Offers a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing for students with no knowledge of the language. The specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.
Continuation of LLCU 101: offering a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing in the language. The specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.
A topics course on a language not already offered within the department. Offers a basic understanding, speaking, reading and writing for students with no knowledge of the language. The specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.
LLCU 104 is a topics course on a language not already offered within the department. It is a continuation of LLCU 103 building on the speaking, reading and writing of the language. The specific language will be announced on the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.
This course explores the diversity of human languages, and the nature of linguistic identity across and within speech communities from a linguistics perspective. Topics that will be covered include: language families; linguistic typology; writing systems; language endangerment and revitalization; and situations of language contact, bilingualism, and sociolinguistic variation.
This course offers an overview of the theoretical framework behind the study of intercultural communication and proposes practical applications of these theories, including in-class guest speakers and a 4-session workshop on Intercultural Competence by the Queen's University International Centre (QUIC). Students will obtain a Certificate by QUIC.
NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.
Semiotics is the discipline that studies signs and how these participate in creating meaning and communication. This course focuses on the theoretical system on which semiotic analyses is based (F. de Saussure, C. Peirce, R. Barthes, and others) and will be devoted to various subject areas such as literature, art, film, theatre, and other fields.
This course aims at familiarizing students from diverse programs with some of the fundamental concepts of Romance Philology. The analysis of the first literary and non-literary documents of the Romance languages will be a fundamental part of the course together with the understanding of the evolution of Latin into Vulgar Latin and its differentiation into Romance languages. Particular attention will be paid to Spanish, Italian, and French.
Cultural anthropology provides an understanding of the range of human cultural and social diversity-the many ways that humans organize their lives. This course covers the main theories, methods, and topics in the field (e.g. economy, politics, religion, power, identity, environment, health), with a focus on major contemporary social problems.
This course will introduce major themes and concepts in the cultures of a specific nation with an emphasis on understanding and examining the important social, historical and cultural contexts of the country and its people. Topics may include art, film, economy, religion, and politics. The specific 'Nation' details to be announced on the Languages, Literatures and Cultures website.
This course examines cities from a cultural perspective, focusing through film to see how different urban spaces have, at different moments in time, been incubators of great social changes. It seeks to understand why, when, and with what result such upheavals occur.
How are businesses and business people represented in film? This course draws from a range of international films to analyze how business at different levels of development in different places in the world is represented on screen. It asks why Hollywood and other film industries seem to heroize and demonize their usually male, White entrepreneurs. And it asks how such depictions matter.
This course goes beyond the typical representations of Rio de Janeiro to provide an understanding of the complex social, political, economic, and cultural history that have shaped the city's development and character. Focus is on the twentieth century, but provides the necessary historical background to understand the dynamics of life in Rio.
NOTE Only offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online.
The ancient Greek and Roman tradition in literature, art and the politics of Italy from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Texts and works of art will be studied in the context of the historical, cultural and political settings of Italy.
Students will analyze and understand the most important forms of organized crime present in Canada. Its history and evolution are defined, in an attempt to interpret the relationship between major criminal organizations and economic, social, cultural, political, and demographic changes, both domestically and internationally.
The course will analyze the cinematic representation of the Mafia and other criminal organizations, such as Yakuza, Triads, Vory V Zakone. The course will focus on how North American cinema (Hollywood) often glorifies the mafiosi's lifestyle. The goal is the deconstruction of the romantic portrayal of the gangster life style created on screen.
NOTE Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre. Learning Hours may vary.
A study of Dante Alighieri's life and poetry, especially the Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy.
This course gives an overview of cultural topics in Arab society in a traditional and modern framework. Aspects of Arabic culture are presented through media such as film, documentaries and music as well as selected literary material. The course aims to raise students' awareness of Arabic cultures and major religious practices, focusing on traditional Islamic Teachings and religiosity, and to encourage critical thinking and reasonable discourse from various cultural and social perspectives. Finally, it seeks to stir appreciation and reflection in the human experience as part of this universe.
Addresses the various issues relating to the film adaptation of an Italian literary text. The reading of narrative texts, the viewing of films and critical readings are required.
The course will focus on the study of Italian Romanticism and its relation to English, German, Spanish and French Romanticism. The rise of Realism and Decadentism will also be discussed and examined.
A survey of Italian literature, through selected texts of representative authors, from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century.
A survey of Italian literature, through selected texts of representative authors, from the eighteenth century to present.
This survey course explores key aspects of Hispanic history and culture in the 20th century through the study of its musical production. We will study notions of race, class, gender, and national identity by focusing on specific musical genres.
This course covers the most significant political, historical, and artistic events and people that have shaped Spanish civilization from prehistoric times to the present. Students will acquire essential knowledge about one of Europe's most dynamic countries and at the same time improve their analytical, writing, and professional skills.
