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Fall 2013 Course List

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Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned.  Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required.  Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.

Book lists for courses are posted on the course list prior to the first week of each semester, when course registration takes place, in fulfillment of the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  Lists are subject to change at any time.  Books required for courses at Marlboro are available at the College Bookstore.

Courses marked with mode_edit are Designated Writing Courses.
Courses marked with hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses marked with public meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
Course Categories

American Studies

The Family In U.S. History Imode_edit


This course traces the history of family life in the U.S. from the time of European settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Drawing on an interdisciplinary array of sources from popular literature to material culture, we will explore how the family both affected and was affected by the major historical developments of these centuries. Our study will include Anglo-American nuclear families as well as families and groups which did not fit the norm -- slave families, immigrant families and utopian communities. A central focus of the course will be the importance of the family in defining and reproducing gender roles and relationships. The course is recommended for students interested in Gender Studies. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Intimate Matters 3rdD'Emilio9780226923802$25.00
Charlotte TempleRowson9780195042382$14.99
City of WomenStansell9780252014819$26.00
Puritan FamilyMorgan9780061312274$14.99

Asian Studies

Rice, Ritual, & Revolution: A Survey of Southeast Asian Historymode_editpublic

Seth Harter

This course will survey the history of Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines) from the earliest written records to the present.  During the first half of the semester, we will consider Indian and Chinese influences on the region; local forms of kingship, social organization, and religious expression; and the onset of European colonialism.  In the second half, we will turn our attention to nationalist movements, the Japanese occupation during WWII, and political independence in the post-war period.  Reading will include a comprehensive textbook, historical monographs, a memoir and a novel.  Students will conclude the semester with research papers on subjects of their own choosing. Prerequisite: None

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Goddess on the RiseTaylor9780824828011$27.00
In the Shadow of the BanyanRatner9781451657715$16.00
Art of Not Being GovernedScott9780300169171$25.00
This Earth of MankindToer9780140256352$16.00
Ordering PowerSlater9780521165457$29.99
Southeast Asia: A Concise HistoryHeidhues9780500283035$19.95


Introduction to Medieval Studiesmode_editpublic


This course serves as a broad introduction to the Medieval European world.  There are two major goals of the course.  First, students should become acquainted with the changes and narratives of medieval history as well as its significance to modern history.  Second, as an introduction to the historical discipline, this course offers students the opportunity to learn the methods of historical research: how to use primary sources as well as historiography to formulate historical narratives and arguments.  The course will look at the medieval world through a variety of lenses, including political, religious, economic and social history as well as looking at the art, music and literature of the time. As a designated writing course, we will produce some form of text during virtually all weeks of the course, including material on primary sources, historiographic debates and a final research prospectus.  Prerequisite: None

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Short History of the Middle Ages 3rdRosenwein9781442601048$49.95


On the Shoulders of Giants: Mid-20th Century American Poetrymode_edit


A close reading and discussion of poets after the formidable generation of Frost, Eliot, Moore, et al. Poets whose work we will read include Robert Lowell, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Ginsberg, and Sylvia Plath. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D23
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Collected PoemsLowell9780374530327$28.00
Selected PoemsOlson9780520212329$28.95
Selected PoemsCummings9780871401540$15.95
Collected PoemsO'Hara9780520201668$33.95
Collected Poems 1947-1997Ginsberg9780061139758$25.99
Collected PoemsPlath9780061558894$17.99
Complete PoemsJarrell9780374513054$24.00
Collected Poems 1937-1971Berryman9780374522810$25.00

Seminar in Literary Studiesmode_edit


Topic: Journeys

“I tramp a perpetual journey.”  Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

Some journeys, like Homer’s Odysseus’s, end in a return home; others, like Joseph Conrad’s Kurtz’s, end with words that cannot be repeated; and still others, as Emily Dickinson suggests, can occur without stepping outdoors: “to shut our eyes is to travel.” Journeys through interior corridors and journeys through external landscapes will be our focus in this introductory literature course.  Through close reading of fiction, poetry, drama, and essays, we will think about the relationship between moving inward and moving outward, between home and exile, between identity and place.  We will enter into fictional minds and countries, reading with empathy and with openness – and acquiring a critical vocabulary to describe what we’re seeing and hearing.  This class will be writing-intensive; we will read one another’s essays offering encouragement and feedback as drafts evolve into final essays. 

Authors may include: Chaucer, William Godwin, Joseph Conrad, Michael Ondaatje, Virginia Woolf, Antonio Machada, Nadine Gordimer, Emily Dickinson, Jose Saramago, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, W.G. Sebald, Aleksandar Hemon, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich.

Prerequisite: None beyond a willingness to engage in the journey of imaginative reading.

 “Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be.” Italo Calvino, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Heart of Darkness 4thConrad9780393926361$22.05
To the LighthouseWoolf9780156030472$15.00
Running in the FamilyOndaatje9780679746690$15.00
Interpreter of MaladiesLahiri9780395927205$14.95
Song of SolomonMorrison9781400033423$15.00
No ExitSartre9780679725169$14.95


For Philosophy offerings, also see:

  • Thinking Politically
  • Politics

    African Politicsmode_editpublic


    The continent of Africa remains to most students a distant and exotic land, difficult to imagine, and even harder to understand. In this course, we will attempt to become familiar with this part of the world -- its peoples, its history, its politics, its current predicaments. By studying the many different countries and regions that make up this continent, the goal will be to better appreciate, on the one hand, that which makes African politics so unique, rich, and diverse, yet at the same time, to recognize the overwhelming similarities of the struggles of people everywhere. Prerequisite: None

    • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
    • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
    TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
    Africa 14thKrabacher9780078026232$60.00
    States and Power in AfricaHerbst9780691010281$35.00
    King Leopold's GhostHochschild9780618001903$15.95
    How Europe Underdeveloped AfricaRodney9780882580968$23.95

    Thinking Politicallymode_edit

    Meg Mott

    According to Quentin Skinner, political actors face a two-fold problem. On the one hand, they must tailor existing "normative language" to fit their projects, and, on the other hand, they must tailor their projects to fit existing normative language. The history of political theory then is the history of actors creating legitimacy for certain political projects through normative arguments and arguments gaining legitimacy through political action.

    From this rich political history, several different schools of thought have emerged, such as utilitarianism, liberalism, socialism, communitarianism, feminism, and libertarianism. We will use debate, forum posts, and short essays to explore these various ideologies  and their political implications. The effort will be to make political actions more persuasive and political theory more applicable. Prerequisite: None

    • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
    • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
    TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
    Applying Political TheorySmits9780230555099$43.00
    Princeton Readings in Political ThoughtCohen9780691036892$49.95