Languages, Literature, & Philosophy

LLP Course Descriptions



Information on this page updates per semester. 

These course descriptions are to be used as a guide for classes taught in the future Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters. Professors assigned to the courses have submitted a general outline of the course they will instruct. This course information will change according to the semester and professor teaching the course. 



English 5000
Love, Power, and Money in the English Renaissance
Summer, 2015 / MTWTh, 8:30-9:40  

Dr. Christopher Baker
This course explores how three important themes in Renaissance drama interact with each other during a time of cultural change in early modern England. Love (including lust), power (individual or political), and money (sought for or possessed) were strong personal and public forces during the Elizabethan age, just as they are today. We will read two plays each by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and Ben Jonson that present a variety of comic and tragic complications and conflicts involving these forces. We will watch several productions on film, and some non-dramatic works on these three topics may be discussed as well. Graded work will include a midterm exam, a final exam, and two papers.
No previous coursework in the Renaissance is required for this course; the only prerequisite is completion of English 2100.

Plays to be studied are:
Marlowe: Edward II and The Jew of Malta;
Shakespeare: Measure for Measure and Merchant of Venice;
Jonson: Volpone and Epicoene.

Curtis Perry, ed. Eros and Power in English Renaissance Drama (McFarland, 2008)
Richard Harp, ed. Ben Jonson’s Plays and Masques (Norton, 2001)
James R. Siemon, ed. Christopher Marlowe: The Jew of Malta (Bloomsbury, 2009)
Leah S. Marcus, ed. The Merchant of Venice (Norton, 2006)  



Literature and Humanities
Renee Berry
Topic:Growing Up Girl

When I began thinking about “coming of age” stories as a possible theme, after seeing the movie Boyhood, I generated a long list of titles – classic stories, contemporary novels and young adult titles -- and then had a moment that stopped me in my tracks. Where were the girls? With the exception of some recent YA titles, there were almost no stories of how women come of age. This sub-genre is a cultural archetype, and girls are sadly under-represented. Why? What does this reveal about the world we live in? So that’s what we’re going to explore this semester, the coming-of-age novel with a girl (or girls) at the center of the narrative, told from a variety of perspectives.
Reading List:
 Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
 Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 
 Kaye Gibbons - Ellen Foster 
 NoViolet Bulawayo - We Need New Names 
Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis 
Alison Bechdel - Fun Home 
 Daniel Clowes - Ghost World 

English 2100
Literature and Humanities
Topic: Classic Horror
Dr. Karen Hollinger

We will read and discuss works within the horror genre including horror classics, films, works by women, and international works of horror.  Course work will include three take-home essay exams, a research paper, quizzes, and active participation in class discussion.
Tentative Reading List:
1.Edgar Allen Poe. The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings. 
2.. J.S. LeFanu.  The Best Ghost Stories of J.S. LeFanu.
3. Ambrose Bierce.  Ghost and Horror Stories of Ambrose Bierce. 
4. Robert Louis Stevenson.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror. 
5.  Franz Kafka.  Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and Other Stories. 
6.  Carlos Fuentes.  Aura: Bilingual Edition. 
7.  Daphne du Maurier.  Don’t Look Now: Stories

ENGL 2100-007
Literature and Humanities
Dr. H.-G. Erney
Focus: “East and West"
”Rudyard Kipling famously claimed that “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,”
but even his ballad conceded that manly friendship could transcend such divisions. In this class, we will examine the work of British, Indian, and American authors who have attempted to traverse the boundary between East and West, Orient and Occident, Europe/America and Asia with their literary texts (novels, short stories, plays, and poems).
Assigned Texts:
Kipling, Rudyard. Kim Forster, E. M. A Passage to India 
Stoppard, Tom. Indian Ink
Kureishi, Hanif. The Buddha of Suburbia
Rushdie, Salman. East, West
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake
Chandrasekhar, Anupama. Disconnect

ENGL 5200 U/G
Postcolonial Literature
Dr. H.-G.Erney
Focus: “British India, Indian Britain"
Prerequisite: ENGL 2100 or permission of department head

