University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Courses offered by the Romance Languages and Linguistics Department


Courses in French

FREN 001 - Elementary I
Fundamentals of French composition, comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing. Structure of the basic French sentence. No prior knowledge expected.
Credits: 4.
FREN 002 - Elementary II
Continuation of FREN 001. Prerequisite: FREN 001 or equivalent.
Credits: 4.
FREN 009 - Basic French Grammar Review
Thorough review of French grammar in preparation for intermediate level. Considerable emphasis on written exercises.
Credits: 3.
FREN 051 - Intermed Rdg & Conversation I
Designed to help students move from a basic knowledge of French to the ability to read, speak, and understand French better. Some grammar review and short compositions. Prerequisite: FREN 002 or FREN 009 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
FREN 052 - Intermed Rdg & Conversation II
Continues building on skills developed in FREN 051. Less stress on grammar review. Reading selections and compositions are longer and more sophisticated than in FREN 051. Prerequisite: FREN 051 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
FREN 095 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
FREN 096 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
FREN 101 - Writing Workshop
Improvement of functional skills: writing, listening, and speaking. Development of techniques to explain, elaborate, support opinions, convince, and persuade in both writing and speaking. Prerequisite: FREN 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
FREN 107 - Focus on Oral Expression
Guided practice of oral-aural skills through vocabulary and pronunciation exercises, readings, and oral presentations. Writing exercises reinforce oral work. Prerequisite: FREN 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
FREN 109 - French Grammar in Review
Grammar review and practice using a communicative approach to reinforce oral expression skills. Prerequisite: FREN 052.
Credits: 3.
FREN 113 - English/French Translation
Introduction to English-French translation strategies as basis for improving French writing skills. Prerequisite: FREN 052.
Credits: 3.
FREN 131 - French Civilization
Study of the fundamentals of French culture from historical and structural perspectives, including a review of sociopolitical institutions. Prerequisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.
FREN 132 - Contemporary France
Study of selected aspects of France today. Improvement of language skills; emphasis on reading, writing, and analysis of a variety of materials (literature, journalism, images). Pre/co-requisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.
FREN 141 - French Lit in Context I
A study of significant texts in the history of French literature from the Middle Ages through the 18th century, in their historical and cultural contexts. Pre/co-requisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.
FREN 142 - French Lit in Context II
A study of significant texts in the history of French literature from the French Revolution to the present, in their historical and cultural contexts. Pre/co-requisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.
FREN 195 - Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
FREN 196 - Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
FREN 197 - Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required.
Credits: 1-6.
FREN 198 - Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required.
Credits: 1-6.
FREN 201 - Adv Composition & Conversation
Course activities (discussions, exposes, written work, etc.) designed to lead to mastery of French oral and written expression. Prerequisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.
FREN 205 - Topics in Adv Lang Study
Varied topics devoted to a special area such as translation, creative writing, French for the professions (medicine, business, journalism, law), etc. Prerequisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.
FREN 209 - Advanced Grammar
Comparative grammatical study centered on the specific problems encountered by Anglophones in written and spoken French. Prerequisite: FREN 101.
Credits: 3.
FREN 235 - Medieval/Renaissance Studies
Exploration of writing from Medieval/Renaissance France. Readings to include chivalric romances, heroic and comic epic, lyric poetry, tales by Marguerite de Navarre, essays by Montaigne. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 237 - Early French Women Writers
Exploration of how women from the Middle Ages through the Revolution spoke of love, education, the place of women, the power of writing and more. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 247 - Power/Desire in Class Fr Drama
How dramatists like Corneille, Moliere and Racine used history, legend and satire to explore questions of tyranny, freedom, passion, generosity, hypocrisy, truthfulness and more. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 256 - EnlightenmentSocietyReimagined
How did 18C writers use the representation of social hierarchy, gender relations, the exotic, etc., to (re-)define French culture on the eve of the Revolution? Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 265 - Romanticism and Symbolism
Exploration of the idealist tradition in 19th century French poetry and novels. Authors may include Constant, Chateaubriand, Stael, Hugo, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Mallarme. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 266 - Rev&React in 19th C Narrative
Study of the representations of major social issues of the period, such as power, class, money, and women. Representative authors: Balzac, Flaubert, Sand, Stendhal, Zola. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 269 - La Belle Epoque
The aesthetic and moral dilemmas of the turn-of-the-century "decadent" period in French literature, focusing especially on the changing representation of the artist and intellectual. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 270 - Lyric Poetry:Harmony & Crisis
A consideration of the French lyric tradition. Authors may include the troubadours, Ronsard, Dubellay, Hugo, Baudelaire, Mallarme, Rimbaud, Valery, Roubaud. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 275 - Morality&ItsDiscontents-20C Lt
20C French authors who challenge traditional notions of morality or advance new modes of philosophical thought and ethics. May include Colette, Gide, Malraux, Beauvoir, others. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 276 - Topics in Modern French Lit
Selected topics dealing with poetry and/or narrative related either to an historical period or a literary movement. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 279 - Women's Autobiographies
Study of several autobiographies written by contemporary French/Francophone women. Representative authors include Colette, de Beauvoir, Sarraute, Duras, Ernaux, Martin. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 280 - Francophone Crossings
Study of works in French that demonstrate multiple cultural influences. Topics may include: exile writings, cultural/linguistic mixing, colonialism and independence movements, human rights, immigration. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 285 - Quebec Literature
A study of contemporary (1960-1985) major works of fiction, poetry, and drama. Authors studied include Anne Hebert, Michel Tremblay, Jacques Godbout, Gaston Miron. Prerequisites: Either FREN 141 or FREN 142, or both.
Credits: 3.
FREN 289 - African Lit: French Express
Study of West African poetry, theatre, novel, and civilization as an expression of the Black experience in the language of the French colonizer. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 292 - Topics in French Culture
In-depth study of a major aspect of French culture. See Schedule of Courses for specific offering. Prerequisites: FREN 131 or FREN 132 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
FREN 293 - Quebec Culture
Sociocultural study of the Francophone culture of Canada. Prerequisite: One 100-level French course.
Credits: 3.
FREN 294 - Topics in French Cinema
A topical approach to the study of French cinema and cinematographic aesthetics, from the medium's beginnings through contemporary films. Prerequisites: FREN 141 or FREN 142.
Credits: 3.
FREN 295 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
FREN 296 - Advanced Special Topics
Advanced courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
FREN 297 - Advanced Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required.
Credits: 1-6.
FREN 298 - Advanced Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required.
Credits: 1-6.
FREN 391 - Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1-18.

