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Course Listings — Spring 2005

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Spring Semester 2005

Chinese 112F: Elementary Chinese II
(5 credits)
Mickel

Continuation of 111. Gaining further skill in using putonghua with every day conversational topics will be important. We will also learn to read and write more of the characters used to represent those concepts. Prerequisite: Chinese 111 or placement.

Chinese 130A/C: Aesthetics & the Cultural Revolution: Literature & Film in China, 1960s to the Present (in English) (4 credits) Chan

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76) launched by Mao Zedong was the most notorious political and cultural movement in modern Chinese history, and had an enormous impact on Chinese people. Heavily tainted by politics, a special cultural landscape was formed during that ten-year campaign. Mao's death in 1976 brought an end to the Revolution. Chinese intellectuals started questioning the Maoist legacy and began re-examining their history, culture and the notion of “Chineseness.” In favor of an individual quest, writers experimented and searched for new modes of self-expression. As a result, in the late 1970s, China experienced a renaissance in literature and art.

This course provides students with a general introduction to the political and sociocultural background of the Cultural Revolution and the literary phenomena during and after this influential event. Students will experience the heteroglossia in literature and art from the 1980s onward, vis-à-vis the monoglossia during the Cultural Revolution. Using literary texts as well as other forms of artistic productions prevailing in the Cultural Revolution as both a context and contrast, this course shows the great changes in post-revolutionary fiction and film and examines the aesthetics of the new era. Selected works by well-known post-Mao writers will be read and discussed. Films, many of which are from the Fifth Generation directors who created a completely different cinematic language from the Maoist discourse, will provide a visual dimension to buttress the reading. It is hoped that participants come away from this course having acquired an understanding of contemporary Chinese culture after having explored the complex thoughts of these writers in late twentieth-century China, and that students will have learned how to appreciate literary texts and the different ways readers may interpret these texts. Textual analysis and discussion not only train students' appreciation of literature, but also enhance their cultural understanding and increase their cultural sensibility. All readings are in English and all films have English subtitles. Satisfies the “A” Fine, Performing, and Literary Arts and “C” Non-Western Cultures General Education requirements. No prerequisites.

Chinese 212: Intermediate Chinese II.
(4 credits)
Chan

Continuation of 211. We will finish the lessons in Practical Chinese Reader Book II and, towards the end of the semester, prepare to move into a textbook that will prepare us for reading original modern prose texts. Of course, all of this will be done while speaking Chinese. Prerequisite: Chinese 211.

Chinese 312: Directed Readings in Chinese Literature
(4 credits)
Chan

Intensive study of pieces representative of Republican and Communist-style literature. The focus is primarily on modern prose and fiction. Discussions will be in putonghua. Prerequisite: Chinese 311 or permission of instructor.

Chinese 490: Independent Study

Tutorials for the student who has excelled in previous study of putonghua . Thematic content chosen according to student's intellectual interests. Conducted entirely in putonghua .

French 112F: Intermediate French
(5 credits)
Wierenga

Grammar review, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: French 111 or placement.

French 112F: Intermediate French
(5 credits)
Cothran

Grammar review, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: French 111 or placement.

French 140A: Themes of Francophone Literature: Québec for Beginners (in English)
(4 credits)
T. Wilkerson

This course introduces major issues in the history and culture of Québec as represented in selected literary texts by both French and English-speaking Québécois, with an emphasis on understanding questions of identity, cultural heritage, literary history and national sovereignty. Not writing intensive. Readings and discussions entirely in English. Successful completion of the course meets the “A” Fine, Performing, and Literary Arts General Education requirement. No prerequisites.

French 201F: Advanced Intermediate French
(4 credits)
Cothran

Study of French in the context of the liberal arts. Readings in French literature, culture and history; composition, oral practice; thorough and systematic review of French grammar. For students with three or more years of high school French. Prerequisite: French 112 or placement

French 201F: Advanced Intermediate French
(4 credits)
Wierenga

Study of French in the context of the liberal arts. Readings in French literature, culture and history; composition, oral practice; thorough and systematic review of French grammar. For students with three or more years of high school French. Prerequisite: French 112 or placement.

French 210: Expression orale
(4 credits)
Wierenga

This course is intended to help students acquire vocabulary, improve listening-comprehension skills, deepen their understanding of French-language cultures, and to become more sophisticated speakers of French. Required for all French majors and minors. Prerequisite: French 201 or placement level French 202+.

