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First-Year Writing Seminars for Fall 2014
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Anthropology 115F, SECTION 2
Culture and Thought.
This course will provide an overview of research on how people in different cultures conceive of and interact with their social and natural environments. Students will be introduced to different theoretical and methodological approaches from the cognitive and social sciences in order to understand the relationship between human individuals, social groups, and the broader environment. Topics include how values and beliefs affect behavior and how children acquire language. Students will also study the various meanings that cultures have attributed to the natural world and how these interpretations influence behavior.
FALL.  Ross, Norbert. (SBS)
Anthropology 115F, SECTION 8
Archaeology and Gender.
This course surveys many aspects of gender in the archaeological record and in archaeological practice. It utilizes feminist and gender theory to define the term gender. It explores principal archaeological themes relative to gender, such as the delineation of social roles, ideology, human evolution, and representations of men and women. It analyzes ways of knowing and understanding gender in the past, gendered technologies and production, gendered spaces and landscapes, and gender in the public domain.
FALL.  Fowler Jr., William R. (SBS)
Anthropology 115F, SECTION 10
Pseudoarchaeology: Mysteries and Myths in Popular Culture.
Did Atlantis exist? Who built the Pyramids? Who were the first people in America? Numerous books, movies, and television programs attempt to explain these mysteries with the use of wild theories and speculations based on spurious archaeological evidence. Studying how archaeologists create evidence-based arguments, we will use that knowledge to critique information presented in popular media.
FALL.  Sauer, Jacob James. (SBS)
Art Studio 115F, SECTION 3
Walking in Nashville: Art, Landscape, and Urbanism.
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, art, architecture, and urban studies have investigated the production of texts and images that shape our experience of large cities. Nashville will be the focus for our aesthetic and personal observations, and walking will be our key form of exploration. We will employ the artistic strategies of the Situationists, urban interventionists, and land artists to expand upon and represent our experience of this unique city. Readings will include texts on the art, philosophy, and history of walking by architects, journalists, theorists, novelists, and artists.
FALL.  Harper, Jana. (HCA)
Biological Sciences 115F, SECTION 2
Genes and Society.
Our future has changed due to the availability of complete genomic DNA sequences ranging from microbes to humans. With these sequences we have entered a new era that holds the promise of a better world through personalized medicine, gene therapy, cloning, and genetically modified crops. Are we ignoring the dangers that these discoveries pose on our society and planet? We will learn to critique the scientific literature and to discern science from science fiction. However, most importantly, we will begin to understand the limitations of science and explore the possible impact of these scientific discoveries on the world.
FALL.  Benson, Amanda R. (P)
Classics 115F, SECTION 2
Spectacle in the Ancient World.
Blockbuster films, sporting events, media and sports stars are commonplace today, but all have precedents in Greek and Roman antiquity. For instance, the professional sports many love today began with the ancient Olympic Games. Gladiators were stars in the Roman world, where the enraged fans of the chariot races battled in many bloody riots. Greek festivals attracted spectators who were enthralled by the mythological figures and amused by the satires of politicians. This seminar will explore ancient spectacle in theater and sport through literary tragedies and comedies and archaeological remains of venues where ancient spectacles were held.
FALL.  Tsakirgis, Barbara. (INT)
Communication Studies 115F, SECTION 4
The Irish Troubles: Revolution, Reform, and Rhetoric.
The term "The Troubles" has been applied to political events in Irish history over time, particularly the Irish War of Independence from 1916-1922, and the time of the provisional IRA from 1968-1998. This course examines the intersection of persuasion, militancy, revolution, and reform throughout these events. Emphasis will be placed on the nature of persuasion through public discourse, parliamentary politics, film, and media.
FALL.  Kovalcheck Jr., Kassian A. (P)
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences 115F, SECTION 3
Volcanoes: Earth and Human Impacts.
Volcanic eruptions are among the most spectacular of natural phenomena and are manifestations of processes that shape our planet. They have had major impacts on human history and continue to threaten and inspire. We will explore volcanism from the standpoints of both science and society. How do volcanoes work? How do we know? How have they influenced human history? How might they influence us in the future? Can we reliably predict their behavior? Case studies, volcano monitoring, popular and scientific literature, and historical interpretations will inform our investigations.
FALL.  Claiborne, Lily. (MNS)
Earth and Environmental Sciences 115F, SECTION 6
Climate Change and Human History.
