fundamentals of the German language: pronunciation, grammar, speaking, reading and writing.

Prerequisite: German 101 is the prerequisite for German 102

201. Intermediate German.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F10.

Continued practice and acquisition of basic German language skills.

Prerequisites: German 102, 205 or the equivalent.

202. Topics In German and the German Speaking World.

Spring. Credits: 4

Enhanced practice and acquisition of linguistic and cultural skills. Particular attention is placed on reading/viewing of texts from multiple media and on the cultures of the German-speaking countries.

Prerequisite: German 201 or the equivalent.

205. German in Germany.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F10, F11.

An intensive study of intermediate German in Germany. Successful completion of this course fulfills the college language requirement. As the equivalent of 201, this course does not count toward the major or the minor.

210. Readings. (intermediate level)

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1-4.

Readings designed to meet individual interests and needs.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

220/320-221/321. Topics in German Literature, Culture and Society.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Degree Requirements: F3.

A two-semester survey of the cultural and intellectual history of the German speaking peoples particularly after 1750. The historical periods covered will be presented within the framework of specific topics, such as revolution or national identity. Readings from a variety of areas (literature, philosophy, politics, etc.); films, lectures, reports, and discussions. 220/320 will cover roughly 1750-1870; 221/321 will proceed from 1870-present. German 320-321 is reserved for majors and minors. Students taking these courses toward the major or minor must take one credit of 311 concurrently.

Prerequisites: For German 320-321: German 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

240/340. German Cinema.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5.

This course, examining important German films since the days of the Weimar Republic, places special emphasis on the historical and social background of each film as well as the aesthetic qualities of the works. It thereby seeks to contribute to a better understanding of recent German history and of films as an artistic medium. Filmmakers to be studied include Friedrich Murnau, Fritz Lang, Leni Riefenstahl, Volker Schlöndorff, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Wolfgang Becker. All films are subtitled; the course is taught in English. German 340 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

242/342. The Holocaust in Text, Image, and Memory.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

Degree Requirements: F2, F9.

Examination of such topics as the origins and expressions of Anti-Semitism in central Europe, the political events and structures of the Holocaust, the reality of ghettos and concentration camps, the impact of technological modernization on the Final Solution, and resistance to the Nazis. Materials will include non-fictional texts, literature, art, and music. All materials and discussions in English. German 342 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

244/344. German Fairy Tales.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F2, F4.

Emphasis on the Grimms’ tales: theoretical approaches to the tales from the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as later adaptations. All materials and discussions in English. German 344 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

246/346. Marx, Nietzsche, Freud.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

This course introduces students to the works of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud. Discussions will center on materialism and its significance for concepts of history and progress, and on the status of the self in society. Discussions of contemporary cultural theory and of popular culture will test the continued relevance of these thinkers. All materials and discussions in English. German 346 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

248/348. Special Topics in German Literature.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

Emphasis on a specific author, group of authors, or theme. Course topics may vary, and students may repeat the course with a different topic. All materials and discussions in English. German 348 is reserved for majors and minor, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in German.

301. Composition and Conversation.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Advanced training in written and oral German expression.

Prerequisite: German 202, or the permission of the instructor.

302. Advanced Reading Comprehension.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Emphasis on the development of reading skills through a variety of text types.

Prerequisites: German 202, 301 or the permission of the instructor.

305. German in Germany.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F11.

An intensive study of advanced German in Germany.

310. Readings. (advanced level)

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1-4.

Readings designed to meet individual interests and needs. May be taken more than once for credit with new topics.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

311. Supplemental Readings.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1.

This readings course is reserved for majors and minors enrolled in German 320 or 321. It is designed to give students opportunities to read, write, and speak in German in conjunction with the coursework in English. May be repeated once.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in 320 or 321.

409. Special Topics.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Intensive study of some aspect or theme of German literature, culture or society in German. May be taken more than once for credit with new topics.

Prerequisites: German 301, 302 or 305 or the permission of the instructor.

486. Senior Seminar.

Spring. Credits: 2.

Independent study designed to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the discipline in a full-length research paper.

495-496. Honors Tutorial.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4.

