MLLL-Modern Languages, Literatures, & Linguistics

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MLLL 1003. Introduction to Chinese Culture.3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an overview of Chinese culture, history, and language to students who are interested in getting to know the "real" China. Through lectures, readings, class discussions, workshops and cultural activities, the course introduces the fundamentals of traditional Chinese ideology, traditional virtues, ancient Chinese literature and arts, customs and habits, as well as Chinese language(s). (F) [IV-NW].

MLLL 1013. Introduction to the French and Francophone World.3 Credit Hours.

Introduces a number of influential motifs in French and Francophone cultural history. Intended to help students formulate fundamental questions useful in further study of French, European, and world cultures. Includes analysis of historical, social, philosophical, artistic, and practical modes of expression, not only in the history of France itself, but also in Francophone Africa, North America, and the Caribbean. From the French Revolution to the dynamics of contemporary immigration, from French regional identities to fashion, gastronomy, and film, the course leads students to the discovery of a variety of significant forms of French and Francophone cultural expression. (F) IV-WC.

MLLL 1053. Body & Soul: Metamorphosis in World Literature.3 Credit Hours.

The course introduces students to the concept of metamorphosis as it appears in fiction, poetry, film, and art. We will consider many different types of metamorphoses: human-animal hybrids, religious conversions, gender transformations, as well as the transformative power of art and love. (Sp) [IV-WC].

MLLL 1073. The Hebrew Bible as Literature.3 Credit Hours.

The Hebrew Bible is a best-seller in America every single year. We will explore its greatness by reading various texts and discussing issues such as what does it mean to read the Bible from a literary perspective; what were the literary norms when these texts were written. Special attention will be given to close reading and textual analysis. (F, Sp) [IV-WC].

MLLL 2970. Special Topics.1-4 Credit Hours.

Special Topics. 1 to 3 hours. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research, and field projects. (Irreg.)

MLLL 3000. Literature in Translation.2-4 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. Appreciation and analysis of poetry, novel, prose, drama, or film translated into English. (F, Su)

MLLL 3043. Mythology and Folklore.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission. Readings in folktales and myths from cultures around the world, with a focus on narrative structures and the role of the storyteller. Involves weekly reading and weekly writing assignments and a semester-long research project published on the internet. (No previous web publishing experience is required). (F, Sp) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3063. Survey of Jewish Literature from Antiquity to the Present.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Provides a survey of Jewish literature from the Hebrew Bible to contemporary American literature, presented as a journey in which stops will be made at important places, covering all significant periods, genres and prominent writers. (F) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3123. Russian Culture and Civilization.3 Credit Hours.

Considers the historical and cultural heritage of Russia through a study of its geography, history, religion, language, literature and the fine arts. Allows students to appreciate the global perspectives and cultural diversity. [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3133. Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Familiarizes students with the history of film in the Soviet Union , from the silent movies of its beginnings to its manifestation at the present time. No previous knowledge of the Russian language is required. Russian social and political issues explored through film. (F, Su) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3143. Dostoevsky and His Age.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Examination of the life and literary works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, with special attention to the role the writer played in Russian and Western intellectual history. Reading assignments will include Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and several shorter works, all in English translation. (Irreg.) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3153. Russian Literature Through Film.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Students analyze classic Russian literary texts and the films that they have inspired. This course focuses on the problem of cinematic adaptation. No previous knowledge of the Russian Language is required. (F, Su) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3163. Chekhov.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission. An introduction to Anton Chekhov's work in translation. Both short stories and plays will be read, studying their narrative structure, plot devices, character development, themes, and other elements, while placing Chekhov's work in its historical, cultural, and political context. Excerpts of various screen adaptations of his plays will also be viewed. (F) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3173. Nabokov.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission. An introduction to Vladimir Nabokov's work in English, including works translated from Russian as well as texts originally written in English. Focus will be on Nabokov's Novels; although, some short stories and poems will be included. The main methodology will center on applying the techniques of close textual analysis, while placing Nabokov's work in its historical, cultural, and political context. (F) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3183. Tolstoy: Writer, Thinker, Social Critic.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Introduction to Leo Tolstoy's work in translation. Traces Tolstoy's development as a writer of short stories, novels, and works of non-fiction. The writer's biography and significant aspects of nineteenth-century Russian society will inform discussions of Tolstoy's works, placing them in a broader context. In addition, students will explore Tolstoy's evolving religious, philosophical, and social ideas, as well as his legacy in Russia and throughout the world. (Irreg.) [IV-WC].

