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Literature Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Summer Session II 2021 (S221)


LTCS 119 - Asian American Film and Media
Instructor: Sang Eun Lee

Contact instructor for course description.

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

LTCS 131 - Topics in Queer Cultures/Queer Subcultures
The Monstrous Queer in Cinema

Instructor: Erik Homenick

This course is a survey of how queerness has been portrayed in horror films from the dawn of cinema until the present day. What can we learn about our culture's fear of queers by examining the vampires, mad scientists, and serial killers that stand in for them on the silver screen? Through an engagement with several critical frameworks such as film studies, monster theory, and queer theory, "The Monstrous Queer" will seek to address that question. Films to be included are Dracula's Daughter, Psycho, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


LTCS 150 - Topics in Cultural Studies
Sounds of Resistance
Instructor: Mayra Cortes

In this course, we will analyze literary texts such as Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the poetry of Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes, and Sandra Cisneros’ short story, “Woman Hollering Creek.” In addition, we will also listen to and examine the songs of the following artists: Sam Cooke and Tupac Amaru Shakur. How did these writers and singers, for instance, use their voices and music to sing against the injustices of racism and sexism while envisioning a better world for themselves, their families, and their communities? Our reading and listening of these works of art will be accompanied with the work of critical race studies and sound studies scholars. How can sound help individuals and communities resist, heal, and inspire social change? What music inspires you? What makes someone a creative and community-oriented soundmaker and listener?

  • LTCS 150 will count towards the Media concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.
  • LTCS 150 will count towards the Region (The Americas) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEA 120B - Taiwan Films
Taiwan New Wave Cinema
Instructor: Szu-Chin Chih

This course introduces films and directors of the “Taiwanese New Wave Cinema” period since the 1980s to the early 90s, with a focus on its various cinematic aesthetics and styles of different directors, including Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Wang Tong, and Ang Lee. 

Through this course, we will reflect on modern and contemporary history of Taiwan delineated in the selected films, and further discuss the causes and impacts of Taiwanese New Wave that have made this period a critical turning point in many aspects. 

  • LTEA 120B will count towards the Media concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.
  • LTEA 120B will count towards the Region (Asia) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEN 148 - Genres in English and American Literature (d)
Through the Lens of Apocalypse
Instructor: Meaghan Baril

By exploring the apocalypse genre, we will exam different theoretical understandings of community and nationhood. The course content will show how illuminating the genre tropes of apocalypse literature allows an avenue for thinking through political ramifications of fundamental epistemological differences. We will examine fictional texts by authors such as Octavia Butler, Louise Erdrich, and Tim LaHaye, as well as contemporary political movements, in order to examine intersections between race, gender, politics, and apocalyptic rhetoric. 

  • LTEN 148 will count towards the Region (The Americas) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTEN 149 - Topics: English-Language Literature
Bodies in/as the Shell
Instructor: Sang Eun Lee

This course explores the ways in which Anglophone texts contend with key issues in the scientific, technological and medical fields. Depicting topics and issues such as Artificial Intelligence, cyborgs and organ transplants, these texts question the limits of the (human) body.


LTEN 181 - Asian American Literature (d)
Queering the Model Minority
Instructor: Ningning Huang

This course explores the multiple factors contributing to the emergence of model minority stereotype and the psychological price paid by Asian Americans assuming it. This course also links model minority myth’s lure of assimilation with a queer critique of temporality.

  • LTEN 181 will count towards the Region (The Americas) concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTWL 100 - Mythology
Greek Myths and the Near East
Instructor: Jacobo Myerston

This class introduces students to the study of ancient Greek mythology from a comparative perspective. It focuses on the relation of Greek myths and the mythologies of neighboring cultures like the Hittites, Egyptian, and Mesopotamians.

  • LTWL 100 will count towards the Historical concentration for the World Literature and Culture major.

LTWL 116 - Adolescent Literature (d)
Young Adult Literature

Instructor: Hannah Doermann

This course focus on mostly U.S. American Young Adult novels from the 1990s till the present day, primarily in relation to ideas about race, gender, sexuality/LGBTQ issues, adolescence, and girlhood.

  • LTWL 116 will count as an LTEN-equivalent course.

LTWR 100 - Short Fiction Workshop
Reading Like A Writer
Instructor: Camille Forbes

The class first studies stories as attentive readers; subsequently, students use those examples to enrich their own work. All students will critique peers’ stories, and by course end, will have developed and submitted one completed story, radically revising it.


LTWR 102 - Poetry Workshop
Form and Content

Instructor: Ben Doller

In this course we will read contemporary poetry, write poems in myriad forms and styles, and develop a writing community of support and conscious critique. 


 

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