Romance Language Courses for MAPH students (in English)

The kind folks in the Romance Languages Department have sent us a list of classes they’re teaching in English this year. It’s always a great idea to look into classes in departments other than the one where you’re specializing, and some of these look fascinating.


Don Quixote (REMS 34200; RLLT 34202; FNDL 21211; SPAN 24202/34202;
CMLT 28101/38101)
Taught by Frederick de Armas and Thomas Pavel in Winter
The course will provide a close reading of Cervantes’ Don Quijote and discuss its links with Renaissance art and Early Modern narrative genres. On the one hand, Don Quijote can be viewed in terms of prose fiction, from the ancient Greek romances to the medieval books of knights errant and the Renaissance pastoral novels. On the other hand, Don Quijote exhibits a desire for Italy through the utilization of Renaissance art. Beneath the dusty roads of La Mancha and within Don Quijote’s chivalric fantasies, the careful reader will come to appreciate glimpses of images with Italian designs. The course will be taught in English. Spanish majors and Spanish graduate students will read the text in the original and use Spanish for the course assignments.


Dante’s Inferno (ITAL 22750/32750; FNDL 25330)
Taught by Rebecca West in Autumn
A close reading of the first Canticle of the Divine Comedy, with attention to Dante’s themes, style, and the overall structure of the Canticle. We shall also consider in particular the contributions of American Dante Studies to the understanding of this text. All work in English, although students with a knowledge of Italian will read the poem in the original Italian.

Italian Renaissance Humanism (ITAL 26204/36204)
Taught by Rocco Rubini in Autumn
A survey of the thought, goals, and aspirations of fifteenth-century intellectuals. During the course we will pay close attention to the evolution of a project that informs and represents the emergence of modernity. We will touch upon and investigate its central issues: reappraisal of antiquity and revolt agains the Middle Ages (Petrarch), social and civic life (Bruni, Alberti), philology (Valla), philosophy and religion (Ficino, Pico). In order to determine the viability of “humanism” in our day and age, some attention will be reserved to nineteenth- and twentieth-century debates over the so-called problem of the Renaissance and the birht of postmodern humanism (Sartre) and antihumanisms (Heidegger, Foucault, etc).

Renaissance and Baroque Fairy Tales and their Modern Rewritings (ITAL
26200/36200; CMLT 27600/37600)
Taught by Armando Maggi in Winter. We study the distinctions between myth and fairy tale, and then focus of collections of modern Western European fairy tales, including those by Straparola, Basile, and Perrault in light of their contemporary rewritings of classics (Angela Carter, Calvino, Anne Sexton. We analyze this genre from diverse critical standpoints (e.g., historical, structuralist, psychoanalytic, feminist) through the works of Croce, Propp, Bettelheim and Marie-Louise Von Franz. Class conducted in English.


Caribbean Fiction: Self-understanding and Exoticism (FREN 32400)
Taught by Daniel Desormeaux in Spring.
The Caribbean is often described as enigmatic, uncommon and supernatural. While foreigners assume that the Caribbean is exotic, this course will explore this assumption from a Caribbean perspective. We will examine the links between Caribbean and Old World imagination, the relationship between exoticism and Caribbean notions of superstition, and the way in which the Caribbean fictional universe derives from a variety of cultural myths. The course will be taught in English and all required texts are in English and English translations from French. A weekly session in French will be held for majors and graduate students in French and Comp Lit.

Private and Public Selves in the Renaissance (FREN     22400/32400)

This course will trace the emergence of the “private” / “public” spheres in the representation of one’s life.  We will compare different conceptions of a public/political self in relation to personal experiences.  Texts to be read include Luther, Calvin, Machiavelli, Botero, Montaigne, Duplessis-Mornay, “Lazarillo de Tormes”.  Undergrad (With Consent).  Grad (REMS)  (Size limit: 26)

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