New! Online courses
The Department of English Literature and Linguistics is offering a new selection of online courses. While all courses in the department will be made available remotely as needed during the pandemic, these courses are designed to be fully virtual and will be taught entirely online regardless of coronavirus-related restrictions.
Here are the online courses offered in 2020-21:
493 Noun Phrases - Dr. Gabi Danon
This is an asynchronous online course, where all materials and discussion take place on the course Moodle website. Every week new materials and activities will be posted for the students to complete at their own pace during that week. This will include video lectures, reading assignments, forum discussions and short writing assignments, in which students will gain familiarity with research literature and apply their knowledge to the analysis of data from different languages.
This online course surveys major trends and genres in British literature from the 1660s through 1890s. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, online discussion forums, regular quizzes, and group video meetings, we will study the intellectual and aesthetic movements that shaped English culture from the tumultuous years of the Restoration through the period of the Enlightenment followed by the Romantic and Victorian eras. Particular focus will be paid to the tension between expressions of collective and personal identity as it evolved in this span and gave rise to the English novel. We will analyze first editions of books in digital archives and sample the art and music of these periods. Major texts include Robinson Crusoe, Pamela, Lyrical Ballads, Frankenstein, and Hard Times. Regular online exercises serve as the basis of your grade.
Literary translators attempt, on a most basic level, to carry a literal meaning from one language to another across a text. Yet, as translation often involves surveying and mapping the boundaries of a literary world, a good translator recognizes that words often work within culturally and politically significant prosodic and rhyming forms. In a world marked by mass displacement of populations, in which much national and international literature is written by poets and writers in exile, prosody can be a tent in which the Old World takes refuge in the New. Poetry is, as Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef puts it, a palm frond that will "carry pollen from exile to exile,” or it can serve as the path by which a conquering cultural force makes inroads into a formerly sovereign one. In this course, students will become acquainted with options and strategies available for translating poetry into English while attending to artistic, cultural and politically significant features of the works they are translating.