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.
Fall Semester informationCheira Belguellaoui
295A: Tps:Contemporary Women Filmmakers in France
A broad introduction to the works of contemporary French women directors (both established and emerging) through the lens of feminist film theory. Please note that all films are subtitled.
295B: Tps:Introduction to Linguistics
295C: Tps:German/Jewish Lit
Spring Semester informationMaria 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.