” This iteration of ENGL 5200 will focus on the historical, cultural, and literary relationship between Britain, the imperial motherland, and India, its Jewel in the Crown. The readings will comprise six novels and a play, all of which examine the Anglo-Indian (or Indo-English) relationship from a variety of perspectives – colonial and postcolonial, European and Asian, male and female. Postcolonial writers in particular are faced with several critical choices, such as which language to use (English is, after all, the colonizer’s language), which genre to write in (European models or traditional forms), and what kind of audience to address. As we shall see, there is a wide spectrum of possible responses for each of these options. Primarily through our analysis of the texts, we will also address the most pertinent concepts of postcolonial theory, including Orientalism, hybridity, and the subaltern.

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Forster, E. M. A Passage to India
Masters, John. Bhowani Junction
Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s Children
Ghosh, Amitav. The Shadow Lines
Stoppard, Tom. Indian Ink
Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things
Smith, Zadie. White Teeth

ENGL 5500
18th-Century British Literature
Dr. David Wheeler

TR 11:00-12:15, Gamble Hall 106
The “Long Eighteenth Century,” 1660-1800, witnessed in Britain the advent of “the modern.”   In politics, we have the formation of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) with the Union Jack as its flag, the first political parties, the dominance of Parliament over the monarch, the first Prime Minister, a permanent state bureaucracy, a standing army for the first time, and a British Empire.  In economics, the Bank of England is founded as well as the first stock companies and the first insurance companies.  In literature, we have biography, the novel, the periodical magazine, the first copyright law, and the first professional authors.  The approach to the literature of the period will be cultural.  What is the interaction between social, political and economic change and literary production?  How do literary form, female authorship, and the proliferation of print both reflect and contribute to cultural change?
I obviously haven’t drawn up the syllabus for this course yet, but I know that we’ll read a lot of poetry: John Dryden, Anne Finch, Alexander Pope, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Stephen Duck, Mary Collier, Thomas Gray, and others. 
Next to the Elizabethan/Jacobean era, the Restoration stands as a great historical period for drama, so we’ll read at least The Country Wife (William Wycherley). 
We’ll also take up prose pieces, both fiction and nonfiction (from among the following): Oroonoko (Aphra Behn), Some Reflections Upon Marriage (Mary Astell), Robinson Crusoe or A Journal of the Plague Year (Daniel Defoe), Fantomina (Eliza Haywood), Gulliver’s Travels (Jonathan Swift), Joseph Andrews (Henry Fielding), The Vicar of Wakefield (Oliver Goldsmith) The Castle of Otranto (Horace Walpole), Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility or another Austen novel (Jane Austen), and excerpts from Samuel Johnson’s biographies and Joseph Addison’s Spectator papers.
All students are expected to attend class regularly and to participate actively in class discussions.  There will be a mid-term and a final exam, probably a term paper of about 15 pp., and short written reports or papers on assigned topics.

ENGL 5440
Early English Literature

Dr. Carol Jamison
This course surveys English literature from its beginnings to 1485. We will discuss the literature as a reflection of medieval culture. With this aim in mind, texts will be situated in a cultural and historical context. All Old English texts will be read in translation. Some Middle English works will be read in the original language.
This course includes an introduction to Old and Middle English language.
Topics include the Seven Deadly Sins, conventions of Courtly Love, Knights of the Round Table, medieval women, monsters, riddles, and more!

English 5800
Advanced Grammar
Dr. Carol Jamison

Some people are naturally good cooks, but if you ask them for an exact recipe, they can’t provide much information beyond “a dash of this” and “a splash of that.”  Similarly, most English majors are naturally good writers who possess a sort of innate knowledge about how to use language.  But what happens when you must explain your language usage? 

Advanced Grammar is specifically designed to help students move beyond tacit, or innate, knowledge, towards focal knowledge, or the ability to explain in detail.  Focal knowledge enables students to look at our language critically, as though it were a foreign language, and to understand its finer points. The primary goal of this class is for students to learn to think critically and analytically about English grammar.  This is a skill that everyone, especially English majors, should possess!


