Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Paleography of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts

Subject Code: 
DLCL
Course Number: 
209
Crosslisted as: 
CLASSGEN 311
Crosslisted as: 
ENGLISH 209
Crosslisted as: 
HISTORY 309G
Crosslisted as: 
RELIGST204
Description: 

 

Introductory course in the history of writing and of the book, from the late antique period until the advent of printing. Opportunity to learn to read and interpret medieval manuscripts through hands-on examination of original materials in Special Collections of Stanford Libraries as well as through digital images. Offers critical training in the reading of manuscripts for students from departments as diverse as Classics, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, English, and the Division of Languages Cultures and Literatures.
Term: 
Spr
Academic Year: 
2012-13
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
TTh 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM

Humanities Education in the Changing University

Subject Code: 
COMPLIT
Course Number: 
275
Crosslisted as: 
GERMAN 250
Crosslisted as: 
DLCL 320
Description: 

Advanced study in the humanities faces changes within fields, the university and the wider culture. Considers the debate over the status of the humanities with regard to historical genealogies and current innovations. Particular attention on changes in doctoral education. Topics include: origins of the research university; disciplines and specialization; liberal education in conflict with professionalization; literature and literacy education; interdisciplinarity as a challenge to departments; education policy; digital humanities; accountability in education, assessment and student-centered pedagogies. Taught in English. 

Instructor: 
Russell Berman
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2012-13
Units: 
3
Day/Time: 
W 12:15p - 2:05p

Early Modern Seminar

Subject Code: 
ITALIAN
Course Number: 
220
Crosslisted as: 
DLCL 323
Description: 

Explores some of the key texts of European early modernity and the critical paradigms according to which the idea of the "Renaissance" has been formed, analyzed, and questioned since the 19th century.  Will aim to provide a broad introduction to Early Modern studies from the point of view of the Italian Renaissance and its reception in different European contexts.  Taught in English.

Instructor: 
David Lummus
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2012-13
Units: 
3-5
Day/Time: 
T 2:15p-5:05p

Introduction to Graduate Studies: Criticism as Profession

Subject Code: 
COMPLIT
Course Number: 
369
Crosslisted as: 
DLCL 369
Crosslisted as: 
FRENCH 369
Crosslisted as: 
GERMAN 369
Crosslisted as: 
ITALIAN 369
Description: 

Major texts of modern literary criticism in the context of professional scholarship today. Readings of critics such as Lukács, Auerbach, Frye, Ong, Benjamin, Adorno, Szondi, de Man, Abrams, Bourdieu, Vendler, and Said. Contemporary professional issues including scholarly associations, journals, national and comparative literatures, university structures, and career paths. Taught in English. 

Instructor: 
David Palumbo-Liu
Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2012-13
Day/Time: 
W 6:15p-9:05p

Ramzi Salti

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Contact: 

Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Arabic Program; Author; Radio Show Host
ACTFL Oral & Written Proficiency Tester of Arabic
Stanford Langauge Center
Building 240-212
Stanford, CA 94305
 
RSalti@Stanford.edu
(650)725-1560 (office)
 
Published Author and Host of 'Arabology' radio program on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office Hours: 
MTWTh from 12:15-1pm and by appt

Ramzi M. Salti was born in 1966 in Lebanon. French educated in Beirut, he completed his high school education in Jordan where he graduated by earning his British G.C.E. (General Certificate of Education) and Tawjihi degrees. In 1983, he moved to the United States where he earned his B.A. in French and English (1988) from Santa Clara University. He went to earn his M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) in Comparative Literature (Arabic, French, English) at the University of California at Riverside.

Dr. Salti has been a full-time Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford University since 1998. He also authors his own blog 'Arabology: Cultural Productions from/about the Arab World' at http://author32.blogspot.com and hosts a weekly radio program titled 'Arabology' airing on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. Previous podcasts are available at www.radio4all.net/index.php/series/Arabology.

Dr. Salti's collection of short stories, titled The Native Informant & Other Stories: Six Tales of Defiance from the Arab World was published in 1994 and received much acclaim in such periodicals as "World Literature Today," "The Digest of Middle East Studies," "Tat Tarbut," and "The LA Village View". It was also critically analyzed by Dr. Chris Wise in Ethnicity and the American Short Story (Ed. Julie Brown) in 1997 and spotlighted in a chapter in Wail S. Hassan's Immigrant Narratives: Orientalism and Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature (Oxford University Press, 2011).

