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Woods College of Advancing Studies



Professors: Karen Daggett, A.B. Southwestern Louisiana, A.M. Autonoma (Mexico), Boston College; James F. Flagg, A.B. Mass(Amherst), A.M. Brown, Ph.D. Boston University; Brian O’Connor, A.B. Northern Illinois, A.M., Ph.D. Boston College; Christopher Wood, A.B. Columbia, A.M., Ph.D. Yale.

RL 03601  Intermediate Conversational Spanish
RL03601 Syllabus

This semester provides further development of skills necessary for Spanish oral communication. Practice in small conversation groups, interviews and role-playing.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Daggett

French, Italian, Spanish Literature in English

RL 16201  Literature of the French-Speaking World: Literary Testimonies
RL16201 Syllabus
(All in English)
From the Second World War to the struggle for independence of France's colonies to present-day attempts to come to grips with issues of post-colonialism and racism, writers of France and the French-speaking world beyond France's borders have borne witness to the historical events of their time. We will study these literary testimonies in the writings of Albert Camus (Algeria/France), Jean-Paul Sartre (France), Simone de Beauvoir (France), Frantz Fanon (Martinique), Tahar Ben Jelloun (Morocco) and Marguerite Duras (Vietnam/France). All in English.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Flagg

RL 17501  Inventing Modern Literature: Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch and Medieval Florence (All in English)
RL17501 Syllabus
During the period from 1265, Dante’s date of birth, to 1375, when Boccaccio died, one civilization ended and another began. Dante is the last great voice of Medieval Italy. Boccaccio links the medieval way of life to the age of humanism, and Petrarch, torn by unresolved inner conflicts, stands as the first “modern man”. Excerpts from Dante’s Inferno, Boccaccio’s Decameron, and Petrarch’s Canzoniere will be read. All writing assignments, class
discussions and readings are in English.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Professor O’Connor