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Spring 2017 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

For American Studies offerings, also see:

  • Anthropology

    For Anthropology offerings, also see:

  • Metaphor: The Bridge of Truth
  • 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

    • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D21
    • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D21
    TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
    The Last EmperorsRawski978-0-52022-837-5$36.95
    The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical MonkMcDaniel978-0-23115-377-5Market
    The Search For Modern China (3rd)Spence978-0-39393-451-9$72.45
    The Yellow RiverPietz978-0-67405-824-8$39.95
    This Earth of MankindToer978-0-14025-635-2$17.00
    What RemainsMeyer-Fong978-0-80479-206-6$24.95


    Polemic in Antiquitymode_editpublic


    This course looks at literary and religious disagreements and debate in antiquity. We will be exploring a smorgasbord of ancient texts to answer questions about how and why the Greeks and Romans imbued with such cultural importance and invested so much energy into picking fights with each other. The Classical World is famous for its dialectic, but how did it acquire this reputation? Are ancient argumentative tactics still impressive by modern standards? The course will commence with some of the headline texts of the classical canon (Homer's Iliad, Plato's Dialogues, 'Golden Age' Latin poetry) and end with an examination of Satire and Apologetics in the early Roman Empire. The course will comprise weekly tutorials interspersed with class meetings and will offer plenty of opportunities for writing practice. Students will get a chance to experience the rigors of ancient dialectical exercises for themselves as for a few sessions we adopt the format and customs of the classical academic arena.

    • Permission of Instructor
    • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
    • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D13

    Gender Studies

    For Gender Studies offerings, also see:

  • Gender Trouble: Women writers of the Americas, a comparative approach
  • History

    For History offerings, also see:

  • Metaphor: The Bridge of Truth
  • Polemic in Antiquity
  • Rice, Ritual, & Revolution: A Survey of Southeast Asian History
  • Languages

    For Languages offerings, also see:

  • Gender Trouble: Women writers of the Americas, a comparative approach
  • Literature

    Contemporary American Poetrymode_edit


    An introduction to such poets as Galway Kinnell, Robert Creeley, Sylvia Plath, A.R. Ammons, Allen Ginsberg, Elizabeth Bishop, Alan Dugan, W.S. Merwin, John Berryman, Amy Clampitt, Gary Snyder, James Wright, and Adrienne Rich. Class will be devoted to discussion and analysis of poems. Three critical papers. Prerequisite: None

    • 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
    Back CountrySnyder978-0-81120-194-0$14.95
    Dream of a Unified FieldGraham978-0-88001-476-2$15.99
    Faithful and Virtuous NightGluck978-0-37453-577-3$14.00
    Moment to MomentBudbill978-1-55659-133-4$14.00
    Myths & TextsSnyder978-0-81120-686-0$12.95
    Poems SevenDugan978-1-58322-512-7$18.95
    Second Four Books of PoemsMerwin978-1-55659-054-2$18.00
    Selected PoemsAshbery978-0-14058-553-7$22.00
    Strike SparksOlds978-0-37571-076-6$19.95
    The Darkness Around Us is DeepStafford978-0-06096-916-5$14.99
    The Selected PoemsAmmons978-0-39330-396-4$18.95

    Gender Trouble: Women writers of the Americas, a comparative approachmode_editpublic


    Ever since feminists called attention to women's lives, the question of what it means to be a woman has been the subject of much academic debate. However, despite improvement in women's lives and shared similarities, the experience of being a woman differs markedly. Issues such as gender,race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and sexual orientation seem to account for these differences. We will examine issues of gender, race, identity, nationality, and sexual orientation in the work of selected writers of the Americas. We will also consider the ways in which gender, race, and historical and cultural specificity shape and complicate these categories of inquiry.  Prerequisite: Prior exposure to Latin America. The course is offered in English but students may write in English, Spanish or Portuguese. 

    Additional Fee:$ 0

    • Prior exposure to Latin America is desirable
    • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
    • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
    TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
    Bitter GroundsBenitez978-0-31219-541-0$26.00
    Cronica de una Muerta AnunciadaMarquez978-1400034956$14.00
    Felices Dias, Tio SergioGarcia-Ramis978-1-56758-005-1Market
    Imagina (3rd)Blanco, Tocamaiza-Hach978-1-61857-881-5Market

    Victorian Novelmode_edit


    Literary texts have been described as a site where the tensions of the age emerge. We will look at social tensions in the 19th century--prisons, attitudes toward women, education of children, the factory and its workers, legal systems, religious crises--through a selection of novels by Dickens, Hardy, Trollope and George Eliot.

    • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D22A
    • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D22A
    TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
    David CopperfieldDickins978-0-39395-828-7$27.00
    Hard TimesDickins978-0-39397-560-4$19.90
    Jane EyreBronte978-0-393264-876$17.00
    Jude The ObscureHardy978-0-39393-752-7$22.00
    Mayor of CasterbridgeHardy978-0-39397-498-7$22.00
    Nicholas NicklebeeDickins978-0-199-53822-5$7.95
    Oliver TwistDickins978-0-39396-292-5$22.05
    The AmbassadorsJames978-0-393-96314-4$19.90
    The Hand of EthelbertaHardy978-0-14043-502-3$18.00


    John Sheehy

    In this seminar we'll be reading, thinking, and writing about the contemporary Native American experience in North America. As we do, we'll ask ourselves two kinds of questions: First, what does it mean to be "native"? Second, how does the history of conflict between European settlers and indigenous peoples play itself out in contemporary Native American literature, in contemporary Native American life, and in our lives here, now, in America? Our primary reading will be contemporary, and will include the works by N. Scott Momaday, James Welch, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Ehrdrich and others. We will consider works representative of the diversity of Native American culture and art, and will also consider the work of non-Natives writing on Native themes. As time allows, we will also consider selections from Gloria Anzaldua, Jane Tompkins, and Richard Rodriguez, among others, and we'll try to get to some poetry, too. And, as in any writing seminar, we will write about all of it: expect at least three major papers, culminating in a research paper, and weekly shorter writing assignments. Discussions of the text will alternate with work on writing: conferences, writing workshops, and discussions of style and structure.
    *NOTE:  Students interested in Native American literature who would like to read more texts than those on the Writing Seminar syllabus should take this class and register for an extra-credit tutorial.  Please contact John Sheehy for details.

    • Permission of instructor
    • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
    • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
    TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
    On Writing WellZinsser978-0-06089-154-1$15.95
    Sense of StylePinker978-0-14312-779-6$18.00
    Style: an Anti-TextbookLanham978-1-58988-032-0$16.95
    The Grass DancerPower978-0-42514-962-1$7.99
    The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fisfight in HeavenAlexie978-0-80212-199-8$16.00
    The Practical TutorMeyer & Smith978-0-19503-865-1$69.95
    The SurroundedMcNickle978-0-82630-469-8$23.95
    Winter in the BloodWelch978-0-14310-522-0$15.00
    Writing without TeachersElbow978-0-19512-016-5$15.95

    For Literature offerings, also see:

  • Polemic in Antiquity
  • Mathematics

    Serious Fun: The Math and More of Games and Puzzlesmode_edit


    Game Studies is a fast-growing field that draws on approaches from many different disciplines.  We will study games from a variety of perspectives including a good dose of math (no prior math required).  We will also add puzzles, which can be thought of as one-player games, to the mix.   We'll play a lot, we'll write a lot, we'll solve a lot of puzzles and we'll do some designing in one or more of the Heroscape, Pandemic or Summoner Wars game systems.

    Additional Fee:$ 0

    • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
    • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
    TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
    Rules of PlaySalen, Zimmerman978-0-26224-045-1Market


    For Philosophy offerings, also see:

  • Metaphor: The Bridge of Truth
  • Religion

    Metaphor: The Bridge of Truthmode_editpublic

    Amer Latif

    Does metaphor stand in place of and point to an absence, a reality that is somewhere else, or is metaphor the presence, right here, of the reality it signifies? This course is an exploration of the ways in which a cross-cultural study of metaphor can illuminate the categories of “modernity” and “religion” and can suggest a solution to the seemingly intractable binaries of sacred-profane, religious-secular, divine-human, and body-spirit.

    Additional Fee:$ 0

    • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
    • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

    For Religion offerings, also see:

  • Polemic in Antiquity
  • Writing

    For Writing offerings, also see: