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 Summer 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 2100-007
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


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)


ENGL 5200 U/G
Postcolonial Literature
Dr. H.-G.
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 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!



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.


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