European Studies at Stony Brook






Courses Offered

Fall Courses
European Studies

Spring Courses

European Studies
/Italian American


Center for Italian Studies

Stony Brook Dante Project

Undergraduate Research Opportunities


European Studies Courses

Spring 2012

The Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers the following courses in Latin. For further information, please contact the department office at 632-7440, or send an e-mail to Prof, Tim Westphalen, Department of European Languages, Humanities 1055.

All courses are 3 credits

European Studies

CLS 225 The Classical Tradition
The literature of Greece and Rome has had a profound impact on the West in terms of Philosophy, Literature, Political Theory, and Art. The course will explore the writings of Greece and Rome and show how they affected Western literature and thought. Authors will include Homer and Hesiod, and Greek tragedians Thucidides, Virgil, and Ovid.
MWF: 10:40-11:35 — A. Godfrey
EUR 101-G Foundation of European Culture
The course presents students with the thinking from a variety of disciplines that influenced the development of the diverse national cultures of Europe. Students are exposed to a chronological representation of the major ways that classical Greek, Roman, Judeo-Christian, and Islamic cultures contributes to the making of individual national cultures and identities of the major countries of Europe.
TuTh: 12:50-2:10 — T. Westphalen
EUR 201-I Development of European Culture
An introduction to important literary works that arose from major European cultural and intellectual movements and an examination of their continued influence on the modern world.
TuTh: 3:50-5:10 — T. Westphalen
EUR 390-I – European Migrations
This course will deal will the relationship between nation-building, colonialism and migration in the XIX and XX century. Emphasis will be on the social, political, and military reasons behind demographic shifts from Europe to Africa and the Americas. Particular attention will be dedicated to the great exodus of Italians to the United States. Readings include explorations, travel narratives, novels, period newspaper articles, films, and how different histories describe the same phenomena.
TuTh: 1:20-3:40  — P. Carravetta
HUE 269-02 Topics in Contemporary Slavic Culture
Analysis and discussion of contemporary cultural topics dealing with Russia or Eastern and East Central Europe. Attention is paid to the historic political, social, aesthetic, and cultural forces out of which contemporary culture has evolved. Recent topics have included the apocalypse in literature; 20th-century Poland; Yugoslavia, past and present. Semester supplements to this Bulletin contain specific description when course is offered. May be repeated as the topic changes. Semester topic "Allegory of Love"
MW: 5.20-6:40 — T. Grenkov 
HUF 211-I French Cinema
Introduction to French films as representative of cinematic art. Films are selected to provide a historical perspective and range of the director's concerns. Students are taught methods of reading and analyzing filmic works. All films have English subtitles.
TuTh: 3:50-5:10 — M. Turan
HUF 219-I  Modern France
An overview of French civilization seen through its diverse manifestations in various cultural fields. The heritage of French society is analyzed through the arts, philosophy, science, literature, and theatre.
Advisory Prerequisite: Completion of DEC. category B
MW: 2:30-3:40 — R. Harvey
HUG 221-I  German Cinema since 1945
The theory and history of German films as an art form, from filmmakers such as Alexander Kluge, Bernhard Wicki, and the "new filmmakers" Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlondorff, ect. Topics include silent films: New German Cinema, 1962-3985; national cinema and national identity; filma as literature, etc.
M: 2:20-3:15 / W: 2:20-5:10 — B. Viola
HUG 321 ​- G: Topics in the Literature of Germany
A course given in English on a major German author, genre, or literary movement, designed primarily to give students in other disciplines an opportunity to become acquainted with the German tradition. (German majors are admitted by special permission of their advisors, and do the reading and term papers in German.) Semester topicc:  "Death and Dishonor"
Prerequisite: U3 or U4 standing
Advisory Prerequisites: Two literature courses
TuTh: 2:20-3:40 —  T. Kerth
HUI 216-I  Italian Civilization Through the Ages
The historical development of civilization in Italy with reference to literature and connection to artistic expression such as visual art, music, and theatre.
