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Course Descriptions

Below you will find a list of all courses that have recently been offered.
NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

Core Theory Courses

AH 440 ANDY WARHOL: TOPICS IN CONT

As the most famous artist of the second half of the twenthieth century, Warhol has been the subject of a growing literature that expands upon art history and criticism to encompass queer theory and cultural studies. But the most important shift in Warhols reception has been brought about by the restoration and return to circulation of his prolific film output from the years 1963-69. The films will be the main focus of this course, but we will also consider Warhols early work as a fashion illustrator, his entrepreneurship at the Factory, his voracious collecting, and, of course, his paintings. We will read Warhols writings, including A a Novel. The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, and Popism; and we will examine new approaches to Warhol and ask how they illuminate not only the art but also such issues as consumption, publicity, visibility, celebrity, sexuality, identity, and selfhood.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

AH 561 CLASSICAL FILM THEORY

This course examines the philosophical, aesthetic, and social issues that are central to classical film theory. It traces the historical development of film theory from 1900 to the 1950s. We will begin with on thinkers in the period of early cinema, including Germaine Dulac, Jean and Marie Epstein, and then we will examine the development of film theory in the work of later theorists, such as Jean Mitry, Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, Andre Bazin and Christian Metz. Weekly screenings of historically contemporary films will allow us to examine the ongoing dialogue between the evolving medium and the developing theoretical discussion.

Prerequisites: FMS 132 - Intro to Art of Film OR FMS 131 - Intro to Media Studies
Last Offered: Fall 2017

AH 583 VISUAL & CULTURAL STUDIES

The Colloquium introduces students in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program to aspects of the histories, theories, and methodologies of our field of study. We proceed in three ways: First, we read and discuss together a series of texts on and in visual and cultural studies. Second, various faculty members in the program conduct sessions in their areas of expertise based on readings that they select for us. And third, each student presents his or her own work to the colloquium. For this final part, it is important that students engage with visual and cultural studies models and provide relevant readings to other members of the colloquium.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 440 LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY

Study of the methods and conceptual backgrounds of the theoretical study of literature and literary analysis.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 442 TOPICS IN LITERATURE

Readings vary according to subject.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 442M BLACK INTELLECTUALS

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 551 CRITICISM

This seminar studies the developments in literary theory over the past eighty years. Early in the twentieth century criticism and theory followed the success of science, trying to bring order and method to the subject.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 555 ISSSUES IN FILM HISTORY & THEORY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018


Core Visual Studies Courses

AH 454 FILM HISTORY: 1959-1989

This course will explore developments in world cinema—industrial, social, and political—from 1959 to 1989. It will explore film aesthetics, technologies, and circulation questions, considering questions like the following: What’s new about the French New Wave? What do we mean by Third Cinema? How do different national cinemas influence each other? In what ways have various national cinemas responded critically to Hollywood’s commercial dominance and to its conventions? How do popular and “art” cinemas speak to each other. How does cinema respond to the pressures and provocations of other media at the inception of the digital age? Weekly screenings and film journals required. FMS 132, “Introduction to the Art of Film,” typically a prerequisite.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

AH 484 MODERN ARCH & URBANISM

The architecture of Los Angeles will serve two different purposes in this seminar. On the one hand, we will study the whole range of modern architecture--from mission style (Gill), arts and crafts (Greene and Greene), and the early modernists (Wright, Schindler), to high modernism (Neutra, the Case Study houses), and postmodernism (Gehry)--as a singular regional, but nevertheless representative development of modern architecture. On the other hand, using architecture as a starting point, we will look at the strange utopia/dystopia of Los Angeles as an example of a new kind of urbanism and style of living. Our texts will include not only studies of architecture, but also Hollywood films (Chinatown, Bladerunner), detective novels (Raymond Chandler), new journalism (Joan Didion), and urban theory (Reyner Bahnam, Mike Davis).

