Arts and Humanities Course Listing



JPN4610 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture II (Advanced Liberal Arts) A continuation of the fall semester, this course develops more advanced language skills as well as explores social and culture aspect of Japanese society. The course includes visits to local places, such as Japan Society of Boston, where students try their language skills in real-world settings. Students will engage in hands-on participation in Japanese cultural activities. They will also explore some Japanese business protocol. In addition, they will learn approximately 150 Kanji writing symbols and use hiragana and katakana extensively in the classroom and with computer word processing.

4.00 credits



LIT4600 Modern Drama (Advanced Liberal Arts) This is a survey of Western drama from the late nineteenth century to the present day. We'll study representative works of major dramatists of this period such as Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Brecht, O'Neill, Pirandello, Beckett, O'Casey, Soyinka, Churchill, Wilson, Stoppard, Mamet, Kushner, and Parks. You'll research and report on theatre movements such as symbolism, expressionism, realism, naturalism, epic theatre, and theatre of the absurd. We'll consider the play as both text and performance, making use of theatre reviews, director's notes, interviews, photographs, videos, and, when possible, live performances. Grades will be determined by two papers, a midterm and a final exam, a group performance project, and a thoroughly researched oral presentation. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS) This course may be offered Spring semester.

4.00 credits



LIT4605: Contemporary World Literature: The Writing of the Unreal 4 advanced liberal arts credit **Students who took this course as LVA2036 cannot take this version of the course** This course examines contemporary world literature through the specific prism of "the unreal." Writers from Latin America, the Caribbean, East Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East will be examined in their rich experiments with surrealism, anti-realism, and hyper-realism. Moreover, this course will explore the enigmatic conceptual territories of the dream, the nightmare, the fantasy, the illusion, the hallucination, the mirage, the vision, and the simulation as breakaway zones of the global literary imagination. To achieve this task, we will evaluate authors as diverse as Franz Kafka, Ghada Samman, Haruki Murakami, Clarice Lispector, Jose Saramago, Naguib Mahfouz, Kobo Abe, Juan Rulfo, Vi Khi Nao, and Reinaldo Arenas, interrogating their different approaches to the creation of phantasmatic, strange, and unknown spaces. Prerequisite: 3 intermediate liberal arts (any combination HSS, CVA, LVA)

4.00 credits



LIT4607 Sports and Literature 2 credit advanced liberal arts Blended learning format It is from there that the song of praise, plaited of many voices/ Is woven into a crown by the subtle thoughts of poets. The Ancient Greek lyric poet Pindar wrote victory odes for winners in the Olympic Games, whose prizes [were] won in trials of strength. In doing so he forged a powerful connection between writing and sporting achievement. Long after Pindar many writers have been drawn to sport, and certain sports (for example, bullfighting and boxing) have a rich and extensive literature surrounding them. This course examines the many and varied representations that fiction writers, poets, memoirists and essayists have made of individual and team sports and their players. It also studies theoretical examinations of sport and its place in culture; for example, Roland Barthess critical question What is Sport? and Theodor Adornos assertion that sport is the imageless counterpart to practical life. We work within such topic areas as sport and nationalism, class, race, gender and violence. This course is distinguished by an experiential learning component, whereby students respond in literary writing to a sporting event its surrounding culture. This course is delivered in a blended learning format, combining face-to-face seminars (classroom), online class seminars (WebEx), and asynchronous class meetings (Blackboard) Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 intermediate liberal arts (CVA, LVA, HSS)

2.00 credits



LIT4610: Performing Social Class 4 Credit Advanced Liberal Arts This 4-credit course employs gamified pedagogy to explore the multifarious ways that social class functions. Students will read texts that explore the issues of class consciousness, class performance, classism, and cross-class communication; act in in-class simulations of events that reveal the ways that social class operates; and write character biographies, scripts and analytical reflections. Simulations will include school events, job interviews, holiday celebrations, and more. Readings will be drawn from both nonfiction (from fields such as sociology, economics and cultural studies) and fiction (primarily short stories and excerpts from novels and plays). The overarching objective will be for students to become aware of the often invisible ways that social class operates in daily life. In a global society that is marked by increasing socioeconomic disparity, it is especially important for students to become critical thinkers about social class. Prerequisite: Any combination of 3 intermediate liberal arts (CVA, LVA, HSS)

