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Literature Undergraduate Course Descriptions Summer Session 2017


LTAM 140 - TOPICS IN CULTURE AND POLITICS (SSII)
Activist Autobiographies
Proposed Instructor: Haydee Smith

The autobiographies of 20th-Century American women activists exemplify how this genre enables the personal to become political and engages with the history of civil rights, institutional racism, disability activism, and feminism.  Authors include: Helen Kelley, Zitkala-Sa, and Audre Lorde.


LTCS 110GS - POPULAR CULTURE (SSII)
Visual Technologies in Japan
Global Seminar location: Tokyo, Japan

Instructor: Babak Rahimi

Visit http://globalseminar.ucsd.edu/ for a description of the Global Seminars program and for more details about this course.


LTCS 111GS - SPECIAL TOPICS IN POPULAR CULTURE IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT (SSII)
Anime
Global Seminar location: Tokyo, Japan

Instructor: Babak Rahimi

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LTCS 130 - GENDER, RACE/ETHNICITY, CLASS AND CULTURE (SSI)  (Course Flyer!)
“Women are Powerful & Dangerous”: Voices of the Americas
Proposed Instructor: Norell Martinez

The course will focus on the representation of gender, ethnicity, and class in cultural production in view of various contemporary theories of race, sex, and class. We will explore the voices of women of color in the Americas and their diverse critiques and strategies of resistance to oppressive forces such as gendered, racialized, economic and colonial violence. The cultural texts in this course will focus on the voices of contemporary Chicana/Latina, Indigenous, African-American & Caribbean women. We will study multiple theoretical frameworks and examine a variety of literary and artistic genres including poetry, drama and short stories, alongside film, hip-hop music, dance and visual art.

Authors and artists included

Gloria Anzaldúa, bell hooks, Julieta Paredes & Sylvia Rivera

 Hip-Hop: Las Krudas (Cuba), Mare (Oaxaca) & First Ladies (Canada)

 Visual art: Melanie Cervantes, Kara Walker, Jane Terrazas & Veronica Castillo

 Playwrights: Cherríe Moraga & Petrona de la Cruz Cruz

 Dancers: Urban Bush Women & Kahente Horn-Miller


LTEN 113 - SHAKESPEARE II: THE JACOBEAN PERIOD (SSII)
Instructor: Daniel Vitkus

The course will explore issues of concern to Shakespeare's audiences from his time to ours--love, war, race, sex, mortality, good and evil--through a representative selection of plays from the second half of his career.  As much as possible, we will supplement our study of the plays by viewing modern and postmodern film versions and adaptations of the plays.


LTEN 132 - MODERN IRISH LITERATURE (SSI)  (Course Flyer!)
Madness in Post Home Rule Ireland

Proposed Instructor: Danielle Hammer

This course looks at the traumatic years after Ireland established independence as a nation. We will focus on how the violence of this period manifests in the gothic themes of haunting and madness that are present throughout contemporary Irish literature, film and music.


LTEN 149 - TOPICS: ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LITERATURE (SSII)  (Course Flyer!)
There’s No Place Like Home

Propsed Instructor: Jennifer Marchisotto

From Ireland to St. Lucia, from London to New Orleans, this course will analyze how 20th century Anglophone authors use experimental literary styles to respond to crisis. Specifically, the texts we read will engage and rework ideas of home in response to traumatic events (the Irish Rebellion, World Wars I and II, colonization—and decolonization—in the Caribbean, Hurricane Katrina, the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s, etc…). We will analyze different genres of literature including short stories, novels, plays, and personal essays. We will analyze the multi-dimentionality of these texts as products of specific moments in time, whose characters, narrative form, and aesthetics work to re-create an experience for their readers. Potential authors include: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Dereck Walcott, Kazuo Ishiguro, Michael Cunningham, and Zadie Smith.


LTWL 160 - WOMEN AND LITERATURE (SSII)  (Course Flyer!)
Women Writing the Ancient and Classical World

Proposed Instructor: Jeanine Webb

With his venom
irresistible
and bittersweet 

that loosener
of limbs, Love

reptile-like
strikes me down

                  —Sappho, c. 600 BCE

In the first days, in the very first days, In the first nights, in the very first nights, In the first years, in the very first years,

                —Enheduanna, c. 4,000 years ago

This course will look at early writing of women in translation and in material context. We'll read excerpts from works by the strange and wonderful Sappho of ancient Greece, the Sumerian priestess Enheduanna—earliest author known by name, who lived in an area that is now modern-day Iraq more than 4,000 years ago, the Song Dynasty poet Li Qingzhao, Hypatia of Alexandria in Egypt, Lady Murasaki—arguably the earliest novelist, and the mystic Mirabai. We will also consider the history of gender from the ancient world to the present, including trans history, and consider the claim that Homer was female.


LTWL 175GS - THE CITY OF ROME (SSI)
Global Seminar location: Rome, Italy

Instructor: Stephanie Jed

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LTWL 180GS - FILM STUDIES AND LITERATURE: FILM HISTORY (SSI)
Re-imagining the Spanish Civil War
Global Seminar location: Grenada, Spain

Instructor: Robert Cancel

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