Prerequisites: Introduction to VCS or Introduction to Art History
Last Offered: Spring 2017

AH 485 HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY II

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

AH 511 DANCE, ART, AND FILM

This course explores relations among dance, art,and film at significant moments in the 20th & 21st centuries. We will study instances in which the forms are closely aligned, including the famous productions by artists Gontcharova, Picasso, & Matisse, for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes; Martha Graham’s partnership with Isamu Noguchi; & Merce Cunningham’s work with Robert Rauschenberg. We will look simply at how dance is filmed or how dance uses film. The course will concentrate on two figures of the postwar American avant-garde: Merce Cunningham & Yvonne Rainer. Cunningham’s dances choreographed for film in collaboration with film & video makers & Rainer’s move from choreography to filmmaking & eventually to hybrids of the two will constitute the core of the course. Other major figures will be explored: choreographers George Balanchine, Doris Humphrey, Trisha Brown, William Forsythe, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; & filmmakers Maya Deren, Ed Emshwiller; Babette Mangolte, Dominique Delouche, Thierry de May, etc.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

AH 514 ITINERANT THINGS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

AH 517 STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

AH 523 MATERIALITY IN ARCHITECTURE

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

AH 585 VISUAL CULTURE OF HERITAGE

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 458 FILM ANALYSIS

not taught anymore.

Last Offered: Spring 2018


Electives

AH 408 EARLY MODERN CHINESE PNTG

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

AH 489 COMIC BOOKS

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

AH 517 STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

AH 561 CLASSICAL FILM THEORY

This course examines the philosophical, aesthetic, and social issues that are central to classical film theory. It traces the historical development of film theory from 1900 to the 1950s. We will begin with on thinkers in the period of early cinema, including Germaine Dulac, Jean and Marie Epstein, and then we will examine the development of film theory in the work of later theorists, such as Jean Mitry, Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, Andre Bazin and Christian Metz. Weekly screenings of historically contemporary films will allow us to examine the ongoing dialogue between the evolving medium and the developing theoretical discussion.

Prerequisites: FMS 132 - Intro to Art of Film OR FMS 131 - Intro to Media Studies
Last Offered: Fall 2017

AH 591 INDEPENDENT STUDY

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

AH 594 PHD RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

AH 595 PHD RES/VIS&CULTRL STUDIES

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

AH 595A PHD RESEARCH IN ABSENTIA

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

AH 595B PHD RSRCH IN ABSENTIA ABROAD

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ANT 457 CHINESE SOCIETY AFTER MAO

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

ANT 466 ANTHROPOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATN

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

CLT 412M HOLLYWOOD BEHIND THE WALL: An Introduction to East German Cinema

This course will explore major developments in the East German cinema, including issues such as coming to terms with the fascist past, popular filmmaking and art cinema, cinema as a pedagogical tool, artistic dissent and state censorship, socialist ideologies of gender, and the politics of documentary. Each film will be explored in relation to its socio-historical context, providing students with an overview of East German film and culture.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLT 421 MUTILATED BODIES

'Transnational sisterhood' or cultural imperialism? Legitimate ritualized practice or outdated violent ritual? Genital cutting, female circumcision, female genital surgery? The controversy over this practice already begins with the act of its naming. If there seems to be a consensus about the physical violence imposed on the female body, why is it that western feminist discourse is suspected of perpetuating the mutilation African voices? This course seeks to provide an understanding of the context in which a fragmented 'transnational sisterhood' allows for a proliferation of mutilated discourses on mutilated postcolonial bodies. Readings and Films include Alice Walker (Warrior Marks), Florence Ayissi Fauziya Kassindja (Do They Hear You When You Cry), Maryse Conde and more critical and theoretical readings from African, French and North American authors. In English.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLT 422C GENDER LOVE & FAMILIES

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

CLT 423 AND NOW... DEEP THOUGHTS WITH GERMAN-JEWISH THINKERS!

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

CLT 427 BODY POLITICS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLT 454C JAPANESE SCIENCE FICTION

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLT 464B MODERN JPN LIT

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLT 482C FREUD AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

Freud is one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. His ground-breaking work on dreams, the Oedipus Complex, and psychoanalytic method have profoundly changed our understanding of the psyche and social interaction. This course provides a basic survey of Freud’s most important and often controversial writings/discoveries within their historcial context and with regards to significant criticisms of his work. “Freud: An Introduction” is part of a cluster which includes courses of Marx and Nietzsche (these courses need not be taken in any particular order) Additionally majors and minors can sign up for GER 211 where significant texts will be read and discussed in German.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

CLT 482D STRANGERS

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 400 HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANG

The development of the English language from the Anglo Saxon period on up, focusing on texts from representative periods.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 406 STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

