European Studies

Fall 2007/Spring 2008 Course Catalog

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14. Napoleon’s Legends. Napoleon Bonaparte’s legacy in French domestic and international politics and military strategy profoundly influenced nineteenth-century Europe. But so did the legends surrounding him, created before his great defeat and exile, and nurtured after his death in 1821. In painting, caricature, and sculpture, literature, music, and film, the legends—positive and negative—of Napoleon have served many ends. The cultural complexity of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe becomes clearer when one understands the motives behind and results of these representations of Napoleon.

In this course, we will study painting (e.g., David and Goya), narrative fiction (e.g., Balzac, Stendhal, and Tolstoy), poetry (e.g., Wordsworth and Hugo), music (e.g., Beethoven), urban history and architecture (e.g., of Paris), and the silent and sound films of our century (e.g., Gance). We will examine how different generations and a variety of cultures appropriated the real and imagined images of Napoleon for social, political, and artistic ends, and thereby influenced the creation of modern Europe. Three class hours per week.

Omitted 2007-08. Professor Rosbottom.

21. Readings in the European Tradition I. Readings and discussion of a series of related texts from Homer and Genesis to Dante: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, selected Greek tragedies, selected dialogues of Plato, Virgil’s Aeneid, selections from the Bible, Augustine’s Confessions, and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Three class hours per week.

Open not only to European Studies majors but also to any student interested in the intellectual and literary development of the West, from antiquity through the Middle Ages. Required of European Studies majors. Limited to 25 students. First semester. Professor Doran.

22. Readings in the European Tradition II. Reading and discussion of writings and art that have contributed in important ways to the definition of the European imagination. Previous readings have included Cervantes’ Don Quixote, plays of Shakespeare, Montaigne’s Essays, Racine’s Phaedra, Molière’s Tartuffe, Descartes’ Discourse on Method, Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Voltaire’s Candide, selected poems of Wordsworth, Marx’s Communist Manifesto, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, and others. Open not only to European Studies majors but also to any student interested in the intellectual and literary development of Europe from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Two class meetings per week.

Suggested requisite: European Studies 21. Required for European Studies majors. Second semester. Professor Rosbottom .

24. Poetic Translation. This is a workshop in translating poetry into English from another European language, preferably but not necessarily a Germanic or Romance language (including Latin, of course), whose aim is to produce good poems in English. Students will present first and subsequent drafts to the entire class for regular analysis, which will be fed by reference to readings in translation theory and contemporary translations from European languages. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 12 students. Omitted 2007-08. Professors Ciepiela and Maraniss.

33. Love. (Also Spanish 84.) See Spanish 84.
Second semester. Professor Stavans.

35. Culture and Politics in 20th-Century Europe. (Also Political Science 72.) See Political Science 72.

Second semester. Professor Tiersky.

36. Dangerous Reading: The 18th-Century Novel in England and France. (Also English 48 and French 62.) Why was reading novels considered dangerous in the eighteenth century, especially for young girls?

This course will examine the development, during this period, of the genre of the novel in England and France, in relation to the social and moral dangers it posed and portrayed. Along with the troublesome question of reading fiction itself, we will explore such issues as social class and bastardy, sexuality and self-awareness, the competing values of genealogy and character, and the important role of women—as novelists, readers, and characters—in negotiating these questions. We will examine why the novel was itself considered a bastard genre, and engage formal questions by studying various kinds of novels: picaresque, epistolary, gothic, as well as the novel of ideas. Our approach will combine close textual analysis with historical readings about these two intertwined, yet rival, cultures, and we will pair novels in order to foreground how these cultures may have taken on similar social or representational problems in different ways. Possible pairings might include Prévost and Defoe, Laclos and Richardson, Voltaire and Fielding, Sade and Ann Radcliffe. French novels will be read in translation. Two class meetings per week.

First semester. Professors Frank and Rosbottom.

37. Music and Culture I. (Also Music 21.) See Music 21.

Omitted 2007-08. Professor Schneider.

