Courses

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Existentialism in Literature and Philosophy
AS.213.374 (01)

This course explores the themes of existentialism, including the meaning of existence, the nature of the self, authenticity and inauthenticity, the inescapability of death, the experience of time, anxiety, freedom and responsibility to others, in literary and philosophical works. It will be examined why these philosophical ideas often seem to demand literary expression, or bear a close relation to literary works. Readings may include writings by Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Heidegger, Rilke, Kafka, Simmel, Jaspers, Buber, Sartre, de Beauvoir, and Camus.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Gosetti, Jennifer Anna
  • Room: Hodson 216
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Freshman Seminar: How Literature Works: Narrative Imagination from Ancient to Modern Times
AS.300.203 (01)

Is storytelling part of human nature? Do myths and legends have a universal structure? As a bridge between experience and language, narratives inform the way we understand history, gender, politics, emotion, cognition and much more. This course will explore how narratives are composed, how they are experienced, and eventually, how they evolve throughout history. We will be reading a diverse selection of ancient and modern texts, including selections from Plato and Aristotle, the Odyssey, the Hebrew Bible, as well as 19th-and-20th-century authors such as the Brothers Grimm, Gustave Flaubert, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. The second part of the course focuses on philosophical and critical approaches to narrative in arts and media, concluding with the evolving concept of narrative in the digital age. Theoretical readings include selections from Karl Marx, Roland Barthes, Jacques Derrida and Judith Butler. All readings will be in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Sirin, Hale
  • Room: Mattin Center 161
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Challenge to Painting: Collage, Montage, Assemblage
AS.010.422 (01)

The invention of Cubist collage is generally regarded as a watershed in twentieth-century art. This seminar will examine key junctures in the rapid proliferation and redefinition of collage strategies primarily in Europe and the United States, including but not limited to Futurist “words in liberty”; Dada and Constructivist photomontage; the Surrealist exploration of desire; Situationist "détournement"; and selected varieties of postwar assemblage. Frequent meetings in Special Collections.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Warnock, Molly
  • Room: Gilman 177
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/8
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Heidegger's Being and Time and the Examined Life
AS.211.332 (01)

This course will explore Heidegger’s Being and Time with attention to such central concepts as Dasein’s unique relation to Being, worldliness, care, authentic and inauthentic existence, attunement, understanding, projection, and being unto death. The first eight weeks will be devoted to a thorough reading of Being and Time and selected critical texts. The last five will consider works of art that expand our understanding of Heidegger’s magnum opus.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM
  • Instructor: Tobias, Rochelle
  • Room: Gilman 404
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 10/15
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-GERM

Literature of the Great Recession
AS.215.417 (01)

The Great Recession—sometimes called the financial crisis or the economic crisis of 2008—brought financial markets to a halt and created significant political turmoil across the North Atlantic. But its impact on culture, and literature especially, has often been ignored. This seminar will travel across Europe, from Dublin to Madrid, from London to Reykjavík in order to examine how literature has registered this most recent economic crisis. We will focus on how crisis is narrated and the ways in which literary works have managed to provide a voice for marginalized social, economic, and political demands.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 3:00PM - 5:30PM
  • Instructor: Seguin, Becquer D
  • Room: Bloomberg 176
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 6/16
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, INST-ECON

Freshman Seminar: Tolstoy's War and Peace
AS.300.237 (01)

Leo Tolstoy’s monumental novel War and Peace, which the author Henry James called “a loose baggy monster,” is a sui generis work of modern literature that offered a response and challenge to the European Realist novel and founded a Russian national myth. We will read the novel in translation, alongside its adaptations into opera, film, and Broadway musical.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Eakin Moss, Anne
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

The Contemporary Philosophical Novel
AS.300.309 (01)

What can literature offer to philosophical reflection? Can literature address experiences that evade theoretical philosophy? Or, does fictional writing conflict with rigorous philosophical inquiry? The long-standing separation of philosophy and literature begins when Plato bans poetry and tragedy from the ideal city in the Republic. This seminar focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century thinkers that challenge the predisposition against literature through different attempts to write the “philosophical novel.” In this seminar, we will take seriously the philosophical stakes of literary texts, and investigate how and why literature offers a unique perspective for philosophical reflection. We will read texts by Plato, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Iris Murdoch, and David Foster-Wallace.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Levi, Jacob Ezra
  • Room: Smokler Center Library
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

