Spring 2017 Arts & Letters Courses

Spring 2017 HC 223H: Climate Change and the Problem of Representation

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

•  CRN 32580: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 32581: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 103

In this course we will consider both the limits and possibilities of literary and other cultural forms to respond to the burgeoning reality of climate change. We will explore how literature, poetry, and film respond and adapt to this transforming world. Is there a poetics of environmental disaster? Does literature offer us a means to imagine a world otherwise? Read More


Spring 2017 HC 223H: Contemporary British Writing

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

•  CRN 32582: Mondays & Wednesdays, 08:30 – 09:50 @ MAC 103
•  CRN 32583: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:20 @ MAC 103

This course covers the contemporary writing scene in the United Kingdom.  We read both fiction and non-fiction.  Themes include immigration, race, ‘new nature writing,’ post colonialism, gender and family, among others. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 223H: Artificial Births in Speculative Fiction from Frankenstein to the Present

Professor: Elizabeth Raisanen

4 credits

•  CRN 32584: Wednesdays & Fridays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 110

Heralded by many as the first science fiction novel, Frankenstein explores a world in which new life is artificially created by a technological rather than a natural process, a theme that subsequent authors have engaged with in order to call into question the very categories of the “natural” and the “artificial” when it comes to reproduction. Read More


Spring 2017 HC 223H: Reading Cities

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4 credits

•  CRN 32585: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 – 13:20 @ MAC 106
•  CRN 32586: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 14:00 – 15:20 @ MAC 106

This course explores literature of the city since the early nineteenth century. It examines questions of race, power, and space in the representations of the individual and the crowd, highlighting the role of the urban observer. Read More