Climate shapes where we live, what we eat, how we survive, and how these practices evolve. But for thousands of years human activities have influenced Earth's climate, causing subtle and not-so-subtle changes in land, oceans, and atmosphere. This course will examine the complex relationship between humans and climate over the last 10, 000 years. Students will investigate forcings, feedbacks, and cycles that govern modern climate and learn how scientists discern past changes and model future scenarios. Assignments will draw from scientific and popular literature, and students will learn how to discern the difference between the two.
FALL.  Oster, Jessica Leigh. (MNS)
Economics 115F, SECTION 8
Comparative Health Care Systems.
Comparing the health care systems of other countries with the U.S. system provides insight into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as well as globalization in health care. This seminar considers finance, risk pooling, costs, technology, and service delivery. We will also examine the important issues of equity and access to health care.
FALL.  Rennhoff, Christina Hubbard. (SBS)
Economics 115F, SECTION 10
Behavioral economics asks whether consumers, firms, and institutions make decisions based on impartial, simple rationality or are influenced by rules of thumb, feelings, bias, and cognitive limitations. Exploring such economic behavior earned psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. Kahneman and Tversky’s work helps explain how people face risk, evaluate choices that have consequences over time, deal with unfairness or altruism, and make decisions based on the status quo. As we discuss these issues, we come to see that deeper understanding of such behavior has value in rethinking economic models and policies.
FALL.  So, Stephanie A. (SBS)
Economics 115F, SECTION 12
Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's best-selling book, Freakonomics, provides examples of surprising incentives and distortions in information that influence economic behavior. Our course will consider these topics in greater depth, including cheating by teachers, sumo wrestlers, and office workers, as well as discrimination by television game show contestants. The authors’ core ideas are applied in the discussion of public policies toward the drug trade, crime reduction, and educational reform.
FALL.  Kelly, Patricia. (SBS)
English 115F, SECTION 7
Women Poets in America.
We will trace the development of American women's poetic voices, from Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) to Adrienne Rich (1933-2012). Other poets will include Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Muriel Rukeyser, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Contemporary poets will be studied in portfolio, paying particular attention to the plethora of multicultural expressions since 1980.
FALL.  Bachmann, Beth B. (HCA)
English 115F, SECTION 25
From Frost to Dove: Storytelling in American Verse.
There is a great tradition of storytelling verse in American poetry. Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost, and Robinson Jeffers early in the twentieth century and Robert Penn Warren, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Rita Dove later in the twentieth century all made use of narrative in their poetry in innovative ways. Their poems reflect the central events of modern American history, including the Great Depression, World Wars I and II, migrations west and north, and the civil rights movement.
FALL.  Bradley, John L. (HCA)
English 115F, SECTION 27
Communicability: Literature and Disease.
Arguably, nothing has altered the course of human history and reshaped human communities more than devastating outbreaks of disease. This seminar will examine literary representations of disease from the Black Death to contemporary concerns about global pandemics and bioterrorism. It will explore how epidemics consistently elude our powers of description, challenge prevailing beliefs, and test the limits of human empathy. Students will also consider how infectious diseases have historically raised the specter of other kinds of mass contagion, including religious fanaticism, mass hysteria, foreign occupation, and, more recently, terrorism.
FALL.  Lamb, Jonathan. (HCA)
English 115F, SECTION 30
What is America to Me?: Immigration and the (Re)Making of American Identity.
We will explore personal stories, films, literary works, music, and digital media about migration to the U.S. from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa. Along the way we will learn about and from these immigrant communities’ cultures, histories, identities, and perspectives on the American Dream. What are the push and pull factors that lead these immigrants to the U.S? What are their experiences here? How have they been received? What impact have they had on American society? The course will include tailored training in innovative and standard research methods, including archival research, discourse analysis, and oral history.
FALL.  Nwankwo, Ifeoma. (HCA)
English 115F, SECTION 34
In Search of Gandhi.
We will study key works in English from South Asia associated with the life and career of India's most famous twentieth-century figure. We will consider several short novels and films that interrogate elements of Gandhi's career as a pacifist and an agitator for Indian independence. What did India's traditional elites think of Gandhi and his non-violent movement for reform? To what extent did Indian writers associate him with contemporary developments such as the Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, which resulted in the deaths of millions of people on both sides of the new border?
FALL.  Marcus, Leah S. (INT)
English 115F, SECTION 36
Foundational Stories of the Western Tradition.
