Fall 2018

HUM 316: Modern Islamic Thought 

T,Th  2:30pm-3:45pm

Instructor: Professor Maryam Moazzen

A study of important Islamic movements and thinkers in the Indian subcontinent, Egypt, and Turkey, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

HUM 515 & 615 / WGST 593 & 692 Women's Voices: Ancient and Medieval

T,Th 1:00PM-2:15PM

Instructor: Dr. Pamela Beattie and Dr. Linda Gigante

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore historical and contemporary representations of women in Antiquity and the Middle Ages primarily through the close study of literary and visual sources. There are many challenges involved in a study of this kind, the most significant being that ancient and medieval authors were, by and large, men writing for male readers.  Similarly, artists were inspired by their own, usually male-oriented, views on what constituted either the ideal woman or her opposite.  There are exceptions to the dominant voices of men in the literature and art of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, to be sure, making figures like the Greek lyric poet Sappho, the early Christian martyr Perpetua, the medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen,  and the courtly writer Marie of France of pivotal importance.  By analyzing these, and other, works within their cultural context, we will endeavor to hear the long-neglected voices of ancient and medieval women. The course will be organized chronologically, beginning with ancient Greece, proceeding to the Roman and Late Antique periods, and concluding with the Middle Ages in the West. We will focus on the stages of a woman’s life from childhood through adulthood in an effort to reconstruct the expectations, ideals, and realities of womanhood.  We will also consider the stereotypes into which women have been classified over the centuries, such as the dangerous wife and the aggressive woman, and discuss the ways in which they are evident today.

HUM 516 / 616: Classical Literature of the Middle East

T,Th  4pm-5:15pm

Instructor: Professor Maryam Moazzen

This course is intended to introduce students to a selection of major texts in classical (pre-19th century) of Persian and Arabic literature with attention to intermingling of diverse cultural influences and historical context. The readings include epic, romance, lyric, mystical narrative, and satire. Students are also expected to develop analytical and critical views of the literary figures and their works examined in terms of their impact on and relevance to their times. All readings are in English. By the end of the course students should be able to recognize major themes, and narrative strategies and motifs from classical Persian and Arabic literature and should possess a basic understanding of how Middle Eastern literary modernism defines itself through a variety of appropriations of the classical heritage among others.

LING 590.01 Syntax

T 4:00 – 6:45pm

Instructor: Assistant Professor Thomas Stewart

This course provides further development of the analytical and descriptive concepts and methods learned in Structure of Modern English (ENGL/LING 522). Students of English who expect to teach intensive or extensive courses in grammar would be very well served by this “next-step” course.

The content of ENGL/LING 522 is not presupposed in this course.

LING 570.01 Language and Social Identity: Dialects

T,Th 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Instructor: Assistant Professor Thomas Stewart

In this class, we will talk about the interaction of the social systems and the language varieties observable in the United States. In order to discuss this dynamic rationally, it will be necessary to talk about social norms and linguistic norms in an objective manner.

HUM 596-01: Magical Realism

M,W 2:00PM-3:15PM

Instructor: M.Williams

Magical realism is one of the principal genres of storytelling to emerge from the second half of the 20th century, one that continues to exercise strong influence in more current fiction and film, from slipstream to Weird and New Weird.  More broadly, it is a mode, a way of telling, and the class will be devoted to engaging its uses and implications in a number of late 20th and early 21st century works.  We will read essays by Roh, Carpentier, and Flores that establish often divergent definitions and descriptions of magical realism, look at the genre’s connections to surrealism, fantasy, postmodernism and post-colonialism. We will examine its occurrence in the fiction of Garcia Marquez, Salman Rushdie, and Karen Lord, and films by Terry Gilliam, Guillermo del Toro, Akira Kurosawa, and Jean-Pierre Jounet. Four response essays, a midterm and a final (both longer and more synthesizing essays), and committed participation will be the requirements