From the Chair
The Department of Languages and Literatures offers a variety of courses in French, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Courses in Arabic, Chinese, and German are offered off campus as part of the Lehman-Manhattan College Language Consortium. The Department also offers courses in literature and culture conducted in English, some of which satisfy the distribution requirement. In addition, a special Spanish-language sequence is offered for heritage speakers of Spanish to enable them to preserve and enhance their knowledge of Spanish. Read more
Amin Erfani received his BA in French and Comparative Literature and his Master in French from Stony Brook University (SUNY). He subsequently received a PhD in French with certificates in Comparative Literature and Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University. He joined the Languages and Literatures Department at Lehman College in 2013. He has previously offered courses ranging from elementary to advanced French language, grammar, and culture; introduction to literature and special topics on French theater and 20th and 21st century French film and novel; interdisciplinary studies on modern France as well as the Francophone world. He has published articles and presented at conferences on avant-garde European theater, new media, critical theory, French 19th and 20th century poetry, and psychoanalytic studies. He has collaborated, within and beyond university walls, with cultural organizations on both sides of the Atlantic alongside French and American theaters. In that context, he has initiated a series of productions of contemporary French plays with his original English translations, particularly from works by Bernard-Marie Koltès and Valère Novarina.
Arts and Humanities Works in Progress Series for Spring 2014All talks take place on a Wednesday in Music 313, 12:30-2:00
LECTURE: April 30, 2014
“Women Writers and the Canon:Valeria Miani and Isabetta Coreglia”
Alexandra Coller, Assistant Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures
This lecture investigates two newly rediscovered female-authored pastoral dramas, forthcoming in The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series (Toronto), edited and translated by Alexandra Coller: Valeria Miani’s Amorosa speranza (Venice: Francesco Bolzetta, 1604), and Isabetta Coreglia, La Dori (Naples: Gio. Domenico Montanaro, 1634). The plays will be analyzed within the context of pastoral drama, that is, the canonical production of Torquato Tasso’s Aminta (1581) and Giovanni Battista Guarini’s Pastor fido (1589), the less well-known examples of Francesco Bracciolini, Francesco Contarini, and Muzio Manfredi, as well as against the backdrop of the more widely acclaimed pastorals of Isabella Andreini [Mirtilla, 1588], Maddalena Campiglia [Flori, 1588], and Barbara Torelli [Partenia, ms., comp. c. 1587].
As such, Miani’s and Coreglia’s early seventeenth-century plays attest to what Coller describes as the “fourth” generation of pastoral dramatic writing in Italy and the “second” generation of female-authored pastoral drama on the continent.
What can these female-authored dramatic works teach us about imitative and revisionist practices, the “negotiation” between canonical and non-canonical texts, as well as their own claims to originality?
News & Announcements
International Day was a Great Success!
Our fifth annual "International Day" at Lehman on Wednesday, November 13th was a great success, with more than 400 people enjoying the mini language lessons and the food sampling from all over the world. Every year, the department of Languages & Literatures and Study Abroad Programs of Lehman College join institutions and organizations around the world in celebrating “International Education Week,” an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education, exchanges, and language programs worldwide. Read about International Education Week.
For photos and videos from this year's event, please visit the Facebook page.
New Language Requirement
From Fall 2013, the new Lehman General Education Language Requirement is 6 credits for all students not entering with an Associate’s Degree. All elementary level courses have been changed to 3-credit equivalents.
101 ---> 111 (4 hours, 3 credits )
102 ---> 112 (4 hours, 3 credits )
Spanish Heritage Sequence:
103 ---> 113 (4 hours, 3 credits )
104 ---> 114 (4 hours, 3 credits )
Please see the flowchart for more information.
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Lehman College is the official testing site of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. This year's test will be on Sunday, December 1st. For registration and other information, please visit the Japan Foundation website at http://www.jflalc.org/jlpt_index.html
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Last modified: Nov 14, 2013