Courses on Special Topics. Spring 2012

This is a description of the Special Topics courses offered in the Spring 2012 semester:


Spring 2012

LANG 400: Sp.Tp.: Politics of Space in Literature, crosslisted with HONRS 230 World History

Taught by Dr. Carmen Rivera 

This course will examine representations of different kinds of space as constructed by writers in order to understand how they manipulate ordinary spaces such as homes, native landscapes, prisons, etc. to explore a wide range of political, social, cultural, and religious themes.  Readings from all over the world, but 2/3 will be by Hispanic authors.  Students will have to do all work in Spanish to count the course towards Spanish major/minor/concentration.

FREN 400 French Children´s Literature and French Adolescent Literature

Taught by Dr. Ruth Antosh

FREN 400 mini courses, each for 2 credits. Each course runs for half the semester. The first, French Children's Literature, focusses on fairy tales, legends, and children's stories in French from around the fracophone world. The second, French Adolescent Literature, will study short stories and short novels for teen-age readers around the francophone world.

LANG 405 French Women Writers

Taught by Aubrey Kubiak

LANG 380 World Cinema: Immigration and Exile in the Hispanic World

Using mainly movies but also articles, essays and literature works, this course will approach the students to differents movements of population out of immigration and exile from and to countries belonging to the Hispanic world. This course will satisfy Upper Level CCC requirement.

Taught by Dr. Juan De Urda

LANG 400 Monsters in French Literature: Defining the Monster 

Taught by Cynthia Jones, MA   

What is a monster? Why are humans so fascinated by the monstrous and why do these creatures continue to influence fiction and modern media?  There are written accounts of the monstrous dating back to early Viking sagas, Ovid’s Metamorphoses (8th Century) and medieval tales such as Marie de France’s Lais (12th Century), as well as in present films and media such as Luc Picard’s film Babine (2008), Lady Gaga’s The Monster Ball Tour (2009-2011), HBO’s True Blood (2008-2011), and the new French animated film Un monstre à Paris (2011). 


            Throughout the centuries, the monster has been defined in many different ways: from an anomaly to a hybrid identity.  It becomes apparent that the definition of the monster is constantly evolving, changing and shifting through time in any given society.  The goal of this course is to understand how the monster has affected francophone culture and vice versa.  We will be reading works by Marie de France, Alexandre Dumas, Guy de Maupassant, and Théophile Gautier, as well as exploring films, such as: Le Pacte des Loups and Babine.  Through these texts and films, the course seeks to explore the monster as a cultural product as well as discuss how the meaning of the tern ‘monster’ has changed, and what it signifies in today’s society and culture. 


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