RUSSIAN

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN RUSSIAN STUDIES:

A total of forty (40) credits above Russian 201 as follows:

  1. Russian 202.
  2. Russian 205; and either 212 or Humanities 201. (Russian literature track)
  3. Two courses from Russian 301, 302, 309.
  4. Russian 410, 486.
  5. Russian 300 or 400.
  6. One course from Russian 215, 255, ML280.
  7. One course in Russian history approved by the program coordinator.

Recommended (do not count toward the 41 credits needed for the major): Economics 323 (Classical and Marxian Political Economy) and IS 284 (Russian Successor States.) Majors are encouraged to spend at least one semester studying in Russia.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN RUSSIAN STUDIES:

A total of twenty (20) credits as follows:

  1. Russian 301, 302, and 410.
  2. Two of the following: Russian 205, 212, 215, 255, 300, 400.

Minors are encouraged to spend at least one Maymester in Russia.

PROGRAMS ABROAD

Rhodes College maintains a close relationship with the Gornyi Institute in St. Petersburg, where the Russian Studies Program’s Maymesters take place (see 209, 309, 256 descriptions). Through affiliation with Bard College, Rhodes students of Russian can study at the Smolny Institute of St. Petersburg for a semester or a year. In addition, students studying Russian can spend a summer, semester, or academic year in Russia through such nationally-recognized programs as the Council for International and Educational Exchange (CIEE) in St. Petersburg or the American Council on the Teaching of Russian (ACTR) in Moscow.

Course Offerings

101-102. Elementary Russian.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Elementary grammar, reading, and conversation, supplemented by materials on Russian culture.

201-202. Intermediate Russian.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Degree Requirement: F10 for 201.

Intermediate grammar and continued training in conversation and composition, supplemented by assignments in the Language Center. Reading of Russian texts of graded difficulty.

Prerequisites: Russian 101-102 or equivalent.

205. The Russian Mind.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

Study and analysis of the major intellectual currents of modern Russian history through literature, religious philosophy, and film. The study of these works is intended to identify some important attributes of the Russian national identity. Literary works will include those by Blok, Akhmatova, Soloukhin, Rasputin, and Petrushevskaya. Works of religious philosophy are by Soloviev, Florensky, Berdiaev, and Bulgakov. Films will include Dersu Uzala, The Barber of Siberia, and The Russian Ark.

209. Russian in Russia.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F10 for 209, F11.

A 3-4 week guided encounter with the language and culture aimed at solidifying vocabulary and grammar previously acquired. A significant cultural component is part of the course. Takes place in May-June.

212. Masterpieces of Russian Literature in Translation.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

Reading of representative works by major Russian writers of the nineteenth century (including Pushkin, Pavlova, Gogol, Goncharov, Soboleva, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky). The literary works include Eugene Onegin, supernatural tales by Gogol, Oblomov, The Cossacks, Notes from Underground, and Fathers and Children. These works will be studied for their individual merit, what they illuminate about nineteenth-century Russian society, and their contribution to the rise of the Russian novel. All works are read in translation.

215. Giants of Russia’s Silver Age: Soloviev, Blok, and Rachmaninoff.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5, F9.

Study of the aesthetic, thematic, and personal connections among three of Russia’s towering figures: Vladimir Soloviev, Alexander Blok, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The course will examine in depth the creative works of the philosopher-poet Soloviev, the poet-dramatist Blok, and the composer-pianist Rachmaninoff (for whom poetry was second only to music). Master themes and global concepts linking the three creative artists include the yearning for harmony; exploration of Russian Orthodox religiosity; elevation of the –eternal feminineî of Sophia (the body of God); and connection between beauty and goodness. Representative philosophical, poetic, and musical works, respectively, of the three artists will be examined. Offered in alternate years. Scheduled for Spring, 2013.

Prerequisite: At least one course from the following departments or programs: Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Russian Studies.

255. Catherine the Great and the Enlightenment: The Italian-Russian Connection.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5, F9.

In this course students investigate the Italian-Russian connections in three major areas of cultural production during the reign of Catherine the Great: music, literature, and architecture. Creative thinkers whose works will be studied include Bortnyansky, Paisiello, Casanova, Beccaria, Rastrelli, and Quarenghi. Students will learn features of the European and Russian Enlightenments, study the intricacies of Russian court culture, and explore the institution of patronage. The course aims to develop an understanding of cross-cultural fertilization and some major differences between Mediterranean and Slavic cultures. It is complemented by an optional, though highly recommended, three-week study trip to Italy and Russia (See Russian 256). Offered in alternate years. Scheduled for Fall, 2012.

