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. 
 

English
 

English 2100-001
Literature and Humanities
Professor:
Renee L. Berry
Description: A Voice for the Voiceless: Alternative Narratives
It’s a simple idea, really: how does a shift in narrative perspective change a story? What happens when the story you thought you knew is opened up by another lens? Civilization is full of stories we tell ourselves, both individually and collectively. Some of these stories are so powerful that they have become the central narrative of a culture. But who gets to tell a story? Whose version is remembered? Why? What happens when a marginalized, oppressed, forgotten, or suppressed voice is given a chance to tell “their” side? These are just some of the questions we’ll dig into this semester as we look at narratives of exploration, colonialism, oppression, and possibility.

Texts:

Various versions of The Three Pigs, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood in prose and verse
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

 

English 2100-02
​Literature and Humanities
Professor: Dr. Richard Bryan
Description:
Literature and Humanities
This section of English 2100 is devoted to fairy tales.  While many folks can recall having had these familiar stories read or recited to them as children, and although they have long played a substantial role in the popular culture, perhaps few think automatically of such stories as “literature.”  Probably even fewer consider that these tales, although written by adults, might contain adult content, or teach adult lessons, in addition (or sometimes contrary) to the simple children’s morals and homilies for which they are best known.  We will explore a variety of subgenres, compare alternate versions of certain fairy tales, and take a fresh look at these “innocent” tales, through more experienced eyes.  We will examine them for meaning beyond what is immediately apparent and consider the potential implications of what lies on and below the surface.

Texts:

The Classic Fairy Tales (Tatar)
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Carter)
The Uses of Enchantment (Bettelheim)
The Interpretation of Fairy Tales (von Franz)

 

English 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.

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 2100-04
Literature and Humanities 
Professor:
Christorpher Cartright
Title:"Fracture and Trauma"
This course will survey 20th-century literature that employs fractured narrative to engage with trauma. We'll cover novels, short stories, plays, and poems in class. Students will also have the opportunity to present on films and graphic novels ranging from Christopher Nolan's Memento to Frank Miller's Sin City.

Texts:

No Exit
The Hours
White Noise
Mrs. Dalloway
Slaughterhouse-Five
The Things They Carried
Against Forgetting: 20th Century Poetry of Witness


 

English 2100-7
​Literature and Humanities
Professor: Dr. Christopher Baker
Description:
The Journey in Literature
This course will explore the concept of the journey as a motif in selected works of literature from Homer to the modern era.  Journeys, in the sense of significant movements or transitions in the lives of persons, can take place geographically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and in other ways.  We will read a variety of works that present a mixture of such journeys, including an epic poem (The Odyssey), a drama (Dutchman), and three novels (The Time Machine, The Grapes of Wrath, and Their Eyes Were Watching God).

Texts:

Homer, The Odyssey
Amiri Baraka, Dutchman
H. G. Wells, The Time Machine
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

 

English 2121-01
British Literature I
Professor:
Dr. Christopher Baker
Description:
This course is an introductory survey of selected major works of English literature from 1485 to 1700.  We will study examples of poetry, prose, and drama from the Anglo-Saxon period of the the eighth century to the Augustan era of the late eighteenth century.

Text:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, one package should contain ( three volumes: A, B, and C).

 

English 3020:
Introduction to Composition Studies
Professor:
Dr. Annie Mendenhall
Description:
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.

 

English 3141-01
The Bible as Literature
Professor: Dr. Christopher Baker
Description:
Apart from its importance as a religious text, the Bible offers a fascinating variety of literary forms, characters, and themes.  The focus in this class will be on the Bible as literary text, and its component genres, styles, and purposes.  The Bible has also had a major impact upon English and American authors, and a second focus of the course will be on the Bible in literature, offering examples of significant writers who have used, adapted, and alluded  to the Bible in their works.

Texts:

The HarperCollins Study Bible (NRSV)
John Gable, et. al., The Bible as Literature 5th ed.
David Jasper and Stephen Prickett, The Bible and Literature: A Reader

 

English 5000:Special Topics
Title:  Victorian Pulps
Professor: 
Dr. Thomas Cooksey
Description:
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 things 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)

 

English 5215  
Non-Western World Literature
Professor: 
Dr. Thomas Cooksey
Description:
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. 

