Modern Languages & Comp. Lit. Courses

CAS LH 311 – Advanced Modern Hebrew: Voices in Israeli Society Prereq: (CASLH212) or the equivalent as determined by placement test. Advanced language practice and introduction to diverse groups in Israeli society – Orthodox and secular, immigrants and old-timers, Mizrachi and Ashkenazi Jews. Develops Hebrew proficiency in all language modalities while acquainting students with contemporary Israeli culture through texts, songs, films.

CAS LH 340 – Israeli Culture through Media. An advanced Hebrew language course, which uses as its “textbook” Israeli newspapers, television, and online news media. Students follow current events in Israel (politics, business, sports, etc.); compare coverage in diverse outlets; speak and write knowledgeably about Israeli society.

CAS LN 111 – First-Semester Hindi-Urdu
Prereq: placement examination, or for those who have never studied Hindi. Elementary grammar, conversation, reading, writing.

CAS LN 112 – Second-Semester Hindi-Urdu
Prereq: (CASLN111) or placement test results. Continues the text from CAS LN 111; grammar, conversation, reading, writing.

CAS LN 211 – Third-Semester Hindi-Urdu
Prereq: (CASLN112) or placement test results. Development of communicative skills acquired in the first year. Readings in Indian civilization. Practice in conversational Hindi-Urdu. Writings exercises involving more complex grammatical patterns.

CAS LN 212 – Fourth-Semester Hindi-Urdu
Prereq: (CASLN211) or placement test results. Further review of the structures of Hindi-Urdu. Practice in conversation involving specialized topics. Advanced readings in Hindi. Frequent compositions. Satisfactory completion of LN 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.

CAS LT 111 – First-Semester Turkish
Taught Fall 2010 by Roberta Micallef
Introduction to spoken and written Turkish and fundamentals of Turkish grammar, with oral drills and written exercises.

CAS LT 112 – Second-Semester Turkish
Prereq: CAS LT 111 or equivalent. Completes introduction to modern Turkish grammar, with emphasis on development of aural and written comprehension, as well as writing and speaking abilities.

CAS LT 211 – Third-Semester Turkish
Prereq: CAS LT 112 or equivalent. Further, intermediate-level, development of Turkish language skills through textbooks, authentic readings including literary works, internet-based exercises, and the use of Turkish audio and visual materials.

CAS LT 212 – Fourth-Semester Turkish
Prereq: CAS LT211 or consent of instructor. Completes presentation of structures of Turkish, to “intermediate-high” levels of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

CAS LT 303- Advanced Turkish I
Advanced Turkish, concentrating on all four communicative skills, diverse registers, and idioms.  Exposure to literature, media and other cultural materials.

CAS LT 281 – Istanbul at the Crossroads
The image of the city of Istanbul in novels, autobiography, short story, poetry, as well as music videos and popular films. Themes include modernization, urbanization, isolation, cosmopolitanism, and the struggle between East and West.

CAS LY 111 – Elementary Modern Arabic I
The essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lab required.

CAS LY 112 – Elementary Modern Arabic II
Continuing the essentials of standard Arabic, the idiom used in public communications throughout the Arab world. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Lab required.

CAS LY 139- Intensive Beginning Modern Standard Arabic
For students already possessing some knowledge of a spoken Arabic dialect.  Covers all material in LY 111 and 112 at a rapid pace.  Main patterns of grammar, conversation, and written exercises.  May not be taken for credit by students who have already taken any other college-level Arabic course.

CAS LY 211 – Second-Year Modern Arabic I
Taught by Giselle Khoury, Luluah Mustafa and Amani Abu ShakraPrereq: CAS LY 112. Completes the process of presenting the basic structures of modern formal Arabic, concentrating on weak verb forms, more complicated sentence formation, and more sophisticated expression in speech and writing. Vocabulary expansion and better root-pattern identification skills are also stressed. Lab required.

CAS LY 212 – Second-Year Modern Arabic II
Prereq: CAS LY 211. Completes the process of presenting the basic structures of modern formal Arabic, concentrating on weak verb forms, more complicated sentence formation, and more sophisticated expression in speech and writing. Vocabulary expansion and better root-pattern identification skills are also stressed. Lab required.

CAS LY 303 – Third Year Arabic I
Advanced reading, composition, grammar review, listening skills, and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic as well as major dialects such as the Cairine or the Gulf dialect. Prerequisite: (CASLY212).

CAS LY 304 – Third Year Modern Arabic II
Continuing advanced reading, advanced composition; grammar review, listening skills, and conversation in Modern Standard Arabic as well as major dialects such as the Cairine or the Gulf dialect. Prereq: (CASLY303).