256. Catherine the Great and the Italian-Russian Connection.

Summer. Credits: 0-1.

Degree Requirements: F11.

This Maymester program examines the musical, literary, and architectural connections between Italy and Russia during the reign of Catherine the Great. It takes participants to three cities: Rome, Milan, and St. Petersburg. In Rome students will attend lectures at LUMSA (university adjacent to the Vatican), attend a musical performance at the Teatro dell’Opera, visit places associated with Giacomo Casanova, and investigate architectural monuments by Italian architects whom Catherine attracted to Russia. In Milan participants will attend an opera at the Teatro all Scala and visit sites associated with Cesare Beccaria. In St. Petersburg students will attend performances in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theatre, and will study major architectural ensembles. Takes place in May and June.

300. Dostoevsky.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

This course explores selected works by Dostoevsky in the context of the rise of the Russian novel. The course will examine in depth several short works by the writer, as well as the novels The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. Concentration is on the major literary, philosophical, and religious issues Dostoevsky raises in his prose, as well as how these issues better enable us to understand the Russian mind. All works are read in translation.

301-302. Advanced Russian.

Fall ,Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Advanced grammar, with greater emphasis on the refinement of conversation and composition skills. Discussion of topics related to contemporary life in Russia.

Prerequisites: Russian 201-202 or equivalent.

309. Russian in Russia.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F10 for 209, F11.

A 3-4 week guided encounter with the language and culture aimed at solidifying vocabulary and grammar previously acquired. A significant cultural component is part of the course. Takes place in May-June.

400. Russian Film: Film Theory.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5.

Introduction to the ideological and aesthetic forces that have shaped the development of Soviet/Russian film, with particular attention to various film theories. Films of major directors, such as Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Tarkovsky, Kulidzhanov, and Sokurov will be studied. All films are subtitled; course is taught in English. (Cross-listed with English 382.) Offered in alternate years. Scheduled for Spring, 2013.

410. Analytical Reading.

Fall. Credits: 4.

This course aims to teach students the strategies of understanding texts of high literary quality by analyzing elements of given texts in their complexity. While focusing mainly on psycho-poetic aspects of reading activity, the course also introduces formal approaches to text analysis, such as identifying the stylistic devices and expressive means employed by the authors.

486. Senior Seminar.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Students will be assigned individual research topics associated with the essential concept of the Russian Idea, give weekly progress reports, which will involve analytical discussion, and present their results orally and in writing at the end of the course. Special attention will be given to assigned readings from the Russian press and from Russian literature.

495-496. Honors Tutorial.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-8, 4-8.

SPANISH

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN SPANISH:

A total of thirty-six (36) credits above Spanish 202. At least five courses must be completed at 310 or above. Required courses are the following:

  1. Spanish 301 or 302. (the other may be taken as an elective)
  2. Spanish 303, 306, and 486.
  3. Five elective courses, at least four of which must be numbered 310 or above.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN SPANISH:

A total of twenty (20) credits above Spanish 202. At least one course must be completed at 310 or above. Required courses are the following:

  1. Spanish 301 or 302. (the other may be taken as an elective)
  2. Spanish 303 or 306. (the other may be taken as an elective)
  3. Three elective courses, at least one of which must be numbered 310 or above.

HONORS IN SPANISH

A minimum of 40 credits above Spanish 202, reading in a field of specialization and preparation of a paper in that field; examinations covering Spanish literature, Spanish American literature and civilization, Spanish grammar and Spanish civilization, and the field of specialization. Approval by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is required.

Course Offerings

101-102. Elementary Spanish.

101 Fall, 102 Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Pronunciation, fundamentals of grammar, composition, and reading of texts of graded difficulty.

201-202. Intermediate Spanish.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Degree Requirement: F10 for 201.

Review and continuation of grammar; composition; training for oral proficiency. Reading of modern literary works of Spain and Spanish America.

Prerequisite: One year of Spanish in college or two years in high school.

205. Spanish in Spain.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirement: F10, F11.

An intensive study of Spanish at Estudio Sampere, Universidad de Deusto, or other host institutions.

Prerequisite: One year of college-level Spanish.

