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The foreign language departments at UVa provide exciting courses in translation that allow students to discover new ways of thinking and seeing the world. Becoming a truly global citizen means not only acquiring a deep appreciation for different cultures, but specifically insight into the preoccupations, passions, and shared experiences of other societies. The following courses in translation offer students unique access to this knowledge. All courses are taught by specialists of the languages and cultures of inquiry.
For all classes, lectures, discussions, readings and assignments are in English. These courses may fulfill college requirements such as the Second Writing Requirement, the Humanities Requirement and the Non-Western Perspective Requirement.
Arab Women's Literature - ARTR 3350
TuTh 11:00 - 12:15 | Hanadi al-Samman
A comprehensive overview of contemporary Arab women's literature, this course examines all Arab women's literary genres starting from personal letters, memoirs, speeches, poetry, fiction, drama, to journalistic articles and interviews. Selected texts cover various geographic locales and theoretical perspectives. Special emphasis will be given to the issues of Arab female authorship, subjectivity theory, and to the question of Arab Feminism.
Traditional Chinese Literature - CHTR 3010
MW 2:00 - 3:15 | Charles A. Laughlin
Introductory survey of Chinese literature from earliest times (first millennium BCE) to the Qing Dynasty (ended 1911) in English translation, including major works from the genres of poetry, essays, drama, and fiction. There will be weekly quizzes and three papers of 2, 6, and 12 pages in length, respectively. In addition to familiarizing students with the Chinese literary canon, the course will focus on literary analysis and interpretation, cross-cultural reading, and philosophical, political, and social issues in Chinese literary culture. Fulfills second writing, non-Western perspectives, and humanities requirements. No prerequisites.
Tragedy and Comedy - CLAS 3210
MW 2:00 - 3:15 | David Kovacs
This course treats Greek tragedy and Greek comedy and their Roman adaptations. There will be readings from the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, Plautus, Terence, and Seneca.
Women and Gender in Classical Antiquity - CLAS 3040
MWF 11:00 - 11:50 | K. Myers
This course will focus on Women's roles and lives in Ancient Greece and Rome. Students will be introduced to the primary material on women and gender in antiquity and to current debates about it. We will examine the Cultural Identity or Ideal constructed for women and men in Ancient literature in comparison with the historical evidence and analyze how the cultural categories of male and female were delineated and deployed in various social, political, and literary contexts.
French Thought - FRTR 2580
MW 2:00 – 3:15 | John Lyons
French writers have articulated innovative visions of the natural world, religion, society, education, politics, love and sexuality in often controversial essays, discourses, editorials, autobiographies, and treatises. This overview of modern French thought (in English translation) will introduce such influential writers as Montaigne, Descartes, Pascal, Voltaire, Diderot, Tocqueville, Bergson, Zola, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Foucault and Deleuze.
Introduction to German Studies - GETR 3330
MW 3:30 - 4:45 | Chad Wellmon
Introductory survey of major works and stylistic movements of film, literature, drama, philosophy, painting, photography, architecture, and media by German-speaking authors and artists from the Enlightenment to the present. We will investigate stylistic movements such as Romanticism, Naturalism, and Expressionism, and theoretical developments such as Marxism, psychoanalysis, and Frankfurt School critical theory. The course will also introduce students to significant moments in German political history and investigate the exchange between art and literature and the larger socio-historical context.
Mafiosi vs. Wiseguys - ITTR 3559
MW 2:00 - 3:15 | Sarah Annunziato
Whether called “the mob,” “the mafia,” “camorra,” “’ndrangheta,” or “cosa nostra,” organized crime has fascinated filmmakers in both Italy and the United States for decades. But, how does each cinematic tradition choose to portray this phenomenon and its effects on law, politics, and the individual? Films by LeRoy, Coppola, De Palma, Scorsese, Lattuada, Tognazzi, Benigni, Carlei, and Garrone. Conducted in English.
Italian Pop Culture From the 60s to the Present - ITTR 4820
TT 11:00 - 12:15 | Enrico Cesaretti
This course is an historical examination of the cultural and socio-political transformations that took place in Italy during its recent history. By discussing different cultural products (film, literature, music, comic books) in the period under consideration and that resist populist and consumer culture? What are the ethical and socio-political consequences of Italy’s present cultural condition? Is there a ‘real’ Italian identity?
The Many Faces of Love in Modern Japanese Fiction - JPTR 3559
We 3:30 - 6:00 | Michiko Wilson
This seminar examines how modern male writers of Japanese prose fiction have approached the western concepts of love and sexual equality, first introduced to Japan in the late 1800s (Meiji, 1868-1912).
Modern Korean Literature - KRTR 3020
Tu 3:30 - 6:00 | Susie Kim
A general introduction to modern Korean literature. Examines the major texts through selected readings of representative writers.
Rumi - PETR 3359
TT 12:30 - 1:45 | Alireza Korangy
Introduction to the Sufi poetry of the 13th-century Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rum.
Civilization and Culture of Russia - RUTR 2460
MWF 1:00 – 1:50 | Edith Clowes
Survey of Russian civilization from the earliest times to the start of the 20th century, with emphasis on literature, thought, and the arts.
19th-Century Russian Literature - RUTR 3350
TuTh 2:00 - 3:15 | David Herman
Survey of some of the world's most celebrated prose fiction, including Evgenii Onegin (Pushkin), Hero of Our Time (Lermontov), Petersburg stories (Gogol), Sketches from a Huntsman's Album (Turgenev), Notes from the Underground (Dostoevsky), and The Cossacks (Tolstoy), along with trends of the era.
Nabokov - RUTR 3400
TuTh 11:00-12:15 | Julian Connolly.
Study of the evolution of the art of Vladimir Nabokov, from his early Russian-language tales to the major novels written in English, including the scandalous Lolita. (All works read in English.)
Poland: History and Culture - SLTR 3200
TT 11:00 - 12:15 | Dariusz Tolczyk
This course takes students through more than 1000 years of Poland's history and culture. Explorations of literature, art, film, and music, as well as key historic events and biographies, will provide students with insight in the main sources of Polish identity, its central values, challenges, myths, symbols, and preoccupations in a larger European context. All materials in English.