4.00 credits



LIT4611 East and West: Writings of Trespass 4 credit advanced liberal arts This course explores the captivating and dangerous ways in which writers construct foreign worlds of East and Westi.e. how they trespass, distort, and dream the border between themselves and other civilizations. From the Argentinian Borges depictions of Arabian labyrinths to the Syrian Adonis depictions of New York City alleyways, from the French Baudelaires meditations on Oriental opium-dens to the Persian Hedayats meditations on the madmen of Paris, from Camus staging of the apocalypse in Algeria to Darwishs staging of the apocalypse in the migration of Palestinian refugees to European capitals, we will see how such authors represent unknown and outsider cultures. Ultimately, then, the course will interrogate the experience of radical otherness and its use as a complex force of creativity, consciousness, and imagination. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 intermediate liberal arts (HSS, LVA, CVA)

4.00 credits



LIT4620 Literature and Philosophy of Madness 4 credit advanced liberal arts This course engages the question of madness from a variety of angles. On the one hand, it considers the major theorists of insanity (Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze); and on the other, it considers the equally crucial works of supposedly insane writers themselves (Antonin Artaud, Unica Zurn, Vaslav Nijinsky). In doing so, we will trouble the many definitions and assumptions surrounding the category of madness and its problematic history of oppression. Ultimately, through this remarkable exchange across literary-philosophical frontiers, we will explore an immense world of visions and symptoms, including those of mania, schizophrenia, delusion, paranoia, melancholia, and obsession. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 intermediate liberal arts (HSS LVA CVA)

4.00 credits



LIT4661 American Autobiography 4 credit Advanced Liberal Arts Autobiography, always popular, has reached new heights of acclaim in recent years - especially in the United States. Why do readers find it so attractive? Sensationalist, exhibitionist, self-serving, revelatory, probing: while it can be all of this and more, autobiography as a literary genre has its roots in a person's desire for expression and meaning. As its writers explain themselves to the world, they explain the world to themselves, imposing on it their views and causes. Autobiography can demonstrate how history is made in words, not found; how people make sense of their own lives. Reading a cross-section of such works written by authors living in what is now the United States compels us to question simplistic notions of what "America" stands for, and to rediscover its promises and its meanings in its variety and conflict. This is an upper-level liberal arts course. Readings range from Benjamin Franklin to the present. Prerequisites: 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS)

4.00 credits



LIT4662 Literature of Witness (Advanced Liberal Arts) The film Ararat, by Atom Egoyan, contains testimony from a woman who has witnessed a massacre of young brides. She asks, "Now that I have seen this event, how shall I dig out these eyes of mine?" This woman occupies the most direct position-the eyewitness-in relation to an event; however, the question of who constitutes a witness also extends to literary and artistic production. We will study novels and other literature of witness by international writers such as Pat Barker, Nadine Gordimer, Gunter Grass, Primo Levi, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rigoberta Menchu, Toni Morrison, and Virginia Woolf in order to investigate the following questions: What kinds of events generate or require witnesses, and how does witnessing differ from simply seeing? What effects does the event have upon the witness, and vice versa? What does it mean for literature to act as a kind of witness? How can literature ethically represent or "witness" extreme events? What do we do with the energy created by our witnessing of events on global and local scales? Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS)

4.00 credits



LIT4676 Imagining Nature, Imagining Ourselves 4 credit (Advanced Liberal Arts) This upper-level liberal arts course investigates some of the ways in which the American literary imagination has dealt with "nature, both as a physical environment and as a concept, and how we are currently imagining our future in the face of urgent threats to the health of the planet. How is "nature" experienced and represented? How have humans defined themselves in relationship to the "natural" world? How are we responding to current changes in our natural environment? These and other questions will be studied through a variety of texts (fiction; poetry; reflective and theoretical essays) by American writers since the mid-19th century. A substantial portion of the course is devoted to our own time and its specific challenges. Each student will have an opportunity to develop a guided research project on a topic, writer, or text of her or his own interest, to be presented to the class. Over the semester and on a daily basis, we will also create an archive of texts, issues, and questions related to the course. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 intermediate liberal arts (CVA, LVA, HSS)