209. Spanish in Latin America.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirement: F10, F11.

An intensive study of Spanish at Estudio Sampere’s Cuenca, Ecuador location or other host institutions. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement in foreign languages, as well as the foundation requirement for experiential learning beyond the Rhodes campus.

Prerequisite: One year of college-level Spanish.

301-302. Advanced Spanish Language and Civilization.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Degree Requirement: F2 for 302.

A study of the most difficult aspects of the Spanish language with emphasis on the four skills of speaking, understanding, writing, and reading. Special attention is given to the idiomatic character of the language. Text materials deal with civilization and current events. Aural comprehension and oral production are stressed in 301; composition is stressed in 302, a writing intensive course. These courses need not be taken in sequence. While students may take both courses, either one will satisfy a minor/major requirement.

Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or the equivalent.

303. Survey of Peninsular Spanish Literature.

Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

Reading and analysis of selected works of Peninsular Spanish literature from a range of genres. Beginning with a brief introduction to Spain’s multicultural past, the course will provide students with a panoramic survey of the major periods in Spanish cultural and literary history from the 11th through the 21st centuries. Emphasis given to the fundamentals of literary research and analysis. Ideally, this course should be taken early in the minor/major, shortly after completing 301 or 302.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

305. Spanish in Spain.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirement: F11.

An intensive study of advanced-level Spanish at Estudio Sampere or Universidad de Deusto.

Prerequisite: Two years of college-level Spanish.

306. Survey of Spanish American Literatures and Cultures.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F4.

A panoramic overview of literary and cultural movements from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Emphasis given to the fundamentals of literary research and analysis. Ideally, this course should be taken early In the minor/major, shortly after completing 301 or 302.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

307. Oral Proficiency Practicum.

Spring. Credits: 1.

Discussion of contemporary issues in Spanish-speaking communities with emphasis on improving oral proficiency.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

309. Spanish in Latin America.

Summer. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirement: F11.

An intensive study of advanced-level Spanish at Estudio Sampere’s Cuenca,Ecuador location or at other host institutions.

Prerequisite: Two years of college-level Spanish.

310. U.S. Latino Literatures and Cultures.

Fall. Credits: 4.

A course in which students read and analyze texts pertaining to the U.S. Hispanic experience as they work with agencies that work alongside Hispanic communities of Memphis.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

320. Spanish American Drama.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F5.

A study of the works of Spanish American dramatists from the colonial era to the present.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

330. Spanish American Poetry.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

A study of the major movements and representatives of Spanish American Poetry, from pre-Columbian era to the present.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

340. Colonial and Global Visions in Spanish American Literatures.

Fall. Credits: 4.

Degree Requirements: F9.

The course focuses on the visual, literary, and cartographic production of the pre-Hispanic world and Spanish American Colonial culture and the re-imagination of the period in the last century. Some topics include: Inca and Mesoamerican maps, codices, and graffiti; contrasting narratives of conquest; the earliest elaboration of global worlds; the debate on the nature of Amerindians and early notions of Human Rights; imperial discourses; gender and race; and satire and humor. Authors include Pre-Hispanic poets and mapmakers, Cristobal Colón, Hernán Cortés, Fernando de Ixtlilxóchitl, Bartolomé de las Casas, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Carlos Sigüenza y Góngora, and Juan de Valle Caviedes among others. Movies and contemporary texts on the Colonial past will serve to the study of the modern reception of this cultural production.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

350. Fiction by Spanish Women Writers.

Fall. Credits: 4.

This course aims to raise and examine issues associated with women’s literary expression through the study of works by some of the most prominent Spanish writers of the last two centuries. Questions of marginality (as related to gender, language and culture), female sexuality and creativity, and the challenge of writing under the watchful eye of state censors will be addressed.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

355. Medieval and Early Modern Women Writers.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

The primary focus is on women writers from the Middle Ages to the end of the seventeenth century. It explores how women writers in the Hispanic world, such as Florencia Pinar, Teresa de Jesús, Catalina de Erauso, Juana Inés de la Cruz, and María de Zayas, negotiate gender construction and its impositions through literature. For these women, literary production becomes the site of gender-related political resistance, and in some instances, gender redefinition or what could be called a Hispanic proto-feminism. The course deals with a variety of literary genres, such as poetry, short novel, theater, autobiography, and letters, as well as some oral tradition.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

360. Gender In Spanish American Literature.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

A study of gender in works by women and men writers. Topical units composed of texts representing various genres, regions, and periods.

