Literature and Languages
The Division of Literature and Languages offers a variety of coursework within each of its seven departments, including literary theory and history, intensive exploration of specific authors or literary periods, cultural studies, creative writing, and foreign language proficiency. Majors within the division include Chinese; English; French; German; Greek, Latin, & Ancient Mediterranean Studies; Russian; and Spanish. There are many interdisciplinary majors that also involve literature.
Get to know GLAM: Faculty Overview of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Learn more about the Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (GLAM) department at Reed. You will meet professors Tom Landvatter, Ellen Millender, and Nigel Nicholson. They explain the region and time period of ancient mediterranean studies, the two types of GLAM majors, typical classes offered in the department, opportunities for study abroad, and conducting research with faculty.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - English, Creative Writing, & Comparative Literature
Watch the highlights of faculty office hours as Samiya Bashir, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Libby Drumm, Professor of Spanish and Humanities, and Jay Dickson, Professor of English and Humanities, talk about the English department and studying creative writing and comparative literature at Reed.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Languages
Watch highlights of faculty office hours as faculty members talk about the language departments at Reed. You will hear from Ann T. Delehanty, Professor of French and Humanities, Monica Lopez Lerma, Associate Professor of Spanish and Humanities, Naomi Caffee, Assistant Professor of Russian, Katja Garloff, Professor of German and Humanities, and Alexei Ditter, Associate Professor of Chinese.
Alumni Interview with Rob Seamans '96, English
Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, talks with Rob Seamans '96, Reed alum and professor at NYU Stern School of Business.
Faculty Office Hours '21 - Greek, Latin, & Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Watch the highlights of faculty office hours as professors Tom Landvatter and Ellen Millender talk about Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean studies major at Reed.
GLAM On Topic: Mummy Portraits
As part of our Faculty Office Hour series. Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Professor Tom Landvatter leads a brief discussion on mummy portraits.
GLAM On Topic: Women of Sparta
As part of our Faculty Office Hour series. Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Professor Ellen Millender leads a brief discussion on the women of Sparta.
English, Creative Writing, and Comparative Literature Faculty Office Hours
Join Reed faculty in their virtual office hours as they break down the major at Reed, discuss their areas of research, and answer your questions about their departments. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 13, 2020.
English Faculty Office Hour Highlights
Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and faculty areas of research. Lucía Martínez introduces the english department. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 17, 2020.
Russian, Comparative Literature, and Film and Media Studies Faculty Office Hour Highlights
Watch the highlights from virtual faculty office hours to learn more about the department and their areas of research. This session was recorded live over video conferencing on April 15, 2020.
Past Virtual Class Visits
CHINESE: First Year Chinese
M/W/F 12:15pm - 1:05pm
This semester, we will continue to learn the basics of modern Chinese phonology and grammatical structures through everyday topics.
ENGLISH/CRES: Studies in Fiction - Postcolonial Hauntings
T/Th 10:25am - 11:45am
Haunting is central to postcolonial thought and literature. This course will examine the aesthetics of haunting in postcolonial novels from the latter half of the twentieth century.
ENGLISH: Dante's Divine Comedy
M/W 1:25pm - 2:45pm
In this course we will study Dante Alighieri’s fourteenth-century masterpiece The Divine Comedy, seeking to understand this ambitious poem both on its own merits and as an index of the major literary, artistic, and intellectual currents of European culture during the High Middle Ages.
ENGLISH: Monsters and Marvels in the Middle Ages
M/W/F 10:05am - 10:55am / M/W/F 11:10am - 12:00pm
In this course we will explore the contours of the medieval imagination as it made sense of the world in a variety of literary and historical texts from the sixth through the fourteenth centuries.
FRENCH: Advanced French Conversation and Composition
M/W 10:05am - 10:55am ; M/W 11:10am - 12:00pm
This course is designed to help students develop strong written skills and near-native fluency in spoken French through frequent discussions and composition assignments pertaining to French and Francophone texts of various genres, as well as a wide variety of cultural materials and media.
FRENCH LIT: Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture
Th 1:40pm - 3:00pm
This course centers on the notion of l’imaginaire fantastique and looks at the peculiar fascination with the supernatural and the uncanny that permeates nineteenth-century French literature and art.
FRENCH: Second Year French
M/W 11:10am - 12:00pm ; M/W 12:15 - 1:05pm
Revision of grammar and elementary composition; readings in philosophy, lyric poetry, novel, and theatre.
GERMAN: First Year German
M/T/W 12:15pm - 1:05pm
This class is an introduction to reading, writing, and speaking German. Grammar instruction is supplemented with cultural materials from German-speaking countries.
ART/GERMAN: Introduction to Media Studies
M/W 1:25pm - 2:45pm
This course offers an introduction to major theorists and debates in media studies through close analyses of films, literature, and theoretical texts.
GERMAN/COMP LIT/CRES: Representing Genocide
M/W 2:40pm - 4:00pm
This course asks how film and literature can help us recognize, understand, and respond to genocide, a crucial feature of twentieth-century history.
RUSSIAN/COMP LIT: Russian Short Fiction
T/Th 1:40pm - 3:00pm
This course is devoted to close readings of Russian short prose works by nineteenth and twentieth-century writers.
SPANISH: Second Year Spanish
M/W/F 11:10am - 12:00pm
An intermediate-level study of grammar, composition, and conversation. Emphasis on reading: essays, theatre, short stories, and poetry.