This course examines a variety of narratives that have formed the basis of Western literature and culture. Readings include the Old Testament, Acts of the Apostles, Greek tragedy, Aesop, Ovid, Medieval Arthurian romances, The Arabian Nights, and Grimm's fairy tales. No credit for students who have completed HONS 181 section 53.
FALL.  Gottfried, Roy K. (HCA)
English 115F, SECTION 38
Representations of War.
Novels, memoirs, films, poems, and historical writings will provide examples of representations of war beginning with World War I and ending with the war in Afghanistan. Historical events and their representations always contain conflicting truths. The process of identifying and reconciling these truths will be the main focus of this course. Faculty from other disciplines will serve as guest speakers, but students will rely mainly upon their own viewpoints in sifting through complex historical issues.
FALL.  Bell, Vereen M. (HCA)
English 115F, SECTION 39
Formations of American Identity.
Decades before the heralded "American Renaissance" in literature that included Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, and Poe, a coterie of American authors created works that shaped America's literary landscape, challenged conventional wisdom, and helped us to imagine alternative literary histories in the United States. This course will examine how early American authors challenged conceptions of national identity in the burgeoning Republic and engaged historical moments of crisis, such as the Indian Removal and slavery. The novels will cut across several literary genres, including American Gothic and Historical Romance, and feature writers such as Lydia Maria Child and Charles Brockden Brown. Repeat credit for students who have completed 115F section 44.
FALL.  Briggs, Gabriel. (HCA)
English 115F, SECTION 45
World War I: A Hundred Years Later.
World War I generated voluminous writing by soldiers, soldiers' families, politicians, journalists, poets, and others. Some celebrated the "Great War" while others decried it. This course reconsiders this conflict and its legacy. We will read poetry, novels, memoirs, journalism, propaganda, and newly released diaries of British soldiers from the front. We will also explore how the war was used in the new medium of film. How did citizens of the warring nations on earth kill one another at unprecedented rates for four years? Finally, what writings recall, commemorate, or condemn this "war to end all wars"?
FALL.  Dayan, Joan. (HCA)
German 115F, SECTION 3
Pioneers of Literary Modernism: Brecht, Kafka, Rilke.
Various literary movements arose in German-speaking countries in the early twentieth century, including Symbolism, Expressionism, and Surrealism. While Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann preferred to write in the traditional style of the nineteenth century, others favored literary experiments that have become influential for later writers: Franz Kafka with his enigmatic tales of modern man's battles against incomprehensible forces, Berthold Brecht with his epic plays addressing their audiences' political consciousness, and Rainer Maria Rilke with his symbolist poems reflecting the complexity of existence. Knowledge of German is not required.
FALL.  McFarland, Philip James. (HCA)
History 115F, SECTION 2
From Potsdam to Vietnam: Era of American Preeminence.
In this seminar we will examine the era from the end of the Second World War until the Tet offensive of 1968, the period in which the United States became a superpower. Among the issues we will explore are the ideological roots of American foreign policy, the effect of American intervention on other countries, the domestic consequences of America's empire, and the causes of American decline. The readings will include primary sources as well as memoirs and secondary literature.
FALL.  Schwartz, Thomas Alan. (US)
History 115F, SECTION 8
European Imperialism: Colonizer and Colonized in the Modern World.
This seminar will introduce students to the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of European imperialism from the 1600s to the 1960s. Students will explore the meanings of empire for European colonizers as well as for colonized peoples of the Caribbean, Africa, and India. Themes will include contemporary European justifications for imperial conquest and rule; the use of slavery; and racial difference in theory and practice. Important topics will also include anti-colonial resistance, forces behind decolonization, political and economic legacies of empire, and globalization in a postcolonial world.
FALL.  Clay, Lauren. (INT)
History 115F, SECTION 16
African-American History on Film.
Since 1619, African Americans have struggled steadily for civil equality and economic freedom in this country. Along the way, they established social institutions and patterns of resistance to maintain a sense of communal well-being and individual respect. This course uses documentary films and written sources to examine the course of that historic struggle. Key issues and developments in African American history, such as the influence of Africanisms upon American culture, slave resistance, Northern migration, the American civil rights movement, and the evolution of hip hop culture, will be explored.
FALL.  Jones, Yollette Trigg. (US)
History 115F, SECTION 26
Writing the Pan-African City.