This survey course covers a vast area, several cultures, and many centuries. Students are expected to develop a general understanding of Spanish American culture through an examination of important historical, social, political, economic, and artistic developments in the area.
This course explores the emergence, development, and criticism of the Latin Lover figure in the West, from the creation of the archetypical Don Juan in the 17th century to contemporary Hollywood representation of Italian and Latin-American lovers.
NOTE Only offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online.
An in-depth study of Pirandello's most important dramatic works, together with analysis of his theoretical essays on theatre. Particular attention will be paid to the following plays: Six Characters in Search of an Author; Each in his Own Way, Henry IV, The Feast of Our Lord of the Ships, The New Colony; Tonight We Improvise and The Mountain Giants.
Languages are often taken to be natural entities with clearly defined borders. However, anthropological and sociolinguistic work on multilingualism shows this apparent fact is up for debate. What is the difference between a dialect and a language? Do different styles of speaking count as codeswitching? How do ideologies about multilingualism shape face-to-face interaction and state language policy? This introductory course will explore these questions and more, drawing on a wide variety of cultural contexts and communicative settings.
An interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary events and Indigenous cultural politics, with a focus on how Indigenous writers, filmmakers, artists, and community members participate in and recount defining moments. Indigenous knowledges and epistemologies are mobilized to foster a critical understanding of core questions put forward by events.
This course surveys English, American, and Canadian literature that includes scholarship, philosophy, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and audio-visual productions about Indigenous Peoples by non-Indigenous Peoples.
Special Topics: For detailed information, consult the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures website.
An examination of traditional and innovative forms of oral cultural transmission in a selection of American, African and European contexts with particular focus on the interaction of narrative and technology.
An intersectional/interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of, and possible alternatives to, Canadian settler colonialism. Primacy given to Indigenous voices/theories/methods related to the history of Indigenous lands and associated traditions/identities, the course focuses on the theory/practice of 'unsettling' the settler colonial societies.
This course examines the main concepts of intercultural communication, identifies the obstacles for successful intercultural communication, and explores strategies for overcoming these barriers. Students apply their conceptual understanding as well as their language skills to real-world situations as part of the applied portion of the course.
This course will examine social, historic and political realities of the twentieth century through the lens of the unique Italian humorist tradition of film making. The course will focus on films by F.Fellini, L.Comencini, E.Scola, G.Tornatore, G.Salvatores, N.Moretti, R.Benigni and other film makers.
Students will view and analyze a selection of Almodóvar's films within the context of Spain and other countries. The study of gender, sexual, cultural and societal identity and other fundamentals of contemporary theory will be central to this course.
This course explores the history and cultural production of Jews in Latin America: the diversity of the group, hyphenated identities and contributions to individual national cultures. Texts include excerpts from historical texts, essays, short stories, films, music and art.
NOTE We will also explore attitudes towards dictatorships, anti-semitism, the Holocaust and Israel.
The course explores the history and cultural production of Hispanic communities in the United States and Canada in the twentieth century highlighting the remarkable contribution they have made in all aspects of culture and life in both countries.
An introduction to contemporary literary theories and the analysis of Hispanic texts from reader-, structural-, and author-oriented perspectives.
A survey of various currents of thought from 19th-century Europe that illustrate conservative discomfort with industrial society and help to make the outbreak of fascism understandable after 1918. The course will distinguish between conservative, nationalist, aesthetic, and religious trends, illustrated by relevant readings from different countries.
An introduction from a cultural perspective to the growth of the fascist mentality in Europe and the emergence of fascist regimes. The course will treat Italian Fascism and the Third Reich as part of the broader conservative and nationalist challenge to liberalism.
An examination of international discourses on conflict and resolution, including theories of reconciliation, human rights, and international law, as portrayed in various media (fiction, theatre and film) and diverse cultural contexts (e.g. ancient Greece, Germany, South Africa and Canada [indigenous settler relations]).
The current surge of minimalist movements (e.g. de-cluttering) offers insight into the texture of present and past cultures. The course will explore spiritual, health related, economic and aesthetic aspects of reductionist movements concerning nutrition, lifestyle, housing, design and exercise.
This course investigates art, politics, and society in post-Wall Europe. Film is our starting point for exploring topics such as urban, regional, and national imagined communities; post- and para-socialist societies; and mobilities, especially transnational flows of people and culture across borders and along intersectionalities of privilege.
NOTE A screening will be made available each week for viewing films.
The course investigates German cultural images and metaphors of disease, with an emphasis on the evolution of normalcy. We will study representations of disease (photography, museum exhibit, literary text), their historic development, and theories of media with respect to both historical and contemporary notions of sickness and health.
NOTE Readings are in translation.
This course will explore major themes of development in relation to gender in Latin America through its manifestation in film. Films will be chosen from all regions of Latin America, including Brazil.