CAS LY 341- Culture in North Africa: Post-Colonial Aesthetics and Politics
This course tackles Maghrebi post-colonial artistic production including literature, film, painting and music. In particular, the course traces the intertwined relationship between Maghrebi literary production and Arabic literature and focuses on poetry and fiction and their impact on culture, visual representation and music and the role they play in the development of the public sphere in Morocco and Maghrebi societies. Throughout, the course will address the relationship between the institution of literature and national identity, on-going interactions between colonial and post-colonial artistic production, criticism and reception and the dialectical relationship between the past and the present, modernity and tradition, language and identity, at-turath wa al-hawiya (heritage and identity), al-Assala wa al-Mu’asara (authenticity and contemporaneity) and the struggle for a national artistic aesthetics. (Rabat Program)

CAS LY 350- Introduction to Arabic Literature
Selection of Arabic poetry, short stories, novels, and drama.  Focus on development and refinement of Arabic reading strategies, literary analysis of short passages, and writing and speaking skills.  Readings and assignments in Arabic and English.

CAS LY 403- Advanced Arabic
Seventh-semester Arabic continues building skills in reading, speaking, listening comprehension, writing, and cultural literacy.  Readings from the Arab press and classical and modern Arabic literature; essay writing; practice in spoken Arabic through presentations, skits and other activities involving movies, music, and news; improvement of listening comprehension using Arab radio, television, and other sources.

CAS LY 441 - 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination What is The Thousand and One Nights? How has this ever-expanding collection appealed to its diverse audiences? Focus on Nights structure and themes, notable translations and offshoots in western literature and art, and later appropriations by Arab and Muslim writers. Also offered as CAS EN 590 and CAS XL 441.

CAS LY 491/492 – Directed Study in Arabic
Prereq: consent of department and CAS Room 105. Application form available in department. Variable cr, 1st and 2nd sem.

CAS LZ 111 – First-Year Modern Persian (Farsi) I
Introduction to spoken and written Persian and to fundamentals of Persian grammar, with oral drills and written exercises.

CAS LZ 112 – First-Year Modern Persian (Farsi) II
Introduction to spoken and written Persian and to fundamentals of Persian grammar, with oral drills and written exercises.

CAS LZ 211 – Second-Year Modern Persian (Farsi) I
Development of communicative skills acquired in the first year.

CAS LZ 212 – Second-Year Modern Persian (Farsi) II
Development of communicative skills acquired in the first year.

CAS LZ 311- Advanced Persian (Farsi) I
Concentrating on all four communicative skills, diverse registers, and idioms. Work with literature, media, other realms of Persian culture.

CAS LZ 380 – Persian Epic and Romance – in English
Introduction to classical Persian narrative literature in poetry and prose. Readings include: story cycles from the tenth-century Persian national epic, Shahnameh (“The Epic of Kings”); the Persian Alexander romance; Nezami’s romance, Layla and Majnun; Jami’s Sufi allegory, Yusuf and Zulaykha. The endurance of Persian myths and tales in world literature and film today will also be discussed. May also be taken to fulfill CAS WR 150 requirement.

CAS LZ 381 – Rumi and Persian Sufi Poetry
Introduction to the Persian Sufi poet Rumi’s narrative and lyric writings. Beginning with an introduction to Islamic mysticism, studies the innovative aspects of Rumi’s poetry and the problem of profane vs. sacred love. All readings in English translation.

CAS LZ 491 – Direct Study: Persian (Farsi) Prereq: Consent of Department and the CAS Advising Office. Application form available in department

CAS XL 223 – Introduction to Comparative Literature: Middle East
Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of some of the most influential texts of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew literature. Readings may include The Arabian Nights, Shahnameh, lyric poetry, and novels from the twentieth century.

CAS XL 342 – Travel Writing and the Muslim World How have Muslim travelers past and present written about places and people they saw abroad, and how have Western travelers in the Muslim lands described their travels in “the East”? Readings include Nasir Khusraw, Ibn Battuta, Eliza Fay, and Robert Byron. No language prerequisites. Also offered as GRS XL 742.

CAS XL 382 – Gender and Globalization in Middle Eastern Films. A study of Middle Eastern representations of the controversies, trade-offs, and dilemmas surrounding the impact of globalization on men and women, through Egyptian, Iranian and Turkish film and literature. No language prerequisites. Also offered as WS 305 C1.

CAS LY 572 – Arabic Translation and Interpreting

Training in strategies of written translation between Arabic and English, and introduction to the challenges of oral interpreting. Exercises drawn from various contemporary materials including print and broadcast media as well as literature.