Fall 2010 Course Offerings
ECS 302/EPS 302
Landmarks of European Identity
Professor Harold James
M 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
This course gives a broad and inter-disciplinary perspective on some of the very diverse cultural and historical roots of European identity. It examines contemporary debates over contested identity in the light of long historical trajectories in which identities were continually defined and reshaped. It is conceived as an introduction to many of the courses in Princeton dealing with European issues. The landmarks include, but are not restricted to, written texts. They include Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Marx and J.S. Mill, but also Fra Angelico, Beethoven and Thomas Mann. One three-hour seminar.
Cultural Systems: Freud and 20th Century Culture
Professor Rubén Gallo
M 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm
This course will explore the impact of Freud’s writings on various aspects of 20th century culture: literature (especially the rise of surrealism), film (including the many experimental films that attempted to create a visual representation of the unconscious, like Pabst’s Secrets of a Soul or Buñuel’s Un chien andalou), history (focusing the debates about the political uses of psychoanalytic theory in the Soviet Union), and culture at large (the impact of psychoanalysis in other areas of cultural production, including literary criticism).
ECS 354/SLA 345
East European Literature and Politics
Professor Irena G. Gross
TTh 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm
The seminar will analyze the way totalitarian oppression was represented and resisted in literature of the second part of East-Central European 20th Century. We will look through the lens of literature at the main political and historical issues that afflicted Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and other countries of the region. We will study texts (essays, memoirs, novels, short stories, plays, and poems) which offered various ways to resist moral and political oppression. The authors will include George Orwell, Franz Kafka (as a precursor), Hannah Arendt, Vaclav Havel, Tadeusz Borowski, Bertolt Brecht, and Heda Kovaly.
ECS 372/GER 372/ART 372
Write About (Rilke, Freud, Benjamin)
Professor Brigid Doherty
MW 11:00 am – 12:20 pm
Seminar addresses significance of works of art, and of practices of writing about visual art, in the work of three great writers of German in the early 20th century: poet Rainer Maria Rilke; founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud; and philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin. Emphasis on close reading and critical analysis. Readings drawn from variety of fields and genres, including: lyrical poetry, experimental prose, psychoanalytic theory, cultural analysis, aesthetic theory, criticism. Topics include: situation of work of art in modernity; art and the unconscious; the work of art and the historical transmission of culture in modern Europe