Fall Course Highlights

Chinese Language


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Courses in English

RECS 152A ​- ​Russian Science Fiction Literature and Film (NEW)
Examines the Russian science fiction tradition in the context of philosophical, historical, and political developments, with attention to topics such as futurism, science and technology, the perfectibility of humanity, the nature of time, the proximity of the unknown, and otherness.

-Professor David Powelstock

RECS 154A ​- ​The Art of Vladimir Nabokov 
A concentrated study of Vladimir Nabokov, the most noted Russian author living in emigration and one of the most influential novelists of the twentieth century. Focuses on the major Russian- and English-language novels. Open to all students. Conducted in English. Readings in English.

-David Powelstock

 JAPN 125B ​- ​Putting Away Childish Things: Coming of Age in Modern Japanese Literature and Film
Explores the ways in which modern Japanese writers and filmmakers have represented childhood, youth, and coming of age. A variety of short stories, novels, and memoirs from the 1890s to the present day are read, and several recent films are also screened.

-Professor Matthew Fraleigh


JAPN 145A ​- ​The World of Classical Japanese Literature
A survey of some of the most important works of Japanese literature from its origins to the late sixteenth century, including a wide range of genres: fiction, essays, travelogues, poetry, and drama. All readings are in English.

-Matthew Fraleigh

COML 150B ​- ​Critique of Erotic Reason 
Explores transformations in erotic sensibilities in the novel from the early nineteenth century to the present. Works by Goethe, Austen, Kierkegaard, Tolstoy, Schopenhauer, Bronte, Chekhov, Garcia-Marquez, Kundera, and Cormac McCarthy.

-Professor Stephen Dowden 


CHIN 100A ​- ​Introduction to Chinese Literature: Desire and Form

Introduces Chinese literature, focusing primarily on Chinese "classical" literary traditions and their metamorphosis in modern times. Taught in English. No Chinese language capabilities required.

-Professor Pu Wang


Foreign Language

 RUS 10A - Beginning Russian I
For students who have had no previous study of Russian. The four-skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) introduction to the Russian language with the focus on developing oral proficiency early on. A systematic presentation of the basic grammar and vocabulary of the language within the context of Russian culture.

-Professor Irina Dubinina




GER106B - Migration, Kultur, Synergie

Prerequisite GER 30B.

Investigates the experience of refugees and immigrants in present-day Germany and discusses processes of social transformation. Through fictional and non-fictional texts and film, we gain an understanding of their cultural, economic, political and artistic contributions and of cross-cultural collaborations.

-Professor Sabine von Mering


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