This course offers an overview of the related genres of the Fantastic, the Fairy Tale, Dystopia, Science Fiction, and Horror. Examples will include popular works such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and/or The Hunger Games, but also traditional texts by Hoffman and Kafka. Parallel to the fictional works, the course offers theoretical analysis.
A study of Don Quijote I and a selection of his short theatrical Interludes. The course will consider the socio-economic and historical context and the literary implications of these works to provide a better understanding of 17th century Spain and the significance Cervantes' works still hold today.
NOTE Readings are in translation.
In this course students will study Don Quijote II and a selection of novellas from Cervantes' Exemplary Novels. The course will consider the socio-economic and historical context and the literary implications of the continuation of Don Quijote I to provide a better understanding of 17th century Spain and the significance Cervantes' works hold today.
NOTE Readings are in translation.
Short theatre played an important role in the theatre of Spanish Golden Age. In this course students will study the literary particularities of the genre and the social ramifications of the themes present in short theatre (gender, battle of the sexes, diversity, authority amongst others) and their historical and contemporary relevance.
NOTE Readings are in translation.
Baroque playwrights took full advantage of the actor Juan Rana's well-known queerness to subvert implicitly and explicitly the social norms of sexual and gender identity still questioned today. Course will examine Spanish Baroque short theatre in general and historically contextualize its subversion of social, sexual, gender, and patriarchal norms.
NOTE Readings in translation.
Investigate the life and works of 20 internationally renowned Italian playwrights (including two Nobel Prize winners Luigi Pirandello and Dario Fo) in a philosophical, political, social, and historical context. Particular emphasis will be given on the aesthetic solutions proposed by the playwrights to deal with the new realities of the 21st-Century.
The course will focus on the major trends of European Romanticism, mainly English, French, German and Italian. A comparison of both the 'poetics' together with a comparative analyses poems will serve as the backbone of the course.
A study of recent contributions to Latin American cultural production by women, including an overview of gender issues and the role women have played in their nations' history. The course will also explore the variety of voices that make up the cultural production of women in Latin America in terms of class, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation.
NOTE Readings are in translation.
This course will examine critically a variety of representative Latin American films from a historical and filmic perspective. Beginning with the Peron era in the 1940s and 50s, and continuing through the dictatorship years of 1976 to 1983 and its aftermaths, we will examine how Argentine filmmakers express national reality and identity.
NOTE Films and readings are in translation.
How are themes like identity, power, race, ethnicity and gender expressed through language? This discussion-based seminar considers this central question and more by delving into recent ethnographies of culture and communication from around the world. We explore both the linguistic interactions analyzed in the assigned texts and the ways in which ethnographic research is designed and conducted by different linguistic anthropologists.
This course presents an interdisciplinary examination of Indigenous women and power through the lens of Indigenous scholars, writers, filmmakers, artists, and activists. Close reading methodologies are used to examine what it may mean for Indigenous women, including girls and LGBTQ2S+, "to reclaim their power and place."
This course explores Rotinohnsyonni (Iroquois) scholarship, philosophy, literature, and contemporary arts that introduces students to the passive, habitual, and stative aspect of Indigenous epistemologies.
This course conducts an interdisciplinary examination of Indigenous environmental ethics through the lens of expressive arts, with an emphasis on stories, relationships, knowledges, and changing environments, landscapes, or territories. A close examination of a meaningful range of elements (ethics and storied relationships, Indigenous land and women, poetry and activism, urban dwelling and poetics of decolonization, Indigenous futurism and apocalyptic landscapes) is conducted to develop a contemporary understanding of the environmental ethics at work in various sites of Indigenous expression.
Special topics. For detailed information, consult the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures web page.
This seminar course is the capstone for the LLCU Major, using the theme of stories and storytelling in order to critically consider understandings of language, literature, culture, and communication. Topics include cross-cultural examination of verbal art, literary practice, stories as teaching, oral history, political oratory, media, and genre.
Provides students with an opportunity to conduct social research under the guidance of a Fudan instructor. Queen's students attend lectures on the interdisciplinary study of Shanghai and team up with Fudan counterparts to undertake research on social change in Shanghai. Assignments include in-class presentations and a final paper. Fall term.
NOTE This course is part of the Semester in Shanghai program in Arts and Science, which will require students to pay a $500 program fee to cover costs over and above tuition.
Special topics. For detailed information, consult the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
This course enables a student or a group of students to explore a body of literature on a selected topic in Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The focus may be by theme, by region, or academic approach and can span the humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences.
NOTE The student(s) is responsible for approaching a professor with whom they wish to work and who is willing to undertake this project.
Exceptionally qualified students entering their third- or fourth-year may take a program of independent study provided it has been approved by the Department or Departments principally involved. The Department may approve an independent study program without permitting it to be counted toward a concentration in that Department. It is, consequently, the responsibility of students taking such programs to ensure that the concentration requirements for their degree will be met.
NOTE Requests for such a program must be received one month before the start of the first term in which the student intends to undertake the program.