Fall 2017 - Arts & Letters colloquia

Fall 2017 HC 421H: Aesthetics of Anxiety in the Modernist Moment

Professor: Jeffrey Librett

4 credits

•  CRN 12799: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

We compare and contrast the ways in which anxiety is presented and explored in different types of text and discourse, and we try to understand why anxiety became such a prominent theme in the modernist period, while asking ourselves also about the status of anxiety as a cultural theme today. Read More


Fall 2017 HC 421H: Commonplace Reading, or, Book Love

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4 credits

•  CRN 16831: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ GSH 103

How do we read? What is reading now? Has reading always been what we think it is? What does it mean to love books? Read More


Fall 2017 HC 421H: Emerson and Einstein, Interdisciplinary Artist Activists: An Inquiry into Genius

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4 credits

•  CRN 12798: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MCK 240B

Poetry and science merge, converge, blur, and blend in this study of genius that rocked—and still rocks—our world. Bursting and bending disciplines, joyously defying definitions of field – Einstein the scientist playing the violin and encouraging humanities, Emerson the poet urging study of science and history. Read More


Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: African-American Writers in Paris

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4 credits

•  CRN 17323: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 – 17:20 @ 301 GER

This class will focus on the vibrant African-American community that settled in Paris after WWI and included writers and intellectuals such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, and Richard Wright. We will discuss why these writers chose to live in France as expatriates, in which ways they impacted both French and American culture.  Read More


Fall 2017 HC 424H/421H: Immigrant Fictions: Belonging and Placelessness in Contemporary European Literature

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

•  CRN 12802: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:20 @ ESL 107

This class will explore the contemporary landscape of immigration in twenty first century Europe from the perspective of novelists and poets.  We’ll explore the history of immigration since about 1950 as a means to understand the current social, cultural, political situation.  Issues will include the passage, the challenges and pleasure of biculturalism, bilingualism, issues such as belonging, translation and exile. Read More