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Spring 2011

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Lincoln Center Course Offerings

COLI 2000-L01 – Texts and Contexts: Literature and Film in the early 20th Century   (3 credits)
S. Cornish      MW 11:30-12:45

This course will explore how cities, the geographical centers of modernism, became sites of political, creative, and intellectual power during the interwar years. A wide selection of essays, poetry, fiction, and experimental texts as well as works of expressionist and avant-garde cinema will facilitate discussion about how, in addition to the socio-political climate, the city's physical spaces generate creative cosmopolitan and deeply collaborative communities. We will pay special attention to how Berlin, Paris, Madrid, and New York City appear in and influence the works of writers such as Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, Andrew Breton, Janet Flanner, Ernest Hemingway, Christopher Isherwood, Federico Garcia Lorca, Mina Loy, Adrienne Monnier, John Dos Passos, Virginia Woolf, and read selections from urban and cultural theorists. As we discuss questions of translation, students will have the opportunity to read authors in their original language; however, no special knowledge of French, German, or Spanish is required.
Fulfills the core requirement in Literature in English, the distributive requirement in Eloquentia perfecta (EP2).

COLI 3464-L01 – Medicine and Literature in the Ancien Régime  (4 credits)
A. Clark
     MR 2:30-3:45
In this course we will look at the intersections between literary narratives and medical discourse in the 17th and 18th centuries, and in particular at the medical reforms that occurred in this period that increased the authority and effectiveness of the medical profession. The Enlightenment period witnessed a massive medicalization of literature and the reader. We will examine the ways in which medical doctors sought to harness the power and techniques of literature to treat their patients, and the ways in which novelists made use of various medical theories to awaken and move the bodies of their readers. Writers will include Swift, Sterne, Buffon, Diderot, Cabanis, Haller, Tissot, Whytt, Sade, among others. We will also be reading recent theoretical works related to the history of medicine, the philosophy of science, and critical theory that inform these intersections. Students in the Natural Sciences are particularly encouraged to take this course.

Lincoln Center Cross-listed Courses

CLAS 3050-L01
– Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire  (4 credits)
C. Sogno
   T 2:30-5:15
This course offers an overview of the multifaceted and complex history of Romano-Christian relations from the first to the beginning of the fifth century CE. Far from being two rigidly distinct and monolithic groups, Christians and pagans interacted in a variety of ways, and Christianity was deeply influenced by Greco-Roman culture. We shall start by trying to define who the Christians and the "pagans" were repectively, and we shall see not only how inaccurate and problematic the label "pagan" is, but also how deceptively unproblematic the use of the term "Christian" is. The topics for discussion will be presented chronologically and will include: the attitude of the Roman state toward Christianity; Roman persecution of Christians; Christian martyrs; the birth of Christian apologetic; the reform of the Roman state and the great persecution under Diocletian; Constantine's ascent to power and his edict of toleration; Julian the Apostate and his efforts to promote the traditional religion of Rome; religious violence; the "Battle of the Altar"; Theodosius' ban on pagan animal sacrifice; Augustine's conversion to Christianity; pagan and Christian reactions to the Fall of Rome. Fulfills the Advanced Disciplinary Course in History requirement.

COMM 4001-L01 – Films of Moral Struggle  (4 credits)
M. Tueth    MW 1:00-2:15
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 Values requirement – open to LC students only.

COMM 4001-L01
– Films of Moral Struggle  (4 credits)
A. Auster    T 2:30-5:15
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 Values requirement – open to LC students only.

ENGL 3045-L01 – Theory for English Majors  (4 credits)
A. Hoffman      MR 4:00-5:15

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 shaping the field of literary studies today. English and Comparative Literature majors/minors only. May be substituted for COLI 3000 - Theories of Comparative Literature.

ENGL 3206-L01 – Shakespeare  (4 credits)
H. Dubrow      MR 2:30-3:45
Poetry and playsstudied 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.


