ROMLANG 498 - Senior Seminar in Romance Languages and Literatures
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Romance Languages and Literatures (ROMLANG)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
RLL concentrators and senior standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Designed for students in the new concentration in Romance Languages and Literatures, this course will offer an introduction to the methods of literary and cultural studies in Romance languages as well as an exploration of potential topics for which crossing boundaries between languages might provide productive avenues of inquiry. Such topics could include the pan-Romance Caribbean, pre- and early-modern studies, Mediterranean studies, and/or comparative fascisms. Guest visits by department faculty working on such topics will provide concrete examples of comparative Romance studies. A major component of the senior seminar will be individual research projects tailored to each student’s linguistic competences. This seminar will thus offer an introduction the research methods students will use to complete their projects. For students opting to write an honors thesis in RLL, the senior seminar will constitute their fall semester of work on the thesis.

Requirements: participation; a research paper to be submitted in stages (abstract, bibliography, annotated bibliography); exercises involving a survey of academic journals in fields related to the students’ research project, the analysis of a model article read as part of the research project, and reports on two talks or lectures related to the students’ fields of interest).

Required texts (available from Shaman Drum):
Nealon, Jeffrey, and Susan Searles Giroux. The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Fifth edition. New York: MLA, 1999.

ROMLANG 498 - Senior Seminar in Romance Languages and Literatures
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001 (REC)
MWF 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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