This course will examine the political, economic, and cultural context of the urban experience in Africa and cities of the African diaspora. It will explore the history of racial formation and spatial practice, segregation and urban planning, and the political economy of slum clearance, gentrification, and urban renewal. It will also examine the making of the ghetto, the street as a site of Black self-fashioning and resistance, and surveillance and policing of Black urban subjects.
FALL.  Hudson, Peter. (INT)
History of Art
History of Art 115F, SECTION 6
Social Values of Art.
The “market” value of art often makes headlines, but its important social role is frequently less well known. This seminar will explore how different societies value art. How do works that challenge the establishment (satiric prints, Impressionist paintings, Pop Art) reflect a social or political purpose? We will study examples that illuminate questions of social context for private commissions and also for public works, like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. We will consider a number of related issues that are ultimately tied to society's expectations of and reactions to art.
FALL.  VanDiver, Rebecca Keegan. (HCA)
History of Art 115F, SECTION 10
Ancient Art and Ethics.
Who owns the past? Should the British Museum return the so-called Elgin Marbles to Greece? Whatever happened to the antiquities stolen from the Baghdad Museum following the invasion in 2003? This course considers the ethical issues surrounding the visual and material culture of ancient societies, including the looting of archaeological sites, the international antiquities market, the display of artifacts in museums, repatriation of stolen antiquities, and cultural heritage management.
FALL.  Lee, Mireille. (HCA)
History of Art 115F, SECTION 13
American Icons and Monuments.
This course will provide an indepth analysis of icons and monuments in American visual art and culture in an attempt to answer the following questions: Why are certain images of people, historical events, or national symbols revered in the U.S. and renowned throughout the world? What do they say about national identity, historical memory, or political ideologies? How do they convey a common set of ideals and values that creates an overarching sense of unity and identity in American society? Conversely, how and why do different social groups contest certain monuments?
FALL.  Fryd, Vivien Green. (US)
Jewish Studies 115F, SECTION 1
In a Pluralistic Age: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Spain.
Between 711 and 1492, Jews, Christians, and Muslims created one of the richest and most fertile of medieval civilizations. In this seminar, we shall evaluate the settings and conditions for this culture's extraordinary pooling of talent and attachment to tolerance, but also evaluate the reasons for its eventual end.
FALL.  Ackerman-Lieberman, Phillip I. (HCA)
Jewish Studies 115F, SECTION 4
Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: Black-Jewish Relations in the 1950s and 1960s.
Blacks and Jews have shared a long and varied history, particularly in the American context, due to strong forces pulling the two groups simultaneously together and apart. Through an examination of historical and literary texts and visual images, this course will explore that shared history, focusing on the period of its greatest intensity. Examples of Black-Jewish relations ranging from the heights of utopian cooperation to the depths of dystopian conflict will be explored.
FALL.  Meyer, Adam S. (HCA)
Latin American Studies
Latin American Studies 115F, SECTION 2
Nobel Laureates in Literature from Latin America and the Caribbean.
In this course we will read and analyze works by Nobel Laureates in literature from Latin America as well as the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean. These writers will include Gabriela Mistral (Chile, 1945), Saint-John Perse (Guadeloupe/France, 1960), Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala, 1967), Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1971), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Columbia, 1982), Octavio Paz (Mexico, 1990), Derek Walcott (Saint Lucia, 1992), and V.S. Naipaul (Trinidad, 2001). Because of his profound influence on Latin American writers, we include William Faulkner (USA, 1949) among the Nobel Laureates whose works we will study.
FALL.  Miller, Paul Benjamin. (INT)
Mathematics 115F, SECTION 3
Cryptography: the History and Mathematics of Codes and Codebreaking.
Mathematics has long played key roles in both sides of the cryptography "arms race, " helping cryptographers devise ever more complex cipher systems while also providing tools to cryptanalysts for breaking those ciphers. During World War II, this battle between code makers and code breakers led to the construction of the first digital computers, ushering in an information age in which cryptography makes information security possible, but not always certain. This course will provide an understanding of the ways codes and code breaking have affected and continue to affect history, technology, and privacy.
FALL.  . (MNS)
Music Literature and History
Music Literature and History 115F, SECTION 1
Music and Global Health.
This seminar will focus on the roles of music, dance, and drama in global health. It will provide an introduction and background to globalization theory, cultural studies, and individual music traditions that support local community responses regarding healthcare and healing in various parts of the world. Students will consider the ways that music and the arts are adopted, adapted, and transformed when performed within healing ceremonies and in healthcare practice, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS in a variety of contexts in Africa.