MW: 3:50-5:10 — A. Fedi
HUI 231-D Sex and Politics in Italian Cinema
This course will examine the great works of Italian cinema in the light of two important themes in Post-War Italy: sex and politics. The discussions will focus on the cinematic representations of gender, class, and sexual politics as well as the films' contextual relationship with Italian history, society and culture. Readings will include selected works of film history, criticism, and theory.
T: 2:20-3:40 / Th: 2:20-5:10 — G. Balducci
HUI 234-G  Introduction to 20th-Century Drama
A study of avant-garde drama through the analysis of texts by Marinetti, Bontempelli, Pirandello, Betti, Beckett, Ionesco, and Tenessee Williams. Important questions such as identity and diversity are discussed from a variety of perspectives within the social, psychological, sexual, and multicultural context of our time.
Advisory Prerequisite: Completion of D.E.C. category B or THR 101
TuTh: 3:50-5:10  — L. Fontanella
HUI 235-G  Sex, Love and Tragedy in Early Italian Literature
A study of the interaction between the sexes in contrast with man's spiritual needs in the major works of early Italian literature. Dante's Inferno and Purgatorio, Boccaccio's Decameron and Petrarch's poetry will be analyzed.
Remark: Meets English major requirements
Advisory Prerequisite: Completion of DEC category B or equivalent.
TuTh 2:20-3:40 — C. Franco
HUI 310​- I: Splendor of Renaissance Art in Venice
The special qualities of Venetian art, which blends Byzantine, Islamic, and Western traditions, are explored through the works of such major figures as Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Veronese, and Palladio.
Remark: course offered as both ARH 310 and HUI 310.
Prerequisite: ARH 101 and 102
TuTh: 12:50-2:10 — P. Brooks
HUR 142-B Culture and Revolution
This course introduces students to twentieth-century Russian literature by examining its relationship to the politics of the October revolution, and by analyzing related issues such as the fate of the individual human being in society and the role of the artist within a collective. The course offers analyses of literary texts: novels, poems and dramas, as well as visual arts, which exemplify both the positive dreams of the time of the revolution, and the imagined and real horrors that came in its aftermath.
MW: 2:20:-3:40 — I Kalinowska
HUR 232-/EGL 232 -I  Rebels and Tyrants
An exploration of literary rebels and tyrants central to Russian and Anglo-American traditions. The subversive tactics of such writers as Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Sir Walter Scott, Solzhenitsyn, and Salinger are appraised in the light of the dominant social, political and aesthetic systems they confront.
Advisory Prerequisite: One DEC category B course.
TuTh:  9:50-11:10 — N. Rzhevsky
HUR 249-I  Russia Today
Contemporary cultural trends in terms of their historic social and political context. Recent responses to historical changes such as the break up of the Soviet Union and its relation to the the forces that brought about the Russian revolution, the new economic order, and the search for Russian national identity are explored in literature, the arts, and media.
Tu-TH: 12-50-2:10 — J. Bailyn
MVL 141 -Legend of King Arthur
A study of the development of the legend of King Arthur from the earliest references in medieval English chronicles through the flowering and fixing of the tradition in French and German literary works of the High and Late Middle Ages. Among the texts considered are works by Bede, Giraldus Cambrensis, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chretien de Troyes, Wolfram von Eschenbach, and Hartmann von Aue.
TuTh: 11:20-12:40 — T. Kerth

Latin Courses

LAT 112-S3  Elementary Latin I
An intensive course designed to prepare the beginning student to translate Latin that may be needed for use in undergraduate or graduate study. Focus of the course is on the fundamentals of grammar and the techniques of translation. No student who has two or more years of Latin in high school or who has otherwise acquired an equivalent proficiency will be permitted to enroll in LAT 111 without written permission from the course supervisor.
MWF: 11:45-12:40 — A. Godfrey
LAT 353  Literature of the Roman Republic
Prerequisite: 200-level Latin course
TBA — A. Godfrey
LAT 447  Directed Readings in Latin (1-4 credits)
May be repeated
Mandatory Prerequisite: Permission of minor coordinator
HTBA — A. Godfrey
LAT 495  Honors Latin
HTBA — A. Godfrey

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