Languages, Literature, & Philosophy

LLP Course Descriptions


Spring 2015 Semester

Information on this page updates per semester. 

These course descriptions are to be used as a guide for classes taught in the future Spring 2015 semester. 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. 


ENGL 2100-003
Literature and Humanities

ProfessorDr. H.-G. Erney
Focus: “Representing Animals.
” In this course, we are going read a number of literary answers to the questions: “What is an animal?” and “What is it like to be an animal?” Looking at various animal representations in prose and poetry from different world areas, we will examine how they emphasize kinship with us—or differences from us. Thinking about what constitutes an animal will also challenge us to consider what it means to be human. When appropriate, we will supplement our literary reading with theoretical texts, animal-themed documentaries, or films dealing with animals.

Assigned Texts:

Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake
Ghosh, Amitav. The Hungry Tide
Gowdy, Barbara. The White Bone
Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Books
Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty
Wells, H. G. The Island of Doctor Moreau

English 3020:
Introduction to Composition Studies
Dr. Mendenhall
This course introduces you to scholarship in Composition Studies, a field of research devoted to understanding writing as a cognitive, social, historical, and cultural activity.  Our class will explore the following questions:  How do we know what "good" writing is?  How do people learn to write?  How have literacy practices and education changed over time?  As literacy has become integral to social and economic activities in the United States, these questions are increasingly significant to all of us.  This class will be particularly useful for writers who want a theoretical framework to improve their writing and for students who plan to teach English.

ENGL 5000:  Special Topics
Title:  Victorian Pulps
Dr. Cooksey
The last part of the long Nineteenth Century (the 1880s to World War I) witnessed the rise of a wide reading class and the solidification of a number of historical and ideological concerns, producing  a burst of influential popular literature – pulp fiction, adventure stories, romancers, “boy’s own,” children’s fiction -- works that have had a more profound effect on our own imaginations, on our own cultural and ideological horizon than many of the great works of Victorian and subsequent modernist literature.  This course proposes to survey a sampling of these works, their assumptions, and to consider their influence on our own cultural vocabulary and assumptions.  Caveat emptor:  We may find some of these works are racist, sexist, elitist, and/or classist, something to offend everyone.  That said, part of the value of these works is seeing how these thing have entered into our own thinking and how some authors tried to subvert them. 

Tentative texts and themes:

1.  Adventure:  Pirates and Detectives
                        Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883)
                        Doyle, Sign of the Four (1890)

2.  The Exotic Other (1):  Race, Gender, and Empire
                        Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines (1885)
                        Rohmer, The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1912)

3.  The Exotic Other (2):  Eros
                        Wilde, Picture of Dorian Grey (1891)
                        Stoker, Dracula (1897)

5.  Time Past, Time Present, Time Future
                        Wells, The Time Machine (1895)
                        Nesbit, Story of the Amulet (1906)

6.  The Beast Fable:  Some versions of the pastoral
                        London, The Call of the Wild (1903)
                        Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (1908)

ENGL 5215:  Non-Western World Literature
Professor:  Dr. Cooksey

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the rich diversity of literature beyond the traditions of the western canon.  The readings are both substantial and necessarily selective.  We will touch on work from East Asia, the Asian subcontinent, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. 


The Mahabharata. (tr C. Narasimhan. Columbia U Pr, 1997)
The Bhagavad Gita, (tr. Patton. Penguin 2008)   
Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji (abridged. tr. Tyler. Penguin, 2006)
D.T. Niane, Sundiata:  An Epic of Old Mali (Longman, 1994)
Rumi, Spiritual Verses (tr. Williams, Penguin, 2008)
Li Po, Selected Poems (tr. Hinton. New Directions, 1996)
Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin, 2003)
Japanese No Dramas (tr. Royall Tyler.  Penguin Classics 1993)
Kalidasa, The Recognition of Sakuntalta (tr. Williams, Penguin, 2007)
Popol Vuh (tr. Christenson, U of OK, 2007)
Wu Ch’eng-en, Monkey (tr Waley, Grove Press, 1984)

English 5730:
Professor: Dr. Mendenhall

Rhetoric is the art of observing the "available means of persuasion."  This class will introduce you to theories of persuasion, the history of rhetoric, and the practice of rhetoric in today’s world.  We will read and watch a variety of media to see key rhetorical concepts in action.  As students, you will have the opportunity to apply your understanding of rhetoric to the analysis and creation of persuasive texts.  Additionally, we will engage with questions that have fascinated and puzzled students of rhetoric for thousands of years:  What is rhetoric?  How do words and symbols make meaning?  And how does rhetoric motivate us to action?  The first half of the course will cover the major theories of rhetoric.  The second half of the course will focus on the practice of rhetoric, including style, arrangement, and the invention of texts.


