Languages and Literatures

From the Chair

IdheThe Department of Languages and Literatures offers a variety of courses in French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Courses in Arabic and Chinese are offered off campus as part of the Lehman-Manhattan College Language Consortium. The Department also offers courses in literature and culture conducted in English, some of which satisfy the distribution requirement. In addition, a special Spanish-language sequence is offered for heritage speakers of Spanish to enable them to preserve and enhance their knowledge of Spanish. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary programs in Comparative Literature, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Linguistics, and Multilingual Journalism. For students majoring in fields with international or global goals, the department offers courses in phonetics, business, translation, reading in the arts and sciences, journalistic writing and health professions. Read more

Faculty Spotlight

AminAmin Erfani received his BA in French and Comparative Literature and his Master in French from Stony Brook University (SUNY). He subsequently received a PhD in French with certificates in Comparative Literature and Psychoanalytic Studies from Emory University. He joined the Languages and Literatures Department at Lehman College in 2013. He has previously offered courses ranging from elementary to advanced French language, grammar, and culture; introduction to literature and special topics on French theater and 20th and 21st century French film and novel; interdisciplinary studies on modern France as well as the Francophone world. He has published articles and presented at conferences on avant-garde European theater, new media, critical theory, French 19th and 20th century poetry, and psychoanalytic studies. He has collaborated, within and beyond university walls, with cultural organizations on both sides of the Atlantic alongside French and American theaters. In that context, he has initiated a series of productions of contemporary French plays with his original English translations, particularly from works by Bernard-Marie Koltès and Valère Novarina.


Arts and Humanities Works in Progress Series for Spring 2014

All talks take place on a Wednesday in Music 313, 12:30-2:00

LECTURE: April 30, 2014

“Women Writers and the Canon:Valeria Miani and Isabetta Coreglia”


Alexandra Coller, Assistant Professor, Department of  Languages and Literatures

This lecture investigates two newly rediscovered female-authored pastoral dramas, forthcoming in The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe Series (Toronto), edited and translated by Alexandra Coller: Valeria Miani’s Amorosa speranza (Venice: Francesco Bolzetta, 1604), and Isabetta Coreglia, La Dori (Naples: Gio. Domenico Montanaro, 1634). The plays will be analyzed within the context of pastoral drama, that is, the canonical production of Torquato Tasso’s Aminta (1581) and Giovanni Battista Guarini’s Pastor fido (1589), the less well-known examples of Francesco Bracciolini, Francesco Contarini, and Muzio Manfredi, as well as against the backdrop of the more widely acclaimed pastorals of Isabella Andreini [Mirtilla, 1588], Maddalena Campiglia [Flori, 1588], and Barbara Torelli [Partenia, ms., comp. c. 1587].

As such, Miani’s and Coreglia’s early seventeenth-century plays attest to what Coller describes as the “fourth” generation of pastoral dramatic writing in Italy and the “second” generation of female-authored pastoral drama on the continent.

What can these female-authored dramatic works teach us about imitative and revisionist practices, the “negotiation” between canonical and non-canonical texts, as well as their own claims to originality?

News & Announcements

Macaulay Honors College Student Wins Jack Nash Scholars Award for Study in Japan

Romi Zayas, a junior in the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman and a scholar in the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, will embark on a trip of a lifetime to Tokyo where she will study advanced Japanese at the Kanda University of International Studies this spring. She’s doing so with some help from a Jack Nash Scholars Award—a one-time scholarship grant of $10,000 for education expenses—and from Macaulay’s Opportunities Fund.



College Students from Japan Visited Lehman

On Thursday March 6th, 23 Japanese students from Yokohaman National University came to visit Lehman College. Many students studying Japanese at Lehman enjoyed the presentations that the Japanese students prepared on Yokohama and its history and culture. This event was part of the Kakehashi Project, the US-Japan Youth Exchange program that sent six Lehman students to Japan in May 2013.


For photos and videos from this year's event, please visit the Facebook page.


New Language Requirement

From Fall 2013, the new Lehman General Education Language Requirement is 6 credits for all students not entering with an Associate’s Degree. All elementary level courses have been changed to 3-credit equivalents.

101 ---> 111 (4 hours, 3 credits )

102 ---> 112 (4 hours, 3 credits )

Spanish Heritage Sequence:

103 ---> 113 (4 hours, 3 credits )

104 ---> 114 (4 hours, 3 credits )

Please see the flowchart for more information.

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Last modified: Apr 9, 2014

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