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French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts

RMST: Romance Studies

All RMST courses are conducted in English.


RMST 201 (3) Introduction to Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World I: Medieval to Early Modern
An introduction to the main themes that shaped the Romance World as its different national identities emerged in the Mediterranean sphere.
RMST 202 (3) Introduction to Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World II: Modern to Post-Modern
An introduction to the main themes that shaped the Romance World in the age of the nation state, imperialism, colonization, and decolonization.
RMST 260 (3) Introduction to the Analysis of Portuguese and Brazilian Cultures
Critical analysis of different cultural genres, including music, film and visual art through the study of selected Portuguese and Brazilian texts. Credit will be granted for only one of PORT 222 or RMST 260.
RMST 280 (3) Revolution!
Concepts, theories, and practice of protest, revolt, and revolution in the Hispanic world, highlighting the intersection of politics and culture through novels, poetry, letters, diaries, and/or historical accounts of specific revolutionary uprisings. Credit will be granted for only one of SPAN 280 or RMST 280.
RMST 300 (3) History of the Romance Languages
Development of the Romance language family from its origins in Latin to contemporary varieties. Emphasis on French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Prerequisite: A beginners' knowledge (A1) in at least of one of the Romance languages is highly recommended.
RMST 301 (3) Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction of the Romance World
Fiction and non-fiction of the Romance-speaking world from the Middle Ages to the present day from a comparative perspective.
RMST 302 (3) Theatre and Poetry of the Romance World
Theatre and poetry of the Romance-speaking world from the Middle Ages to the present day from a comparative perspective.
RMST 303 (3) Short Fiction in Romance Literatures
A study of the genres of the "novella" and the short story within and across Romance cultures. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 303 or FHIS 333.
RMST 304 (3) Afterlife of the Text: Rewritings and Adaptations
How stories travel across media and across national and linguistic boundaries in the Romance-speaking world. Dialogue between different versions and inter-media translations. Questions of authorship and reception. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 304 or FHIS 334.
RMST 305 (3) Introduction to Romance Language Cinema
Overview of the history, aesthetics and characteristics of films in French, Italian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 234 or RMST 305.
RMST 321 (3) French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Revolution
French literature through reading and analysis of translated works.
RMST 322 (3) French Literature since the Revolution
French literature through reading and analysis of translated works.
RMST 324 (3) Quebecois Literature and Culture
Study of the historical, political and cultural contexts that influenced the development of literature and culture in Quebec. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 324 or FREN 280.
RMST 325 (3) French Cultural Identities
Aspects of French culture through a set of key concepts that weave across French history, politics, and social structures. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 325 or FREN 380.
RMST 341 (3) Italian Literature and Culture of the Medieval and Early Modern Period
A thematic approach to Italian literary works from the origins to the end of the sixteenth century considered in a broad cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 303 or RMST 341.
RMST 342 (3) Italian Literature and Culture of the Modern and Contemporary Age
The development of modern and contemporary Italian literature and culture against the background of social and historical events. Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 304 or RMST 342.
RMST 343 (3) Masterpieces of the Novella in Italian Literature
A study of the genre of the novella as an expression of social and political contexts within and across cultures from its inception in feudal times to the post-modern age. Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 333, ITST 333 or RMST 343.
RMST 345 (3) Italian Fascism in Interdisciplinary Perspective
The cultural, literary, philosophical roots of Fascism and its evolution: its policies in literature, sports, cinema, architecture, racial legislation, and colonial adventures. Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 345, ITST 345 or RMST 345.
RMST 355 (3) Italian Cinema: Neorealism
A survey of the major classics of post-WWII Italian Neorealism in cinema emphasizing their historical, political, social, philosophical and technical contexts. Credit will be granted for only one of ITAL 385, ITST 385, or RMST 355.
RMST 361 (3) Studies in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature
Selected topics. Please see the Department website for current course offering information. Credit will be granted for only one of PORT 392 or RMST 361.
RMST 372 (3) Hopscotch: Topics in Hispanic Literature
Spain and Latin America's contributions to global culture through popular Hispanic literature in translation. Credit will be granted for only one of SPAN 312 or RMST 372.
RMST 373 (3) Masterpieces in Hispanic Literature
Literary texts from Spain and the Hispanic world. Examines their broad cultural and transnational impact on the Romance-speaking world of yesterday and today. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
RMST 402 (3) Visions of Nature and the Environment in the Romance World
History, literature and philosophy of anthropization and ecology in the Romance world.
Prerequisite: Second year standing.
RMST 419 (3) Studies in Romance Languages and Literature
Study of a literary or cultural topic that extends beyond just one of the Romance Languages. Consult the Department for this year's offerings. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 419 or RMST 420.
Prerequisite: 2nd year standing.
RMST 452 (3) Italian Cinema and Its Cultural Background
Films with English subtitles. Course content will vary. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 452, ITST 432 or ITAL 430.
Equivalency: ITAL 430.
RMST 453 (3) Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy
A close reading of Dante's masterpiece, along with excerpts from some of his other works: Vita Nuova, Convivio, Monarchia, Epistles. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 453, ITST 413 or ITAL 403.
Equivalency: ITAL 403.
RMST 454 (3) Topics in the Italian Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages
Italian literature of the Middle Ages in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Dante and his contemporaries and/or immediate followers (may include Petrarch and Boccaccio). Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 454, ITST 414 or ITAL 404.
Equivalency: ITAL 404.
RMST 455 (3) Topics in the Italian Literature and Culture of the Renaissance
Masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance in literature and the other arts. Authors and artists studied range from Pico to Ariosto and Machiavelli, from Botticelli to Leonardo and Michelangelo. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 455, ITST 415 or ITAL 405.
Equivalency: ITAL 405.
RMST 456 (3) Classics of Seventeenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture
Classics of the Italian literature of the Mannerist and Baroque age in their intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 416 or ITAL 406 or RMST 456.
RMST 457 (3) Classics of Eighteenth-Century Italian Literature and Culture
Classics of the Italian literature of the age of the Enlightenment in its intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 417 or ITAL 407 or RMST 457.
RMST 458 (3) Topics in Nineteenth-century Italian Literature and Culture
Italian literature of the 19th century in its intellectual, socio-political, and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of ITST 418 or ITAL 408 or RMST 458.
RMST 459 (3) Topics in Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature and Culture
Italian literature of the 20th century in its intellectual, socio-political and cultural context. Credit will be granted for only one of RMST 459, ITST 419 or ITAL 409.
Equivalency: ITAL 409.
RMST 460 (3) Studies in Portuguese and Brazilian Culture
Selected topics. Please see the Department website for current course offering information. Credit will be granted for only one of PORT 405 or RMST 460.
Prerequisite: 2nd year standing.
RMST 468 (6) Romance Linguistics
The Indo-European background; Classical and Vulgar Latin; the origin, development and spread of the Romance languages; their vocabulary, phonology, morphology, syntax; vernacular Latin texts and Romance texts.
Prerequisite: Two years study of each of two Romance languages or two years of one Romance language and one year of Latin.
RMST 495 (3) Research Intensive Seminar in Romance Studies
RMST 520 (3) Studies in Romance Languages and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
RMST 548 (0) Major Essay

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