Courses

Spring 2020

What is Vernacular Filmmaking? - Rhetoric for Cinema Studies
Few people know that Sergei Eisenstein, one of the masters of modern cinema, was originally a mechanical engineer. Not only that; his filmmaking is informed through and through by inventive tropes of engineering. In this course, we study the rhetorical art of invention (heuristics) as it is applied in filmmaking through close examination of ten masterpieces of cinema. Students will take away from the course a deeper understanding of how rhetorical invention can be used in non-verbal areas of learning as well as a set of skills related to film-making and film criticism.
Instructors: Erika Anita Kiss
What is Vernacular Filmmaking? - Rhetoric for Cinema Studies
Few people know that Sergei Eisenstein, one of the masters of modern cinema, was originally a mechanical engineer. Not only that; his filmmaking is informed through and through by inventive tropes of engineering. In this course, we study the rhetorical art of invention (heuristics) as it is applied in filmmaking through close examination of ten masterpieces of cinema. Students will take away from the course a deeper understanding of how rhetorical invention can be used in non-verbal areas of learning as well as a set of skills related to film-making and film criticism.
Instructors: Erika Anita Kiss
Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
An investigation of the literary, medical and philosophical treatment of women in medieval and early modern Europe. We will consider works by both female and male authors, thus enabling us to compare ways in which women saw themselves with the ways in which they were seen by men. The cult of women as well as misandry and misogyny, and debates centering around such crucial matters as childbirth, witchcraft and the evil eye will be explored. Among the authors we will consider are Hildegard von Bingen, Christine de Pizan, Giovanni Boccaccio, Geoffrey Chaucer, Aphra Behn, Veronica Franco, and William Shakespeare.
Instructors: Marina S. Brownlee
Women in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
An investigation of the literary, medical and philosophical treatment of women in medieval and early modern Europe. We will consider works by both female and male authors, thus enabling us to compare ways in which women saw themselves with the ways in which they were seen by men. The cult of women as well as misandry and misogyny, and debates centering around such crucial matters as childbirth, witchcraft and the evil eye will be explored. Among the authors we will consider are Hildegard von Bingen, Christine de Pizan, Giovanni Boccaccio, Geoffrey Chaucer, Aphra Behn, Veronica Franco, and William Shakespeare.
Instructors: Marina S. Brownlee
Writing Istanbul: City of Doubles
Istanbul is haunted by its doppelgängers. Poised between Europe and Asia, the city straddles both the Greco-Roman and the Ottoman-Islamic legacies that shape our world today. This course will walk students through Istanbul's streets and neighborhoods as they've been written by the living voices of those legacies: the city's natives (primarily Greeks and Turks) as well as the internal migrants, refugees, and exiles who've found their way there over the past century. Through fiction, film and essay, we'll explore the complicated histories of violence and co-existence that define Istanbul's several selves, at the crossroads of East and West.
Instructors: William Collins Stroebel
Writing Istanbul: City of Doubles
Istanbul is haunted by its doppelgängers. Poised between Europe and Asia, the city straddles both the Greco-Roman and the Ottoman-Islamic legacies that shape our world today. This course will walk students through Istanbul's streets and neighborhoods as they've been written by the living voices of those legacies: the city's natives (primarily Greeks and Turks) as well as the internal migrants, refugees, and exiles who've found their way there over the past century. Through fiction, film and essay, we'll explore the complicated histories of violence and co-existence that define Istanbul's several selves, at the crossroads of East and West.
Instructors: William Collins Stroebel

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