Prerequisites: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

365. Special Topics in Spanish.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

Emphasis on a particular genre or the literature of a specific Hispanic nation.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

370. Contemporary Southern Cone Literature.

Fall. Credits: 4.

A study of contemporary Southern Cone literature including short stories, novels, theatre, poetry, and essays.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

375. Contemporary Central American Literatures.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4

A study of major Central American fiction, poetry, drama, and essays. Particular attention to works published after 1950, although some selections from before 1950 may be included to develop understandings of cultural, literary, and socio-historical contexts.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

395. Spanish Medieval Masterpieces.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

A survey course of the literary manifestations of Spain during the Middle Ages. Some of the main texts that may be studied are Poema de Mio Cid, Milagros de Nuestra Señora, Libro de buen amor and La Celestina.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

405. The Literature of Mexico after 1911.

Fall. Credits: 4.

A study of major Mexican writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. May include works by Juan Rulfo, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Garro, Carlos Fuentes, Octavio Paz, and Carlos Monsiváis.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

406. The Contemporary Novel of Spanish America.

Fall. Credits: 4.

A study of major novelists since 1950. May include works by Alejo Carpentier, Roberto Bolaño, Mario Vargas Llosa, Cristina Peri Rossi, and Gabriel García Márquez.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

408. The Spanish American Short Story.

Fall. Credits: 4.

A study of Spanish American short story writers. May include works by Jorge Luis Borges, Augusto Monterroso, Luisa Valenzuela, Julio Cortázar, and Horacio Quiroga.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

410. Modern Spain: From Enlightenment to Realism.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

This course aims to give the student an overview of the literary development of Spain during the 18th and 19th centuries. Emphasis is given to the main cultural and literary movements: Enlightenment, Romanticism and Realism.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

412-413. Twentieth-Century Spain.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-4.

Spanish 412 studies the generations of 1898 and 1927. Spanish 413 focuses on the literature of the Spanish Civil War, the Franco Regime, and the transition from dictatorship to democracy. These courses do not need to be taken in sequence.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

421. Poetry and Prose of the Golden Ages.

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4.

This course focuses on 16th- and 17th-century poetry and prose. May include works by Quevedo, Góngora, Garcilaso de la Vega, Cervantes, Zayas, Teresa de Jesús, and Juan de la Cruz.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

423. Hispanic Golden Age Theater.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

This course will study major playwrights of the Golden Age such as Lope de Vega, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Tirso de Molina, María de Zayas, Juana Inés de la Cruz and Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, among many others. Written and staged between the end of the 16th and the end of the 17th centuries—a period known for its literary and artistic activity both in the New World and Spain—these plays are important because of their themes, audience and treatment of critical issues such as gender definition, national identity, and conflicts of class.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

424. Exploring Don Quijote.

Fall or Spring. Credits 4.

This course aims to familiarize students with Miguel de Cervantes’s masterpiece, considered one of the classics of 17th-century Spanish literature. Questions of readership, authorship, and narrative, among others, will be examined.

Prerequisite: Spanish 301 or 302 or the permission of the instructor.

426. Imperial Discourses of the Hispanic World

Fall or Spring. Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F9

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed the rise of one of the earliest global powers in the Western Modern world: the Spanish Empire. This course examines the notion of Spanish Empire as it is expressed in the literary production of the times, and how this affects its consideration in the following centuries and up until today. Challenging the metageographies that inform the study of the field, we will adopt a transatlantic framework to promote comparisons, and explore interactions, between texts that are conventionally labeled as separate creations of Latin American vs. Peninsular literature. Using our framework, we seek to fashion a more complex panorama and achieve a deeper understanding of the discourses behind this early global phenomenon. Readings include Mesoamerican Poetry and the descriptions of the earliest Conquistadors; histories of the Incas and Moriscos in the Peninsula; contemporary short stories and their filmic representations among others. Through the study of these works we will inquire into concepts like nation, race, identity, empire and their role on the elaboration of the Hispanic imaginary.

Prerequisite: Span 301 or 302.

486. Senior Seminar.

Spring. Credits: 4.

An overview of major topics of Hispanic literatures and cultures. Emphasis is given to the process of conceiving and developing a substantial library of research, and to the elaboration of a major research paper.

495-496. Honors Tutorial.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-8,4-8.




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