Courses in Italian

ITAL 001 - Elementary I
Fundamentals of Italian composition, comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing. Structure of the basic Italian sentence. No prior knowledge expected.
Credits: 4.
ITAL 002 - Elementary II
Continuation of ITAL 001. Prerequisite: ITAL 001 or equivalent.
Credits: 4.
ITAL 051 - Intermediate Rdg & Conv I
Designed to help students move from a basic knowledge of Italian to the ability to read, speak, and understand Italian better. Some grammar review and short compositions. Prerequisite: ITAL 002 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 052 - Intermediate Rdg & Conv II
Continues building on the skills developed in ITAL 051. Less stress on grammar review. Reading selections and compositions are longer and more sophisticated than in ITAL 051. Prerequisite: ITAL 051 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 095 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
ITAL 096 - Introductory Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
ITAL 101 - Reading and Writing Workshop
Improvement of reading and writing skills through the analysis and discussion of increasingly complex texts -- literary, filmic, cultural. Prerequisite: ITAL 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 121 - Issues in Italian Culture
An introduction to the cultural realities of Italy, from politics to pop music, food to fashion. Emphasis on improving linguistic fluency. Prerequisite: ITAL 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 122 - Italian Literature & Film
A study of the multiple relationships between literary and cinematic texts and their role as a window on Italian culture. Emphasis on improving linguistic fluency. Prerequisite: ITAL 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 157 - Modern Italian Fictions
An introduction to Italian literature from the 18th century to today, with attention to art, music, cinema, and the Internet. Emphasis on improving linguistic fluency. Prerequisite: ITAL 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 158 - Early Italian Lit in Context
An introduction to Italian literature from its beginnings through the early modern period. Authors may include Dante, Boccaccio, Macchiavelli. Emphasis on improving linguistic fluency. Prerequisite: ITAL 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 162 - Masters of Italian Renaissance
A study of the most representative authors of the 15th and 16th centuries in historical and artistic context. Emphasis on reading and class discussions. Prerequisite: ITAL 052.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 167 - Italian Poetry: Love, Etc.
A study of Italian poetry and related literary and cultural issues across the centuries. Emphasis on reading and discussion. Prerequisite: ITAL 052.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 170 - Cultures of Women in Italy
A study of Italian women writers, journalists, artists, and film directors. Emphasis on reading and discussion. Prerequisite: ITAL 052 or equivalent.
Credits: 3.
ITAL 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
ITAL 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
ITAL 197 - Readings & Research
Permission of Department Chair required.
Credits: 1-6.
ITAL 198 - Readings & Research
Permission of department chair required.
Credits: 1-6.
ITAL 295 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
ITAL 296 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.

