Literature in Translation Courses

Spring 2022

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Special Topics in Literature in Translation

LIT 295A - Dennie, Nneka D. / Kamara, Mohamed

A selected topic focusing on a particular author, genre, motif or period in translation. The specific topic is determined by the interests of the individual instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Spring 2022, LIT 295A-01: Topics: Slavery and Colonialism in the African Diaspora (4). The histories, politics, and cultures of various regions have given shape to the global African diaspora, at times producing continuities and at others, points of departure. Two constants, however, are the prevalence of colonialism and slavery, particularly in Africa and the Caribbean. This class will examine the impacts that colonialism and slavery have had on colonized peoples, as well as the linkages between African and Caribbean history, by traveling to Barbados and Martinique—a former British colony and a former French colony. Particular points for consideration include colonial systems of governance, such as direct rule and indirect rule, as well as the contemporary legacies of colonialism and slavery, including movements for reparations. (HU, EXP, GL) Dennie and Kamara.

Special Topics in Literature in Translation

LIT 295B - Crockett, Roger A.

A selected topic focusing on a particular author, genre, motif or period in translation. The specific topic is determined by the interests of the individual instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Winter 2022

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Women, Sexuality, and Gender in World Literature

LIT 210 - Radulescu, Domnica V.

This course examines a plethora of literary texts chosen from across historical periods from antiquity, through early modern times, to the modern and postmodern era and across several national traditions and cultural landscapes.  Its main intellectual objective is to sensitize students to the ways in which women and gender have been represented in literary texts of various genres and to help them develop specific analytic skills in order to discover and evaluate the interconnections between the treatment of women in society and their artistic reflections in works of literature.

20th-Century Russian Literature in Translation

LIT 215 - Brodsky, Anna

Selected Russian literary masterpieces (short stories, plays and novels). Authors include Olesha, Babel, Nabokov, and Solzhenitsyn.

Augustine and the Literature of Self, Soul, and Synapses

LIT 219 - Kosky, Jeffrey L.

A careful reading of the depiction of the restless soul in Augustine's Confessions is followed by study of fictional, philosophical, religious, and/or scientific literature. Students reflect on the state of the soul in a world made of selves or the fate of the self in a soulless world ... and whether there might be other options

Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

LIT 220 - Zhu, Yanhong

This is a survey course to introduce students to the literature of 20th-century China. Through close reading of key literary texts from the 1910s to the present, students explore the social, historical and literary background that gave rise to the texts studied and the ways in which these texts address various issues that China faced at the time. Taught in English, the course presupposes no previous knowledge of China or Chinese culture. In addition to the selected literary texts, the course introduces several feature films that are cinematic adaptations of modern Chinese fiction and explore the complex and dynamic interchange between literary and cinematic language.

Japanese Literature in Translation

LIT 221 - Ikeda Yuba, Janet

An introduction to Japanese literature in its historical and cultural contexts from premodern to modern times. The course materials draw upon selections from the earliest prose works to contemporary fiction of representative modern writers.

Fall 2021

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Topics in Post-Colonial Literature in Translation

LIT 195A - Radulescu, Domnica V.

A selected topic focusing on a particular author, genre, motif or period in translation and chosen from one or more post-colonial areas or countries (i.e. North African, Caribbean). The specific topic is determined by the interests of the individual instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

Fall 2021, LIT 195A-01: Topic: Francophone Literature in Translation (3). This course  will offer an exploration of literary works across several genres (poetry, theater, prose) from the French speaking world from North Africa to the Caribbeans to Canada, Belgium and France. In addition to literary works, several films by Francophone filmmakers will be part of the course  materials. We will explore the thematic and aesthetic universes of artistic products created both within and outside of France across the wide post-colonial spectrum. (HL) Radulescu. 

Greek Literature from Homer to the Early Hellenistic Period

LIT 203 - Crotty, Kevin M.

While epic, drama, history and philosophy trace their beginnings in many ways to ancient Greece, they are not simply different literary genres, but each offers a distinctive model of what it means to be a human being.  In this course, we will read, discuss and write about poetic works by Homer, the tragedians and comic playwrights, as well as philosophical works by Plato and Aristotle. We will discuss the different perspectives of these diverse genres, and the light they shed on such perennially pertinent questions as responsibility, power, violence, justice, and gender.

Pre-Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

LIT 218 - Fu, Hongchu

A survey of Chinese literature from the earliest period to the founding of the Republic in 1912. Taught in English, the course presupposes no previous knowledge of China or Chinese culture. The literature is presented in the context of its intellectual, philosophical and cultural background. Texts used may vary from year to year and include a wide selection of fiction, poetry, historical documents, Chinese drama (opera) and prose works. Audiovisual materials are used when appropriate and available.

Seminar in Japanese Literature in Translation

LIT 223 - Ikeda Yuba, Janet

Selected topics in Japanese literature, varying from year to year. Possible topics include the development of poetic forms, Heian court literature and art, diaries, epics, Buddhist literature, the culture of food and tea, and Noh drama.

Fall 2021, LIT 223-01: Seminar in Japanese Lit in Trans: Food and Tea in Japan (3).  No prerequisite. Corequisite: LIT 223L.  Experiential Learning.  This seminar explores the distinct theme of food and tea in Japanese culture and literature. We examine three broad categories throughout the term; kaiseki , bento , and common fare. In addition to three hours of lecture, this unique course requires a "cultural lab" where students master the rudimentary procedure of the tea ceremony in the Japanese tea room in Watson Pavilion. (HL) Ikeda.

Seminar in Japanese Literature in Translation

LIT 223L - Ikeda Yuba, Janet

Selected topics in Japanese literature, varying from year to year. Possible topics include the development of poetic forms, Heian court literature and art, diaries, epics, Buddhist literature, the culture of food and tea, and Noh drama.

19th-Century Russian Literature in Translation

LIT 263 - Brodsky, Anna

A study of major works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov.

Russian Short Fiction

LIT 264 - Brodsky, Anna

A survey in translation of Russian short fiction from the 17th century into the 21st century, concentrating on short fiction from the 19th and 20th centuries. Students explore major themes such as conformity and resistance to power.