The Modernist Novel: Mann, Woolf, and Joyce
AS.300.319 (01)

In this course, we will survey the major works of three of the greatest, most relentless innovators of the twentieth century – Thomas Mann, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce – who explored and exploded narrative techniques for depicting what Woolf called the “luminous halo” of life.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: WF 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: McCabe, Nathan, Ong, Yi-Ping
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/19
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Art since 1945
AS.010.209 (01)

Critical survey of developments in the visual arts primarily in Europe and the United States from 1945 to the present, ranging from painting and sculpture to performance, photography, and video, with emphasis on the critical concepts and the aesthetic, social, and historical implications of new forms of artistic production and dissemination. Visits to the BMA and Special Collections.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Warnock, Molly
  • Room: Gilman 119
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 4/19
  • PosTag(s): HART-MODERN

Russian Avant-Garde Cinema
AS.300.366 (01)

Russian cinema was born out of the intense artistic experimentation of the fin-de-siècle avant-garde and developed in a climate of dramatic political and cultural change in the twenties and thirties. While subject to draconian censorship in the Soviet period, it nonetheless engaged in active dialogue with the film industries of Western Europe and America and had a lasting impact on world cinema. This course examines the extraordinary flourishing of avant-garde cinema in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 30s including films by Eisenstein, Vertov, Pudovkin, and Dovzhenko, their theoretical writings, and their far-reaching influence on film and film theory. All readings in English, films subtitled in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Eakin Moss, Anne
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 11/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Philosophical Conceptions of the Infinite
AS.300.315 (01)

What is the infinite? Can we comprehend it? Can we experience it? In this course we will explore various ways in which philosophers in the western tradition have answered questions such as these. In the first half of the semester, we will examine theoretical treatments of the infinite that inform how we understand the fabric of our world, from the ordinary objects around us to more sublime concepts of God, space, time, and mathematics. In the second half, we will turn to arguments in aesthetics and ethics that reveal an interplay between infinity and finitude occurring before our very eyes. Philosophers we will cover include Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Kant, Hegel, Russell, Levinas, and Arendt. Throughout, we will ask such fundamental questions as, what is the starting point of philosophy? what is its methodology? what can it achieve in terms of knowledge? and in terms of practice?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Host, Alexander Stoltzfus
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-PT

Modernities and Comparison
AS.300.425 (01)

Comparative survey of literary modernities in Europe and East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). We will study works of modern literature as well as critical and philosophical texts from these civilizations in each other’s light. We will, as a working hypothesis, begin our examination by bracketing off the conventional center-periphery (Europe-Asia) scheme and considering literary modernities to be singular and contested, yet mutually resonating attempts at reconstruction, restoration, and revolution vis-à-vis the deconstructive forces of capitalist modernity. Ultimately, we will interrogate how we should understand literary modernities in the plural, as they emerged in distant civilizations. Topics of discussion include decadence, repetition, the trope of the human, ideology, the sublime, ritual, and translation. Readings in Hegel, Nietzsche, Mann, Benjamin, Baudelaire, Proust, Breton, Sōseki, Kobayashi, Wang Guowei, Lu Xun, and Yi Kwangsu. All readings are in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Hashimoto, Satoru
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 15/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Visual Reality
AS.371.149 (01)

In art, "Realism" is a simulation of visual reality. But art can also simulate alternative realities, those realities or truths which exist only in daydreams or nightmares. In this class, we will learn to explore and create representations of these additional moments of existence. This will require thinking creatively or "outside the box," a useful skill in any field. Using a variety of media, students are asked to solve problems to which there is no one correct answer.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 2:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Instructor: Bakker, D.S.
  • Room: Mattin Center 201
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/12
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Literature of the Everyday
AS.300.429 (01)

