Courses in specific topics, such as culture, literary movements or genres, linguistics or film. Taught in English. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. May count towards European Studies minor.
Fall Semester informationCheira Belguellaoui
295A: Tps:Intro to World Cinema
This introductory film course is a survey of contemporary and most influential films from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South America. Students will be exposed to a diverse array of culturally distinct and unique aesthetic expressions and will be encouraged to engage perspective(s) apart from their own while discussing topics including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, class, and sexual orientation.
295B: Tps:Introduction to Linguistics
Spring Semester informationMaria Hristova
295A: Tps:Propaganda & Subversion
In this course we will look at two of the main concepts informing engaged art of the 20th and 21st centuries: propaganda and subversion. But what is propaganda? How does it affect our daily lives? What is the difference between propaganda and subversion, and what is their relationship to art, politics, and culture? To answer these and other similar questions we will examine the history, techniques, common practices and results of engaged art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. We will study propaganda and subversion in visual art, literature, film, and mass media. By the end of the course, students will learn to recognize and interpret the wide range of tactics and techniques used by various interest groups to influence public communication. By examining in-depth how art and political ideologies intersect and influence each other, students will come to a deeper understanding of their own responses to art.
295B: Tps:Identity Matters: Introduction to Transgender Studies
In this course, students will engage in a variety of theoretical material on Transgender issues as well as literary texts and media from both the Francophone and Anglophone worlds. We will explore the common themes of Transgender studies and trans narrative--namely, the body, corporeal authority and agency in the public and private sphere, questions of transformation, mutilation, and perfection, among others. In addition, we will explore notions of community, consumerism, heteronormative models of time, space, sexuality, gender, and language and how Transgender Studies has responded to these structures. Ultimately, this course will invite students to consider how the foundational concerns of Transgender Studies enhance as well as frustrate their own understanding of gender, sex, sexuality, race, class, and language.
295C: Tps:Holocaust and Exile in Film
Fall Semester informationAlejandro Puga
295A: Tps:Mexico City
Mexico City is a team-taught course that stems from the collaborative research of Professors Glen Kuecker (History) and Alejandro Puga (Modern Languages). A central principle of their work on the GLCA Expanding Collaboration Initiative grant, Mapping the Megalopolis, has been abarcar lo inabarcable, that is, seeking to know the unknowable urban form of Mexico City. Kuecker and Puga think that the study of Mexico City, and really any city, requires multiple fields of inquiry. To that end, Kuecker and Puga will put the Mexican urban novel in conversation with urban theory, with a broader goal of reciprocal learning between the humanities and social sciences. We propose the course to be a model for integrated studies essential for 21st century liberal education pedagogy. Discussion will explore how shifts in power order and encode sections of the city, and how spaces of contestation emerge in cycles of ordering, disordering, and re-ordering. Through readings of contemporary fiction and journalistic narrative (cronica), and critical essays that problematize the image of the city, students will develop an appreciation for all narrative and discursive forms involved, and they will engage in a core mission of a liberal education, namely the interaction of supposedly discrete academic fields. Throughout the semester, they will practice both individual and collaborative writing that will culminate in a mini-conference and the online publication of a GIS Story Map.
295B: Tps:Global Cinema
295C: Tps:Reality, Fantasy, & In Between: Fiction and Modernity
In the German tradition, philosophical, scientific, and ethical approaches--theories, facts, and rational faiths--have never been seen as sufficient responses to the mysteries of life. Art, especially literature, is considered essential to making one's way in the world; the powers of fantasy allow us to approach what cannot be rationally comprehended. In this course, we will consider imaginative treatments of the quandaries of the modern world, a world of perpetual uncertainty and change, of untold danger and opportunity, examining literary forays into such questions as: Are human beings the masters or the playthings of nature? Can there be a society without unjust domination? How has the advance of technology changed human nature and blurred the line between reality and fantasy? Is there a modern answer to death? We will read, in translation, German-language literature and literature inspired by the German tradition by such figures as Kleist, Brecht, Kundera, Wolf, Kehlmann, and Houllebecq in the context of Marx, Freud, Nietzsche, Einstein, and Benjamin.