You may register for any of the following January courses on December 4th using a special registration form which the faculty will have. All courses are for four credits. There is a fee of $1000 per course, which must be paid in full to the bursar by November 30th.


ART W215 Rough & Ready: A Course in Exprerimental Printmaking for Artists' Handmade Books

Professor: B. Greenwald

CRN: 20030

Distribution: F

Time: This course will seek to combine traditional methods of printmaking (wood-cut, collograph, etching, monoprint) with modern reproductive methods (xerography, photography, computer images and typography) to produce small edition, artist designed and written books. Students will produce their own short texts and explore ways to juxtapose them with visual images, found and hand-made. They will be encouraged to experiment with non-traditional notions of bookmaking and to combine fine art materials and methods with modern commercial ones in the service of serial imagery. Sources which may provide inspiration are the traditions of the livres d'art, livres d'peintre, medieval manuscripts, Japanese scrolls, small press books, the comics, and children's books. The class will attend a demonstration of bindery techniques at the Center for Book Art in New York City and will visit the Special Collections Department and the Spencer Collection at the New York Public LIbrary. This course is open to all students with no prerequisites. A four credit course, it consists of 12 three hour meetings, including two field trips, Tuesday through Friday mornings, from January 7th until January 24th.


HEBREW 101 Beginning Hebrew

Professor: B. Vromen

CRN: 20026

Distribution: D

Time:

To be followed by Hebrew 102 in the spring semester. Hebrew 101-102 is an indivisible sequence. Students should register for both Hebrew 101 and 102 at the December 4th registration with Professor Bruce Chilton.
The purpose of this course is twofold: to provide students with a basic, active knowledge of Hebrew and to acquaint them with aspects of Hebrew scriptures that inevitably are lost in translation. Hebrew 101 is devoted to acquisition of the necessary vocabulary and grammar, accompanied by readings and speaking exercises. In Hebrew 102 students spend two thirds of the time on study of actual biblical texts and one third on further acquisition of language skills. Narrative, poetic, prophetic, and legal passages are read in class. Each student selects a text for self-study analysis. By the end of the two part sequence, students will be confident to tackle most classical Hebrew texts.


LIT 291W Old English Intensive

Professor: M. Lambert

CRN: 20029

Distribution: B

Time:

Students in this class will quickly become familiar with the sound, rhythms, grammar and basic vocabulary of English as it was spoken a thousand years ago. They will then spend most of January reading closely the greatest lyric poens written in that English of the Anglo-Saxons: The Dream of the Rood, The Battle of Maldon, The Wanderer, The Seafarer, Wulf and Eadwacer, Deor, and The Wife's Lament. Those wishing to, will be able to follow up this intensive study durng the spring semester with a study of Beowulf in Old English.


LIT W270 Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung

Professor: F. Grab

CRN: 20028

Distribution: B

Time: TBA

An interdisciplinary approach to Wagner's great operatic tetralogy, a mythological account of the beginning and the end of the world (along with much in between). We will approach the work from a number of different perspectives--musical, historical, literary, philosophical, visual--in an attempt to come to terms with a work which Wagner felt could only be fully realized by a total integration of all the arts. We will consider such topics as: the sources of the Ring in Norse mythology; Wagner's debt to the literary and philosophical currents of his time (including his complicated relation to Nietzsche); the musical and dramatic structure of the Ring; differing scenic solutions to the problems of putting a mythological epic on stage; and the role of "Wagnerism" as a cultural phenomenon in both the 19th and 20th centuries. The course will make considerable use of audio/visual material. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll (technical knowledge of music is neither required nor supplied). The course will carry 4 credits. se interested should consult Professor Grab, 202 Aspinwall.


RUS 101 Russian Intensive I

Professor: L. Watton/M. Petrova

CRN: 20027

Distribution: D

Time: TBA

To be followed by Russian 206 in the spring semester. Russian 101-206 is an indivisible sequence. The Russian Intensive sequence provides the student who has no previous experience in Russian with the equivalent of two years of college Russian, in the course of the January Field Period, the spring semester, and a June program at St. Petersburg State University. The course introduces and activates the phonetic, grammatical, and syntactic foundations of contemporary spoken and written Russian. Audio-visual materials will be utilized. The June program in St. Petersburg includes 24 hours a week of Russian language classes, and an extensive cultural program of museum visits, theater performances and concerts, as well as tours of the environs of Petersburg. Successful completion of this program qualifies the student to pursue advanced Russian study at St. Petersburg State University in a fall semester exchange program, as well as advanced language study and cross-disciplinary tutorials at Bard. Russian 101 (January 1997, 4 credits) and Russian 206 (Spring 1997, 8 credits) are indivisible courses. The June course carries an additional 4 credits.