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Literature Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Summer Session II 2019 (S219)


LTAM 110 - LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
Ways of Going Home
Proposed Instructor: Zachary Hayes

This course will examine texts that grapple with the concept of home and its betrayal as a result of the Southern Cone dictatorships in the 20th century. Authors include Alejandro Zambra, Lina Meruane, Juan Gelman, Tununa Mercado, among others.

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

LTCS 110 - POPULAR CULTURE
East Asian Pop Culture
Proposed Instructor: Pai Wang

This course provides an overview of the various forms of pop culture — film, music, anime, TV shows, and online video platform — in modern East Asia. It aims to develop students’ critical thinking beyond these popular trends.

  • LTCS 110 will count as an LTEA course for the requirements of Literature majors.
  • LTCS 110 will count towards the Media concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.
  • LTCS 110 will count towards the Region (Asia) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTCS 119 - ASIAN AMERICAN FILM, VIDEO, & NEW MEDIA: THE POLITICS OF PLEASURE
Instructor: Hoang Nguyen

The course looks at the cinematic representation of Asians from 1910s to the present. In addition, it focuses on narrative, documentary, and experimental films made by Asian American directors as a critical response to Hollywood.

  • LTCS 119 will count towards the Media concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEN 149 - TOPICS: ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LITERATURE (a)
"New World" Travel Writing
Proposed Instructor: Mayra Cortes

This course examines travel writings that focus on “New World” exploration, expansion, and colonization. It explores the technologies, both real and imagined, used by early modern travel writers to colonize the Americas and imagine “new worlds” on earth and in outer space. We will read the travel writings of “worldmakers”—that is, explorers, colonists, pirates, “scientists,” and captives. We will be working with a variety of genres: travel accounts, letters, travel plays, broadside ballads, captivity narratives, and “utopian” and science fiction. Readings will include: Christopher Columbus, The Four Voyages; The Letters of Amerigo Vespucci; Shakespeare, The Tempest; Thomas More, Utopia; Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis; Francis Goodwin, The Man in the Moone; Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World; and A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. We will circumnavigate the globe with these “worldmakers" and even fly to the moon to examine how “New Worlds” were being simultaneously created and destroyed in fiction and in real life. 

  • LTEN 149 will count towards the History concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEN 149 - TOPICS: ENGLISH-LANGUAGE LITERATURE (d)
What is called sexuality?
 
Proposed Instructor: Alan Stauffer

A familiar narrative claims that contemporary sexualities emerged around the medicalization of “homosexuality.” With homosexuality’s reclamation, sexual orientation became the predominate model for sexuality. This course considers that narrative’s historical contingency by reading alternative imaginations of what is called sexuality.


 

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LTEN 149

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LTAM110

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