The ordinary, the common, the everyday: why does literary realism consider the experiences of the average individual to be worthy of serious contemplation? In this course, we will read closely a set of novels by Flaubert, Mann, Dickens, Eliot, Zola, Tolstoy, and Woolf from the period between 1850 and 1950 in which the development of realism reaches it climax. These novels transform the conventions for the representation of lives of lower and middle class subjects, revealing such lives as capable of prompting reflection upon deep and serious questions of human existence.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Ong, Yi-Ping
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 8/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Course # (Section) Title Day/Times Instructor Room PosTag(s) Info
AS.213.374 (01)Existentialism in Literature and PhilosophyTTh 1:30PM - 2:45PMGosetti, Jennifer AnnaHodson 216GRLL-ENGL
AS.300.203 (01)Freshman Seminar: How Literature Works: Narrative Imagination from Ancient to Modern TimesT 1:30PM - 4:00PMSirin, HaleMattin Center 161
AS.010.422 (01)Challenge to Painting: Collage, Montage, AssemblageT 3:00PM - 5:30PMWarnock, MollyGilman 177HART-MODERN
AS.211.332 (01)Heidegger's Being and Time and the Examined LifeMW 4:30PM - 5:45PMTobias, RochelleGilman 404GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-GERM
AS.215.417 (01)Literature of the Great RecessionM 3:00PM - 5:30PMSeguin, Becquer DBloomberg 176GRLL-ENGL, INST-ECON
AS.300.237 (01)Freshman Seminar: Tolstoy's War and PeaceTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMEakin Moss, AnneGilman 208INST-GLOBAL
AS.300.309 (01)The Contemporary Philosophical NovelTh 1:30PM - 4:00PMLevi, Jacob EzraSmokler Center Library
AS.300.319 (01)The Modernist Novel: Mann, Woolf, and JoyceWF 12:00PM - 1:15PMMcCabe, Nathan, Ong, Yi-PingGilman 208
AS.010.209 (01)Art since 1945TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMWarnock, MollyGilman 119HART-MODERN
AS.300.366 (01)Russian Avant-Garde CinemaTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AMEakin Moss, AnneGilman 208INST-GLOBAL
AS.300.315 (01)Philosophical Conceptions of the InfiniteM 1:30PM - 4:00PMHost, Alexander StoltzfusGilman 208INST-PT
AS.300.425 (01)Modernities and ComparisonT 1:30PM - 4:00PMHashimoto, SatoruGilman 208
AS.371.149 (01)Visual RealityT 2:00PM - 5:00PMBakker, D.S.Mattin Center 201
AS.300.429 (01)Literature of the EverydayF 1:30PM - 4:00PMOng, Yi-PingGilman 208

Column one has the course number and section. Other columns show the course title, days offered, instructor's name, room number, if the course is cross-referenced with another program, and a option to view additional course information in a pop-up window.

Narratives of Dissent in Israeli Society and Culture
AS.211.361 (02)

In this course we will study and analyze the notion of dissent in Israeli society and culture on its various literary and artistic forms. We will examine the emergence and the formation of various political and social protest movements, such as the Israeli Black Panthers, Israeli feminism and the 2011 Social Justice protest. We will discuss at length the history and the nature of dissent in the military and in relation to Israeli wars and will track changes in these relation. Significant portion of the course will be dedicated to the literary, cinematic and artistic aspects of Israeli protest and their influence on Israeli discourse. We will explore the nature and role of specific genres and media such as the Israeli satire, Israeli television, newspaper op-ed and the recent emergence of social media. Students wishing to work in English exclusively for 3 credits should enroll in section one. Students who are fluent in Hebrew and are wishing to attend an additional hour-long Hebrew discussion session per week with Professor Cohen (time TBD in consultation with enrolled students) for 4 credits should enroll in section 2.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Stahl, Neta
  • Room: Krieger 302
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 5/5
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP

Forms of Moral Community: The Contemporary World Novel
AS.300.336 (01)

Literary and philosophical imaginations of moral community in the post-WWII period (1950-2001). Texts include: Coetzee, Disgrace; McEwan, Atonement;Achebe, Things Fall Apart; Ishiguro, An Artist of the Floating World; Roy, The God of Small Things; Lessing, The Grass is Singing; Mistry, A Fine Balance;Morrison, Beloved; and essays by Levi, Strawson, Adorno, Murdoch, Beauvoir and Barthes on the deep uncertainty over moral community after the crisis of World War II. Close attention to novelistic style and narrative will inform our study of the philosophical questions that animate these works. What does it means to acknowledge another person’s humanity? Who are the members of a moral community? Why do we hold one another responsible for our actions? How do fundamental moral emotions such as contempt, humiliation, compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, and regret reveal the limits of a moral community?

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Ong, Yi-Ping
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Ancient Greek Mythology: Art, Narratives, and Modern Mythmaking
AS.040.121 (01)

This course focuses on major and often intricate myths and mythical patterns of thought as they are reflected in compelling ancient visual and textual narratives. Being one of the greatest treasure troves of the ancient world, these myths will further be considered in light of their rich reception in the medieval and modern world (including their reception in the modern fields of anthropology and philosophy).

