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Literature Graduate Course Descriptions Fall 2016


LTCO 274 - GENRE STUDIES
Orientalism, Then and Now

Instructor: Oumelbanine Zhiri

This course proposes to examine the issue of Orientalism and Oriental Studies, both as a theoretical issue and as a field of intellectual inquiry. It would look at how Oriental Studies developed since the Renaissance and the Reformation, reassess how the “Orient”, and especially the Islamic Orient, was conceived by European scholarship and imagination over the centuries, and how the contemporary global world is reconfiguring the forms and the contents that constitute the vast cultural formation known as Orientalism. We will read a wide range of theoretical, historical and literary texts, as well as discuss movies and music.

This course fulfills the historical breadth requirement.


LTCS 250 - TOPICS IN CULTURAL STUDIES
Presenting Research for Humanities Students on the Market
Instructor: Ari Heinrich

This workshop-style seminar will give students an opportunity to present their research and gain experience in discussing their projects with both experts and educated non-specialists.  Students should plan to focus on one or two works-in-progress for mock-presentations and critiquing.  Topics covered might include studies in colonialism, historicism, gender, sexuality, social institutions, popular culture, subaltern practices, etc.

LTEN 252 - STUDIES IN MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE
New Directions in Feminist and Queer Theory

Instructor: Meg Wesling

This course will examine new developments in Feminist and Queer Theory. We will explore topics such as: normativity and anti-normativity, ability and disability, species definition, transfeminism, and the renewed popularity of biological essentialism in popular progressive discourse.


LTEN 254 - TOPICS IN US MINORITY LITERATURES AND CULTURES
Techno-Orientalism
Instructor: Erin Suzuki

Why are Asians, and Asia, so closely associated with ideas about technology, globalization, and the future? This course will focus on the evolution of these “techno-Orientalist” assumptions through critical analyses of popular texts, speculative fictions, and films from the early twentieth century through the present. From the machine-like Chinese “coolie” that haunted the racial imaginations of the early twentieth century to the superhuman cyborgs that populate the contemporary science fictional landscape, this course will explore the ways that Asian bodies have become exoticized through their relationship with technology & infrastructure, and vice versa.


LTSP 272 - LITERATURE AND SOCIETY STUDIES
Instructor: Gloria Chacon

Please contact instructor for course description.


LTTH 200A - TEXT/CULTURE/CRITICAL PRACTICE
Instructor: Daniel Vitkus

This course is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental questions, topics, and problems that organize and motivate contemporary practice in literary and cultural studies. One course objective is for students to acquire a rudimentary historical understanding of how current controversies, schools, and practices within literary and cultural criticism have developed. Thus, the course is not an in-depth study of any particular critical or theoretical approach, but a survey of the important theories and methodologies that have defined literary and cultural studies since at least the mid-twentieth century. We will cover a range of theoretical approaches, from New Criticism to Post-Structuralism.  Another important objective is for students to explore possible modes of scholarship and in doing so, to begin to develop a critical, theorized perspective that will empower them and help to define their work as emerging scholars.