Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLCU)

All LLCU courses provide students with valuable transferable skills (communication, critical thinking, analysis, interpretation, argument) for further study or career possibilities. You can take LLCU courses towards LLCU major, as electives, as option courses in your Plan (please consult the Academic Calendar) or as concept courses in the World Language Studies minor. Many LLCU courses and INDG 301 count towards Indigenous Studies minor.

INDG Courses

Course Title Description
INDG 301/3.0 Indigenous Ways of Knowing

INDG 301 001:Contemporary Indigenous Art

This course is geared towards students in Fine Arts, Art History, and Humanities departments or programs. We will look at works by Indigenous artists on Turtle Island and other areas in the Americas as well as internationally (Sápmi, India, Australia, and Palestine) through theoretical, art historical, curatorial, and art critique related texts. Week to week, we will cover various mediums and art practices such as: drawing, sculpture, installation, in-situ, performance art, video and film, sound, mixed media, poetics, and literature. The aim of this course is to introduce students to various Indigenous artistic practices and the contexts in which they operate, and how these contexts shift according to how and where they are exhibited. Examples of artists whose work we will cover in the course are: Rebecca Belmore, Marianne Nicholson, Edgard Heap of Birds, Maria Hupfield, Thirza Cuthand, Dayna Danger, Qwo-Li Driskill, Gwen Benaway, Laura Ortman, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Ogimaa Mikana (Susan Blight & Hayden King), Camille Georgeson-Usher, Postcommodity, Richard Bell, Khaled Jarrar, and the Pootoogook family.

Offered: Fall 2020

 

INDG 301 001: Hip Hop as Reclamation

This course will look briefly at a history of hip hop in the United States to Indigenous-Black solidarity movements and the proliferation of Indigenous hip hop’s multiple forms today. For many, hip hop is a way to connect to culture, history, politics, confidence, and alternative ways of communicating that importantly shift how we are building the future.

Offered: Winter 2021

INDG 301 002: Black and Indigenous Poetries
Scholarship in Black and Indigenous studies has paid increasing attention to the relationship between these two fields in the context of Black and Indigenous struggles throughout the Americas for liberation, abolition, and decolonization. This course will examine this conversation through the ongoing histories of violent conquest from which these struggles spring and the visions of freedom to which they give birth, arguing that a consideration of such histories and visions is necessary to understanding our contemporary world. It will do so by engaging work by Black and Indigenous poets within the Americas, focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on contemporary work from what we now call Canada within a hemispheric context. Also examined will be a mixture of Black and Indigenous critical thought which takes the figure of the human as an object of knowledge, attending to the ways Black and Indigenous life disrupt Eurocentric narratives of the Americas as a space of civilizational triumph that disavows its constitutive violence. Exhaustion will provide a framework from which to consider how settler colonialism and the afterlife of slavery continue to produce exhausted lifeworlds for Black and Indigenous communities as well as the ways in which their creative persistence in turn exhausts the descriptive and critical capacity of dominant forms of knowledge, creating a rupture through which alternative practices of being human emerge and resurge. What this course asks, then, is how the poets under discussion re-write the human to imagine new worlds, and how we as readers can attend to the creative-critical work these re-writings do as a form of knowledge that generates freedom from within exhaustion.

Offered: Winter 2021

INDG 302/3.0 Indigenous Theories and Methodologies: Learning through Indigenous Worldviews

An introduction to Indigenous theories and research methodologies.
PREREQUISITE    Level 3 or above and DEVS 220/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

 

 

INDG 401/3.0  In Community Capstone: Research and Relationships A fourth year Honours capstone project course exploring an issue in Indigenous Studies through both library-and community-based research. Working with an Indigenous community partner and the instructor, students will integrate knowledge and skills to carry out a research project.
PREREQUISITE    Level 4 and registration in the INDG Major or Medial Plan and INDG 302/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

 

LLCU Courses

Course Title Description
LLCU 101/3.0 Beginning Language and Culture I

Oneida is an Iroquoian language spoken in Southern Ontario, New York State and Wisconsin. This course is designed for those who have little or no knowledge of the Oneida language. Participants will be introduced to the basics of the Oneida language and gain an understanding of the complexities and richness of Oneida traditions and culture. The structure of the Oneida language is remarkable, structurally it is all verbs which can function as nouns. Oneida word formation is a very extensive and complex system requiring many pieces that fit together like a puzzle, single Oneida verbs tend to be the equivalent of whole English clauses.

Assessment Method/grading scheme

In this course, students will be assessed through weekly tasks, projects, quizzes, and a short essay.