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios
  • Room: Gilman 75
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/25
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Freshman Seminar: Borges and Scientific Knowledge
AS.211.137 (01)

A survey of the stories and essays of the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges focusing on the theory of knowledge he developed over his long career. Special attention will be paid to the implications his ideas have for the mathematical and physical sciences, in particular cosmology.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM
  • Instructor: Egginton, William
  • Room: Gilman 186
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/19
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL

Narratives of Dissent in Israeli Society and Culture
AS.211.361 (01)

In this course we will study and analyze the notion of dissent in Israeli society and culture on its various literary and artistic forms. We will examine the emergence and the formation of various political and social protest movements, such as the Israeli Black Panthers, Israeli feminism and the 2011 Social Justice protest. We will discuss at length the history and the nature of dissent in the military and in relation to Israeli wars and will track changes in these relation. Significant portion of the course will be dedicated to the literary, cinematic and artistic aspects of Israeli protest and their influence on Israeli discourse. We will explore the nature and role of specific genres and media such as the Israeli satire, Israeli television, newspaper op-ed and the recent emergence of social media. Students wishing to work in English exclusively for 3 credits should enroll in section one. Students who are fluent in Hebrew and are wishing to attend an additional hour-long Hebrew discussion session per week with Professor Cohen (time TBD in consultation with enrolled students) for 4 credits should enroll in section 2.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Stahl, Neta
  • Room: Krieger 302
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 9/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP

Witchcraft and Demonology in Literature and the Arts
AS.211.477 (01)

Who were the witches? Why were they persecuted for hundreds of years? Why were women identified as the witches par excellence? How many witches were put to death between 1400 and 1800? What traits did European witch-mythologies share with other societies? After the witch-hunts ended, how did “The Witch” go from being “monstrous” to being “admirable” and even “sexy”? Answers are found in history and anthropology, but also in theology,literature, folklore, music, and the visual arts, including cinema.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Stephens, Walter E
  • Room: Gilman 132
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/40
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, GRLL-ITAL

Great Minds
AS.300.102 (01)

Introductory survey of foundational texts of modern Western literature and thought. This semester will include works by René Descartes, Max Weber, W. E. B. Du Bois, Virginia Woolf, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Theodor Adorno, Michel Foucault, Cora Diamond, and Stanley Cavell. The course is taught in lectures and seminar discussions led by the course faculty.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Marrati, Paola
  • Room: Krieger 302
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 3/25
  • PosTag(s): INST-PT

Cinema of the 1930s: Communist and Capitalist Fantasies
AS.300.324 (01)

Comedy and musical comedy film flourished in the USA during the Great Depression as well as in the USSR during the Stalinist Great Terror. This course will compare films of the era in a variety of genres (musical, epic, Western, drama), examining the intersections between politics and aesthetics as well as the lasting implications of the films themselves in light of theoretical works on film as a medium, ethics and gender.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Eakin Moss, Anne
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/25
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Vanguards: American Art and Literature
AS.300.332 (01)

Why is art from one country considered forward-looking or modern, and art from another is not? What makes or made American culture cutting edge, and when did that happen—if it ever did? This course explores theories and practices of the vanguard, paying close attention to the mostly early- to mid-twentieth century art and literature that arguably made up the American avant-garde: that is, art and culture that is radically experimental, strange, and often fascinating. For some thinkers, America’s consumerism and robust cultural production (think: movies, television, advertising) mean that American art and poetry could not be cutting edge. But others disagree, contending that a work of “sculpture” like Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (a urinal turned on its side) proves that an American vanguard has long flourished. We will jump into these debates and explorations, investigating what it means to think of art as modern or avant-garde, studying the kinds of painting, sculpture, performance art, and writing that might apply, and envisioning how the poetry of writers ranging from Muriel Rukeyser to Sylvia Plath and others takes the vanguard in new directions.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
  • Instructor: Siraganian, Lisa Michele
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Love and its maladies
AS.300.334 (01)

