Special Announcement - Fall 2019 Featured Courses

JAPN 150A Greed and Morality in Edo Period Novels

A special one-time class offered by the East Asian Studies program this upcoming semester! It will be
taught by Prof. Motoi Katsumata of Japan's Meisei University (whom some students may remember from his rakugo performance a few years back). The class will be on the early modern Japanese fiction of Ihara Saikaku. Saikaku's short works of fiction provide a vivid picture of life in 17th century Japan. They explore a wide range of themes, including honor, sexuality, the law, violence, and commerce. No knowledge of Japanese is required - all readings are in English.

If you’re still looking for additional classes or thinking about changing one of your courses, please take a look as this is a one time only offering! If you want to register, you should be able to do so via Sage, or if you'd like to have yourself added manually, please send an email with your SageID to Professor Fraleigh (fraleigh@brandeis.edu).


JAPN 150A Greed and Morality in Edo Period Novels
Tu,Th 2:00 PM–3:20 PM

Examines the diverse short fiction of Ihara Saikaku, a
seventeenth-century merchant writer from Osaka. Saikaku's novels and
short stories insightfully and vividly explore such themes as
homosexuality, vengeance, filial piety, jurisprudence, and the nouveau
riche. All readings in English. Special one-time offering.

RECS/THA 148A Russian Drama: Text and Performance
Taught by Professor David Powelstock (pstock@brandeis.edu), this course examines the rich tradition of Russian drama, with a special emphasis on reading plays as plays, that is, as works to be performed on stage.
Works include masterpieces of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including those by Chekhov, Pushkin, Gogol, Ostrovsky, Mayakovsky, Erdman, and others, as well as some more recent plays. The class is conducted in English, and students may do the readings in English or in Russian.
No knowledge of Russian is required. (T,F 11:00 AM–12:20 PM)
COML 171A - Literary Translation in Theory and in Practice

Approaching literary translation from several angles at once, this course combines readings in the history and theory of translation with a practical translation workshop. Students will experience first-hand the challenges of literary translation and, with the help of the theoretical readings, reflect on what the process teaches us about linguistic, literary, and cultural difference.   

Prerequisite: Excellent reading knowledge of any language other than English. Students will be asked to demonstrate proficiency before receiving consent to enroll in the course. 

Professor David Powelstock

GER 109B - Meisterwerke Deutscher Kurzprosa

Conducted in German.

Tailored to suit the needs of advanced intermediate students, this course explores in detail several short prose masterworks by writers including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Arthur Schnitzler. 

Professor Stephen Dowden

COML 100A — Introduction to Global Literature

What is common and what is different in literatures of different cultures and times? How do literary ideas move from one culture to another? In this course students read theoretical texts, as well as literary works from around the world.

Professor Matthew Fraleigh

​RECS 135A — Russian Short Fictions: The Art of Narrative

Open to all students. Conducted in English. Students may choose to do readings either in English translation or in Russian.

Focuses on the great tradition of the short story as practiced by Russian writers and the connection and divisions among them. This genre invites extreme stylistic and narrative experimentation ranging from the comic to the tragic, as well as being a vehicle for striking expressions of complex social, philosophical, and religious themes.

Professor Robin Feuer Miller

Department Events

The GRALL department calendar includes department-wide events, as well as program-specific events for the each program. Add us to your Google calendar.

Past Department Events


5th Annual International Video Competition

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

GRALL Language Tables: Spring 2017

Japanese Language Table
Friday afternoons in Shiffman 121

Every other Thursday from 2-3 p.m. in Shiffman 121

Korean Language Table
Select Fridays from 4-5 p.m. in Shiffman 121

Русский чай (Russian Tea)
Every other Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. in Shiffman 121

Meet the Majors: COML, GRALL, ECS

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

GRALL Language Tables: Fall 2016

Chinese Language Table
Every Wednesday from 5:45-7 p.m. in Upper Usdan (when classes are in session)

Japanese Language Table
Every Friday from 2-3 p.m. in Shiffman 121 (when classes are in session)

Every other Wednesday from 2-3 p.m. in Shiffman 121

Korean Language Table
Every Friday from 4-5 p.m. in Shiffman 121 (when classes are in session)

Русский чай (Russian Tea)
Every other Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. in Shiffman 121

GRALL, ECS + COML Welcome (Back) Reception

Friday, September 2, 2016


2016 International Video Competition

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Meet the Majors/Minors: GRALL Programs, COML, ECS & SAS

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

GRALL Language Tables: Fall 2015

German Table (Kaffeestunde)
Every other Wednesday from 2 - 3 p.m. in Shiffman 124

Japanese Table
Every Friday from 3 - 4 p.m. in Shiffman 124 (when classes are in session)

Russian Table (Russian Tea/Русский чай)
Every other Tuesday from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in Shiffman 124

I Am Global Week Language Lunch

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GRALL Open House

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 2 - 4 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Atrium


Brandeis International Video Competition 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Fame and Fortune: On Writing a New Life of Tchaikovsky"

Featuring Philip Ross Bullock, Professor of Russian Literature and Music at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Wadham College

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

International Education Week Mega Language Lunch

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"The Other Stories in Anna Karenina: A Translator's Perspective"

Featuring Rosamund Bartlett, Ph.D.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Conference: The Many Dimensions of Herbert Marcuse

Wednesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 2, 2014

GRALL Open House

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


International Video Competition 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring 2014 GRALL Submissions:

GERMAN 20B Video Entry (1st Place)

Student contributors: Yanique Seac, Nate Britten and Fei Xu
Instructor: Kathrin Seidl-Gómez

RUSSIAN 20B Video Entry

Student contributors: Sam Gorelik, Alexandra Johnson and A.P.
Instructor: Irina Dubinina

CHINESE 20B Video Entry

Student contributors: Brad Burns, Richard Prou, Robin Trantham and Iris Wang
Instructors: Jian Wei, Li Yang, Jin Yin

JAPANESE 20B Video Entry (2nd Place)

Student contributors: Christina Capshaw, Jessica Lu, Austin Luor, and Jianshuo Qiu
Instructor: Hisae Fujiwara