Winter 2018 Arts & Letters Courses

Winter 2018 HC 222H: Comedy and Satire

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4 credits

•  CRN 23253: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ CHA 301

How did we end up with our current perception of comedy as harmless entertainment, and of satire as a form of political activism? This seminar will explore how writers and filmmakers have used comedy and satire as a weapon, resorting to irony and laughter in order to address serious problems in their societies. Read more

Winter 2018 HC 222H: Eco Literature

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4 credits

•  CRN 23256: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ CHA 201

Homer sang it, Aesop fabled it, Shakespeare sonneted it, Milton made it epic, Wordsworth gave us our words’ worth: since Gilgamesh scratched it on clay in cuneiform in 2700 BCE, eco-literature is a dynamic portrait of human engagement and concern with our world. Whether expressed in joy, gratitude, anger, or sorrow, what is at stake in how we represent earth and understand our relation to it? Read more

Winter 2018 HC 222H: Ecopoetry

Professor: John Witte

4 credits

•  CRN 23262: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 13:00 - 13:50 @ GSH 103

Nature poetry has in recent years been revitalized by a widespread ecological awakening. Our class will investigate the links between poetry and environmentalism, and explore the various ways that nature has been represented in English and American verse. Read more

Winter 2018 HC 222H: Evolution and the Modern

Professor: Suzanne Clark

4 credits

•  CRN 23260: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:50 @ CHA 202

The Origin of Species, published by Darwin in 1859, caused an immediate sensation. It has been changing the way we talk about the relationships of humans, animals and all of life ever since. This class will focus not on contemporary evolutionary science, but on the turn of the 20th century (19th/20th) when the impact of evolution was dramatic. Read more

Winter 2018 HC 222H: Island Writing

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4 credits

•  CRN 23255: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ CHA 202
•  CRN 23261: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ CHA 202

This course examines the mythic status of the island in a range of literary and visual texts. As we map the poetic and political space of the island, we will encounter questions about exploration and empire, self and other, the real and the imaginary. Read more

Winter 2018 HC 222H: Literary Gestations: Pregnancy and Childbirth in Poetry and Prose

Professor: Elizabeth Raisanen

4 credits

•  CRN 23263: Wednesday & Friday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ CHA 201

This course investigates pregnancy and childbirth in poetry and prose from the early modern era to the present in order to explore the ways in which literary representations of maternal bodily processes have changed with the development of the medical fields of obstetrics and gynecology. Read more

Winter 2018 HC 222H: Loose and Baggy Monsters: Russian Novels of the Nineteenth Century (Crime and Punishment and Anna Karenina)

Professor: Susanna Lim

4 credits

•  CRN 23252: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ CHA 201
•  CRN 23259: Tuesday & Thursday, 08:30 - 09:50 @ CHA 201

This course is devoted to the reading and analysis of two of world literature’s most famous literary “monsters”: Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (1866) and Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1877). What was it about these stories of a university drop-out-turned-axe murderer (Crime and Punishment) and high society adulteress (Anna Karenina) that struck readers of the time, and which continue to attract readers today? Read more

Winter 2018 HC 222H: Science and the Cultural Imagination: Faustus to Ex Machina

Professor: Rebecca Lindner

4 credits

•  CRN 23254: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ GSH 130

This course will explore the relationships between scientific enquiry and cultural imagination. We will consider the ways in which imaginative literature in particular, but also art, cinema, television, and news media, address scientific discoveries, events, and ideas. Read more

Winter 2018 HC 222H: The Mystery You're Investigating May Be Your Own

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

•  CRN 23257: Monday & Wednesday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ CHA 301
•  CRN 23258: Monday & Wednesday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ CHA 301

This course explores a range of literary and cinematic works in which protagonists, narrators, and even readers/viewers find themselves caught up in plots beyond their understanding. If one traditional convention of the detective genre entails a central character who solves the mystery through the sheer power of his/her reason to order the clues into a coherent account of ‘whodunit,’ the texts in this course offer no such clear resolution nor any agent capable of standing outside of the mystery and verifying its final meaning. Read more