Offered: fall 2020

LLCU 102/3.0 Beginning Language and Culture II Continuation of LLCU 101/3.0: offering a basic level of understanding, speaking, reading and writing in the language.
PREREQUISITE LLCU 101/3.0 in same language.
LLCU 103/3.0 Beginning Language and Culture I

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 104/3.0 Beginning Language and Culture II LLCU 104/3.0 is a topics course on a language not already offered within the department.  It is a continuation of LLCU 103/3.0 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.
LLCU 110/3.0

Linguistic Diversity and Identity

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.

LLCU 111/3.0

Introduction to Cultures

The 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.

LLCU 200/3.0 Semiotics: Interpreting the World 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 201/3.0 Introduction to Romance Philology 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.
LLCU 203/3.0 Cultural Anthropology

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.
PREREQUISITES    Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

LLCU 205/3.0 The Cultures of a Nation

LLCU 205: Cultures of a Nation: Mexico (Fall 2020)

LLCU 205 explores the social, cultural and political events that have shaped Mexico from pre-Hispanic times to the present day, with an emphasis on the twentieth century. We will study the emergence and development of important artistic movements in the visual arts, music, literature, and cinema as well as significant events such as the Mexican Revolution, the massacre of students in Tlatelolco (1968) and the Zapatista uprising of 1994. No previous knowledge of Mexico or Latin America is required. The course is open to all students.

LLCU 205: Cultures of a Nation: Germany (Winter 2021)

The purpose of the course is to provide an informed and reflective overview of German culture. While attention will be given to the country’s history, geography, economy, and religious and artistic traditions, the central theme will be the role played by the legacy of the Third Reich. Students completing the course will be prepared for possible travel to Germany and to discuss the country in an informed way.

 

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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 206/3.0 Rebel Cities

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.

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 207/3.0

Representations of Business in the Movies

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.

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 209/3.0

Rio de Janeiro: the Marvelous City (on-line)

Known internationally for its carnival, soccer, tropical beach life, musical rhythms, and tourism, the city of Rio de Janeiro has been the quintessential postcard image of Brazil for much of the twentieth century. At the same time, the city is also infamously known for its social inequalities exemplified by pockets of extreme affluence alongside massive shantytown communities (favelas), homeless youth (meninos e meninas de rua), and ongoing violent confrontations between police and drug gangs. In many ways, the city embodies the idea that Brazil is a land of contrasts. This course goes beyond the typical representations of Rio de Janeiro to provide students with an understanding of the complex social, political, economic, and cultural history that have shaped the city’s development and character.
LLCU 210/3.0 Italy and the Classical Tradition 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 213/3.0

The Social History of Organized Crime in Canada

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

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 214/3.0 Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals and Myth 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. As this characterization of the Mafia and Mafiosi began with the archetypal figures of the bosses, special attention will be given to movies of the 1930s and to Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy.  The goal is the deconstruction of the romantic portrayal of the gangster life style created on the silver screen and analyses of the atrocities committed by organized crime groups.
LLCU 215/3.0 Dante A study of Dante Alighieri’s life and poetry, especially the Vita Nuova and the Divine Comedy.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
LLCU 226/3.0 Italian Literature and the Cinema Addresses the various issues relating to the film adaptation of a literary text. The reading of narrative texts, the viewing of films and critical readings are required.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 232/3.0 From the Romantics to D’Annunzio 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 233/3.0 Survey of Italian Literature I A survey of Italian literature, through selected texts of representative authors, from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 234/3.0 Survey of Italian Literature II A survey of Italian literature, through selected texts of representative authors, from the eighteenth century to present.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 244/3.0

Hips Don't Lie?: Music and Culture in Latin America

This survey course explores key aspects of Hispanic history and culture in the twentieth 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.

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 247/3.0 The Dynamic History of Spain 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 248/3.0 Spanish American Cultural Contexts 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 249/3.0

Latin Lovers: Love, Sex and Popular Culture

The 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 seventeenth-century to contemporary Hollywood representations of Italian and Latin-American lovers

Only offered online. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies
PREREQUISITES: Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 257/3.0 Pirandello's Theatre 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 270/3.0 Contemporary Events and Indigenous Cultural Politics  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 mobilised to foster a critical understanding of core questions put forward by events.
REREQUISITE    Level 2 or above.
EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 270/3.0; LLCU 295/3.0-002 (2017-18). 
LLCU 295/3.0

Special Topics

Section 001: Contagion Cultures (Winter 2021)

This seminar seeks to make cultural sense of today's pandemic, benefitting us now and in the future. Using Queen's Contagion Cultures Lecture Series vodcasts, news articles, film, and literature, we will explore lived and ideational phenomena such as: parasitism, symbiosis, and mutuality; individualism and community; the self/other interface; purity, contagion, and danger; surveillance, optimization, and control. In this discussion-driven course, students committed to keeping up with the assigned homework are welcome.