MLLL 3193. Trauma, Memory, and Narrative.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Ways in which traumatic historical events have been depicted in works of literature, art, and historical texts, and their commemoration in museum displays and in public ritual. While the focus is on the history of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, students will be encouraged to consider equivalent examples from other areas of the globe. (Irreg.) [IV-WC].

MLLL 3223. Japan Through Film and Literature.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduces Japanese post-war society and culture with emphasis on 1945 to the present, as reflected in film and literature. Students will examine essential issues, including class, family, gender, work, education, and minorities, paying attention to the struggles between traditional cultural values and modern society. (Irreg.) [IV-NW] .

MLLL 3233. Japanese Literature since 1945.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. A survey of post-war Japanese literature from 1945 to present. Using the historical events as background, students will examine social, political and cultural issues reflected in literary work, as well as literary theory. Topics will include experiences and memories of war and the atomic bombing, Japanese literature in the 1960's, women writers and postmodern writers in the 1980's. Visual materials (films) are also introduced in relation to the topics of the course. All readings are in English. (Sp) [IV-NW].

MLLL 3303. The World of Dante.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing and English 1213. In this course students will engage in a close reading of a fundamental text in the western literary tradition: Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. The course will also consider one of Dante's minor works, the Vita Nuova, as well as the modern critical readings of Dante's writing and thought. In lectures, special attention will be paid to the historical, political, literary and intellectual context of Dante's poetry and thought. Students will also be asked to contribute to the classroom atmosphere by responding to questions and participating in discussions. (Irreg.) [IV-WC].

MLLL 3313. Introduction to Italian Literature and Culture.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: English 1213 or EXPO 1213. Interdisciplinary approach to literature, culture, and history of the Italian peninsula, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Through major works of literature, political science, the visual arts, music, and cinema, students will set Italy's variegated literary and cultural expressions in their social and historical contexts. (F) [IV-WC].

MLLL 3373. Italian Cinema.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing and English 1213. The aim of this course is to develop interpretive skills relevant to the study of Italian cinema by examining some of its most significant films. More specifically, we will analyze the ways in which Italian society is portrayed and typified in Italian cinema. We will cover the major film movements and periods, from "cinema muto" to Neorealism, from "commedia all`Italiana" to the Italian horror genre and to the most recent works made by contemporary directors. (Irreg.) [IV-AF] .

MLLL 3393. Italian Cultural Literacy.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Introduces students studying abroad in the OU in Arezzo semester program to important aspects of Italian culture and history. Students will gain an ability to engage with Italian cultural phenomena and interact with native Italian speakers. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. The cultural part of the course will be taught in English. (F, Sp, Su)

MLLL 3413. Arabic Literature and Culture.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. A survey of Arabic literature tradition and cultural history from the 4th century to the present. Covers themes and genres of the cultural heritage of Arabic-Islamic civilization, continuities and discontinuities between the classical and modern period, and background political and social changes. (F) [IV-NW] .

MLLL 3440. Mentored Research Experience.3 Credit Hours.

0 to 3 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. (F, Sp, Su)

MLLL 3463. Arab Culture & Society through Modern Fiction.3 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with IAS 3463) Prerequisite: junior standing. This course introduces a broad range of themes and issues of modern Arabic culture and society, such as religion, family, gender, identity, emigration, colonialism, resistance, nationalism, freedom of expression, corruption, and war. (Sp) [IV-NWC].

