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Courses in English

MLC offers you the world through courses in the literature and cultures of France and Francophone nations, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, and Latin America.

Why study literature and culture at MLC?

  • Our literature and culture courses taught in English make great humanities clusters (see our clusters page).
  • MLC offers you the world in English translation. Read important works of world literature and theory taught by those fluent in the languages in which they are written.
  • Study the works and ideas of intellectual giants such as Cervantes, Dante, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Derrida, and Foucault.
  • Explore the worlds of French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Hispanic cinema through the films of Bunuel, Kurosawa, Fassbinder, Eisenstein, Renoir, and others.
  • Examine the difficult issues of national identity, gender, cultural otherness, political ideology, and First vs. Third World outlooks.
  • MLC expands your horizons and multiplies your potential

National Literature, Film, and Theory Courses

The following courses are taught in English and do not require knowledge of a foreign language. For MLC language courses, see the language courses page.


 

Departmental Course

  • CLT/FR/GER/IT/RST 160 The New Europe: Formations and Transformations

Chinese

  • 211 Introduction to Pre-Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
  • 212 Cities and the Country in Modern China
  • 214 Dreams of the Red Chamber
  • 216 Toward a Social Literature: The Coevolution of Literature and Society in Late Qing China (Readings in Translation)
  • 217 Writing Volatility and Processing Change: A Survey of the Literatures of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in the Turbulent Twentieth Century (Readings in Translation)
  • 218 Introduction to Chinese Pop Culture
  • 219 Encountering the Strange
  • 221 Laborers, Sojourners, Immigrants: Chinese Journey's to the Americas (19th-20th Centuries)
  • 230 Contemporary Chinese Art
  • 235 Photography in East Asia
  • 237 Chinese Film
  • 274 Chinese Religions
  • 275 Religions and Chinese Society

Comparative Literature

  • 200 Topics in Critical Thinking
  • 389 Major Research Seminar

French

  • 204 Contemporary French Culture
  • 230 French Social Thought
  • 235 Texts Beyond Borders
  • 237 Performance Studies
  • 239 Representing African-Americans in the African Imagination
  • 243 Mutilated Bodies: From Traditions to Cutting-Edge Technologies
  • 247/250 Black Paris
  • 252 Modern France
  • 255 Satre and Heidegger
  • 257 Sex, Lies, and Secrets
  • 265 Aesthetics
  • 269 Foucault and the Ethics of Theory
  • 279 Immigration in French Literature and Film
  • 285 Classic Film Theory
  • 288 French in Film: Africa, Caribbean, Quebec

German

  • 205 Nietzsche and the Nietzscheans: Nietzsche and the Jewish Question
  • 218 And Now... Deep Thoughts With German-Jewish Thinkers!
  • 221 Gender, Love, and Families
  • 230 Poe and Hoffman: Uncanny Stories
  • 247 Holocaust: Affect and Absence
  • 248 On the Move: Travelers, Wanderers, and Explorers
  • 260 Truth and Power
  • 261 Weimar Film and Film Theory
  • 262 Strangers
  • 272 Gender and Sexuality in the 20th Century
  • 280 Experimental Archives
  • 282 Fassbinder
  • 284 Hollywood Behind the Wall: Introduction to East European Cinema
  • 288 Mothers, Comrades, and Whores

Italian

  • 195/220 Dante's "Divine Comedy": A Journey from Inferno to Paradise, Part I. "Inferno" and "Purgatorio"
  • 196/221 Dante's "Divine Comedy": A Journey from Inferno to Paradise, Part II. "Purgatorio" and "Paradiso"
  • 197/225 The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Discover the Wonders of a Medieval Mind
  • 202 Introduction to Italian Culture
  • 223 Monuments of Ancient Italy: History, Structure, Form (in Arezzo, Italy)
  • 224A Topics in Italian Culture (4.0 credits)
  • 224B Topics in Italian Culture (2.0 credits)
  • 226 Italy and the New World
  • 227 Women's Power in Italian Art
  • 228 History: Italy Through Film (in Arezzo, Italy)
  • 231 Florence the Wonderous
  • 242 Films of Pasolini
  • 244 Art, Architecture, and Literature in the Age of Dante and Beyond (in Arezzo, Italy)
  • 246 Venice and the Jews
  • 247 Politics and Culture in Fascist Italy
  • 248 Modern Italy Through Film

Japanese

  • 207 Film as Object
  • 208 Traditions in Japanese Art
  • 210 Anxiety, Identity, Fantasy: Topics in "Traditional" Japanese Culture
  • 211 Fictions of Interiority: Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • 212 Hello Kitty Must Die: Japanese Popular Culture in Global Contexts
  • 214 Atomic Creatures: Godzilla
  • 215 Modern Japan
  • 217 Traditional Japanese Literature
  • 217W Mirror of the Modern
  • 219A Tourist Japan
  • 227 Body Politics: Negotiating Public and Private Discourses of the Body in Japanese Culture
  • 228 Journey to the Feast: Cuisine and Culture in Modern Japan
  • 230 Poetry and Japanese Calligraphy
  • 254 The Rises and Falls of Modern Japanese Literature
  • 257 Japanese Mystery Fiction
  • 258 Japanese Science Fiction in Global Perspective
  • 273 Fictions of Femininity
  • 274 Modern Japanese Women Writers
  • 293 Life and Anime
  • 294 Hayao Miyazaki and Planet Ghibli

Russian Studies

  • 126 Russia Now (4.0 credits)
  • 127 Russia Now (2.0 credits)
  • 128 Russian Civilization
  • 224 Russian Art
  • 226 Culture in Chaos: Russia's Silver Age
  • 231 Great Russian Writers
  • 235 Tolstoy's War and Peace
  • 237 Dostoevsky
  • 240 Nabokov: Unusual Émigré
  • 243 Chekhov and the Modern Short Story
  • 267 Russia Goes to the Movies
  • 289 Dangerous Texts

Spanish

  • 215 "Don Quixote": the Book, the Myth, the Image
  • 255 1492 and Beyond
  • 261 Facing Facts: Non-Fiction Writing
  • 287 Latin American Film
  • 287A Mexican Film
  • 288 Spanish Film
  • 289 Women in Hispanic Film