LARTS 257 – The Romantic Movement
This interdisciplinary course will focus on Romantic writers. To contextualize and enrich our literary explorations, we will simultaneously study romanticist innovations in music, the visual arts, and intellectual thought. (2 credits, GE) Gatlin

 

LARTS 425 – Cultural Capital: London, 1851-1914: Culture, Politics, and Society in the Age of Empire
This course studies the cultural, social and political life of London – the greatest city in the 19th century world. We will examine the physical, social, and political innovations that shaped modern London; discuss the artists, writers, and musicians who flocked to this great market for culture; look closely at the lives of the workers who sustained that great enterprise; consider the roles of the men and women who made their lives in – and around – this great city; and inquire into the psychology behind the greatest metropolis that European culture had ever created. (2 credits, GE) Klein

 

LARTS 426 – Cultural Capital: Paris, 1848-1919: Culture, Politics, and Society in the Belle Epoque
This course studies the cultural, social, and political events of modern Paris – the city Walter Benjamin once dubbed ‘the capital of the 19th century.’ Students will read, view, and listen to the revolutionary artists who defined the modern age: we will analyze such crucial achievements as the novels of Zola, the paintings of the Impressionists, the music of Satie, and the edifice of Eiffel. We will examine the society that was both exasperated and enthralled by that new generation of young artists, the society that made fashion, display, and consumption achievements in their own right. And we will look at the political upheavals that took shape around – and gave shape to – these revolutionary ideas of the modern age. Cultural Capital: Paris, 1848-1919 will study how a great modern city took shape, even as the men and women who lived there made it the cultural capital of the contemporary world. (2 credits, GE) Klein

LARTS 456 – Food for Thought: Representations of Food in Literature and Culture
This course examines the artistic, cultural, personal, and political significance of food on local and global scales. Through literature, critical essays, films, and personal observations, students will explore a menu of topics including: food as artistic inspiration; as entertainment, nourishment, and tradition; as object of desire and abhorrence; as tool of seduction and resistance; and as focal point in debates about health, disease, hunger, consumer culture, gender, race, class, nationality, colonization, social justice, genetic modification, and environmental degradation. (2 credits, GE) Gatlin

 

LARTS 461 – Modernism
“Make it new!” demanded modernist poet Ezra Pound. This interdisciplinary course will focus on the “new” literary styles and statements of modernist writers who sought to represent a world characterized by rapid social and technological changes. Students will study not only “high modernism” but also the Harlem Renaissance and the Proletarian movement. To contextualize and enrich our literary explorations, we will simultaneously study modernist innovations in music, the visual arts, and intellectual thought. (2 credits, GE) Gatlin

 

LARTS 468 – Bio-Culture: Nature, Gender and Sexuality
This course examines three recent trends in Cultural Studies: Green Cultural Studies, Gender Theory, and Queer Theory. These fields investigate what is “natural” and what is socially constructed about nature, gender, and sexuality, respectively, working toward more complex understandings of binaries including nature/culture, nature/nurture, and the biological/ cultural. In addition to asking what nature, gender, and sexuality are, we will explore what they mean in contemporary culture. How do our understandings of these terms affect our interactions with human and nonhuman others; our social structures and ecological values; and our sense of identity, performance of identity, and self-expression? What does it mean to live in an era of ecological crisis, gender-bending, and polarized public discourse on sexuality? What are the implications of the ways we represent nature, gender, and sexuality in the arts and popular culture? (2 credits, GE) Gatlin

LARTS 472 – Copyright and Creativity: Who Owns Music?
Musicians find themselves faced with dilemmas regarding what music they can and cannot use in new arrangements, compositions, or performances. The dilemmas arise not only as artists seek to understand and comply with copyright standard, but also when seeking to use non-western musics where indigenous custodians seek rights over its use and disposition. Propriety over appropriation is up for debate in courtrooms, on agendas at the United Nations and in national and regional arenas as well. Using several landmark legal cases as a backdrop, we will study notions of ownership and fair use in the U.S., and then explore a number of the main issues of music use across cultures. (2 credits, GE) Sandler

 

LARTS 481 – Cultural History of India
This course is a study of the history of Indian culture beginning with the advent of Hinduism (c. 1500 BC), through the growth of Buddhism (c. 563– 200 BC), the “classical era” (c. 320–647 AD), the period of Islamic influence (1200–1750 AD), and the modern era, drawing on such forms of cultural expression as philosophy, literature, science, architecture, and the visual and performing arts. Examples include the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana, the invention of algebra, Hindu and Islamic architecture (e.g. Taj Mahal), Bharata Natyam (classical dance), and miniature paintings. (2 credits, GE) Row

 

LARTS 490D – Advanced Seminar: Film and Politics
Film and Politics looks at contemporary political issues through the lens of mainstream American movies. Students will examine and discuss the artistic efforts to portray such issues as the changing roles of women and the place of gender, racial injustice and civil rights, war and American international policies, terrorism, immigration, work, and class, along with the still larger questions of political freedom and government power. We will consider film as historical narrative, as satire, and as allegory, focusing on questions of how presentation, genre, and action help shape our thinking about critical issues confronting the American people. (2 credits, GE) Klein

LARTS 490E – Advanced Seminar: The Doppelganger
This seminar examines psychological, anthropological, and artistic explorations of the Doppelganger, or Double. A figure common to all cultures in some form or another, the Doppelganger is a ghostly image of a person’s deepest fears or desires. When a period of crisis challenges or shatters the very psychological or social structures designed to keep those fears and desires hidden, the doppelganger arises and haunts the person, demanding acknowledgment if not complete acceptance. Although the person’s familiar identity no longer provides a safe retreat, his/her first reaction is often to try to hide behind it (or behind disguised versions of it); as a result he/she becomes trapped in a kind of delusory underworld, a hall of mirrors. On the other hand, since the doppelganger is the embodiment of one’s deepest secrets, it is also one’s “familiar,” one’s best, most intimate friend. Some find as a result that their doppelgangers have arisen not to destroy them, but rather to save them, to release them from selfimprisonment so that they might reconcile conflicting aspects of themselves and become ‘whole.’ Texts include analyses by Rank, Freud, and Jung; poems and stories by Ovid, Hoffmann, Stevenson, Conrad, Gilman and Cortazar; and films by Kieslowski and Kurosawa. (2 credits, GE) Keppel

 

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YOU PLAY BACH YOUR WAY, AND I'LL PLAY HIM HIS WAY. WANDA LANDOWSKA