MLLL 3523. Survey of Russian Literature to 1917 in Translation.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Reading, analysis and discussion of key works of Russian 19th century literature, including the major novels, plays, and poetry selections in English translation. This course does not satisfy the third semester Arts and Sciences language requirement. (F) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3533. Survey of Russian Literature from 1917 in Translation.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Representative works of Soviet and post-Soviet literature are read and discussed. Selections of prose and poetry chosen from among symbolists, acmeists, futurists, populists, modernists, and post-modernists. This course does not satisfy the third semester Arts and Sciences language requirement. (Irreg.) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3543. The Petersburg Myth and Text/The City in Russian Culture.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. The role and significance of the city of St. Petersburg in Russian culture by examining its literary image and myth. All readings and discussions in English. (Irreg.) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3553. Contemporary Russian Literature.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Explores major works of post-Soviet Russian literature. Students will become familiar with major figures and trends in contemporary Russian poetry and prose, and they will acquire critical vocabulary for analyzing works in any genre or national literary tradition. (Irreg.) [IV-WC].

MLLL 3573. Arthurian Legend and Literature.3 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with ENGL 3573) Examination of the legend of King Arthur in European literature. Concentrate first on the historical Arthur, followed by major portion of semester on the medieval and modern literary texts concerning Arthur and the Round Table. All texts will be read in English translation. [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3623. Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Culture.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. A survey of Japanese literature from ancient time to the Meiji restoration. Covers prominent works of poetry and prose in English translation. Students are introduced to traditional genres, themes, rhetorical device and aesthetics, as well as socio-historical context of literary production. (Irreg.) [IV-NW] .

MLLL 3633. Modern Japanese Literature and Culture.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. A survey of Japanese literature from the Meiji restoration (1868) onward, with attention to social, political, and cultural issues as well as literary theory. Topics will include Japan's "westernization," "naturalism," proletarian literature movements, early post-war literature, and the "third new generation writers." (Sp) [IV-NW] .

MLLL 3753. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Students will read Chinese literary texts in English translation and learn about the historical, political, social, and cultural contexts in which they were produced. (Sp) [IV-NW] .

MLLL 3763. Chinese Cinema.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Chinese films covering a wide range of historical periods and subjects will be viewed. The films screened in this class will be studied as reflections of their respective social, as well as the filmmakers' comments on and interventions of such realities. Cinematic concepts, techniques, and film theories, will be studied. (Sp) [IV-NWC].

MLLL 3823. German Culture and Thought.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Introduces major themes in German cultural history and analytical tools students can bring to the further study of German and/or other European literatures and cultures in translation. Specific topics may vary. (F) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3843. 20th-Century European Culture and Identity.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Offers and overview of twentieth-century European culture and identity. Students are made aware of a culture and people different from the United States. In an attempt to understand what makes Europe a unique entity, we will examine how political, social, and economic forces and events in Europe relate to cultural ideas and artistic productions. (F) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 3960. Honors Reading.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Will consist of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. The topics will cover materials not usually presented in the regular courses. (F, Sp)

MLLL 3970. Honors Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Subjects covered vary. Deals with concepts not usually treated in regular courses. (Irreg.)

MLLL 3980. Honors Research.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Provides an opportunity for the Honors candidate to work on a special project in the student's field. (F, Sp)

MLLL 3990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and junior standing. May be repeated once with change of content. Independent study may be arranged to study a subject not available through regular course offerings. (F, Sp, Su)

MLLL 4003. Movements in World Literature.3 Credit Hours.

(Crosslisted with ENGL 4003) Prerequisite: junior standing. May be repeated with change of subject matter; maximum credit nine hours. Focuses on texts within a literary movement (literature other than canonical American or British). Also attention to critical and theoretical questions about concepts such as genre, nation, national building, national identity, etc. (Irreg.) [IV-WC] .

MLLL 4063. Early Literary Criticism.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with 5063) Prerequisite: junior standing and English 1213. Establishes a solid critical foundation of aesthetics that will enable graduate and advanced undergraduate students to deal with fundamental ideas; aesthetic and social. Emphasis on rhetoric and discourse during the second part of the semester will also enable all students to write strategically and develop effective communication skills. No student may earn credit for both 4063 and 5063. (F)

MLLL 4173. Introduction to Francophone Literatures in Translation.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: senior standing. Examines the literary, social, and political issues forefronted by the Francophone literatures of West Africa, the Caribbean, and Polynesian Islands, Maghreb (chiefly Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco), and Quebec. (Sp) [IV-NW] .