Courses in Spanish

SPAN 001 - Elementary I
Fundamentals of Spanish composition, comprehension, pronunciation, speaking, reading, writing. Structure of the basic Spanish sentence. No prior knowledge expected.
Credits: 4.
SPAN 002 - Elementary II
Continuation of SPAN 001. Prerequisite: SPAN 001 or equivalent.
Credits: 4.
SPAN 009 - Basic Spanish Grammar Review
Thorough review of Spanish grammar in preparation for intermediate level. Considerable emphasis on written exercises.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 010 - Elem Span for Special Purposes
Elementary language study targeted to specialized vocabulary needs, such as health, ecology, community development, etc.. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 1-3.
SPAN 011 - Elem Span Conversation Oaxaca
Elementary language study for students on the UVM Oaxaca program. Includes grammar study and attention to developing oral proficiency skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 001.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 051 - Intermediate Language Study I
Significant review of grammar, proceeding from basic knowledge of Spanish to increased proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading and writing. Compositions, oral practice, reading. Prerequisite: SPAN 002 or SPAN 009 or equivalent. Placement Exam; 2-3 years in high school; consultation.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 052 - Intermediate Language Study II
Continues building on the skills developed in SPAN 051. More emphasis on accurate language usage and more extensive readings. Prerequisite: SPAN 051 or equivalent. Placement Exam; 3-4 years in high school; consultation.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 090 - Intrm Span Conversation Oaxaca
Intermediate language study for students on the UVM Oaxaca program. Includes grammar study and attention to developing oral proficiency skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 002.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 095 - Introductory Special Topics
Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
SPAN 096 - Introductory Special Topics
Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
SPAN 101 - Composition & Conversation
Writing practice, sentence structure, correct expression, and guided discussions in Spanish of assigned topics. A good command of basic grammar expected. Prerequisite: SPAN 052 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 105 - Phonetics & Phonology
The sound system of Spanish: Spanish/English pronunciation contrasted; vowels, consonants, rhythms, intonation. Counts as major/minor elective, not for A&S language requirement. Prerequisite: SPAN 052 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 109 - Spanish Grammar
An intensive study of Spanish grammar. Topical approach. Prerequisite: SPAN 052 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 110 - Adv Span Conversation Oaxaca
Advanced language study for students on the UVM Oaxaca program. Includes grammar study and attention to developing oral proficiency skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 052.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 140 - Analyzing Hispanic Literatures
Introduction to basic genres of Hispanic literatures (narrative, poetry, drama, essay); development of analytical and critical reading/discussion skills. Short analytical papers and ample class discussion. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or concurrent enrollment with Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 141 - Intro To Literature of Spain
An introductory survey of major developments in Spanish peninsular literature. Readings and discussions focus on textual analysis, and historical and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 142 - Intro To Lit Spanish America
Readings and discussion focus on textual analysis, and historical and cultural contexts. Pre/co-requisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 1-18.
SPAN 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 1-18.
SPAN 197 - Readings & Research
Permission of chair required. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 1-6.
SPAN 198 - Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 1-6.
SPAN 201 - Adv Composition & Conversation
To improve both written and oral proficiency. Textbook supplemented by panel discussions, debates, translation, and a weekly composition. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 202 - Topics in Spanish Lang Study
Varied topics devoted to a special area such as translation, creative writing, Spanish for the professions (medicine, business, journalism, law), etc. Prerequisite: SPAN 101 or Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 211 - History of Spanish Language
The evolution of the Spanish language from its origins to the present. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 212 - Intro to Hispanic Linguistics
Introduction to the field of Hispanic linguistics, exploring the structures, sounds, semantics, and history of Spanish and its varieties around the world. Prerequisite: Six credits at 100 level.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 217 - Spanish Dialectology
Study of the dialectical features that differentiate Latin American and peninsular Spanish and factors that have contributed to this process. Prerequisite: Six credits at 100 level.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 236 - Poetic Voices/Cultural Change