Film 5010
Topics in Film: Film Noir
Dr. Karen Hollinger

We will investigate the genre of detective and crime films commonly labeled as film noir.  Film noir is a genre that attained remarkable popularity in the 1940s, but was revived as neo-noir in the 1970s and has since had sporadic regenerations.  Films within the confines of the noir canon deal with issues of urban crime and corruption, gender construction and conflict, and social and ethical dilemmas.  Class sessions will involve both film screenings and class discussions of scholarly readings.   Films screened will tentatively include Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, Sunset Boulevard, Touch of Evil, Body Heat, Chinatown, and L.A. Confidential.  Assignments will include quizzes, a research paper, three take-home essay exams, and active participation in discussion.

Film 5040
Women and Film
Dr. Karen Holiinger

We will explore representations of women in film through film screenings and class discussions.  The course will begin with an overview of feminist film theory and criticism.  Then, we will begin our investigation of individual films.  We will examine the presentation of female characters in major film genres and movements, the work of women directors and actors, and the contours of women’s independent and experimental cinema.  We will also study key concepts and debates in feminist film theory, criticism, and history.  Films screened will tentatively include Stella Dallas, Vertigo, The Devil Wears Prada, Sense and Sensibility, Frida, Meshes of the Afternoon, Thelma and Louise, and Desert Hearts.  Assignments will include response papers, essay examinations, active participation in class discussion, and a research paper.  This course may be used for the film minor and/or the gender studies minor/major.




FREN 3201
Approaches to Literature
Prerequisite: FREN 2002 or Permission of Instructor
The development of students' reading and writing skills along with knowledge of the major literary genres and literary thought.
Texts are from traditional and contemporary sources (selections of prose, poetry and theater).



SPAN 1002
Section 01: MWF 10-10:50 
Section 02: MWF 9-9:50am
Professor: Dr. Nancy Tille-Victorica
Course Description:

Spanish 1002 is the second semester Elementary Spanish course at ASU and assumes that you have successfully taken elementary Spanish 1001 (with a C or higher). This course is a four skills language class that emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish in a communicative environment. This class is taught entirely in Spanish (not open to native Spanish speakers).
Required texts:
Panorama 4th Edition by Blanco and Donley. Boston: Vista, 20013.
Access Code to the Panorama Supersite Plus website
Note: textbook and Supersite access code should be purchased together.

SPAN 3200
MW 11-12:15

Pre-requisites: SPAN2002 with a C or higher
Professor: Dr. Nancy Tille-Victorica
Course Description:

This course offers a panoramic view of literature written in Spanish from its beginning to more recent times. The selected readings include poetry, narrative, and drama written by the most representative authors from throughout the Hispanic World. Beyond general knowledge of the authors and texts we study, it is expected that by the end of the semester all students will have acquired the basic skills necessary to study, discuss, and analyze Hispanic literature using appropriate terminology, language and style.
Completion of this course is a pre-requisite for all upper-level literature courses in Spanish.
Required texts:
Friedman, Valdivieso, Virgillo. Aproximaciones a la literatura hispánica. 7TH ed. NY: McGraw Hill, 2012.
Course packet of photocopied material.


Introduction to Philosophy
Dr. Julie Swanstrom
Course Description:

In this course, students will read selections of philosophical writing which are drawn from four major areas of philosophical thought: the problems of knowledge, the nature of reality, science and method, and God and religion. These selections of philosophical writings are from a variety of historical and contemporary philosophical works. Upon completing the course, students will be able to articulate several philosophical positions concerning each of the topic areas listed above. Assignments and readings have been selected that will help the student achieve the larger goal of recognizing the structure of arguments, articulating arguments, improving reading comprehension, and improving communication skills. This course is in compliance with the Area C requirements of the core curriculum of the University of Georgia system.
Cottingham, John. Western Philosophy: an Anthology, 2e. Malden: Blackwell, 2008. ISBN 9781405124782.
Readings on Desire 2 Learn (D2L) and online



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