4.00 credits



LIT4682 In the Extreme: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Human Rights (Advanced Liberal Arts) The philosophy of basic human rights originates with the earliest records of humans, and humans have struggled to define and defend these most basic tenets of ethical human conduct and rights ever since. This course will focus upon grave human rights abuses such as torture, genocide, and rape, and will consider the increasingly blurred line between peacetime and wartime violations. We will begin with philosophical, political, and legal definitions of human rights, then move quickly to specific cases related to the impacts and legacies of imperialism and the resurgence of nationalism and white supremacy. In this context, we will examine challenges to international human rights law from military and technological developments, mass migration, and climate change, paying special attention to the role of art, literature, and film in addressing these challenges. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (CVA, LVA, HSS) This course may be offered Fall or Spring semester

4.00 credits



LIT4689 Poetic Elegy: Shaping Cultural and Personal Loss (Advanced Liberal Arts) An elegy is a poem of mourning, a lament that can express both private and public grief. Reading elegies offers insight into cultural attitudes towards life and death while featuring the resilience of poetic form. From antiquity to the present, poets have used this shaping form to memorialize, describe, reflect, critique, and witness. In this course we will examine the origins of the form and study pivotal poems and poets in its development. We will also explore the contemporary elegy-certainly in the shadows of 9/11 and the war in Iraq-both as a private expression of feeling and as a public need for decorum and custom. Texts may include poetry by John Milton, Anne Bradstreet, Thomas Gray, Thomas Hardy, W.H. Auden, Langston Hughes, Adrienne Rich, Yusef Komonyakaa, Carolyn Forch, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, and Brian Turner, as well as lyrical prose elegies by Joan Didion and Philip Roth. Prerequisites: Any combination of 3 Intermediate Liberal Arts Courses (HSS, LVA, CVA) This course may be offered Spring semester.

4.00 credits



LIT 4693 Play, Performance, Politics: The London Stage 4 Advanced Liberal Arts credits Program fee is paid to Glavin Office program fee includes accommodations, breakfast, tube pass in London, airport transport, theatre tickets, program planned meals, and cultural excursions. Not included: tuition, international flight, visa costs, additional meals and personal expenses. The course aims to develop an appreciation for and deeper understanding of the theatre as an art form through an immersive experience of play-text study, play attendance, performance workshops, and class discussion. While we will see a variety of types of plays on a variety of subjects, our approach to these plays will particularly emphasize the social and political context and issues raised implicitly or explicitly by the plays we read and see. We will also place the issues raised in a number of the plays into a wider discussion of social and political issues occurring in the world today be they around matters of inequality at local, national and global levels, the role of government, the meaning of freedom in daily life and as a legal and political concept, and the effort of people to shape their collective futures through political action and argument. Success in this class is dependent upon students ability and willingness to participate fully in all class discussions as well as work outside of class, both individually and in teams, and to contribute their independent insights and observations to the learning community of the class. Participation is imperative. The course will involve a combination of close reading of the play-texts and contextual readings, careful and critical analysis of the performances, and engaged participation in acting workshops, tours, and class discussions. Prerequisite: 3 intermediate liberal arts courses (HSS, CVA, LVA in any combination) and acceptance into the course.

4.00 credits



LIT4694: European Theater in Theory and Practice: London, Oxford and Dublin 4 Advanced Liberal Arts Credit (Elective Abroad) In this course students will immerse themselves into the international theater scene in London, Oxford, and Dublin. Students will have the rare opportunity to view performances from a wide variety of genres and styles and be introduced (or re-introduced) to classic playwrights and up-and-coming artists. Students will see several different kinds of theaters in several different kinds of neighborhoods. Finally, through tours, workshops, and talkbacks students will gain a more intimate knowledge of the rehearsal and production process. Prerequisite: 3 intermediate liberal arts (Any combination HSS, CVA, LVA)

4.00 credits



LVA2003 Dramatizing the American Dream (LIT) 4 credit intermediate liberal arts The American Dream is an indispensable, ubiquitous, and driving notion in this country. Its lure has brought millions of immigrants to our shores, given authors fodder for stories and novels, and allowed advertisers to sell the bigger car, the grander home, the better wardrobe. But what exactly is the American Dream? What are its tenets? Who gets to enjoy it? This course will examine how both male and female playwrights such as Susan Glaspell, Clifford Odets, Lorraine Hansberry, Sam Shepard, and Wendy Wasserstein have answered these questions in their dramatizations of the American Dream. As we study and watch various performances of the American Dream, we will take into account the voice telling the story and question the authority, privilege, and experience of that voice. We will evaluate how the plays speak to the American Dream, to each other, and to us. This course will require two papers, a mid-term and final exam. Prerequisites: RHT & AHS

4.00 credits