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Fall 2010

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Lincoln Center Course Offerings

COLI 3000-C01
– Theories of Comparative Literature (4 credits)
E. Stadler    W 6:00-8:45

A review of theories and methods of comparative literary studies, using literary and film theory and criticism as primary readings in conjunction with works of literature drawn from a range of literary traditions. Fulfills the Theory requirement for English majors.

COLI 3216-L01 – Lost Illusions  (4 credits)
F. Harris      TF 11:30-12:45
The shift in Western civilization from the idea of inevitable progress to the more modern mode of uncertainty will be studied through selected literary texts and films. Authors may include Böll, Céline, Duras, Flaubert, Fontane, Hemingway, and Musil.

COLI 4020-L01
– Literature, Film and Development (4 credits)
F. Mustafa
     T 2:30-5:00
Development and underdevelopment are terms we now associate with the relative industrialization/financialization of any given part of the world and the disposition of their economic structures. They are used to differentiate the haves and the have-nots. We will study Development and its discourse as it has emerged since the 18th century within humanist frameworks of philosophy/science (the animal-human divide), literature (stories/narrative as colonial inscription), and technology (techne, machines, photography, film and video), and explore the ways development is used to inflect our perceptions and ways we read. Capstone seminar for Comparative Literature majors. Fulfills the Global Studies requirement.

Lincoln Center Cross-listed Courses

AFAM 3667-L01
– Caribbean Literature (4 credits)
F. Mustafa
     M 6:00-8:45
A broad survey of the literatures of the Caribbean region, including translations from Spanish and French. Primarily 20th-century works will be read against the background of colonial discourse theory. Writers read include Maran, Césaire, Fanon, Carpentier, Chauvet, Mohr, V.S. Naipaul, Walcott, Brathwaite, Kincaid, and others. Fulfills the Global Studies requirement.

COMM 4001-L01 – Films of Moral Struggle  (4 credits)
A. Auster      T 2:30-5:00

This course will survey both American and World Cinema for their approaches to moral and ethical issues. It will examine how these issues are presented to an audience and how these issues are resolved, or perhaps even left ambiguous or unresolved. It will also examine how these films' moral issues are framed by the filmmakers in various countries and cultures. Fulfills the senior Values requirement – open to LC students only.

ENGL 3115-L01 – Medieval Women Writers  (4 credits)
S. Yeager      TF 1:00-2:15

This course will focus on the autobiographical account of Perpetua (a Roman martyr), the plays of Hroswitha (a Saxon nun), the biography of Christina of Markyate (an Englishwoman who rejected marriage for life as a solitary), and the romantic lyrics of the anonymous woman of Christine de Pizan, plus excerpts from Englishwomen who knew each other.

ENGL 3206-L01 – Shakespeare  (4 credits)
M. Bly      TF 10:00-11:15

Poetry and plays studied in relation to Renaissance and 20th-century concerns and ideologies. Emphasis on Shakespeare and his works read and constructed in regard to power, class, gender and literary aesthetics.

ENGL 3655-L01 – The Art of Captivity (4 credits)
L. Cassuto
     T 2:30-5:15
This new interdisciplinary course focuses on the literature and art of captivity as the term is broadly conceived. We will read about literal forms of captivity such as slavery, and figurative, social versions of captivity that arise from relationships, economics, sexuality, disability, and other situations. Authors will include Frederick Douglass, Art Spiegelman, Sylvia Plath, and others. This course combines literature with visual art, spotlighting the fall 2010 exhibit in the Lincoln Center Art Gallery, curated by Professor Cassuto, also called "The Art of Captivity". The exhibit will feature the work of Kara Walker, Alyssa Phoebus, Paul Karasik, and others. We will sometimes meet in the gallery in order to create interdisciplinary dialogue between paintings and readings. The course will also feature a number of guest appearances by artists whose work will be represented in the exhibit.

FREN 3333-L01 – Tableaux: Art & Theatre  (4 credits)
A. Clark     MR 2:30-3:45

This course examines the changing articulation of the "tableau" and how it informed important aesthetic developments in 18th-century theater and painting. Students will read theoretical texts on the theater, such as Diderot's De la poesie dramatique and Mercier's Du théâtre,  and other theoretical works by Marivaux, Voltaire, Diderot and Beaumarchais, in addition to critical texts on the French salons. Conducted in French.

LATN 3060-L01
– Readings in Vergil  (4 credits)
G. Shea
     MR 2:30-3:45
The fourth eclogue, selections from the Georgics, and Book 6 of the Aeneid will be read in Latin; the whole of the Aeneid in English. The course seeks to convey some appreciation of the trajectory of the whole of Vergil's literary career, but the main emphasis will be on his great epic poem and on the genre of ancient epic.