Varying topics relating to the literature and culture of the Middle Ages.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 408 RENAISSANCE DRAMA

English Renaissance drama through 1642, exclusive of Shakespeare.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 410 SHAKESPEARE

Readings of a selection of Shakespeare's plays.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 421 VICTORIAN LITERATURE

The major intellectual, cultural, and artistic developments of the Victorian period, in prose, drama, verse, and related arts.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 423 STUDIES IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE

Varying topics relating to the literature and culture of England in the nineteenth century.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 425 AMERICAN RENAISSANCE

From 1830 to 1865, including Emerson and the transcendental movement, abolitionist writing and slave narrative, representative fiction, and poetry by Poe, Whitman, Melville, Stowe, and others.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 428 AFRICAN-AMERICAN DRAMA

Study of dramatic works by African-American playwrights during the twentieth and twenty-first century.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 438 STUDIES IN MODERN & CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Varying topics relating to the literature – prose, poetry, and drama – of the later twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 440M ANDY WARHOL:TOPICS IN CONT

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 442 TOPICS IN LITERATURE

Readings vary according to subject.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 443 STUDIES IN A MAJOR AUTHOR

Intensive study of the writings of a single author or small group of authors from British or American literary traditions.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 445 STUDIES IN LITERARY MODE

Readings vary according to subject.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 447 SCIENCE FICTION

Examines a range of science fiction texts and issues, including works by Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Samuel R. Delany, and more.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 451 STUDIES IN POPULAR LITERATURE

No description

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 453 THE LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE

Narrative and poetic art of selected biblical texts.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 458 FILM ANALYSIS

not taught anymore.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 468 DIGITAL IMAGING

Same as FMS 254.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 476 SEMINAR IN WRITING: POETRY

After reading a wide variety of poems in different forms, students will write metered poems, rhymed poems, free-verse poems, and several more elaborately patterned poems (sestinas, villanelles, pantoums). They will also be asked to revise these poems substantially. The goal of the course is simply to become a better writer by recognizing that the beauty and power of all linguistic utterance is driven by its form.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 483 MEDIA ABC

Provides a historical and critical introduction to the idea of medium and media, including books, paint, electronic files, music, photography, etc.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 508 MEDIEVAL LITERARY MODES

Readings vary according to subject.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 509 "HISTORIES" OF LIT CRITCISM

Expore the full range of Shakespeare's theater, including history plays, comedy, tragedy, and romance.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

ENG 524 RESTORATION & EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 549 WWI & THE CULTURE OF MEMORY

The novel from 1900 to the present, emphasizing such novelists as Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, and Lawrence.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 554 CULTURAL STUDIES

In recent decades, many scholars of literature and other humanists have refocused their attention on a set of connections once consigned to the past: the historical and theoretical links between religion, science, and literary representation. This course introduces several important contexts and critical conversations stemming from these intersections. Areas of focus will include the history of ideas, political theology, post-colonial theory, and science and literature. We will read a number of primary sources, including key texts by Hobbes, Leibniz, Locke, and Spinoza, as well as important recent work by Talal Asad, Saba Mahmood, Charles Taylor, and others.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

ENG 557 SPECIAL LITERARY PROBLEMS

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

FR 468 JEAN RENOIR AND CINEMA

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Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 425 Microhistory

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Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 430 War, Money, and Ordinary People

This course covers topics such as the changing nature of warfare, the lives of ordinary people, how the state attempted to control their private lives. It also looks at the global world which had emerged along with the growth of national feeling.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

HIS 483 Disease and Society from Antiquity to the Present

What is the relationship between disease and the society in which it strikes? How do societies define disease, and how does culture affect the treatment of the sick? How have scholars written the history of disease? In this research seminar, students will explore such questions by examining interactions between disease and society in western cultures from antiquity through the present, at the same time pondering what this insight can tell us as we face the frightening prospect of new killers like Ebola and resistant strains of old diseases like tuberculosis. Throughout, the course will insist that the experience of disease is not simply a biological fact, but is conditioned by the culture in which we live.

Last Offered: Spring 2017

HIS 486 N/A

No description

Last Offered: Spring 2017

JPN 412 HELLO KITTY MUST DIE: JAPANESE POPULAR CULTURE IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

JPN 419A TOURIST JAPAN

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Last Offered: Spring 2018