A topical approach to exploration of self and society in Spain's poetic voices before 1700. Verses range from humorous to amorous, from satirical to political. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 237 - Issues in Early Spanish Lit
An exploration of topics on Spain's richly diverse literature written before 1700. Prose and/or theatre texts from this highpoint of cultural development are the focus. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 246 - Reading Cervantes
A topical approach to the study of Cervantes, author of Don Quijote de la Mancha, and his works' significance as a reflection of/on Spain's literary-cultural landscape. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 250 - Dilemmas of Mdrnty in Span Lit
How Spanish writers since the Enlightenment have responded to the changes accompanying the arrival of "modernity". Topics may include questions of identity, democracy, traditional beliefs. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 252 - Span Lit:Dictatorshp-Democracy
Literature in Spain from the Franco dictatorship to the present. Topics include censorship and dissidence, writing-in-exile, and contemporary trends. Prerequisite: SPAN 140. Undergraduate only.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 260 - Gender in Hispanic Literatures
A topical exploration of how Hispanic women writers and literary representations of gender-related issues reflect, expand and question literary and cultural norms. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 261 - Hispanic Writing from Margins
Exploration of writers and communities at the margins of mainstream Latin-America and/or Spanish culture. Topics may include indigenous, Afro-Hispanic, regionalist authors; testimonial literatures; censorship. Prerequisite: SPAN 140 .
Credits: 3.
SPAN 264 - Border Literatures
Introduction to border literatures of the Hispanic worlds. These texts partake of two or more cultural spheres, challenging traditional notions of linguistic, literary, cultural hegemony. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 273 - Latin American Short Story
A study of the "masters" of the Latin American short story (Borges, Cortazar, Rulfo) and of non-canonical writers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 274 - Latin-American Poetry
A topical exploration of Latin-American poetry. Possibilities include the innovations of modernismo, recent hypertextual trends and more. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 279 - Performance and Politics
A study of the relationship between Latin-American performance and its political contexts. Emphasis is placed on works particularly concerned with reshaping culture, politics, and aesthetics. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 281 - Contemp Spanish-Amer Fiction
A study of representative works by major authors tracing the development of narrative forms from their roots in the last century to the present. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 286 - Writing Revolution-Latin Amer
Topics may include early uprising against Spain, representation of revolutionary figures (Simon Bolivar, Pancho Villa, etc.), contemporary resistance to imperialism, among others. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 287 - Early Span Narratives Americas
Readings and analysis of late 15th and 16th century narratives. Discussion of European and Native American perspectives, religious disputes, and the "Leyenda Negra" (Black Legend). Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 290 - Hispanic Films in Context
Approaching film as reflection and shaper of Hispanic cultures through comparison with texts relevant to cultural context. Includes study of film terminology and analysis. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 291 - Early Cultures of Spain
A study of the Spanish cultures from earliest times through 1700, emphasizing major intellectual, political, and artistic developments. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 292 - Modern Cultures of Spain
A study of the cultures of Spain from the Enlightenment to the present, emphasizing the major intellectual, political, and artistic developments. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 293 - Early Latin-American Cultures
A study of colonial Latin American cultures from pre-Hispanic times through Independence. Emphasis on major intellectual, artistic, and cultural developments. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 294 - Modern Latin-American Cultures
An overview of the cultures of Latin America with a multidisciplinary approach to understanding cultural constructions. Themes included: the city, nationhood, subjectivity, marginality. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.
SPAN 295 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 1-18.
SPAN 296 - Advanced Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 1-18.
SPAN 297 - Advanced Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 1-6.
SPAN 298 - Advanced Readings & Research
Permission of Chair required. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 1-6.
SPAN 299 - Topics in Hispanic Cultures
Focus on a particular cultural topic in the Hispanic world. Study might emphasize regional studies, current conflicts on ecology, ethnicity, and gender. Prerequisite: SPAN 140.
Credits: 3.

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