MEST 3324-L01 – Israel in Fiction and Film  (4 credits)  [This course has been cancelled]
A. Hoffman     MR 4:00-5:15 
Through poetry, fiction, and film, this course explores the politics of culture and the dynamics of national identity in Israel. The course gives particular attention to the interplay between immigration and ethnicity, gender, and nationality, in the context of historical developments from the end of the 19th century to the recent past.

SPAN 3002-L01 – Topics in Spanish American Culture  (4 credits)
C. Vich      TF 10:00-11:15

The study of Spanish-American society through its cultural expressions: literature, art, music, film, and print journalism.
Fulfills the Global Studies requirement. Conducted in Spanish.

VART 4300-L01
Representation in Art: Film/Video, Photography and Painting  (4 credits)
M. Street     T 2:30-5:00

This course focuses on the ethics of representation, and considers how art deals with depictions of people. What is an artist’s responsibility to his/her subject? Does the very act of making an image of people involve some level of manipulation and deceit? Artists are necessarily articulating a specific view of the people they portray. The line between negative and positive portraits is fluid and permeable, and artists have long struggled with implicit and explicit contractural issues involving their subjects. The course will consider specific examples of people depicted in artworkin a way that caused them discomfort. It will also explore how certain types of images (the nude for instance) can play into constricting views of women. In addition to exploring feminist issues, the course will also consider how these artistic mediums negotiate race, ethnicity and class issues in the images they present. Does the very act of representing horrific events (war for instance) keep viewers from engaging with the politics involved? To what extent does looking at art allow us to engage in the world as ethical and involved citizens? In looking at this work, students will think about how artists considered their subjects, and will also be encouraged to be active and discerning viewers of artwork. Fulfills the senior Values requirement - open to LC students only.


WMST 3610-L01 – Transatlantic Women Modernists  (4 credits)  [This course has been cancelled]
A. Fernald      TF 11:30-12:45
This class looks at gender and modernism on both sides of the Atlantic. We will read a generous selection of women modernists, famous and little-known, representing fiction, film, and poetry from the first half of the 20th century. Our transatlantic focus offers special opportunity to examine multicultural and cosmopolitan modernisms: many women writers in this period were travelers and immigrants. We will also analyze the complex and often fraught relationships among feminist criticism, feminist theory, and theories of modernism, both in the early 20th century and today. Authors include: Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Mansfield, Jean Rhys, and Virginia Woolf.

Rose Hill Course Offerings

COLI 2000-R01 – Texts and Contexts: Race and American Culture  (3 credits)
T. Powell
      TF 11:30-12:45

We will examine a variety of contemporary American cultural artifacts, films as well as works of literature, in order to understand the social construction and lived experience of race in the US. We will also examine some theoretical and critical texts in order to attain a rigorous vocabulary for participating in intellectually sophisticated and ethically responsible discussions of race. Writing instruction will constitute a significant part of the course. F
ulfills the core requirement in Literature in English, the distributive requirement in Eloquentia perfecta (EP2), and the American Pluralism requirement
.

COLI 3100-R01
World Cinema Masterpieces
  (4 credits)
P. Sicker
     MR 11:30-12:45
This course provides a close analysis of style, narrative structure and visual texture in selected masterworks of major European, Asian and American filmmakers. Directors under consideration include: Renoir, Carné, Lang, Welles, Ophuls, Hitchcock, Bresson, Kurosawa, Ray, Bergman, Rossellini, Fellini, Truffaut, Tarkovsky, Kieslowski, Fassbinder and Altman. Fulfills the Advanced Disciplinary Course requirement in Literature.

Rose Hill Cross-listed Courses

COMM 4001-R01 – Films of Moral Struggle  (4 credits)
M. Tueth      MR 4:00-5:15

This course attempts to study how human values and moral choices are explored through both the narrative content and technique of the film medium. Philosophical and theological perspectives are brought to bear on various ethical questions which each film presents, while numerous critical approaches are employed to develop the students' appreciation of each film's technical aspects. The majority of the films studied are distinguished achievements in the American film canon, such as Casablanca, On the Waterfront, The Graduate, The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River, American Beauty, and others. Fulfills the senior Values requirement – open to RH students only.

ENGL 3045-R01 – Theory for English Majors  (4 credits)
M. Gold      MR 2:30-3:45

Ordinarily to be taken during the junior year, this course introduces the student to debates in literary and critical theory. The goal of this course is to reflect on reading strategies, textual practices, and language itself. Students will engage with a range of critical, theoretical,and social issues shapingthe field of literary studies today. English and Comparative Literature majors/minors only. May be substituted for COLI 3000 - Theories of Comparative Literature.

