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MFLL Courses Taught in English for Spring 2020

MFLL 300 – The Literature of the Conquest of the Americas
TR 12:40-1:55
Dr. Millie Gimmel

This course explores the historical Spanish conquest of the Americas and compares it with recent artistic reactions to those events. Students read a variety of historical texts and compare them to poetry, stories, novels, and films that use the conquest as their inspiration. This is a discussion-based course with the option of a creative project instead of final exam. Spanish majors may do significant assignments in Spanish and petition for credit for Spanish 461. Also counts towards major/minor in LACS. For more information contact Dr. Gimmel:

ARAB/MEST/CNST 320 – Middle Eastern Film
T 9:40-12:25, R 9:40-10:55
Dr. Drew Paul

Go beyond headlines and stereotypes to discover the Middle East’s culture, history and politics through feature films and documentaries! We will focus on topics including: Migration and borders; Gender and sexuality; War and conflict. Counts towards the Cinema Studies major/minor, the Arab Studies minor, and the Middle East Studies major/minor. For more information contact Dr. Paul:

GERM/CNST 323 – German Film Survey: Race and Ethnicity in German Cinema
T 12:40-3:25, R 12:40-1:55
Dr. Maria Stehle

This course offers a survey of the most important moments in German film history: Weimar and Nazi Cinema, German films during the Cold War, the New German Cinema, film of the 1990s, and contemporary German film, including the Berliner Schule. The thematic focus on race and ethnicity in German Cinema allows us to connect the technical and historical developments in German cinema to social-political questions. Our film analyses focus on questions of history, form, and narrative: How does the film reflect certain historical moments? How does it reflect on the political order of the time? How can we describe the aesthetic choices of the filmmaker(s)? How does that influence the story of the journey that the film tells? Does the film challenge or conform to existing notions of gender, sexuality, and social order? Taught in English. For more information contact Dr. Stehle:

ARAB 415/LING 400 /MFLL 300 – Languages of the Middle East & North Africa
T/R 12:40-1:55
Dr. Phillip Stokes

Did you know that Aramaic (the language that Jesus spoke) is still spoken by thousands in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria—including Jews, Christians, and Muslims? Did you know that the oldest writing in the world is attested in ancient Iraq? Explore dozens of languages that have been and continue to be used across this diverse region. For more information contact Dr. Stokes:


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