Section 002: Tattoos Across the Globe:  Meanings, Motivations and identities (Winter 2021)

The history of tattooing practices spans over 5000 years and has left its imprint on nearly every continent. This course chronicles tattooing practices throughout the world and explores the similarities, differences, influences, and public understandings of body ink in specific geographical and historical contexts. Through a wide array of readings that cover a vast temporal and spatial scope, the course will trace the seemingly contradictory legacies of tattoos as acts of: identity; community-building; spirituality/religion; symbolism; mythology; consumerism; subculture; elitism; marginalization; deviance; conformity (to name but a few readings of permanent body projects). Together, students will examine the meanings and motivations of tattoos within, through, and across times and spaces, as well as interpretations of body ink practices in current scholarship, to critically analyze tattoos as both an independent and interdependent cultural activity. We will incorporate intersectional influences of gender, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, nationality/locality, aesthetic and behavioural norms, and cultural ideologies to trace the transformations and travels of tattooing practices across the globe, to locate linkages, genealogies, and points of discord within the practice itself, and to place ‘micro’ cultural systems within a ‘macro’ framework. This course will rely heavily on interdisciplinary approaches to tattoo cultures in order to foster interconnected, analytical, and creative global perspectives.

Section 003: Unsettling Museums (Winter 2021)

This course investigates the narratives in contemporary museums by putting theory offered by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholar/curators into conversation with museums. We will examine how and what museums offer in relation to lived experiences that activate Indigenous resurgence, survivance and self-determination. Discussions will be shaped around museums as locations of cultural knowledge transmissions, alongside experiential learning, with the goal of developing skills in critical analysis and decolonising theory.  

Section 004: Language, Culture & Identity in South Asia (Winter 2021)

This interdisciplinary course for undergraduate students will introduce the diversified cultures and languages of South Asia, specifically in contemporary India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The course will address the major themes of many identities of South Asia, for example religious, national, linguistic, caste, ethnic and gender identities and examine how these identities have been shaped through various layers of histories, colonialism, and politics. Providing with a critical assessment of the contemporary identity issues in the South Asian context, this course will cover a range of topics: linguistic identity, role of religion and identity, nationalism, gender identity, role of education, identity in popular culture (food, media, and sports), ‘modernity’ and identity, Indigenous Identity in South Asia and South Asian diasporic identity.  Each session of the course will include lectures and discussions. One of the sessions of a week will include a collaborative group discussion on the topic. Students will be assessed through classroom responses/reading commentaries (written or oral), two short essays and a group presentation.

 

PREREQUISITE: Second year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 301/3.0 Oral Tradition and Innovation in Cultural Transmission 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 302/3.0

Unsettling: Indigenous Peoples & Canadian Settler Colonialism

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.
PREREQUISITES: DEVS 220/3.0 or DEVS 221/3.0.

LLCU 303/3.0 Applied Intercultural Communication 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.
PREREQUISITE    Level 3 and LLCU 111/3.0 and registration in LLCU Major Plan or permission of the instructor
LLCU 308/3.0 From Fellini to Benigni 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 309/3.0 The Films of Pedro Almodóvar 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 316/3.0 Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory and Analysis An introduction to contemporary literary theories and the analysis of Hispanic texts from reader-, structural-, and author-oriented perspectives.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 319/3.0 Roots of Fascism: Resistance to Liberalism in the 19th Century 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.
PREREQUISITE Third year standing of permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
LLCU 320/3.0 Fascism in Europe from Napoleon to Hitler An introduction to the growth of the fascist mentality in Europe from a cultural perspective. The course will treat the Third Reich as part of the broader conservative and nationalist challenge to liberalism.
NOTE Administered by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above.
LLCU 322/3.0 Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law, and Human Rights 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]).
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 325/3.0

Is Less More? Historic and Current Cultural Aspects of Minimalism and Reduction

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.
PREREQUISITE    LLCU 111/3.0 and Level 2, or permission of the instructor.
EXCLUSIONS    GRMN 425/3.0.  GRMN 425/3.0 is taught concurrently with LLCU 325/3.0 with the same instructor/same room.  Difference in level because students in GRMN 425/3.0 will complete their assignments and tests in German language, while LLCU 325/3.0 will complete their assignments and tests in English.

