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Moore International is a living-learning community for first-year women that combines a course that students will take together in the fall with other outside the classroom experiences. This community of students will share a common international interest that expresses itself in speaking a foreign language, a study abroad experience, or having a deep curiosity about foreign cultures and literatures.

Students will live in Moore Hall and will have an international faculty member from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) as their mentor. The goal is to create meaningful bridges between different cultures and acquire a broader perspective on one's own culture.

Inside the Classroom

Students will take the LLC 210 course that will introduce to them the study of cultural and literary texts, focused particularly on the representation of women in relation to moral and ethical norms constructed in different social and historical contexts. The course will begin by exploring classical representations of women who tend to be identified as examples of either virtue or vice.

Beginning with Greek mythology (Pandora), Genesis (Eve), the Gospels (Mary, Magdalene, etc.), and the Qur'an (Hawwa) students will investigate why women seem to be insistently depicted in terms of the extremes of virtue and vice. From there, students will examine a selection of works that confirm, complicate, or reject this Manichean perspective on women. The course also fulfills the field of study requirement in literature (FSLT) that students are required to complete, as part of their general education requirements.

Although the course will have a primary focus on literary texts, it will also introduce students to other kinds of "objects of study," including operas, visual works and cinema, in which some of these archetypal female characters are depicted.

Outside the Classroom

In addition to the course, students will participate in co-curricular events outside of the classroom with the faculty mentor that will further connect what they learn in class. Some of these activities might include:

Fast Facts

Lidia Radi, Ph.D.

Fall course: 
LLC 210: Women, Virtue and Temptation in Literature, 1 unit
(Fulfills FSLT general education requirement)
Monday/Wednesday, 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Number of students: 16

Residence hall: 
Moore Hall

Sample Course Readings

The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1-15

Qur’an, Excerpts

Hesiod, Theogony and Works and Days

Virgil, Aeneid

Dante, Divine Comedy

Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel.

Shakespeare, Much ado about nothing.

Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew.

Webster John, The Duchess of Malfi.

Madame de LaFayette, The Princesse de Cleves

Eileen Chang, Love in a Fallen City

Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous conditions, Lynne Rienner Publishers

Karen Zacarías, The Legacy of Light

Barbery Muriel, The Elegance of the hegdehog

Student Profiles

Rebecca Robinson, '16
Melissa Diamond
, '15
Pooja Patel
, '15