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M L 295

Topics in Modern Languages

Courses in specific topics, such as culture, literary movements or genres, linguistics or film. Taught in English. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. May count towards European Studies minor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course

Spring Semester information

Maria Hristova

295A: Tps:Post-Soviet Central Asia|From Silk-Roads to Pipelines

This course focuses on Post-Soviet Central Asia, namely the republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, as well as the southern part of Russian Siberia. We will examine films and literature from each country as a gateway to their history, culture, and current socioeconomic status. Topics include power relations, ethnic, national, and international conflicts, environmental problems, indigenous cultures and traditions, and the impact of communism and capitalism on the region. We will look at Central Asia's past and present importance both for Eurasian geopolitics and for US interests, starting in the time of the Silk Roads, through the Great Game of the nineteenth century, the ecological disasters of the twentieth, and up to the turbulent transitional period of the 1990s and the troubled 2000s. Finally, we will study how the complex networks of ethnic and tribal identities, as well as the Soviet legacy, play out in the contemporary national-identity formation process in each respective republic and how these narratives are framed in popular culture. The course includes critical readings in history, sociology, and anthropology, political science, and film and literary theory; we will also analyze primary sources: films, novellas, and poems. All readings and films will be available in English; however, knowledge of Russian or a Central Asian language is a plus. A special Russian-language class component is available for Russian Studies minors.


Howard Pollack-Milgate

295C: Tps:Fantasy Love Horror Nature: The Worlds of German Romanticism


Fall Semester information

Cheira Belguellaoui

295A: Tps:Intro to World Cinema

This introductory film course is a survey of contemporary and most influential films from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. Students will be exposed to a diverse array of culturally distinct and unique aesthetic expressions and will be encouraged to engage perspective(s) apart from their own while discussing topics including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, class, and sexual orientation.


Hiroko Chiba

295B: Tps:Introduction to Linguistics