FALL.  Barz, Gregory F. (INT)
Philosophy 115F, SECTION 5
Although cities are usually viewed as environmentally problematic due to pollution, overcrowding, and the widespread use of concrete and asphalt, they can help solve regional and global environmental concerns. Some contemporary cities are environmentally sustainable in significant respects, while many other cities can and should take similar initiatives and explore creative paths of their own. Moreover, making cities sustainable is more than just preserving green space or establishing recycling programs, it concerns urban planning and design, environmental justice, and the reduction of a city's ecological footprint. Key topics will include nature, sustainability, urban design, and social equity.
FALL.  Bremer, Jonathan E. (P)
Philosophy 115F, SECTION 19
Race and Democracy in the U.S.A.
Achieving and sustaining democracy in the United States has been compromised by agendas for social, political, economic, and cultural advantages for one racial group--"white people"--while curtailed or denied for persons of other racial and ethnic groups. Through a historically informed reading of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, we will explore an enduring and vexing challenge of how to achieve a just, "democratic" nationstate with a demographically complex population of similar and different racial and ethnic groups.
FALL.  Outlaw Jr., Lucius Turner. (US)
Political Science 115F, SECTION 5
U.S. Culture in World Politics.
From McDonald's to the popularity of President Barack Obama, many U.S. societal phenomena acquire worldwide recognition and following. Other quintessential U.S. phenomena, such as the World Series and the Super Bowl, however, attract limited interest outside of the United States. Why? In this seminar, we investigate the diffusion of U.S. culture and its worldwide influence, a phenomenon often called "Americanization." Who are the agents that favor cultural diffusion? Who opposes it? What aspects of U.S. culture are embraced? Which are contested? To address these questions, we focus on several areas, including food, movies, sports, norms, and values.
FALL.  Chiozza, Giacomo. (SBS)
Political Science 115F, SECTION 6
American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
The Constitution's preamble indicates that it was crafted to secure the "Blessings of Liberty" to American citizens. What are these blessings and how are they maintained? What parameters constrain freedoms of speech, press, and religion; rights to protest and assembly; due process and equal protection of law? We will explore these questions by examining Constitutional amendments through the lens of legal scholarship and social commentary. The final project consists of a written legal brief and moot court presentation.
FALL.  Russell, Carrie. (SBS)
Political Science 115F, SECTION 8
We will examine human trafficking in its historical, legal, economic, political and social contexts and identify the scope of the global problem, different forms of human trafficking, regional trends and practices, and the different actors involved at all levels. We will explore the complexity of human trafficking in order to understand its root causes in a globalized world, as well as the relationship between supply and demand in diverse forms of trafficking. In addressing the problem, the roles of government, the international community, civil society, and individual actors will also be explored.
FALL.  Mo, Cecilia Hyunjung. (SBS)
Portuguese 115F, SECTION 1
Explorations of Brazilian Cultures.
One of the world ́s largest countries in surface area, population, and economy, Brazil has much more to offer than soccer, samba, carnival, and beaches. Its indigenous populations and history of Portuguese colonization, African slavery, and European and Asian immigration have all contributed to its multicultural and complex nature. Topics include national identity and history, race and race relations, and economic growth versus ecology, which we will examine through Brazilian literature, music, and cinema. All materials are translated into English. Knowledge of Portuguese is neither necessary nor required.
FALL.  Oliveira, Emanuelle K.F. (P)
Psychology 115F, SECTION 12
The Psychology of Eating Disorders.
Examination of how biology, psychology, culture, and environment combine to cause anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. Major theories and approaches to assessment, treatment, and prevention. Related phenomenon such as compulsive exercise, body-building, and steroid abuse. Readings include popular accounts of what it is like to have and overcome an eating disorder as well as scholarly writings from a wide range of scientists. Writing assignments emphasize critical thinking through assessing relevant literature, evaluating evidence, and applying these skills to topics relevant to eating disorders.
FALL.  Schlundt, David G. (SBS)
Psychology 115F, SECTION 15
This course takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding autism from both historical and contemporary perspectives. We will examine the beginning of autism awareness in Western culture, learn about evolving scientific explanations, and explore autism within current social, medical, and educational contexts. We will make a special effort to integrate the art and the science surrounding the study of autism, while at the same time challenging the myths. Readings are drawn from fiction, history, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience.
