COML711 - Theory In/And East Asia

Status
O
Activity
SEM
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Theory In/And East Asia
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML711401
Course number integer
711
Meeting times
F 10:00 AM-01:00 PM
Level
graduate
Description
"Theory" can be exciting and seductive to some scholars, but intimidating or pretentious to others. Unfortunately, this difference in feeling about theoretical scholarship and discussion has a tendency to produce a divide in academia between those who "do theory" and those who do not. This graduate seminar pursues the question of how theory can be engaged in the context of East Asian cultural studies, with the goal of collectively working through texts to understand how theoretical reflection opens up possibilities for productive conversations across disciplinary boundaries. Many critiques have been made of the way "traveling theory" serves as a Euro- American universal applied to the "raw material" of East Asian texts, or a transdisciplinary common language in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Instead, we will take such critiques as a starting point to pragmatically and creatively explore the intersections and interactions of "theory" and "East Asia," emphasizing the archival, historical, political, and institutional contexts that motivate theorization. In that spirit, special attention will be given to discussing what problems we find in our own work that require theoretical consideration, and how such considerations might contribute to, challenge, or transform theory originating outside of East Asia. Readings will primary be in English, but may also include Japanese, Chinese, or Korean depending on student interest and language abilities.
Course number only
711
Cross listings
EALC711401
Use local description
Yes

COML211 - Lit of Dissent in E. Eur: Literature of Dissent:Art As Protest in 20-Th Cent.Poland & Czechoslovakia

Status
X
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Lit of Dissent in E. Eur: Literature of Dissent:Art As Protest in 20-Th Cent.Poland & Czechoslovakia
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML211401
Course number integer
211
Meeting times
CANCELED
Level
undergraduate
Description
Eastern and Central Europe was the site of monumental political changes in the twentieth century, including the disillusion of monarchical empires in the First World War and the expansion of Soviet-style communism. At every point, artists have taken part in political debates, sometimes advancing radical agendas, sometimes galvanizing movements, sometimes simply "shouting into the void" to register their own dissatisfaction. In this course, we will consider texts - including literature, political philosophy and film - that pushed back against the dominant political norms. In so doing, we will investigate Aesopian language, the mechanics of censorship, the repercussions of dissent, performativity, samizdat and the rise of an alternative culture. We will contextualize our readings of literature with the sociological and historical work of Benedict Anderson, Tony Judt, Jonathan Bolton, Shana Penn, Alexei Yurchak and the series Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe. As well as becoming familiar with major thinkers and movements in Eastern and Central Europe, students will develop a sense of art as a tool of political protest.
Course number only
211
Cross listings
EEUR211401
Use local description
No

COML574 - Faces of Love: Gender, Sexuality, and the Erotic in Persian Literature

Status
O
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Faces of Love: Gender, Sexuality, and the Erotic in Persian Literature
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML574401
Course number integer
574
Registration notes
Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
Meeting times
TR 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
Level
graduate
Instructors
Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili
Description
Beloved, Lover and Love are three concepts that dominate the semantic field of eroticism in Persian literature and mysticism. The interrelation among these concepts makes it almost impossible to treat any one of the concepts separately. Moreover, there exists various faces and shades of love in the works of classical and modern Persian literature that challenges the conventional heteronormative assumptions about the sexual and romantic relationships between the lover and the beloved. A sharp contrast exists between the treatment of homosexuality and queerness in Islamic law, on the one hand and its reflection in Persian literature, particularly poetry (the chief vehicle of Persian literary expression), on the other. This course introduces and explores different faces of love, eroticism and homoeroticism in the Persian literary tradition from the dawn of dawn of the Persian poetry in the ninth century all through to the twenty-first century. It offers a comprehensive study of representations and productions of heteronormativity, sexual orientation and gender roles with particular reference to the notion of love, lover and beloved in Persian literature.
Course number only
574
Cross listings
GSWS275401, GSWS575401, NELC574401, COML275401, NELC290401
Use local description
No

COML275 - Faces of Love: Gender, Sexuality and the Erotic in Persian Literature

Status
O
Activity
LEC
Section number integer
401
Title (text only)
Faces of Love: Gender, Sexuality and the Erotic in Persian Literature
Term
2019C
Subject area
COML
Section number only
401
Section ID
COML275401
Course number integer
275
Registration notes
Course is available to Freshmen and Upperclassmen.
Meeting times
TR 04:30 PM-06:00 PM
Level
undergraduate
Instructors
Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili
Description
Beloved, Lover and Love are three concepts that dominate the semantic field of eroticism in Persian literature and mysticism. The interrelation among these concepts makes it almost impossible to treat any one of the concepts separately. Moreover, there exists various faces and shades of love in the works of classical and modern Persian literature that challenges the conventional heteronormative assumptions about the sexual and romantic relationships between the lover and the beloved. A sharp contrast exists between the treatment of homosexuality and 'queerness' in Islamic law, on the one hand and its reflection in Persian literature, particularly poetry (the chief vehicle of Persian literary expression), on the other. This course introduces and explores different faces of love, eroticism and homoeroticism in the Persian literary tradition from the dawn of dawn of the Persian poetry in the ninth century all through to the twenty-first century. It offers a comprehensive study of representations and productions of heteronormativity, sexual orientation and gender roles with particular reference to the notion of love, lover and beloved in Persian literature.
Course number only
275
Cross listings
GSWS275401, GSWS575401, NELC574401, COML574401, NELC290401
Use local description
No