HIST 3624-L01
– European Cities  (4 credits)
R. Wakeman    MR 4:00-5:15

Topical study of Europe's cities with emphasis on urban culture, society and the built environment. Considers the nature of urban transformation in key urban places such as Paris, London, Berlin, Rome and Moscow.

FREN 3472-L01 – Realism and Decadence  (4 credits)
F. Harris    TF 11:30-12:45

The novel and the poem in the second half of the 19th century. May include texts by Flaubert and Zola, Baudelaire and the Symbolists, Huysmans and Proust. Conducted in French.

MLAL 3440-L01
– Arab Literature in Translation  (4 credits)
Al-Attabi Qussay
    TF 11:30-12:45
A survey of Arabic literature from the 6th century A.D. to the present, this course will explore the development of the literary genres of the Arabic canon, while keeping a keen (and critical) eye on the political, cultural, relgious and social circumstances that have accompanied - and, in many cases, given rise to - their development. Some of the questions the course will explore are: What is considered "literature" in the Arabic canon? What is the relationship between literature and politics? What impact has the Quran had on Arabic literature? What is the role of women in the Arabic literary tradition? What kind of dialogue has there been between Arabic and "Western" literatures? What is "commitment" in contemporary Arabic literature? Class discussions will be in English. All readings will be in English translation.

POSC 3507-L01
– International Human Rights  (4 credits)
S. Cartier    W 8:30-11:15
An examination of the international system for the protection of human rights: legal and political theory, cultural relativism, diplomatic protection and the concept of human rights law; legal instruments and institutions; substantive law.

VART 3555-C01 – Film and the City  (4 credits)
M. Street    M 6:00-8:45
In making their own short documentary film sketches, students will consider how the urban milieu has been
framed historically using moving images. Students will use video cameras to reveal the city as a dynamic, vibrant organism whose changes can be catalogued and reflected creatively in short films.

WMST 3010-L01 – Feminist Theories in Intercultural Perspective  (4 credits)
A. Hoffman      MR 2:30-3:45

An examination of contemporary feministtheories, with attention to the construction of gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and age. Students will analyze Western and non-Western writings from an interdisciplinary perspective. Fulfills the American Pluralism requirement.

Rose Hill Course Offerings

COLI 2000-R01 – Texts and Contexts: Race and American Culture  (3 credits)
T. Powell   TF 10:00-11:15

We will examine a variety of contemporary American cultural texts in order to understand how race is constructed and lived 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 responsibile discussions of race. Writing instruction will constitute a signifcant part of the course. Fulfills the core requirement in Literature in English, the distributive requirement in Eloquentia perfecta (EP2), and the American Pluralism requirement.

COLI 2000-R02 – Texts and Contexts:
Race and American Culture  (3 credits)
T. Powell    TF 11:30-12:45

See description above.

COLI 4126-R01 – Ten Short Films about Morality   (4 credits)
E. Badowska    W 11:30-2:00
This seminar will focus on a close analysis of acclaimed Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's cinematic masterpiece, The Decalogue (1988-1989). The ten one-hour films of the series each examine the ambiguities of the Ten Commandments in the modern setting of late twentieth-century Poland. The films will be paired wih substantial essays examining the "ten words" of the commandments from various religious, philosophical, and theoretical perspectives, as well as some key texts in critical and film theory.
Fulfills the Values requirement – open to RH students only.

Rose Hill Cross-listed Courses

COMM 4001-R01 – Films of Moral Struggle  (4 credits)
Instructor TBA      MR 4:00-5:15

This course studies the portrayal of human values and moral choices both in the narrative content and the cinematic technique of outstanding films. Class discussion tends to explore ethical aspects of each film's issues, while numerous critical analyses of the films are offered to develop the student's appreciation of the film's artistic achievements. Fulfills the Values requirement – open to RH students only.

ENGL 3045-R01 – Theory for English Majors  (4 credits)
E. Keleman    MR 10:00-11:15

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 shaping the field of literary studies today. English and Comparative Literature majors/minors only. May be substituted for COLI 3000 - Theories of Comparative Literature.

