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) Gatlin  

LARTS 346 – Wilderness to Wasteland: American Landscape and Identity
Focusing on literature, painting, and photography, this course explores how narratives and images of American landscapes have shaped ideas about national identity. We will examine prominent metaphors for the American landscape–the “virgin land,” the “wilderness,” the “frontier,” the “sublime,” the “pastoral,” the “wasteland”–and investigate their limitations. Looking at race, ethnicity, gender, global economies, and diverse American experiences, we will ask: What is “Americanness”? How are place, nation, and identity related? Which landscapes are seen as “quintessentially American” and which are overlooked? (2 credits) Gatlin  

LARTS 363 – Film Studies I
Following some of the principal developments in narrative films, we will give particular attention to examining how the visual elements work together to convey meaning and create their overall effect. How do lighting, camera angle, and frame composition work together? How does the rhythm of a scene shape our experience and expectations? This course explores ways of seeing and forms of representation in film, examines the viewer’s engagement in the visual image and narrative, and establishes critical perspectives for viewing films. (2 credits) Breese  

LARTS 364 – Film Studies II
This course focuses on European art films from the ’20s to the present. We will examine surrealist and expressionist films, the work of Eisenstein, the French “New Wave,” German “New Cinema,” and selected Italian films. Prerequisite: LARTS 363 (2 credits) Breese  

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) 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) Gatlin  

LARTS 462 – Postmodernism
This interdisciplinary course will focus on the literary styles and statements of postmodernist writers, whose work has been variously characterized as “the sheer pleasure of . . . invention” and as “modernism with the optimism taken out.” To contextualize and enrich our literary explorations, we will simultaneously study postmodernist innovations in music, the visual arts, and intellectual thought. (2 credits) 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) 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) 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) Row  

»LARTS 490 – Advanced Seminar
A seminar designed for third and fourth year students that focuses on a single topic in depth. Topics will change depending on the faculty member leading the seminar. (2 credits**) Faculty  

LARTS 490B – Advanced Seminar: Brains Causing Minds
This seminar will explore some of the philosophical issues raised in discussions between philosophers and scientists about the recent neurological research on consciousness. Issues will include challenges to long held conceptions of self and free will, as well as how different conceptions of mind influence the design of brain research. Although this is not a science class, we will read and discuss texts by neurologists asking philosophical questions, and by philosophers grappling with neurology. (2 credits) Breese  

LARTS 490C – Advanced Seminar: Revolutionary Musical Theater of Brecht
Bertolt Brecht is one of the most interesting and complex artistic figures of 20th Century literature. This seminar will examine Brecht’s early expressionist influences, the formulation of the ‘epic theatre,’ the contrast with ‘Aristotelian’ drama, the ‘alienation’ effect, the innovative incorporation of multimedia effects, the musical collaborations with Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Paul Dessau, epic theatre acting and stage design, and audience and political responses (in Brecht’s time and now). Through close reading, discussion, and analysis of his landmark plays, we will place Brecht’s remarkable dramatic contributions in his changing socio-historical contexts: his post-WWI generation, his Marxist influences, his resistance to the rise of fascism, his American exile, his experience with McCarthyism, and his ambiguous relationship with Cold War Europe. Students will also have the opportunity to set Brecht’s theatrical lyrics to music. (2 credits) Keppel 

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