MLLL 4453. Introduction to Chinese Language and Linguistics.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Chinese 1115 and Chinese 1225, or Linguistics/Anthropology 2303 and Linguistics/Anthropology 3033. Introduces the fundamentals of Chinese phonology, morphology, syntax, the writing system, and the language's interaction with culture and society. Provides acquisition of a basic understanding of the structure of Chinese language and its social-cultural meanings and the ability to discuss various issues related to Chinese language. Lectures will be delivered in English. (F)

MLLL 4553. Lat America in its Lit: The Search for a Latin-American Identity.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior Standing. The course fosters an understanding of the political nature, impetus and implications of Latin-American literature. It examines stereotypes and the basis upon which they are constructed and develops an awareness of the varied identities reflected in Latin-American literature. (F)

MLLL 4753. Language, Culture and Cognition.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Cognitive science holds that the human mind is inherently embodied and abstract concepts are largely metaphorical. This course will introduce the cognitive view of metaphor and how it plays a critical role in language and cognition in the cultural context. Also pursues a cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspective on the study of languages as a window into cognition and culture. (Irreg.)

MLLL 4813. Principles and Techniques of Teaching a Foreign Language.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with MLLL 5813) Prerequisite: four semesters of a foreign language or admission to the foreign language education major. Provides participants with practical experience in the teaching of foreign languages and introduces key issues in the teaching of foreign languages. Also introduces issues in teaching methodology and key issues in classroom language acquisition research. No student may earn credit for both 4813 and 5813. (F, Sp)

MLLL 4950. Special Topics in World Literature Today.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: English 1213 and permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. In-depth study of selected contemporary international writers/jurors who visit campus as part of the Neustadt and/or Puterbaugh symposiums for world literature today. (Irreg.)

MLLL 4960. Directed Readings.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed for upper-division students who need opportunity to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits. (Irreg.)

MLLL 4970. Seminar.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Varied topics in literature in English translation. (Irreg.)

MLLL 4990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

MLLL 4993. Epics of India: Ramayana and Mahabarata.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Reading of the two great epics of India. Special attention will be paid to narrative structure and the role of the storyteller. The course involves extensive weekly reading along with weekly writing assignments and a semester-long research project which students will publish on the internet (no previous web publishing experience is required. (Sp) [IV-NW] .

MLLL 5063. Early Literary Criticism.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with 4063) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Establishes a solid critical foundation of aesthetics that will enable graduate and advanced undergraduate students to deal with fundamental ideas; aesthetic and social. Emphasis on rhetoric and discourse during the second part of the semester will also enable all students to write strategically and develop effective communication skills. No student may earn credit for both 4063 and 5063. (F)

MLLL 5073. Contemporary Literary Criticism.3 Credit Hours.

An introduction to contemporary linguistic, psychoanalytic and sociological literary theory and criticism. Readings and discussions will include questions of methodology and will demonstrate how these methods can be applied to particular texts. (Sp)

MLLL 5173. Introduction to Francophone Literatures in Translation.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: graduate standing. Examines the literary, social, and political issues fore-fronted by the Francophone literatures of West Africa, the Caribbean, and Polynesian Islands, Maghreb (chiefly Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco), and Quebec. (Sp)

MLLL 5813. Principles and Techniques of Teaching a Foreign Language.3 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with MLLL 4813) Prerequisite: graduate standing. Provides participants with practical experience in the teaching of foreign languages and introduces key issues in the teaching of foreign languages. Also introduces issues in teaching methodology and key issues in classroom language acquisition research. No student may earn credit for both 4813 and 5813. (F, Sp)

MLLL 5910. Problems in Research.2-4 Credit Hours.

2 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit fours hours. An individual course of intensive research with the area and problem to be determined by the student and directing instructor. (Irreg.)

MLLL 5920. Field Research in Foreign Language Education.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 5833. Classroom oriented field research on the use of various methods of teaching foreign language in the classroom. Possible topics include aspects of language acquisition, evaluation, proficiency, communicative methods in foreign language education. (F, Sp, Su)

MLLL 5960. Directed Readings.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and permission of department. May be repeated; maximum credit twelve hours. Directed readings and/or literature reviews under the direction of a faculty member. (F, Sp, Su)

MLLL 5970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

MLLL 5990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)