Arts & Letters Winter 2021

HC 221H: Evolution & The Modern

Professor: Suzanne Clark

4.00 credits

• CRN 26149: Monday & Wednesday, 1615 - 1745 @ REMOTE

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. Read more

HC 221H: The Velocity of Gesture or, Intro to Air Guitar

Professor: Brian McWhorter

4.00 credits

• CRN 26150: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

As a phenomenological exploration of nuance and gesture, this class will look at body language in casual and performative modalities. We will explore how body language reflects and even engenders the understanding of music and other temporal art forms.

HC 221H: The Literary Lives of Animals

Professor: Casey Shoop

4.00 credits

• CRN 26151: Tuesday & Thursday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26152: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

I often ask myself, just to see, who I am—and who I am (following) at the moment when, caught naked, in silence, by the gaze of an animal, for example, the eyes of a cat, I have trouble, yes, a bad time overcoming my embarrassment. Read more

HC 221H: Playing with Poetry

Professor: Tze-Yin Teo

4.00 credits

• CRN 26153: Tuesday & Thursday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

"The toy,” wrote the French poet of modernity and decadence Charles Baudelaire, "is the child’s earliest initiation into art.” In this class, we approach poetry in the spirit of Baudelaire and other poets like him who worked through playful experimentation that pushed the boundaries of their time. Read more

HC 221H: Where I’m From, Who I Am: Stories of Migration in World Literature

Professor: Susanna Lim

4.00 credits

• CRN 26154: Wednesday & Friday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

• CRN 26155: Wednesday & Friday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

“Are you from South Korea?” This was the first question that Donald Trump asked Joseph Choe in 2015 when the twenty-year-old Harvard University student attempted to question the then-Republican presidential candidate’s position regarding US-South Korea relations. Read more

HC 221H: Middle Eastern American Theatre

Professor: Michael Malek Najjar

4.00 credits

• CRN 26156: Tuesday & Thursday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

Middle Eastern American Theatre deals with the history, literature, and performances of Middle Eastern American playwrights, screenwriters, directors, and performers. Read more

HC 221H: Understanding the Philosophical Framework of Contemporary AI Technology

Professor: Ramón Alvarado

4.00 credits

• CRN 26157: Tuesday & Thursday, 0815-0945 @ REMOTE

What exactly is artificial intelligence? How does it work? And, what are its implications? Read more

HC 221H: Eco Literature and the Green Imagination

Professor: Barbara Mossberg

4.00 credits

• CRN 26158: Monday & Wednesday, 1015-1145 @ REMOTE

Is the green imagination intrinsic to being human? Since Gilgamesh scratched it on clay in cuneiform in 2700 BCE, eco literature has been a dynamic portrait of human engagement and concern with our world. Read more


HC 221H: Satire and Society

Professor: Corinne Bayerl

4.00 credits

• CRN 27124: Tuesday & Thursday,1015 - 1145 @ REMOTE

This course will look at how writers and filmmakers have used satire as a weapon, resorting to irony and laughter in order to address serious issues their societies were facing: social inequality, changing gender roles, abuse of religious power, and participation in war. Read more

HC 222H: Literary & Cinematic Noir

Professor: Ulrick Casimir

4.00 credits

• CRN 22591: Monday & Wednesday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

Mystery editor Otto Penzler once described noir as something that is “virtually impossible to define, but everyone thinks they know it when they see it.”  Situated at a crossroads of visual and print media—sped along by the consequences of one war, and solidified by observations made as another war ended—noir is a signifier that seems meant to avoid being pinned down. Read more


HC 222H : The Literary Gothic

Professor: Katy Brundan

4.00 credits

• CRN22594: Monday & Wednesday, 1215-1345 @ REMOTE

What does it mean when we say a literary text is Gothic? How does the Gothic affect us, its readers or viewers? The Gothic has often coincided with moments of great societal change or transitional time periods. Read more


HC 222H: People and Their Images

Professor: Julianne Newton

4.00 Credits

• CRN 22593: Tuesday & Thursday, 1615-1745 @ REMOTE

People and Their Images explores seeing as a way of knowing as the basis for understanding how visual information affects our everyday lives and decision making. Read more