COML208 - Sicily On Page & Screen

Activity
SEM
Section number integer
920
Title (text only)
Sicily On Page & Screen
Term session
2
Term
2020B
Subject area
COML
Section number only
920
Section ID
COML208920
Course number integer
208
Meeting times
MW 05:30 PM-09:20 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Lillyrose Veneziano Broccia
Description
What images come to mind when we hear the words Sicily and Sicilians? Often our thoughts range from scenic vacation spots, delicious seafood and cannoli, and sweet grandmothers dressed in black, to mafia violence, vendettas, and the deep-rooted code of silence, omerta. But, how did these ideas get to us? Is there truth in them? Is there more to this island and its people? Through careful analysis of literary and cinematic representations of this Italian region, and those that do and have inhabited it, we will trace and analyze how Sicilians have represented themselves, how mainland Italians have interpreted Sicilian culture, how outsiders have understood these symbols, how our own perceptions shaped what we thought we knew about this place and, finally, how our own observations will have evolved throughout our studies. We will watch films such as Tornatore's Cinema paradiso and Coppola's The Godfather II, and read texts such as Lampedusa's The Leopard and Maraini's Bagheria. This course aims to increase students' understanding and knowledge of the Sicilian socio-cultural system. It will help students develop their ability to understand and interpret Sicilian culture through close analysis of its history, values, attitudes, and experiences, thereby allowing them to better recognize and examine the values and practices that define their own, as well as others', cultural frameworks.
Course number only
208
Cross listings
ITAL205920, CIMS204920, ENGL083920
Fulfills
Cross Cultural Analysis
Use local description
No

COML191 - World Literature

Activity
SEM
Section number integer
910
Title (text only)
World Literature
Term session
1
Term
2020B
Subject area
COML
Section number only
910
Section ID
COML191910
Course number integer
191
Meeting times
MW 05:30 PM-09:20 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Maria Pape
Description
How do we think 'the world' as such? Globalizing economic paradigms encourage one model that, while it connects distant regions with the ease of a finger-tap, also homogenizes the world, manufacturing patterns of sameness behind simulations of diversity. Our current world-political situation encourages another model, in which fundamental differences are held to warrant the consolidation of borders between Us and Them, "our world" and "theirs." This course begins with the proposal that there are other ways to encounter the world, that are politically compelling, ethically important, and personally enriching--and that the study of literature can help tease out these new paths. Through the idea of World Literature, this course introduces students to the appreciation and critical analysis of literary texts, with the aim of navigating calls for universality or particularity (and perhaps both) in fiction and film. "World literature" here refers not merely to the usual definition of "books written in places other than the US and Europe, "but any form of cultural production that explores and pushes at the limits of a particular world, that steps between and beyond worlds, or that heralds the coming of new worlds still within us, waiting to be born. And though, as we read and discuss our texts, we will glide about in space and time from the inner landscape of a private mind to the reaches of the farthest galaxies, knowledge of languages other than English will not be required, and neither will any prior familiary with the literary humanities. In the company of drunken kings, botanical witches, ambisexual alien lifeforms, and storytellers who've lost their voice, we will reflect on, and collectively navigate, our encounters with the faraway and the familiar--and thus train to think through the challenges of concepts such as translation, narrative, and ideology. Texts include Kazuo Ishiguro, Ursula K. LeGuin, Salman Rushdie, Werner Herzog, Jamaica Kincaid, Russell Hoban, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Arundhathi Roy, and Abbas Kiarostami.
Course number only
191
Cross listings
ENGL277910, CLST191910
Use local description
No

COML125 - Narrative Across Culture

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
900
Title (text only)
Narrative Across Culture
Term
2020B
Subject area
COML
Section number only
900
Section ID
COML125900
Course number integer
125
Meeting times
R 05:00 PM-08:50 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Nancy Lee Roane
Description
The purpose of this course is to present a variety of narrative genres and to discuss and illustrate the modes whereby they can be analyzed. We will be looking at shorter types of narrative: short stories, novellas, and fables, and also some extracts from longer works such as autobiographies. While some works will come from the Anglo-American tradition, a larger number will be selected from European and non-Western cultural traditions and from earlier time-periods. The course will thus offer ample opportunity for the exploration of the translation of cultural values in a comparative perspective.
Course number only
125
Cross listings
ENGL103900, FOLK125900, NELC180900, SAST124900
Fulfills
Arts & Letters Sector
Use local description
No

COML124 - World Film Hist '45-Pres

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
920
Title (text only)
World Film Hist '45-Pres
Term session
2
Term
2020B
Subject area
COML
Section number only
920
Section ID
COML124920
Course number integer
124
Meeting times
TR 05:30 PM-09:20 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Anat Dan
Course number only
124
Cross listings
ARTH109920, CIMS102920
Fulfills
Arts & Letters Sector
Use local description
No

COML123 - World Film Hist To 1945

Activity
LEC
Section number integer
910
Title (text only)
World Film Hist To 1945
Term session
1
Term
2020B
Subject area
COML
Section number only
910
Section ID
COML123910
Course number integer
123
Meeting times
TR 05:30 PM-09:20 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Peter Lesnik
Description
This course surveys the history of world film from cinema s precursors to 1945. We will develop methods for analyzing film while examining the growth of film as an art, an industry, a technology, and a political instrument. Topics include the emergence of film technology and early film audiences, the rise of narrative film and birth of Hollywood, national film industries and movements, African-American independent film, the emergence of the genre film (the western, film noir, and romantic comedies), ethnographic and documentary film, animated films, censorship, the MPPDA and Hays Code, and the introduction of sound. We will conclude with the transformation of several film industries into propaganda tools during World War II (including the Nazi, Soviet, and US film industries). In addition to contemporary theories that investigate the development of cinema and visual culture during the first half of the 20th century, we will read key texts that contributed to the emergence of film theory. There are no prerequisites. Students are required to attend screenings or watch films on their own.
Course number only
123
Cross listings
ARTH108910, CIMS101910, ENGL091910
Fulfills
Arts & Letters Sector
Use local description
No

COML108 - Greek & Roman Mythology

Activity
REC
Section number integer
411
Title (text only)
Greek & Roman Mythology
Term
2020A
Subject area
COML
Section number only
411
Section ID
COML108411
Course number integer
108
Registration notes
Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
Meeting times
R 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Meeting location
COHN 237
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Nikola Golubovic
Description
Myths are traditional stories that have endured many years. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as a few contemporary American ones, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths. Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth? Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture? Are they entertaining stories that people like to tell over and over? Are they a set of blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it? Investigate these questions through a variety of topics creation of the universe between gods and mortals, religion and family, sex, love, madness, and death.
Course number only
108
Cross listings
CLST100411
Use local description
No

COML108 - Greek & Roman Mythology

Activity
REC
Section number integer
410
Title (text only)
Greek & Roman Mythology
Term
2020A
Subject area
COML
Section number only
410
Section ID
COML108410
Course number integer
108
Registration notes
Registration also required for Lecture (see below)
Meeting times
F 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Meeting location
CAST A14
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Nikola Golubovic
Description
Myths are traditional stories that have endured many years. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as a few contemporary American ones, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths. Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth? Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture? Are they entertaining stories that people like to tell over and over? Are they a set of blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it? Investigate these questions through a variety of topics creation of the universe between gods and mortals, religion and family, sex, love, madness, and death.
Course number only
108
Cross listings
CLST100410
Use local description
No