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Spring 2017 Course List
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 hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses marked with public meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
For American Studies offerings, also see:
For Anthropology offerings, also see:
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
|The Last Emperors||Rawski||978-0-52022-837-5||$36.95|
|The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk||McDaniel||978-0-23115-377-5||Market|
|The Search For Modern China (3rd)||Spence||978-0-39393-451-9||$72.45|
|The Yellow River||Pietz||978-0-67405-824-8||$39.95|
|This Earth of Mankind||Toer||978-0-14025-635-2||$17.00|
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
For Gender Studies offerings, also see:
For History offerings, also see:
For Languages offerings, also see:
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
|Dream of a Unified Field||Graham||978-0-88001-476-2||$15.99|
|Faithful and Virtuous Night||Gluck||978-0-37453-577-3||$14.00|
|Moment to Moment||Budbill||978-1-55659-133-4||$14.00|
|Myths & Texts||Snyder||978-0-81120-686-0||$12.95|
|Second Four Books of Poems||Merwin||978-1-55659-054-2||$18.00|
|The Darkness Around Us is Deep||Stafford||978-0-06096-916-5||$14.99|
|The Selected Poems||Ammons||978-0-39330-396-4||$18.95|
Ever since feminists called attention to women's lives, the question of what it means to be a woman has been the subject of much academic debate. However, despite improvement in women's lives and shared similarities, the experience of being a woman differs markedly. Issues such as gender,race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and sexual orientation seem to account for these differences. We will examine issues of gender, race, identity, nationality, and sexual orientation in the work of selected writers of the Americas. We will also consider the ways in which gender, race, and historical and cultural specificity shape and complicate these categories of inquiry. Prerequisite: Prior exposure to Latin America. The course is offered in English but students may write in English, Spanish or Portuguese.
Additional Fee:$ 0
- Prior exposure to Latin America is desirable
- Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
- Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
|Cronica de una Muerta Anunciada||Marquez||978-1400034956||$14.00|
|Felices Dias, Tio Sergio||Garcia-Ramis||978-1-56758-005-1||Market|
|Imagina (3rd)||Blanco, Tocamaiza-Hach||978-1-61857-881-5||Market|
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
|Jude The Obscure||Hardy||978-0-39393-752-7||$22.00|
|Mayor of Casterbridge||Hardy||978-0-39397-498-7||$22.00|
|The Hand of Ethelberta||Hardy||978-0-14043-502-3||$18.00|
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
|On Writing Well||Zinsser||978-0-06089-154-1||$15.95|
|Sense of Style||Pinker||978-0-14312-779-6||$18.00|
|Style: an Anti-Textbook||Lanham||978-1-58988-032-0||$16.95|
|The Grass Dancer||Power||978-0-42514-962-1||$7.99|
|The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fisfight in Heaven||Alexie||978-0-80212-199-8||$16.00|
|The Practical Tutor||Meyer & Smith||978-0-19503-865-1||$69.95|
|Winter in the Blood||Welch||978-0-14310-522-0||$15.00|
|Writing without Teachers||Elbow||978-0-19512-016-5||$15.95|
For Literature offerings, also see:
Game Studies is a fast-growing field that draws on approaches from many different disciplines. We will study games from a variety of perspectives including a good dose of math (no prior math required). We will also add puzzles, which can be thought of as one-player games, to the mix. We'll play a lot, we'll write a lot, we'll solve a lot of puzzles and we'll do some designing in one or more of the Heroscape, Pandemic or Summoner Wars game systems.
Additional Fee:$ 0
- Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
- Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
|Rules of Play||Salen, Zimmerman||978-0-26224-045-1||Market|
For Philosophy offerings, also see:
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