Academics

Academics

Contact Us:

Eric Trudel, Chair of the Division of Languages and Literature; Associate Professor of French; and Director, French Studies Programs

Nicole Caso, Director of Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures

    Divisional News

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    Bard College at Simon’s Rock Sponsors Fifth Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers

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    National Book Award–Winning Author Lily Tuck to Give Reading at Bard

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    Bard Celebrates 25 Years of Publishing Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions

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    Bard Fiction Prize Winner Laura Van Den Berg to Give Reading on February 23

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    Francesco Ciabattoni to Speak about Dante's Divine Comedy on March 5

Divisional Events

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 – Tuesday, March 10, 2015

La Voz Magazine Call for Artists

Convocatoria a artistas para la revista La Voz

Monday, March 2, 2015 – Thursday, April 2, 2015

Read Dangerously / Write Fearlessly

Bard Celebrates Conjunctions

Monday, March 2, 2015

German Language Table

Please join us weekly.  Stay for as long as you would like.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Reading by Lily Tuck

The National Book Award–winning author of The News from Paraguay, Siam, I Married You for Happiness, and other books of fiction and biography reads from her work.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Why Does the Chinese Leadership Quote Confucius?

A lecture by Dr. Jyrki Kallio

Monday, March 2, 2015

"Egyptian Cinema, Nostalgia, and the Arab Spring"

Christopher Stone

Monday, March 2, 2015

French Film Festival

Please join us!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hebrew Language Table

Please join us weekly.  Stay for as long as you would like.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spanish Language Table

Please join us weekly.  Stay for as long as you would like. 

Located in the College Room at the far end of Kline Commons (rear room).  anyone with any level of Spanish is welcome to attend: the Mesa de Español is s

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Italian Language Table (Please note new time this semester)

Please join us weekly.  Stay for as long as you would like.

Division of Languages and Literature

The Division of Languages and Literature offers majors in the areas of literature; written arts; and foreign languages, cultures, and literatures. All students in the division are encouraged to study languages other than English; foreign language instruction currently offered at Bard includes Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. Interdisciplinary majors are also offered in Asian studies, classical studies, French studies, German studies, Italian studies, Jewish studies, Middle Eastern studies, Russian and Eurasian studies, and Spanish studies (see "Interdivisional Programs and Concentrations”).

Our Programs:

The Division of Languages and Literature offers concentrations in the following areas:

Course Work and Requirements

Bard students who make the study of literature the central focus of their work explore specific periods (such as medieval or Renaissance Europe), relations among national literatures (in forms such as lyric poetry or the novel), or literature within the context of culture, history, or literary theory. The Literature Program also invites interdisciplinary exploration in contexts such as Victorian, gender and sexuality, or Irish and Celtic studies. Comparative studies of literature, other arts, and theories of literature are a regular part of course offerings.

Students in the Written Arts Program take workshops and tutorials in prose fiction or poetry and study a foreign language, in addition to completing the same course requirements as literature majors. Those who choose foreign languages can explore a range of interests and develop courses of study that bring together work in culture, history, and other fields.

Seniors must summon up imagination, knowledge, discipline, and independence for the Senior Project. Over the years, students have done translations of poetry and fiction; critical studies of traditional and contemporary literary figures and genres; and original work in critical theory. Many Senior Projects break new ground. With faculty permission, Senior Projects may take the form of a novel, poem sequence, play, or collection of short stories.