ARC 576 / MOD 502 / ART 598

Advanced Topics in Modern Architecture


Beatriz Colomina

Explores the critical transformation in the relationship between interior and exterior space in modern architecture, which is most evident in domestic space. Domestic space ceases to be simply bounded space in opposition to the outside, whether physical or social. An analysis of modern houses is used as a frame to register contemporary displacements of the relationship between public and private space, instigated by the emerging reality of the technologies of communicaton, including newspaper, telephone, radio, film, and television.

GER 521 / MOD 521

Topics in German Intellectual History


Michael William Jennings, Thomas Yaron Levin

The course examines in their entirety mostly short texts that advance solutions to the intellectual problems preoccupying major German religious thinkers, writers, and philosophers, viz. justification, selfhood, theodicy, play, contingency, asceticism, estrangement, malaise, authenticity.

GER 520 / ARC 524 / MOD 522

Topics in Literary and Cultural Theory


Devin A. Fore

Course treats a wide range of theoretical and historical issues concerning the interpretation of literary and cultural materials. Topics include psychoanalytic approaches to literature, the Frankfurt School and its legacy, feminist theory, German-Jewish Acculturation, relations between literature and the other arts, theories of literary reception, and fascism and culture.

ENG 572 / HUM 572 / MOD 528

Introduction to Critical Theory


Gayle Salamon

The ethical, historical, and political dimensions of Jacques Derrida's thought and writings.

HOS 595 / MOD 564 / HIS 595

Introduction to Historiography of Science


Angela N. H. Creager

Introduces beginning graduate students to the central problems and principal literature of the history of science from the Enlightenment to the 20th century. Course is organized around several different methodological approaches, and readings include important works by anthropologists, sociologists and philosophers, as well as by historians of science.

ART 565 / MOD 565

Seminar in Modernist Art and Theory


Hal Foster

The seminar focuses on the study of a particular problem in modernism. Possible topics include the advent of modernist abstraction, the different uses of advant-garde devices of collage and photomontage, the readymade and the construction, art and technology, art and the unconscious, art and political revolution, and antimodernism.

ART 567 / MOD 567

Seminar in History of Photography


Anne McCauley

The seminar is concerned with the work of a single European or American photographer or with a significant movement in the 20th century.

ARC 571 / ART 581 / MOD 573

Research in Architecture


Beatriz Colomina

A research seminar in selected areas of aesthetics, art criticism, and architectural theory from the 18th to the 20th centuries on the notion of representation in art and architecture. This seminar is given to students in the doctoral program at the School of Architecture and to doctoral candidates in other departments.

ARC 577 / MOD 577

Topics in Contemporary Architectural Theory


Sylvia Lavin

Explores recent changes in architectural history, theory, criticism, and practice by examining the effects of contemporary critical theory on architectural discourse. Particular attention is given to the ways in which architectural theory has influenced the critical theory of other disciplines and vice versa.

COM 513 / MOD 578

Topics in Literature and Philosophy


Daniel Heller-Roazen

Chance and contingency were long thought to lie outside the realm of knowledge. Then there arose new means for measuring probabilities of the most varied kinds. This seminar will explore the conditions and occurrence of that shift, as well as its consequences, as they are reflected in a few literary and philosophical works.