Courses

Fall 2020

Seminar in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature: Money in the 19C Novel
The great innovation of literary fiction in the nineteenth century is to tell stories about money - how it is made, handled, invested and lost, how it weighs on the lives of rich people, poor people, women in search of husbands and young men in search of a position. These new themes arise just as writers themselves become able to earn money from their work. This course studies the money-plots of a selection of major European novels written between 1830 and 1890 alongside the changing economic status of the writers of novels in the same period. The primary focus is on France and England, with additional material from Russia.
Instructors: David Michael Bellos
Seminar in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature: Money in the 19C Novel
The great innovation of literary fiction in the nineteenth century is to tell stories about money - how it is made, handled, invested and lost, how it weighs on the lives of rich people, poor people, women in search of husbands and young men in search of a position. These new themes arise just as writers themselves become able to earn money from their work. This course studies the money-plots of a selection of major European novels written between 1830 and 1890 alongside the changing economic status of the writers of novels in the same period. The primary focus is on France and England, with additional material from Russia.
Instructors: David Michael Bellos
Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: Reading for Pleasure: Psychoanalysis for Literary Critics
Psychoanalysis has theorized the uses of pleasure. Of those, reading and writing can be sources of jouissance when performed appropriately. This seminar presents an overview of various analytic theories, including Freud, Lacan, Barthes, Sarduy, Paz, focusing on the bonds uniting reading, writing, and pleasure seeking.
Instructors: Rubén Gallo
Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: Reading for Pleasure: Psychoanalysis for Literary Critics
Psychoanalysis has theorized the uses of pleasure. Of those, reading and writing can be sources of jouissance when performed appropriately. This seminar presents an overview of various analytic theories, including Freud, Lacan, Barthes, Sarduy, Paz, focusing on the bonds uniting reading, writing, and pleasure seeking.
Instructors: Rubén Gallo
Strange Korean Families
Using family as a lens and a theme that brings together an array of vastly different literary, filmic, and theoretical works, this class will examine key moments in the history of Korea from 2019 to old times. We will look into disenchanted families, violent families, cyborg families, mixed race families, immigrant families, South and North Korean families, royal families, and more. Maintaining the longue-durée historical perspective, we will ponder on the ethical and aesthetic premises of kinship and family as modes of configuring human reciprocity and ways to imagine and live life.
Instructors: Ksenia Chizhova
Strange Korean Families
Using family as a lens and a theme that brings together an array of vastly different literary, filmic, and theoretical works, this class will examine key moments in the history of Korea from 2019 to old times. We will look into disenchanted families, violent families, cyborg families, mixed race families, immigrant families, South and North Korean families, royal families, and more. Maintaining the longue-durée historical perspective, we will ponder on the ethical and aesthetic premises of kinship and family as modes of configuring human reciprocity and ways to imagine and live life.
Instructors: Ksenia Chizhova
The Bible as Literature
The Bible will be read closely in its own right and as an enduring resource for literature and commentary. The course will cover its forms and genres, including historical narrative, uncanny tales, prophecy, lyric, lament, commandment, sacred biography, and apocalypse; its pageant of weird and extraordinary characters; and its brooding intertextuality. Students will become familiar with a wide variety of biblical interpretations, from the Rabbis to Augustine to Kafka and Kierkegaard. Cinematic commentary will be included--Bible films, from the campy to the sublime.
Instructors: Esther Helen Schor
The Bible as Literature
The Bible will be read closely in its own right and as an enduring resource for literature and commentary. The course will cover its forms and genres, including historical narrative, uncanny tales, prophecy, lyric, lament, commandment, sacred biography, and apocalypse; its pageant of weird and extraordinary characters; and its brooding intertextuality. Students will become familiar with a wide variety of biblical interpretations, from the Rabbis to Augustine to Kafka and Kierkegaard. Cinematic commentary will be included--Bible films, from the campy to the sublime.
Instructors: Esther Helen Schor
The Classical Roots of Western Literature
This course focuses on the formation of cultural identity in the West from Antiquity to the early medieval period through the imagined and actual encounters of the Greco-Roman world with so-called "barbarians." We will examine the ways in which Greek and Roman epic, romance, philosophy, history, travelogues, and drama evaluated, misinterpreted, and sometimes appropriated foreign ways of life. Our readings will also include several texts originating in cultures distinct from the Greco-Roman world, but in crucial contact with it.
Instructors: Eileen Adair Reeves
The Classical Roots of Western Literature
This course focuses on the formation of cultural identity in the West from Antiquity to the early medieval period through the imagined and actual encounters of the Greco-Roman world with so-called "barbarians." We will examine the ways in which Greek and Roman epic, romance, philosophy, history, travelogues, and drama evaluated, misinterpreted, and sometimes appropriated foreign ways of life. Our readings will also include several texts originating in cultures distinct from the Greco-Roman world, but in crucial contact with it.
Instructors: Eileen Adair Reeves

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