Early Modern Era

56:350:571:01  Victorian Literature: Literature and Culture in Childhood
Cross-listed with 56:606:511:01  
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:50 p.m.
Room: WRT-302                 
Instructor: Professor Fiske

This class will examine the image of and attitudes toward children and childhood in 19th-century British art and literature.  We will supplement our reading and viewing of primary source material with contemporary theory and criticism to better understand the emergence of the child as a point of interest in the Victorian period.  This course counts toward the Childhood, Literature and Cultural track.

Cultural Diversity

56:606:541:09 Religion and Democracy
Cross-Listed with: 50:730:350:01, 50:840:322:01
Advanced Undergraduate Class
Thursdays, 2-4:50 p.m.
Room: BSB-109
Instructor: Professor Yates

Critical examination of contemporary theories of liberalism and democracy as they relate to the inclusion of religious citizens in political contexts. Topics include the defense of religious freedom and tolerance, the use of religious reasons to justify laws regulating abortion and marriage, and the ideals of mutual respect and understanding in pluralistic political societies.

Studies of Ideas

56:606:601:09 History of Animation
Cross-listed with 50:082:380:01
Advanced Undergraduate Class
Thursdays, 2-4:50 p.m.
Room: FA-229
Instructor: Professor Wu

56:606:605:09 Politics of Minority Groups
Cross-listed with 50:790:364:01, 50:014:363:01
Advanced Undergraduate Class
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45 p.m.-5:05 p.m.
Room: FA-242
Instructor: Professor Shames

Studies of the Arts and Literature

56:606:609:01 SPECIAL TOPICS: Comparative Textual Media
Cross-Listed with: 56:842:565:01
Tuesdays, 6-8:50 p.m.
Room: ATG-109
Instructor: Professor Brown

In their edited collection Comparative Textual Media, Katherine Hayles and Jessica Pressman argue that “as the era of print is passing, it is possible once again to see print in a comparative context with other textual media.” What does it mean to rethink the work of English Studies through the lens of comparative textual studies? How do we compose and compare text, image, and sound? What methods of arguing, writing, and critique are available? Which existing methods are useful for a comparative approach, and which should be remixed and augmented? In this class, we will both make and critique digital objects as we consider how our research methods should shift in the waning days of print. This course counts toward the Writing Studies Track.

56:606:609:09 Art of the Silk Road
Cross-listed with: 50:082:303:01
Advanced Undergraduate Class
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:45 p.m.-5:05 p.m.
Room: FA-221
Instructor: Professor Wu

56:606:611:09 Contemporary Art
Cross-Listed with: 50:082:354:01
Advanced Undergraduate Class
Tuesdays, 2-4:50 p.m.
Room: FA-225
Instructor: Professor Reade

Art in America and Europe 1940 to 1980. Includes discussion of Surrealist, Abstract Expressionist, Minimalist, Pop, Op, and Conceptual Art, Happenings, and site-specific and direct metal sculpture.

56:615:560:01 Language, Power and Politics
Cross-listed with 56:606:612:01
Thursdays 6-8:50 p.m.
Room: ATG-223
Instructor: Professor Epstein

This course will discuss a range of political issues concerning language.  We will focus, in particular, on how dominant language ideologies in the United States have been used to define and oppress less privileged groups in society.  Topics to be covered include:  language attitudes (discrimination, the notions of “authority” and “correctness” in language), dialects/standard language ideology and subordination, the language of politicians, language in the media/advertising, language policy in the U.S., politically correct language, language and gender, ecolinguistics (the relations between linguistic/biocultural diversity, knowledge and the environment).  The main goal of the course is for students to gain an appreciation for the powerful effect of language on the structure of society and in social change.  Course requirements:   2 short papers, and a (longer) final paper.  This course counts toward the Philology requirement.

Studies in Historical Analysis

56:606:671:01 Readings in Early America, 1763-1820
Cross-Listed with: 56:512:505:01
Wednesdays 6-8:50 p.m.
Room: History Department Building 427/429 Cooper Street, 1st Floor Conference Room HPR-104
Instructor: Professor Shankman

56:606:672:01 Issues in Public History
Cross-Listed with: 50:512:382:01, 56:512:531:01
Wednesdays 6-8:50 p.m.
Room: History Department Building 427/429 Cooper Street, 1st Floor Conference Room HPR-104
Instructor: Professor Mires

56:606:673:01 History of the English Language
Hours by Arrangement
Instructor: Professor Epstein

This course will address the growth and structure of the English language from its origins to the present, with attention to methods of linguistic description.  In addition to more traditional historical linguistics (i.e. the effect of language change on the phonology, morphology, semantics and syntax of the language), we will devote considerable attention to socio-historical influences on the development of English, addressing, in particular, questions relating to authority in language: Standard vs. non-standard dialects of English, the rise of dictionary making, spelling reform movements, etc.