Film 5025
Popular Culture Theory and Criticism
Karen Hollinger
This course is an introduction to critical approaches to popular culture and the application of these theories to popular genres.  We will study different critical strategies for approaching popular cultural texts, such as television, movies, popular music, and fashion.  The course will conclude with in-depth study of the popular film Fargo.  Course work will include three exams, a research paper, quizzes, and active participation in class discussion.

Required Texts:
1.  Takacs, Stacy.  Interrogating Popular Culture.
2.  Milestone, Katie and Anneke Meyer.  Gender and Popular Culture.
3.  Barnard, Malcolm.  Fashion Theory: An Introduction.
4.  Luhr, William.  The Coen Brothers’ Fargo.

Film 5510
Film and Literature
Karen Hollinger
This course focuses on the art of adapting literary works into film.  We will analyze a range of films in comparison to their literary sources, which will include classic and popular novels, plays, short stories, and poems.  Assignments:  three essay exams, quizzes, a research paper, and active participation in class discussion.

Required Texts:
1.  Stevenson, Robert Louis.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2.  Henry James.  Washington Square
3.   Böll, Heinrich.  The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
4.  Chandler, Raymond.  The Big Sleep
5.  Mosley, Walter.  Devil in a Blue Dress
6.  Proulx, Annie, “Brokeback Mountain” in Close Range
7. Shakespeare, William.  Hamlet
8. Williams, Tennessee.  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  (Please get the edition ordered in the University Bookstore or an edition that has the two different last acts of the play.)
9. Marber, Patrick.  Closer


PHIL 2010.03 and 04: Introduction to Philosophy
Professor:  Dr. Cooksey

The approach of this course is both historical and thematic, examining some of the central questions of Western metaphysics, ethics, and epistemology and some of the classic responses to those questions.  The goals of the course include, recognizing philosophical problems, developing a working philosophical vocabulary, and reading with understanding passages from number of historically important works. 


John Cottingham (ed), Western Philosophy:  An Anthology (2nd ed)

Foreign Languages


MWF 11-11:50
Professor: Dr. Nancy Tille-Victorica
Course Description:
French 1002 is the second semester Elementary French course at ASU and assumes that you have successfully taken FREN1001 (with a C or higher). This course is a four skills language class that emphasizes listening, speaking, reading, and writing French in a communicative environment. This class is taught in French.

Required texts:
Voyage, Voyage FREN1002 by Dorothée Mertz-Weigel and Candice Nicolas. Buford: Lad, 2014.
Note: text for sale only at the Armstrong Bookstore.

SPAN 2001
Section 01: MWF 10-10:50 / Section 02: MWF 9-9:50am
Dr. Nancy Tille-Victorica
Course Description:
Spanish 2001 is the first semester Intermediate Spanish course at ASU and assumes that you have successfully taken elementary Spanish 1001 and 1002 (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 in Spanish.

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.


MWF 1-1:50
Pre-requisites: SPAN2002 with a C or higher
Dr. Nancy Tille-Victorica
Course Description:
The primary objectives of this course are to reinforce and expand your knowledge of Spanish grammatical concepts to improve oral and written communication. You will be introduced to standard grammar usage from Spain and Latin America, as well as to regional variations. We will especially focus on written communication in Spanish and by the end of the semester, you should be able to produce written work of a substantial length in a variety of genres: description, narrative, argumentation, etc. This class is taught in Spanish.

Required texts:
A Handbook of Contemporary Spanish Grammar by Ana Beatriz Chiquito. Boston: Vista, 2012.
Supersite access code to the textbook’s website.
Note: textbook and Supersite access code should be purchased together.


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