 


The Native Informant & Other Stories is a collection of six short stories dealing with "unmentionable" aspects of Arab life in parts of the Arab world and in the West. Inspired by such modern writers as Alifa Rifaat, Nawal al-Sa'dawi, and Youssef Idris--authors who have, despite immeasurable odds, managed to emphasize subjects ranging from feminism to homosexuality in their works--these short stories attempt to further engage various social and political issues that remain, for the most part, largely ignored or silenced in modern Arabic literature.

Most of the stories in The Native Informant operate on a dual level by addressing not only issues related to women, homosexuals, and victims of violence in southwest Asia, but also by examining the seemingly conflicting relationship between notions of Arabness, Islam, and the West. The collection thus aims at highlighting the plight of the marginalized groups in Arab countries by broaching various issues on the social spectrum, ranging from religious intolerance, to the subjugation of women, to homophobia, to domestic violence, to Western and Eastern concepts of terrorism and neo/post coloniality, to the ethnic experience of being an Arab in the United States at a time when the media seems to be promulgating the negative stereotype of the Arab.

The author has published numerous essays and articles in such journals as "The International Fiction Review," "The Journal of Arabic Literature" and "Notes on Contemporary Literature;" he has also been a regular reviewer of Arabic literature for "World Literature Today" since the early nineties. His Doctoral thesis, which surveys the (mis)representations of marginalized sexualities in Arabic Literature, has also been published in segments in several journals.

Dr. Salti has taught a wide array of courses in Arabic Language and Literature at such institutions as Santa Clara University and U.C. Riverside and has worked, since 1997, as a full time Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford University where he has organized and participated in numerous symposia, events and talks that center on Arab-American literature, Postcolonial theory, Arabic Pop Culture, and the use of technology in language acquisition courses. He is also a fully Certified ACTFL Certified Oral and Written Proficiency Tester of Arabic by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Salti has also amassed several prestigious awards during his years at Stanford, including the Stanford Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching (2004-5), the Association of Students of Stanford University's Honorable Mention for the Teacher of the Year Award (2009) and the Knight Favorite Professor Award by the John S. Knight Fellowships Program for Professional Journalists, Class of 2005, 2009, and 2013.

In addition to his academic writings, Salti has also worked as an Entertainment writer for various magazines and has published dozens of articles about the music and film industry in such periodicals as "The Los Angeles Times," "The West Hollywood Weekly," "4-Front Magazine;" he has also published several in depth articles about Olivia Newton-John, including a lengthy, critically acclaimed biography and complete discography of Newton-John in "DISCoveries" magazine (1995); he has also interviewed several celebrities including Debbie Harry, Marlee Matlin, Mashrou' Leila, Tania Kassis, Tania Saleh and many others. 

Salti currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area where he devotes his time to writing, blogging, radio broadcasting and teaching at Stanford University.


 
(Source and Publications:  https://www.amazon.com/author/ramzisalti)
Language(s): 
Arabic
Language(s): 
English
Language(s): 
French
Document(s): 

Dzuong Ky Nguyen

portrait: Dzuong Nguyen
Contact: 

Personal Email Address: dzknguyen@yahoo.com

Stanford University: jdnguyen@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Language(s): 
Vietnamese

Vivian Brates

portrait: Vivian Brates
Contact: 

Pigott Hall 228
Stanford University, CA 94305
vbrates@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
by appointment

Vivian Brates is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended the University of Buenos Aires. She received an M. A. degree from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies, with a focus in Economic Development, and previously an M. A. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She worked for several years as an International Consultant in Washington DC in roles such as Human Rights Observer (with the United Nations/OAS International Civilian Mission in Haiti), Election Monitor (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Guatemala), advocate, and lobbyist. She has volunteered for the International Red Cross, and more recently for the Prison University Program teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, and the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the citizenship exam. In addition to her professional and volunteer pursuits, she enjoys traveling with her husband and teenage children, watching movies and plays, swimming, and working out.

Education: 

Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
M.A. Degree, Latin American Studies Program. 1990.
Concentration on Economic Development

Johns Hopkins University / School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC.
Course work on Politics of the International Economy. Summer, 1989.

University of California at Santa Barbara, California.
M.A. Degree, Spanish and Latin American Literature. 1987.

University of Buenos Aires, Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Argentina. 1981-1984.
Classics.

Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Bachiller, 1980.

 

Certifications:

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interviewer, Full Certification

  • ACTFL Writing Proficiency Tester, Full Certification

Language(s): 
Spanish
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