French 302A 1W: Survey of Literature II.
(4 credits)
T. Wilkerson

Selected major writers, movements, and genres from the 18 th to the early 20 th century. Lecture, discussion, course readings and papers in French. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: French 215 or the instructor's permission.

German 111: Elementary German
(5 credits)
Barry

Fundamentals of grammar, pronunciation, oral practice, and laboratory work. Also a basic introduction to German culture. Open to only the beginner, except by permission of instructor.

German 112F: Intermediate German
(5 credits)
Bennett

Explication of grammar, continued oral practice, reading of literary and/or cultural texts, and related explication of grammar and laboratory work. Prerequisite: German 111 or placement.

German 112F: Intermediate German
(5 credits)
Barry

Explication of grammar, continued oral practice, reading of literary and/or cultural texts, and related explication of grammar and laboratory work. Prerequisite: German 111 or placement.

German 140A: German Crooks & the Quest for Human Justice (in English)
(4 credits)
Barry

From the plays and novellas of the “Prussian meteor” Heinrich von Kleist to the novels and short stories of Franz Kafka, German literature is replete with figures obsessed by questions of human justice. In this course, which is designed to introduce students to some of literary Germany's finest achievements, we examine a selection of such figures. All reading, writing, and discussion is in English. Requirements include several short essays, informal oral presentations, occasional quizzes, a midterm and a final exam. Successful completion of the course meets the “A” learning goal in Fine, Performing, and Literary Arts. Not writing intensive. No prerequisites.

German 215 1W: Culture & Composition
(4 credits)
Bennett

Stylistic analysis and grammar review. Using writing as a mode of exploration, the student analyzes texts and discusses issues characterizing German history and culture. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: German112, German competency, or permission of instructor.

German 4501W: Self and Other
(4 credits)
Bennett

Issues and images of identity and difference within German culture. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: One course at the 300 level or permission of instructor. Every third year.

Japanese 112F: Beginning Japanese II.
(5 credits)
Imai

Japanese 112 introduces basic Japanese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as sociocultural information. Students will learn to communicate about a core of topics relevant to everyday life. Prerequisite: Japanese 111 or placement.

Japanese 212: Intermediate Japanese II.
(4 credits)
Fujio

Continued development of the fundamental communication skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the sociolinguistic information necessary for effective communication with Japanese natives. Prerequisite: Japanese 211 or placement.

Japanese 312: Cultural Communication in Japanese II
(4 credits)
Fujio

A continuation of 311, the goal of the course is to develop culturally and socially appropriate proficiency in the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Prerequisite: 311 or placement.

Japanese 330A/C: Intercultural Theatre: Staging China in Japanese Noh Theatre (in English)
(4 credits)
Yip

This course provides a case study of intercultural theatre within an Asian context. Focusing on issues of cross-cultural adaptation and the theatricality of portraying the other, we will analyze various artistic and socio-cultural significances of a group of Japanese Noh plays that tell stories of a Chinese origin. We will explore modern theories of cultural adaptation and intercultural theatre and gauge their applicability in the case of Noh theatre. We will be looking at theories and plays of Noh within the artistic and sociopolitical contexts of medieval Japan, as well as reception of Chinese culture in Japan through relevant literary works and artifacts prior to the emergence of the Noh plays. Students will also learn how to perform Noh chanting and dancing to deepen their understanding of the tradition. Knowledge of Japanese language not required. Taught in English. No prerequisites. Satisfies the “A” Fine, Literary and Performing Arts and “C” Non-Western Cultures General Education requirements.

Japanese 430: Studies in Advanced Japanese
(4 credits)
Imai

This course is designed to meet the needs of Japanese language students who have surpassed the highest levels of Japanese language study available in existing courses at the University. Course design will vary in accordance with student need, and may include select readings and conversation activities. Prerequisite: Japanese 312 or permission of the instructor.

Latin 112F: Intermediate Latin
(4 credits)
Lemmel

Continuation of grammar exercises, vocabulary and derivative studies, selected readings in classical Latin, and discussions of Roman culture. Prerequisite: Latin 111 or placement.

Russian 112F: Elementary Russian II (5 credits) Zaharkov

Continuation of 111, practice with conversation and grammatical patterns. Prerequisite: Russian 111 or placement.

Russian 130A/C: Journey into the Fantastic (in English)
(4 credits)
Zaharkov

Join us in this course as each hero/ine takes a journey into a fantastic world! While it may be as “normal” as a hero/ine in a fairy tale on a quest, it might be as fantastic as a journey into the future 600 years from now or maybe to another planet! While journeying into the world of the fantastic, readers will be introduced to the best writers of 19 th and 20 th century Russian literature who use this medium just for fun, or maybe to discover other truths! No Russian is required! All readings, lecture, and discussion in English. Fulfills either the “A” Fine, Performing, and Literary Arts or “C” Non-Western Cultures General Education requirements. No prerequisites.

