Spring 2005 Course Offerings
ECS 209/HUM 209Cultural Interpretation
Professors Maurizio Viroli and Andrew Ford
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the foundations of political rhetoric and to study the rhetorical structure of classical works in political theory and political speeches.
MW 12:30 – 1:20
ECS 331/CGV 315/THR 314 – Hamlet in Eastern Europe
Professor Erika Kiss
This course will focus on how the avant-garde techniques of Anton Chekhov and Witold Gombrowicz can be detected in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Gombrowicz's great invention is the application of dream-logic to upset traditional dramatic agency. Chekhov's dramaturgical revolution lies in upsetting conventional dramatic structure by turning it into an inconclusive, un-dramatic ending. The plays we will examine are not just modern versions of Shakespeare's dramatic structures but of Hamlet's themes and plot. Perhaps the art of Chekhov and Gombrowicz will provide with the keys to some of Hamlet's old enigmas.
W 1:30 – 4:20
ECS 340/COM 340 – Literature and Photography
Professor Eduardo Cadava
Since its advent in the nineteenth-century, photography has been a privileged figure in literature's efforts to reflect upon its own modes of representation. This seminar will trace the history of the rapport between literature and photography by looking closely at a number of literary and theoretical texts that differently address questions central to both literature and photography: questions about the nature of representation, reproduction, memory and forgetting, history, images, perception, and knowledge.
T 7:30 pm – 10:20 pm
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ART 342/ARC 342/ECS 344 – Modern Architecture
Professor Esther da Costa Meyer
This course will cover the urban transformation of the city of Paris into a metropolis during the second half of the nineteenth century and its social consequences: the new infrastructure of avenues and boulevards, water supply and sewage, parks and gardens, the transformation of Paris into a spectacle for mass consumption, representations of the city in painting, panoramas, and photography, the different ways in which modernity was experienced by men and women, the advent of the Commune and the redefinition of social class across the urban territory
MW 10:00 – 10:50
HIS 447/ECS 447/JDS 447 – Holocaust Controversies: Historiography and Politics
Professor(s) Anson Rabinbach, Jan Gross
This course will investigate several central controversies surrounding the Holocaust from the 1960s to the present. Among the cases that we will focus on are: the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the German Historian's Controversy, the trial of Klaus Barbie, the debate over Daniel Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners, and the Jedwabne Massacre. The course will concentrate on the public resonance and meaning of the controversies for academic and non-academic audiences. The course will also include lectures by visitors who have participated in some of these debates.
T 1:30 – 4:20
A paragraph stating your interest and preparation for this course must be submitted to the History Department (129 Dickinson Hall) between November 11 and November 22, 2004.
ART 450/ECS 450 – Seminar. 19 th Century European Art
Professor Alastair Wright
Orientalism and Primitivism in the Arts: During the 19th and 20th centuries, European colonialism and empire-building led to increased interaction with non-European places and peoples, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. We will consider how this contact was reflected in European painting and photography, paying attention to the work of Delacroix, Renoir, Gauguin, Matisse, Picasso, and the German Expressionists. We will examine the relation between painting and imperial power, the impact of non-Western visual cultures on European modernism, and the strategies by which artists subverted the official ideologies of colonialism.
T 1:30 – 4:20
HIS 461/ECS 461 – The East in the West: Russia, Europe and the Search for Civil Society
Professor Olga Litvak
Where is Russia? The vast land mass that comprises the empire of the tsars dominates the periphery of both Europe and Asia. This course looks at the attempts, on the part of Russian writers and thinkers, to determine the cultural, geographic, social and political location of their country in relation to its Western neighbors. Through a series of primary sources drawn from Russian literature, autobiography, travel writing and social thought, we will examine how the Russian encounter with Western Europe - characterized both by trenchant criticism and enthusiastic admiration -- contributed to the making of modern Russian history.
MW 11 – 12:20