LLCU 326/3.0 Film in the New Europe European film is our starting point for investigating the connections between work and art. Topics include: urban space; (post- and para-); socialist societies; border crossings, especially gendered labour and cultural flows. This course will investigate how the new Europe and film shape each other.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 327/3.0 Sickness and Health – Cultural Representations in Medical Discourse 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 2 or above or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 328/3.0 Gender, Development and Film in Latin America 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
LLCU 329/3.0 Uncanny Encounters: Narrative Analysis of the Fantastic Genre

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 the Twilight Saga, 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

EXCLUSIONS    GRMN 429/3.0; ENGL 273/3.0

LLCU 330/3.0 Cervantes I: Earlier Works 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 331/3.0 Cervantes II: Later Works In this course students will study Don Quijote II and a selection of novellas from Cervantes' Exemplary Novels. The course will consider the socio-ecomonic 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.
PREREQUISITE LLCU 330/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
LLCU 332/3.0 Spanish Baroque Short Theatre 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 333/3.0

Acting Out: Sexual and Gender Subversion in Baroque Theatre

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
PREREQUISITE:Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 339/3.0 XX-Century Italian Playwrights: In Search of the Theatre 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.
PREREQUISITE Third year standing or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
LLCU 340/3.0 European Romanticism 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.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 354/3.0 Women’s Voices in Latin America  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.
PREREQUISITE    Level 3 or above.
EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 354/3.0; SPAN 354/3.0. 
LLCU 358/3.0 Film and Politics in Argentina  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.
PREREQUISITE    Level 3 or above.
EXCLUSION    No more than 3.0 units from LLCU 358/3.0; SPAN 458/3.0. 
LLCU 370/3.0 Indigenous Women and Power  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.”
PREREQUISITE    Level 3 or above. 
LLCU 395/3.0

Special Topics

LLCU 395 Jewish Latin America (Fall 2020)

The goal of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary overview of the history and cultural production of the Jews in Latin America from 1492 to the present. The structure of the course will be threefold:

1. A short historical overview of the Jewish presence in Latin America beginning with the voyage of Columbus as an attempt to find the lost tribe of Israel and a new Jerusalem for the exiled European Jews. It will also trace the various waves of Jewish immigration to Latin America in terms of events in Europe and the Old World. This segment will also discuss the variations present in the Jewish community: Ashkenazi, Sephardim, “Jewish Catholics” of the Amazon. The course will include the presence of Jews in Brazil.

2. An examination of the role of Jews in nation building in Latin America and their place in the developing societies. Among other things, topics will include the “Tragic Week” of 1919 in Buenos Aires, the development of neo-Nazi communities in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay, the situation of Jews in the Perón years and the Second World War, the overrepresentation of Jews among the disappeared in Argentina’s “Dirty War” and the role of Jewish women in the creation of resistance movements, such as the “Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo”.

3. A look at the cultural production of Jews in Latin America: Jewish tango, Jewish theatre, short story, novel, film and art. Works such as “The Jewish Gauchos”, “Musicians and Watchmakers”, “Hotel Bolivia,” “Rites: A Guatemalan Boyhood” and fragments of novels and essays translated into English. Films will include: “The Tenth Man” and “The Year my Parents went on vacation. These elements will explore the notion of hyphenated identities and the issue of “belonging” and “alienation”.

LLCU 395: Artistic Representations of the Spanish Civil War (Winter 2021)

The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) culminated in the military overthrow of the Republican government and the beginning of Francisco Franco's long dictatorship. It is considered one of the most crucial periods both in the history of Spain and in the Western countries. This course examines artistic representations of the war in film (both documentary and fictional) and in other visual media (paintings, photography, posters), as well as in the written works of both Spanish and foreign authors. We will explore materials created from the moment of the events until nowadays to analyze what was the war and what it is today.

LLCU 395: Indigenous Stories through Changing Landscapes (Spring 2021)

This course proposes an interdisciplinary exploration of Indigenous environmental ethics through the lens of expressive arts, with an emphasis on stories, relationships, knowledges, and changing 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 in order 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.
PREREQUISITE    Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

LLCU 432/3.0 Field Research Practicum at Fudan University Provides students with an opportunity to conduct field research under the guidance of a Fudan instructor. Queen's students are paired with Fudan counterparts and undertake research on an important development/cultural theme, submit a written paper and do a class presentation. The research project will involve at least 10 hours of field work per week for 12 weeks. Fall Term.
NOTE This course is part of a Study Abroad program in Shanghai, which will require students to pay a program fee to cover costs over and above tuition, as well as travel, accommodation and subsistence. Further details of the estimated costs can be obtained from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
PREREQUISITE Departmental approval in advance from the course instructor and the Placement Coordinator, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 495/3.0 Special Topics I Special topics. For detailed information, consult the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
LLCU 501/3.0

Directed Readings in 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 by academic approach and can span the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences.