World Literature in English Translation

Spring 2022 Course Offerings

The foreign language departments at UVa provide exciting courses in translation that allow students to discover new ways of thinking and seeing the world. Becoming a truly global citizen means not only acquiring a deep appreciation for different cultures, but specifically insight into the preoccupations, passions, and shared experiences of other societies. The following courses in translation offer students unique access to this knowledge. All courses are taught by specialists of the languages and cultures of inquiry.

For all classes, lectures, discussions, readings and assignments are in English. These courses may fulfill college requirements such as the Second Writing Requirement, the Humanities Requirement and the Non-Western Perspective Requirement.

East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

CHTR 3020 Survey of Modern Chinese Literature(3)
Charles Laughlin
MoWe 3:30PM - 4:45PM

The Revolutionary Tradition in Modern Chinese Literature and Film is a general introduction to modern Chinese literary culture.

CHTR 4010 Legendary Women in Early China (3)
Anne Kinney
TuTh 12:30PM - 1:45PM

Examines the biographies of female heroines and villains as found in the early Chinese text Tradition of Exemplary Women (ca. 18 B.C.). Students gain a familiarity with (a) the history of women in early China, (b) the evolving codes of behavior that shaped women's' culture for two millennia, and (c) the way in which the Chinese understand gender. Enhances an understanding of the function of role models in both ancient China and their own lives. Fulfills the non-Western perspectives requirement.

JPTR 3020 Survey of Modern Japanese Literature (3)
Anri Yasuda
TuTh 2:00PM - 3:15PM

This is an introductory course to Japanese literary traditions from the late 19th century to the present. By reading a broad range of writings including political accounts, fictional narratives and poetic prose, the course examines how a variety of writing practices contributed to the production of modern Japanese literature. No knowledge of Japanese is required.

JPTR 3100 Myths and Legends of Japan (3)
Gustav Heldt
Tu 3:30PM - 6:00PM

A seminar exploring Japan's earliest myths describing the origins of its islands, their gods, and rulers through close readings in English of eighth-century chronicles and poems. Fulfills the Non-Western and Second Writing requirements.

JPTR 3559 New Course in Japanese in Translation: Beyond Japan (3)
Anri Yasuda
We 2:00PM - 4:30PM

Germanic Languages and Literatures

GETR 3330 Introduction to German Studies (3)
Marcel Schmid
TuTh 12:30PM - 1:45PM

A survey of German cultural history from the enlightenment to the present, and an introduction to the field of German Studies. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at:

GETR 3392 Fairy Tales (3)
Marcel Schmid
TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM

Entering the world of fairy tales often feels like passing into an elaborate dream: it is a world teeming with sorcerers, dwarves, wondrous objects, and animals that speak. This seminar explores fairy tales and dream narratives in literature and film from the romantic period into the present. Authors to be discussed include: Goethe, the brothers Grimm, Bettelheim, Hoffmann, Freud, Saint-Exupery, Tolkien, and others.

GETR 3393 Serial Media (3)
Marcel Schmid
We 5:00PM - 7:30PM

In this class we will explore the historical context of serial media, from the journal projects of the German Romantics to the second golden age of television. After a historical survey and a discussion of terminology ("series," "serial") we will examine certain specific "series" including Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers, Marcel Duchamp's Ready-mades, or the German Netflix show "Dark."

GETR 3464 Medieval Stories of Love and Adventure (3)
William McDonald
TuTh 3:30PM - 4:45PM

This course traces the lineage and shapes of the Arthurian legend as witnessed in medieval literature and modern adaptations, including film and television ("Games of Thrones," "Star Wars," etc.) The aim is familiarity with the story of King Arthur and his court, as well as an ability to appreciate the permutations of the legend in all forms of media.

GETR 3559 New Course in German in Translation: Contagion and Culture (3)
Paul Dobryden
MoWe 3:30PM - 4:45PM

GETR 3780 Memory Speaks (3)
Lorna Martens
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:15PM

Interdisciplinary course on memory. Readings from literature, philosophy, history, psychology, and neuroscience.

Slavic Languages and Literatures

RUTR 2470 Understanding Russia: Symbols, Myths, and Archetypes of Identity (3)
Yuri Urbanovich
MoWe 2:00PM - 3:15PM

This course explores different sources of Russian national identity from pre-Christian `Rus' to the present. We will investigate how the occidental and oriental elements blend into a unique Euro-Asian culture, nation, and world power. Our main aim is to provide an orientation to the symbolic world of Russian self-identification. We will employ the tools of the historian, geographer, psychologist, and student of literature and culture.

RUTR 2730 Dostoevsky (3)
Madelyn Stuart
TuTh 11:00AM - 12:15PM

RUTR 3340 Books Behind Bars: Life, Lit, & Community Leadership (4)
Andrew Kaufman
Tu 12:30PM - 3:15PM/Th 12:30PM - 1:45PM

Students will grapple in a profound and personal way with timeless human questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How should I live? They will do this, in part, by facilitating discussions about short masterpieces of Russian literature with residents at a juvenile correctional center. This course offers an integrated academic-community engagement curriculum, and provides a unique opportunity for service learning, leadership, and youth mentoring.

RUTR 3360 Twentieth Century Russian Literature (3)
Edith Clowes
MoWe 5:00PM - 6:15PM

This course surveys Russian literature (prose and poetry) of the twentieth century.  Readings include works by Soviet and émigré writers.  All works are read in English translation.

Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese

ITTR 3280 Michelangelo: The Artist, The Man, and His Times ITTR 3280 - Michelangelo: The Artist, The Man, and His Times (3)
Deborah Parker
MoWe 2:00PM - 3:15PM

Michelangelo's name conjures genius and a nearly superhuman achievement in the arts. Contemporaries elevated him as the supreme sculptor, painter, and architect of his age. This course examines Michelangelo's creativity in all these media as well as his poetry and letters. The course investigates the extraordinary achievements of this Renaissance luminary through close analysis of his works, secondary studies, and contemporary reinventions.

ITTR 3559 - New  Course:  Italian in Translation ITTR 3559 - New Course: Italian in Translation:Italian Horror & Fantasy Films (3)
Sarah Annunziato
TuTh 2:00PM - 3:15PM