ENGL 3111-R01 – Medieval Romance  (4 credits)
K. Little      TF 1:00-2:15

A study of romance's enduring popular appeal, this course examines texts from the 12th to 15th centuries and compares them with later romance traditions.

ENGL 3330-R01 – The Global 18th Century  (4 credits)
J. Kim      MR 10:00-11:15

In the eighteenth century, Britain's imperial expansion and investment in colonialism and slavery were well underway; England was actively involved in a global market (that, among other things, featured products from China and Japan); and it was alternately cooperating with and competing against other European countries. This course will examine both the representation of global expansion in English literature and, just as importantly, the influx of global literature into England. We will read canonical British texts, alongside slave narratives and Arabian tales, giving all equal weight in our efforts to understand the period.

ENGL 3356-R01 – Introduction to Asian American Studies  (4 credits)
T. Powell     TF 2:30-3:45
An introduction to key issues in Asian American Studies, viewed through a transnational frame of reference. Topics will most likely include patterns of Asian migration to the US, exclusion laws, Japanese American internment, model minority discourse, and Asians and Asian Americans in film and media.


ENGL 3673-R01 – Postmodern American Novel  (4 credits)
D. Contreras      TF 10:00-11:15
Postmodernism marks the time and space after World War II; the globe has become the global market, producing wide ranging cultural and political effects. These effects are esplored in various experimental novels by American writers including Philip K. Dick, Pynchon, De Lillo, William S. Burroughs, and David Foster Wallace. The course will concentrate on a selection of novels that attempt to make sense of a world dominated by commodities and images in a time of endless war.


ENGL 3920-R01 – Poetry Daily  (4 credits)
C. Hassett      MR 4:00-5:15

A study of contemporary poetry and new poems from books, magazines and journals currently in print.

FREN 3465-R01 – Women on the Margins in 19th-Century France  (4 credits)
L. Schreier      MR 11:30-12:45

This course explores the roles and identities available to women in 19th-century France, and the ways in which women challenged the boundaries of those costraints. Through the reading of literary and non-literary texts (critical theory, but also newspaper articles, conduct manuals, and medical treaties), and the discussion of visual documents such as paintings and fashion plates, we consider such institutions and conditions as female education, marriage, motherhood, as well as prostitution, feminism and rebellion. Authors include Duras, Maupassant, Barbey d'Aurevilly, Balzac, Rachilde. Conducted in French.

ITAL 3020-R01 – Renaissance and Baroque Novella  (4 credits)
A. Polcri      MR 11:30-12:45

This course will investigate the evolution of Italian narrative prose from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Particular attention will be devoted to the tradition of the unframed short story (Novella spicciolata), but we will also explore collections of novelle composed by major authors such as Bandello, Straparola and Basile.
Conducted in Italian.

ITAL 3701-R01 – Italian Women Writers  (4 credits)
F. Parmeggiani      TF 11:30-12:45

A close analysis of narrative, poetry and theory by Italian women writers and activists from the 19th to the 21st century representing women's personal and political experiences in the context of Italianand European cultural traditions and history. Conducted in Italian.

LATN 3061-R01
– Christian Latin  (4 credits)
J. Clark
     MR 2:30-3:45
Selections in Latin from the Bible, the church fathers, and medieval thinkers. How the Latin language and Latin culture were appropriated and managed by western Christian writers.

PHIL 3945-R01 – Philosophy and Art  (4 credits)
J. Gosetti-Ferencei     MR 2:30-3:45
A course in philosophical aesthetics for upper-level students with interests both in philosophy and in the various artistic and literary disciplines. Starting from a historical survey of discussions of art, we consider issues such as mimesis and representation, the ontological and epistemological value of art, the structure of artisticexperience, and the status of the artist as the origin of the work of art. Readings include selections from Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Dewey, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Danto, Foucault and de Bolla, and are presented in conjunction with studied attention to works of visual art as well as works in other media.

SPAN 3002-R01 – Topics in Spanish-American Culture  (4 credits)
A. Cruz-Malavé     MR 11:30-12:45

The study of Spanish-American society through its cultural expressions: literature, art, music, film, and print journalism.
Fulfills the Global Studies requirement. Conducted in Spanish.

SPAN 3826-R01 – Latin American and World Literature (4 credits)
G. Marún
    MR 2:30-3:45
This course examines contemporary Latin American writers who explore such topics as economic globalization, the influence of international films, and the concepts of probability and truth clarified by Gödel in mathematics. This contemporary Latin American narrative locates itself in an international space and produces a global narrative with a plurality of discourses and voices. Among the authors to be explored are Ampuero, Fuguet, Martínez, Paszkowski, Simonetti and Volpi. Conducted in Spanish.


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