Much of what we know about love and desire we owe to fiction’s ability to evoke these experiences. Consider for example that the publication, in Germany, of The Sorrows of Young Werther inspired young men across Europe to dress and behave just like this lover. Just as nowadays film and television represent, as well as mold our conceptions of love, love-stories from the eighteenth-century onwards have given shape to gendered subjectivities in ways that still matter now. As, intriguingly, illness is a recurrent theme in many modern love stories, we will be prompted to decipher signs and symptoms in the bodies of mind of our protagonists. Why is it that in Western cultures, passion is tightly interwoven with a landscape of pain, suffering, and disease? In studying texts that represent major aspects of a romantic sensibility, we are indeed invited to trace the steps of a history of the body increasingly defined by gender and by medical knowledge. The readings for this class (all available in English) include: Austen, Persuasion; Balzac, The Unknown Masterpiece; Barthes, Lover’s Discourse; Goethe; The Sorrows of Young Werther; Mann, Death in Venice; Winterson, Written on the Body.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Instructor: Ender, Evelyne
  • Room: Gilman 219
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 7/18
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Imagining Climate Change
AS.300.342 (01)

Climate change poses an existential threat to human civilization. Yet the attention and concern it receives in ordinary life and culture is nowhere near what science tells us is required. What are the causes of this mismatch between crisis and response? What accounts for our collective inability to imagine and grasp this new reality, and how can it be overcome? In pursuit of these questions, we will look at texts from politics, philosophy, literary theory, and religion that frame climate change as a fundamental challenge not only to humanity but to the humanities: the disciplines and modes of thought that we rely on to make sense of the human condition. The second part of the course will examine works of literature and film for examples of how contemporary artists attempt to make the climate crisis visible and intelligible to us.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
  • Instructor: Lisi, Leonardo
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 0/19
  • PosTag(s): GRLL-ENGL, INST-IR, ENVS-MAJOR, ENVS-MINOR

Literature and the World
AS.300.344 (01)

This course interrogates how modern literature not simply reflects the world but functions as world-making power. What is a world? How do we conceive of, live in, and change it? What if there are multiple worlds? How are literature and other aesthetic forms crucial to tackling these questions? We will survey literary and philosophical texts in a comparative setting, engaging examples from both Europe and East Asia. All readings are in English. Open to graduate students.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Hashimoto, Satoru
  • Room: Bloomberg 178
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 13/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Black & White: Digital Darkroom
AS.371.162 (02)

In this digital course, students explore the black- and-white aesthetic. They develop camera skills on field trips into the city and countryside. Students meet frequently for critiques and discussions based on historic and contemporary imagery. They will learn to use Lightroom and Photoshop for image adjustment. Techniques such as high dynamic range, duotone, panorama and infrared will be covered. Students work on a final project of their choice and produce a portfolio of prints. Digital SLRs are provided. Attendance at 1st class is mandatory.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 2:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Berger, Phyllis A
  • Room: Mattin Center 204
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to Digital Photography
AS.371.152 (02)

Students learn to use their digital cameras through a variety of documentary, landscape and portrait projects, which will help them develop technical and creative skills. Critiques and slide lectures of historic photographs, which range from postmortem daguerreotypes to postmodern digital imagery, help students develop a personal vision. Students are provided digital SLR cameras and gain proficiency with one-on-one instruction in the field. Basics for print adjustment and output will be covered. Attendance at first class is mandatory. Approval for this course will be considered after enrollment on SIS; no need to email.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 10:00AM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Ehrenfeld, Howard
  • Room: Mattin Center 204
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

What is a Person? Humans, Corporations, Robots, Trees
AS.300.402 (01)

Knowing who or what counts as a person seems straightforward, until we consider the many kinds of creatures, objects, and artificial beings that have been granted—or demanded or denied—that status. This course investigates recent debates about being a person in literature and law. Questions examined will include: Should trees have standing? Can corporations have religious beliefs? Could a robot sign a contract? Although our explorations will be focused on these questions, the genre of materials examined will be wide-ranging (including legal essays, philosophy, contemporary novels, and film). Texts will include novels by William Gibson and Lydia Millet, essays by John Dewey and Daniel Dennett, and films such as Ex Machinaand Her.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 1:30PM - 4:00PM
  • Instructor: Siraganian, Lisa Michele
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Open
  • Seats Available: 14/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

China in Imagination
AS.300.410 (01)

