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Literature Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Summer Session I 2019 (S119)


LTAM 140 - TOPICS IN CULTURE AND POLITICS
Autobiography: Textual Healing
Proposed Instructor: Haydee Smith

This course examines the personal and political deployments of 20th-century autobiographical cultural productions. Through close readings of popular personal narratives, students will develop nuanced and critical analyses of how power, representation, and privilege coalesce around axes of oppression.

  • LTAM 140 will count towards the Region (The Americas) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTCS 165 - SPECIAL TOPICS: THE POLITICS OF FOOD
Justice, Community, and Science
Instructor: Stephanie Jed

This course will focus on food justice research at the crossroads of critical race theory, environmental studies, and sustainability research. We will examine such topics as food and poverty, food deserts, the GMO controversy, community gardens, and myths about hunger.


LTCS 173 - TOPICS IN VIOLENCE AND VISUAL CULTURE
Drugs in America on Film
Proposed Instructor: Soraya Abuelhiga

Explores cultural constructions and social dimensions of contemporary drug abuse/addiction via photographic, cinematic, journalistic, television depictions of the U.S. wars on drugs and terror, U.S.-Mexico border politics and immigration controversies, and public health crises like the opioid and crack epidemics.

  • LTCS 173 will count towards the Media concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEN 110 - TOPICS: THE RENAISSANCE (a)
Economies of Desire
Instructor: Melissa Vipperman-Cohen

How do early modern plays express or complicate love, lust, and desire? How did early modern global trade and capitalism influence these expressions, and vice-versa? Potential plays include: Shakespeare’s The Merchant of VeniceOthello, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi.

  • LTEN 110 will count towards the History concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEN 120 - TOPICS: THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY (b)
Women, Literature, and Science
Instructor: Carolin Boettcher

In this course, we will explore the connections between literature and science and how women made use of different styles of writing to navigate these different discourses. In what ways do literary and scientific writings diverge from each other in the eighteenth century? In what ways are they more similar than it might appear at first glance? What modes of writing did women in particular employ when writing about scientific and philosophical ideas? These are just a few of the questions we will try to answer in this course. Some of the texts we will be reading are Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World, Jane Barker’s A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

  • LTEN 120 will count towards the History concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEN 157 - CAPTIVITY AND PRISON NARRATIVES
Resisting Erasure
Instructor: Luis Cortes

A comparative study of captivity narratives resisting erasure through incarceration in state-sponsored zones of exception. 


LTEN 159 - CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE (d)
Coming of Age in contemporary North American Graphic Novels
Proposed Instructor: Anna Joy Springer

This course will focus on the unique ways graphic novels can stage multi-layered narratives and evoke deep emotional responses.  We will read, analyze and discuss four graphic novels that explore the “Coming of Age” narrative, in particular the often overlapping subgenres of “Coming of Age as an Outsider” and “Coming of Age as an Artist.” We’ll read Blankets by Craig Thompson, Skim by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, 100 Demons by Lynda Barry, and Spit and Passion by Cristy C. Road.

  • LTEN 159 will count towards the Region (The Americas) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTWR 102 - POETRY WORKSHOP
Poetry of Space
Instructor: Ben Doller

In this course we will use our built and natural environment at UCSD as source material: writing, reading, and discussing poems in many different spaces on campus, and examining the impact these spaces have on our writing.


LTWR 114 - GRAPHIC TEXTS WORKSHOP
Comics for Writers
Instructor: Anna Joy Springer

Learn to transform stories, poems and memoir into compelling, imaginative comics, without any prior drawing experience! Use the peculiar text-image “grammar” of comics to help you understand scene-makng, characterization, figurative and sonic devices, and pacing, among other tools that will impact ALL your creative writing practices.


 

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