ENGL 3359-R01 – Asian Diasporic Literature  (4 credits)  [This course has been cancelled.]
J. Kim    TF 2:30-3:45
This course will introduce students to some key works of Asian diasporic literature, as well as to some crucial debates in Asian American studies. Some matters we may consider include the origins of the Asian American movement; the transnationalism debates; the intersections of race, gender and sexuality; and the emergence of an Asian American avant garde. Authors may include Maxine Hong Kingston, Chang-rae Lee, Li-Young Lee, Ha Jin, Young-Jean Lee, John Yau, Tan Lin, and others.

ENGL 3690-R01
– Literature of the West  (4 credits)
D. Contreras    TF 10:00-11:15
This course will examine the literature produced in the US Southwest with attention to texts by Anglo Americans, Chicana/os, Native Americans and African Americans. Authors may include: Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, Leslie Marmon Silko. Besides a consideration of the rural and the metropolis, specific regional histories such as that of Texas and of Hollywood will be placed in the cultural history of this vast geographical area. Important concepts guiding the course are historical memory, migration, communal history and the mobility of desire.
 
ENGL 3815-R01 – The Novel and the Nation  (4 credits)
C. GoGwilt    MR 11:30-12:45
A study of the relation between novelistic form and national identity. Focusing on novels from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the course explores how ideas of the nation, nationhood, and nationalism inform the genre of the novel. Broad topics to consider include: stereotypes of national identity in the novel; the significance of the novel as a vehicle for imagining national identity; and aspects of the novel as a genre that contest national identity. Although the primary focus will be the novels themselves, emphasis will also be placed on theories of the novel and theories of nationalism.


FREN 3480-R01 – Francophone Caribbean Literature  (4 credits)
L. Schreier      MR 10:00-11:15

This course examines a variety of literary, historical, cultural and linguistic aspects of the francophone Caribbean between 1791 (the beginning of the Haitian revolution) and today. Topics include articulation of political sovereignty in colonial and post-colonial contexts, francophone Caribbean literary movements, alternative narratives provided by Afro-diasporic voices, and Caribbean feminisms. Authors may include: Schwartz-Bart, Condé, Roumain, Chauvet, Fanon, Césaire. Conducted in French.

HIST 4980-R01
– The Renaissance and the Islamic World  (4 credits)
E. Turan    T 3:00-5:00pm

The traditional historiography has defined the Renaissance as a period of cultural, social, and political transformation in Europe between 14th and 17th centuries that marked the transition from the medieval to the modern times. This course will challenge this linear view of history endorsing Western exceptionalism by developing a comparative framework with the Islamic world. Developments such as the demise of feudalism, rise of urban centers, formation of monarchies, and rise of reformist religious movements will be examined in relation to similar processes in the Islamic context. In addition, the course will explore the political, cultural, and intellectual interaction and exchange between Christendom and Islamdom in this period, and emphasize the "global" aspect of the Renaissance which has been largely ignored by the traditional historiography with its fixation on the existence of dichotomous categories, such as East/West, Muslim/Christian, or Turkish/European.
Fulfills the Globalism requirement.

ITAL 3012-R01
– Medieval Storytelling  (4 credits)
S. Barsella    W 11:30-2:00
This course explores the narrative genre of the short story within the context of the communal civilization in which it developed and that it admirably depicted. We will investigate religious and erotic themes as intertwining against the backdrop of mercantile urban life, and analyze the modes in which the novella influenced the development of modern forms of narrative in Europe. Invention and tradition, comic and tragic, profane and sacred, are main threads that the storyteller interlaced in developing a new intellectual and educational role. Readings include authors such as Gregory the Great, Giovanni Boccaccio, Chaucer, Franco Sacchetti. The course integrates films such as Pier Paolo Pasolini's Decameron, figurative and literary texts. Fulfills the distributive requirement in Eloquentia perfecta (EP3). Conducted in Italian.