Texts:

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 5480-01
Literature of the English Renaissance
Professor: Dr. Christopher Baker
Description:
In this class we will study examples of poetry, prose, and drama by such authors as Wyatt, Sidney, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, Donne, Bacon, and Milton, as well
as investigate some of the cultural and intellectual features which make the Renaissance (or Early Modern) period in English literature a distinctive and influential era.

Texts:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume 1B.

 

English 5550
Contemporary Literature: “Best of . . .”
Professor: Dr. Richard Bryan
Description:
For this section of Contemporary Literature, we will read and discuss those plays that, in a decade of university drama courses, have proven to be the students’ favorites (with one or two surprises).  In doing so, we will read some great dramatic literature, explore a range of topics and styles, engage with some of contemporary culture’s major preoccupations, and (perhaps) draw a few conclusions regarding why these works are those that have impacted students the most.

The plays we read will be selected from the following “greatest hits”:
David Auburn’s   Proof
Mike Bartlett’s   My Child
Samuel Beckett’s  Catastrophe
April de Angelis’   Ironmistress
David Eldridge’s  Serving It Up
Michael Frayn’s   Copenhagen
Brian Friel’s   Translations
David Henry   Hwang’s Yellow Face
Terry Johnson’s   Hysteria
Sarah Kane’s   Blasted
Neil LaBute’s Bash:   Latterday Plays and Reasons to be Pretty
John Logan’s   Red
Patrick Marber’s   Closer
Donald Marguiles’   Time Stands Still
Martin McDonagh’s   The Pillowman
Rebecca Prichard’s   Fair Game
Sam Shepard’s   Buried Child
Judith Thompson’s   The Crackwalker and Pink
Enda Walsh’s   Disco Pigs
Timberlake Wertenbaker’s   Our Country’s Good

 

English 5730
Rhetoric
Professor: Dr. Annie Mendenhall
Description:
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

Film 5025
Popular Culture Theory and Criticism
Professor:
Dr. Karen Hollinger
Description:
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
Professor:
Dr. Karen Hollinger
Description:
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

 

Philosophy
 

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

Texts:

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

 

PHIL3130
Continental Rationalism and British Empiricism
Professor:
Dr. Julie Swanstrom
Description:
In this course, students will read selections of philosophical writing which are drawn from the early modern period, roughly 1600-1800 BCE, and cover some of the major philosophical ideas of the period with special attention to the British Empiricists (Locke, Berkeley, and Hume) and the Continental Rationalists (Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz); topics covered include the philosophy of science, the nature of reality, problems of knowledge, and causation. 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 question-asking skills, improving reading comprehension, analyzing texts, and improving communication skills (particularly through explaining segments of philosophical texts).

 

PHIL4000
Intersections in Science, Religion, and Philosophy
Professor:
Dr. Julie Swanstrom
Description:
In this course, students will encounter readings from a number of philosophers regarding the intersection of science and religion. Students will explore the history of science and how early scientific thought developed against a particular theological background. Students will have the opportunity to read and respond to several different interpretations of how scientific, theological, and philosophical thought should interact. Topics covered include Darwinian evolutionary theory, theories of divine involvement in the world, and theories about the relationship between science and religion. Students will have a chance to participate in a small Colloquium associated with the course.

Assignments and readings have been selected that will help the student achieve the larger goal of recognizing the structure of arguments, articulating arguments, improving question-asking skills, improving reading comprehension, analyzing texts, and  improving communication skills (particularly through explaining segments of philosophical texts).

 

Foreign Languages
 

FREN1002
ELEMENTARY FRENCH II

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
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
Section 01: MWF 10-10:50 / Section 02: MWF 9-9:50am
Professor:
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.

 

SPAN3050
ADVANCED GRAMMAR AND SYNTAX

MWF 1-1:50
Pre-requisites: SPAN2002 with a C or higher
Professor:
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.

 

SEE ALSO

LLP Minors Class List

Senior Capstone