FALL.  Sandberg, Elisabeth Hollister. (SBS)
Russian 115F, SECTION 1
Classic Russian Short Novels.
In the nineteenth century, Russia witnessed an unprecedented explosion of literary and intellectual activity, a renaissance yielding some of the masterpieces of world literature. Concentrating on short classic novels, we will examine works by the most prominent authors of this period, putting special emphasis on Russia’s unique handling of the sudden influx of European philosophy and culture. Knowledge of Russian is not required.
FALL.  Strudler, Jason. (HCA)
Sociology 115F, SECTION 2
The Artist and the City.
This seminar takes a sociological approach to understanding the relationship between urban living and artistic expression. We will examine how creativity may be conceived as not only a property of individuals, but also something that is nurtured in particular ways by concrete social circumstances.
FALL.  Lloyd, Richard Douglas. (SBS)
Sociology 115F, SECTION 7
Controversies in the Practice of Medicine.
This course will examine controversies surrounding issues in the field of medicine, including abortion, physician-assisted suicide, organ sales, the ideal physician-patient relationship, health insurance, and medical advertising in the media. We will analyze particularly the role of the pharmaceutical industry and the media in such controversies to gain a unique perspective on the relationship between modern society and contemporary medicine.
FALL.  Trotter, LaTonya. (SBS)
Sociology 115F, SECTION 20
Genius and Madness.
This course will examine the belief that there is a connection between profound creativity and psychopathology. The dominant explanation views this connection as a pervasive phenomenon with biological roots, independent of time, place, or cultural difference. This course will encourage students to examine critically this explanation from a sociological perspective in conjunction with a historical framework and concepts from medicine, psychiatry, and anthropology. This approach will enable students to evaluate the merits of the prevailing creativity-illness explanation, and, if found wanting, permit them to amend, modify, or reject this explanation by articulating a competing interpretation or hypothesis.
FALL.  Becker, George. (SBS)
Sociology 115F, SECTION 21
War and American Capitalism after WWII.
Since World War II, the United States has been involved in 76 military interventions on foreign soil, including 12 actions taking place since September 11, 2001. Although the causes of war are complex, one of the central forces that influences why, whom, and how we fight is the relationship between military force and corporate interests. With focus on the post-WWII United States, this course takes a sociological approach to understanding this connection between capitalism and war.
FALL.  Murray, Joshua. (SBS)
Spanish 115F, SECTION 8
Ecocritical Perspectives in Latin American Literature.
This course will trace the development of ecocritical perspectives in literature from Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru from pre-Columbian times to the twentieth century. How do matters of environmental health and justice emerge in literature? We will explore literary representations of the natural world, cultural constructions of the environment, and views of Spanish American writers regarding the dynamic interplay between humankind and nature. We will begin with indigenous texts and end with a novel that calls the reader to environmental activism. Knowledge of Spanish is not required.
FALL.  Helmuth, Chalene. (HCA)
Theatre 115F, SECTION 1
Treasure or Trash: Examining Theatrical Credibility.
What constitutes a worthwhile theatrical experience? This course will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative processes essential to theatrical production. Students will explore aspects of theatrical practice such as design, directing, and acting. They will also explore the nature of theatre and its place in the realm of human experience through readings and attendance at several live performances. Successful students will gain a unique understanding of the individual components of theatrical art from page to stage and from spectator to critic.
FALL.  Lowe, Mary Leah. (HCA)
Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies 115F, SECTION 5
Love and Marriage in Literature and Culture.
The ideals of love and marriage dominate narratives from Aristophanes' plays to Judd Apatow's comedies. This course examines how different societies construct these ideals in their arts and popular culture, and the effect of those constructions on social behavior. We will analyze the intersection of art and social change in relation to gender, power, and sexuality. Texts will include plays (Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Ibsen), novels (Austen, Smiley), short stories (Faulkner, Oates, Updike), poetry (Yeats, Rich, Dove), and essays by psychologists, memoirists, and humorists.
FALL.  (HCA)
Women's and Gender Studies 115F, SECTION 7
This course examines how literary texts represent gendered lives. Using contemporary critical techniques and historical approaches, the course will explore how gender is determined by environment, personal choice, and social expectations. Authors will include Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Virginia Woolf.
FALL.  Dicker, Rory Cooke. (HCA)
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