LATN 3041-R01
– Ovid  (4 credits)
M. McGowan
    TF 2:30-3:45
An overview of Ovid's Metamorphoses, a classic of its own age and one of the most influential works in the history of western literature. Select passages in Latin and the whole poem in English will be read, as well as contemporary scholarship. We shall assess the significance of the Metamorphoses in context and its inception throughout history. Regular quizzes, a midterm and final exam, and a research paper.

MLAL 3442-R01 – Arab Culture and the News Media  (4 credits)
M. Alsiadi    MR 10:00-11:15

The American news media portrays the Arab world as one of endless political upheaval and repression, with a culture shaped strictly by Islam. This course broadens students' understanding of contemporary Arab societies through the study of Arab TV/radio/print/internet news, propaganda and cartoons - from those sanctioned by government-run outlets to those of national-resistance activists, democracy-promoting movement and even jihadists. The news is used in this course to investigate cultural issues, including political authority and decision-making, religion, gender and family dynamics in Arab societies as well as to explore American-Arab relations. Through a study of the media, students compare Arab culture as portrayed by American media, and American culture asprotrayed by the media in the Arab world. The class is conducted in English, with materials in English and Arabic with English subtitles.

MLAL 3820-R01
– Memory and Identity in Modern Italy  (4 credits)
F. Parmeggiani    TF 11:30-12:45
What is Italy? What does it mean to be "Italian"? In this course, we will discuss how literature and cinema have contributed to shaping, challenging or redefining an Italian national identity in the 20th and 21st centuries by looking closely at a number of literary and visual responses to such defining moments in Italian history as the Risorgimento (when Italy became a modern nation-state), the fascist period, World War II and the postwar reconstruction, and globalization at the turn of the 21st century. Fulfills the Advanced Disciplinary Course in Literature requirement and
the distributive requirement in Eloquentia perfecta (EP3). Conducted in English.

PHIL 3188-R01
– Art, Morality and Politics  (4 credits)
J. Gosetti-Ferencei    MR 2:30-3:45
This course is devoted to the study of philosophical theories of literature, including studies of literary and poetic language, of the relationship between literary and other kinds of knowledge, of the philosophical meaning of literary works, and of questions regarding the status of the author and reader in the work of literature. The course covers readings from the history of philosophy and from recent philosophical and literary sources. Philosophers and authors studied include Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Iser, Blanchot, Bachelard, Sartre, Nehamas and de Bolla, as well as literary works by Rilke, Proust, Moravia and writers of Holocaust literature. Fulfills the Values requirement – open to RH students only.

PHIL 3652-R01
– Contemporary French Philosophy  (4 credits)
S. Haddad    TF 11:30-12:45
This course introduces the work of French thinkers from the 20th and 21st centuries. Themes under consideration might be subjectivity violence, justice, embodiment, and epistemology. Figures covered may include Badiou, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Irigarary, Kofman, Le Doeuff, Lyotard, Merleau-Ponty, and Ranciere. Reference may also be made to recent developments of French theory in the Anglo-American context, including in feminist theory and social and political philosophy.


PHIL 3870-R01
– Critical Social Theory  (4 credits)
J. Flynn    MR 10:00-11:15
This course traces the development of the "Frankfurt School" tradition of critical social theory, which combines Hegelian-Marxist social thought, Freudian psychoanalysis, and Max Weber's theory of rationalization. We will read Marx, Lukacs, Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse, and Habermas. Topics will include alienation and reification; the foundations of critical theory and ideology critique; critiques of the "culture industry", technology, and instrumental reason; and contemporary issues, such as the politics of public memory of the Holocaust in Germany and slavery in the U.S.

SPAN 3800-R01
– The Spanish Diaspora  (4 credits)
J. Jiménez-Belmonte
    MR 10:00-11:15
This course proposes a study of the main religious, political and intellectual Spanish diasporic waves from 1492 to 1939. By exploring different literary and cultural sources produced both inside and outside Spain, it aims to determine the impact of exile and displacement in the formation of Spanish national identity. Conducted in Spanish.


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