38. Art and Architecture of Europe, 1400-1800. (Also Fine Arts 35.) See Fine Arts 35.

First semester. Professor Courtright.

43. The Crusades and the Image of Islam. (Also German 42.) See German 42.

First semester. Visiting Professor Sullivan of the University of Massachusetts.

44. Renaissance Art in Italy. (Also Fine Arts 51.) See Fine Arts 51.

Omitted 2007-08. Professor Courtright.

46. The Axis of Art Between France and Italy in the Renaissance and Baroque Eras. (Also Fine Arts 91-01.) See Fine Arts 91-01.

First semester. Professor Courtright.

50. Cityscapes: Imagining the European City. Cities, the largest human artifact, have been at the center of Europeans’ relationships with nature, gods, and their own kind since their first appearance. With the advent of capitalist energy, the European city went through radical change. The resultant invention, re-invention and growth of major metropolises will be the focus of this course.

We will discuss histories and theories of the city and of the urban imagination in Europe since the 18th century. Focusing primarily on Paris, we will consider as well London, Rome, and St. Petersburg among others, and the counter-example of New York City. We will study examples of city planning and mapping, urban architecture, film and photography, painting, poetry, fiction, and urban theory. And, we may study Atget, Baudelaire, Bely, Benjamin, Calvino, Dickens, Rilke, Truffaut, Whitman, Zola, and others.

Questions addressed will include: To what extent do those who would “improve” a city take into account the intangible qualities of that city? How do the economics of capital compromise with the economics of living? How does the body—healthy and unhealthy—interact with the built environment? How and why does the imagination create an “invisible city” that rivals the “real” geo-political site?

Members of the seminar will begin extensive research projects early in the semester, and report regularly on their progress in class and smaller groups. These projects will make use of the tools of historiography, political science, or literary and visual analysis. They will provide a prospect from which a city or group of cities may be seen and understood anew. Three class hours per week.

Omitted 2007-08. Professor Rosbottom.

56. Baroque Art in Italy, France, Spain, and the Spanish Netherlands. (Also Fine Arts 56.) See Fine Arts 56.

Second semester. Professor Courtright.

77, 77D, 78, 78D. Senior Departmental Honors. A full or double course.

First and second semesters.

97, 98. Special Topics.

First and second semesters.


Greek Civilization. See Classics 23.

Omitted 2007-08.

Roman Civilization. See Classics 24.

First semester. Professor Rossi.

Athenian Empire. See Classics 31.

Second semester. Professors R. Sinos and P. Debnar (Mount Holyoke College).

Major Roman Writers. See Classics 39.

Omitted 2007-08.

The Folger Colloquium: Renaissance Marvels. See Colloquium 28.

Omitted 2007-08. Professors Bosman and Courtright.

Three Masterpieces of French Literature in Translation. See French 63. Conducted in English.

Second semester. Professor Rosbottom.

Modernism and Its Discontents. See German 32. Conducted in German.

Omitted 2007-08.

German Drama of the Twentieth Century. See German 38. Conducted in German.

Omitted 2007-08.

Popular Cinema. See German 44. Conducted in English.

Second semester. Professor Rogowski.

Joyful Apocalypse: Vienna Around 1900. See German 51. Conducted in English.

Second semester. Professor Rogowski.

Kafka, Brecht, and Thomas Mann. See German 52. Conducted in English.

Omitted 2007-08.

Nietzsche and Freud. See German 54. Conducted in English.

Omitted 2007-08. Professor Rogowski.

Performance. See German 60. Conducted in English.

Omitted 2007-08. Professor Gilpin.

Architectures of Disappearance. See German 64. Conducted in English.

Omitted 2007-08. Professor Gilpin.

Making Memorials. See German 65. Conducted in English.

Omitted 2007-08. Professor Gilpin.

Music and Culture II. See Music 22.

First semester. Professor Moricz.

For other related courses, see the offerings in European areas in the Departments of Classics, Economics, English, Fine Arts, French, German, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Spanish.