Russian 230: Films of the Last Decade
(2 credits)
Zaharkov

Review and maintain your Russian while watching the newest films about recent Russian society. Prerequisite: Russian 210. This is not a repeat course.

Russian 310 1W: Advanced Conversation & Composition
(4 credits)
Zaharkov

This course continues with the text from Russian 210 with more emphasis on role-playing in preparation for study abroad. Required for study abroad programs. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: Russian 210.

Spanish 111: Beginning Spanish I
(5 credits)
Cloud

Emphasis on elementary grammar, oral practice, and required laboratory.

Spanish 112F: Beginning Spanish II
(5 credits)
Cloud

Grammar, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement.

Spanish 112F: Beginning Spanish II
(5 credits)
Cantrell

Grammar, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement.

Spanish 112F: Beginning Spanish II
(5 credits)
Hoff

Grammar, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement.

Spanish 112F: Beginning Spanish II (5 credits) Martin-Lozano

Grammar, composition, oral practice, reading, and required laboratory. Prerequisite: Spanish 111 or placement.

Spanish 130A: Topics in Latin American Literature (in English)
(4 credits)
Franklin

Living in the shadow of the great Spanish writer Cervantes, Latin American literature has been frequently ignored in world literature classes. Despite the contributions of several Nobel laureates–Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, and Gabriel García Márquez–the richness of Latin American literature has gone unnoticed by too many otherwise well–read lovers of literature. Let's change that. Come see what turns magic realism can take in the hands of the skillful Isabel Allende. Take a ride on the fantastic voyage of Julio Cortázar and Jorge Borges. Witness the creative genius of Luisa Valenzuela and Rosario Ferré. They're all here in Spanish 130. It's not Don Quijote ; it's better. All readings and lecture entirely in English. Satisfies the “A” Fine, Performing and Literary Arts General Education requirement. No prerequisites.

Spanish 150F: Intermediate Spanish
(5 credits)
McIntyre

This is an intermediate level course that will review, introduce, and expand upon vocabulary and structures commonly dealt with in introductory courses. Laboratory time also required. Prerequisite: Spanish 112 or placement.

Spanish 215: Studies in Spanish Language
(4 credits)
Hoff

Designed for the student who has completed Spanish 112 or 150 or an equivalent. The course will provide a thorough and systematic survey of Spanish grammar, expand vocabulary for conversation, and teach students how to write in a simple, clear style. Prerequisite: Spanish 112, 150 or placement examination.

Spanish 216: Conversation and Contemporary Issues
(4 credits)
Cloud

Designed to develop skills in the spoken language. Course reviews the more complex aspects of Spanish grammar and expands vocabulary for conversation. This class will require some hours of off-campus volunteer work within the Spanish-speaking community of Springfield. The volunteer work will be integrated into the course and will provide students with the opportunity to practice their communicative skills outside of the traditional classroom environment. The community service hours will also be incorporated into our discussions of contemporary issues facing the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, students will have the opportunity to do additional volunteer work within the Spanish-speaking community and have it count towards the completion of Service Learning 100. Prerequisite: Spanish 215.

Spanish 217 1W: The Craft of Writing
(4 credits)
Franklin

Spanish 217 is designed to develop written proficiency at the 200 level. Emphasis is placed on composition as communication, the role of reading in the process of writing, and the function of grammar in context. Prerequisite: Spanish 215 or 216 or permission of instructor. Writing intensive.

Spanish 302A 1W: Introduction to Hispanic Literature II
(4 credits)
McIntyre

Continuation of Spanish 301, provides the student with a survey of 19 th and 20 th centuries. Significant figures and literary currents of the Hispanic world are presented. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: Spanish 215 or 217.

Spanish 427: The Silver Screen
(4 credits)
Hoff

This course will familiarize students with the history of film in the Hispanic world. Students will view works by prominent directors from Spain and the Americas, as well as explore issues and trends in Hispanic films. Prerequisite: any 300-level course taught in Spanish.

Spanish 450 1W: Senior Seminar
(4 credits)
Franklin

In-depth study of a literary movement, problem, author, or genre. Topic to be chosen by instructor. Required of each Spanish major. Prerequisites: Spanish 301 or 302 and one 400-level Spanish course. Writing intensive.

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