Courses

To see a complete list of courses offered and their descriptions, visit the online course catalog.

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AS.060.625 - Theory of the Novel

This course will look at the development of novel theory from the eighteenth century until the present. Authors will include Scott, Barbauld, Dallas, Lewes, Eliot, James, Shklovsky, Tomashevsky, Jakobson, Bakhtin, Lukács, Auerbach, Barthes, Jameson, Girard, Sedgwick, Moretti, Armstrong, Miller, Hale, Lynch, and Woloch. Novelists will likely include Madame de Lafayette, Austen, Goethe, and Wolfe.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Rosenthal, Jesse Karl
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Status: Waitlist Only
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS English

AS.060.800 - Independent Study

This course is a semester-long independent research course for graduate students. Students will have one-on-one assignments and check-in's with designated faculty throughout the semester.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Cannon, Christopher
Term: Fall 2018
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Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS English

AS.060.604 - Philology

An examination of the many ways (both as old and then 'New', but also as the subject of a key 'return') that 'philology' has been claimed as the master category of literary study. The nuts and bolts of older philological procedures as well as the broadest theoretical claims for the term will be attended to.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Cannon, Christopher
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Status: Waitlist Only
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS ClassicsAS English

AS.060.894 - Independent Reading

Credits: 0.00
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Term: Fall 2018
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Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS English

AS.060.895 - Journal Club

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Daniel, Andrew
Term: Fall 2018
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Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS English

AS.215.718 - Contemporaneity and Crisis

How should one study contemporary literature and culture? Is “the contemporary” a period in and of itself? Does it require a distinct conceptual approach? This graduate seminar will examine various approaches that have emerged since Michel Foucault called his genealogies a “history of the present.” We will pay special attention to contemporary literature and culture’s most distinguishing feature today: crisis. Considering theories of crisis and “the contemporary” together, the course will explore how living in a time of overlapping crises—economic, political, social, cultural, environmental, and others—affects the way we interpret the world.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Seguin, Becquer D
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS AnthropologyAS Comparative Thought and LiteratureAS EnglishAS German & Romance Languages & Literatures

AS.060.893 - Individual Work

Credits: 0.00
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Term: Fall 2018
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Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS English

AS.211.754 - Modernist Primitivism

This course will explore the aesthetics and politics of primitivism in European modernity, focusing on the visual arts and literature in German and Yiddish, but looking at the wider European context, including France and Russia. We will begin with the backgrounds of primitivism in Romanticism, looking especially at its ethnographic and colonial sources. We will then focus on the presence of anthropological and ethnographic discourses within various registers of modernist thought, literature, and visual culture, with special attention to visual and literary primitivism. Our central concerns will include: the attempt to create a modernist aesthetics grounded in ethnography; the primitivist critique of modernity; the place of primitivism in the historical avant-garde; the development of the notion of “culture” in modernity; and the aesthetics of modern ethnic and national identity.  Key thinkers, artists, and writers to be considered include Herder; Gauguin; Picasso; Wilhelm Worringer; Carl Einstein; Hannah Höch; and Emil Nolde.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Spinner, Samuel Jacob
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: Th 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS AnthropologyAS Comparative Thought and LiteratureAS EnglishAS German & Romance Languages & LiteraturesAS Jewish Studies Program

AS.215.747 - Borges in Theory

The course engages close readings of Borges critical essays and some of his fiction in order to establish the points of interpellation that Post-modern theory takes from or shares with Borges's meditation on the problem of writing.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Castro-Klaren, Sara
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: M 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS EnglishAS German & Romance Languages & Literatures

AS.060.616 - Milton

A seminar covering the career of John Milton, including all his major poetry and much of his prose. There will be attention to the history of printing, publication and concepts of reading and writing, as well as to current issues and topics within early modern studies that bear on Milton (e.g. materialism, secularization, 'surface' reading, political theology, quantitative vs hermeneutic methods, actor-network theory). As such, the course will also be an introduction to various methods in early modern studies.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Achinstein, Sharon
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: T 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS English

AS.060.617 - Black Print Culture

Students interested in black print culture will engage in intensive archival research, both collaborative and individual, using the Sheridan Library’s Rare Book and Manuscript collections. Texts include poems, printed lectures, pamphlets, novels, periodicals, ephemera, correspondence, etc., alongside relevant critical and theoretical reading.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Nurhussein, Nadia
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS Center for Africana StudiesAS EnglishAS Program in Museums and Society

AS.300.639 - Literature and Philosophy of the Everyday

The ordinary, the common, the everyday: why does literary realism consider the experiences of the average individual to be worthy of serious contemplation? In this course, we will read closely a set of novels by Flaubert, Mann, Dickens, Eliot, Zola,Tolstoy, and Woolf from the period between 1850 and 1950 in which the development of realism reaches it climax. These novels transform the conventions for the representation of lives of lower and middle class subjects, revealing such lives as capable of prompting reflection upon deep and serious questions of human existence. Theoretical and philosophical texts on the everyday by Auerbach, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Sartre, Beauvoir, Lefebvre, Certeau, and Wittgenstein will accompany our discussions.

Credits: 0.00
Instructor: Ong, Yi-Ping
Term: Fall 2018
Meetings: F 1:30PM - 4:00PM
Status: Open
Level: Graduate
Departments: AS EnglishAS Humanities Center