Spring 2018 Arts & Letters Courses

Spring 2018 HC 223H: Radical West: The Culture and Politics of the American West during the Sixties and Seventies

Professor: Casey Shoop

4 credits

•  CRN 32531: Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ CHA 201
•  CRN 32535: Tuesday & Thursday, 16:00 - 17:20 @ CHA 301

From the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley to the rise of Reaganism in Orange County, from the Black Panthers in the East Bay to the growth of tech libertarianism in Silicon Valley, the West Coast becomes the unique site of historical conjuncture and contestation during the 1960s. Read more

Spring 2018 HC 223H: The Graphic Novel

Professor: Helen Southworth

4 credits

•  CRN 32533: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ CHA 301
•  CRN 32532: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ CHA 301

In this class we will explore the evolution of the graphic novel genre (or sequential art), its subject matter and its form. We’ll consider visual storytelling and we’ll learn strategies for visual and textual analysis. Read more

Spring 2018 HC 223H: Artificial Births in Speculative Fiction from Frankenstein to the Present

Professor: Elizabeth Raisanen

4 credits

•  CRN 32534: Wednesday & Friday, 12:00 - 13:20 @ CHA 202

Ever since the 1818 publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, artificial births have been a recurring plot point in many works of speculative fiction. Heralded by many as the first science fiction novel, Frankenstein explores 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 2018 HC 223H: Reading Spaces

Professor: Mai-Lin Cheng

4 credits

•  CRN 32536: Tuesday & Thursday, 14:00 - 15:20 @ CHA 201

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