What is China? This question has gained new relevance amid the nation’s recent rise as a global power. We survey how China was imagined, represented, and conceptualized in literature, film, and philosophical writings from mainland China, overseas Chinese communities, East Asia, and the West from the late nineteenth century to the present. Through exploring this complex history, we aim to understand China and the contemporary world in a diversified, historically self-reflective way. Topics of discussion include, but not limited to, representation, identity, form, allegory, exile, diaspora, modernism, translation, world history, and universality. All readings are in English; all films subtitled in English.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: TTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
  • Instructor: Hashimoto, Satoru
  • Room: Gilman 208
  • Status: Waitlist Only
  • Seats Available: 1/15
  • PosTag(s): INST-GLOBAL

Black & White: Digital Darkroom
AS.371.162 (01)

In this digital course, students explore the black- and-white aesthetic. They develop camera skills on field trips into the city and countryside. Students meet frequently for critiques and discussions based on historic and contemporary imagery. They will learn to use Lightroom and Photoshop for image adjustment. Techniques such as high dynamic range, duotone, panorama and infrared will be covered. Students work on a final project of their choice and produce a portfolio of prints. Digital SLRs are provided. Attendance at 1st class is mandatory.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: Th 10:00AM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Berger, Phyllis A
  • Room: Mattin Center 204
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Introduction to Digital Photography
AS.371.152 (01)

Students learn to use their digital cameras through a variety of documentary, landscape and portrait projects, which will help them develop technical and creative skills. Critiques and slide lectures of historic photographs, which range from postmortem daguerreotypes to postmodern digital imagery, help students develop a personal vision. Students are provided digital SLR cameras and gain proficiency with one-on-one instruction in the field. Basics for print adjustment and output will be covered. Attendance at first class is mandatory. Approval for this course will be considered after enrollment on SIS; no need to email.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: T 10:00AM - 12:50PM
  • Instructor: Ehrenfeld, Howard
  • Room: Mattin Center 204
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Cartooning
AS.371.140 (01)

Not open to Freshmen. A history-and-practice overview for students of the liberal arts. The conceptual basis and historical development of cartooning is examined in both artistic and social contexts. Class sessions consist of lecture (slides/handouts), exercises, and ongoing assignments. Topics include visual/narrative analysis, symbol & satire, editorial/political cartoons, character development, animation. Basic drawing skills are preferred but not required.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Lower Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: M 1:30PM - 4:20PM
  • Instructor: Chalkley, Thomas
  • Room: Mattin Center 208
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 0/15
  • PosTag(s): n/a

Documentary Photography
AS.371.303 (01)

In this course, we will explore different genres of documentary photography including: the fine art document, photojournalism, social documentary photography, the photo essay and photography of propaganda. Field trips offer opportunities to explore Baltimore neighborhoods such as The East Side, Station North and Baltimore’s old Chinatown. Students will work on a semester-long photo-documentary project on a subject of their choice. Camera experience is a plus, but not a prerequisite. Digital SLR are available on loan for the semester. Attendance in first class is mandatory. Approval in this course will be considered after enrollment in SIS.

  • Credits: 3.00
  • Level: Upper Level Undergraduate
  • Days/Times: F 2:00PM - 4:50PM
  • Instructor: Berger, Phyllis A
  • Room: Mattin Center 204
  • Status: Approval Required
  • Seats Available: 0/10
  • PosTag(s): n/a

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AS.300.344 (01)Literature and the WorldT 1:30PM - 4:00PMHashimoto, SatoruBloomberg 178
AS.371.162 (02)Black & White: Digital DarkroomTh 2:00PM - 4:50PMBerger, Phyllis AMattin Center 204
AS.371.152 (02)Introduction to Digital PhotographyM 10:00AM - 12:50PMEhrenfeld, HowardMattin Center 204
AS.300.402 (01)What is a Person? Humans, Corporations, Robots, TreesT 1:30PM - 4:00PMSiraganian, Lisa MicheleGilman 208
AS.300.410 (01)China in ImaginationTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PMHashimoto, SatoruGilman 208INST-GLOBAL
AS.371.162 (01)Black & White: Digital DarkroomTh 10:00AM - 12:50PMBerger, Phyllis AMattin Center 204
AS.371.152 (01)Introduction to Digital PhotographyT 10:00AM - 12:50PMEhrenfeld, HowardMattin Center 204
AS.371.140 (01)CartooningM 1:30PM - 4:20PMChalkley, ThomasMattin Center 208
AS.371.303 (01)Documentary PhotographyF 2:00PM - 4:50PMBerger, Phyllis AMattin Center 204