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Fall Course Type: Joint Course Code: CLME UN3221 (4pts.) Go to Registrar
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ARABIC LITERATURE AS WORLD LITERATURE

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Instructor: Sarah Bin Tyeer

SEMINAR Course Description This advanced undergraduate seminar focuses on Arabic literature in the world, as World Literature. The focus will be particularly on pre-modern Arabic literary works that traveled and circulated and were adapted to and acquired individual meanings in different cultures. We will look at how literary works travel and circulate through its fusion with regional concepts, or even take on new meanings at different times and places. Admittedly, also, we will look into the strengths, weaknesses, and criticism surrounding World Literature.

Fall 2017 Course Type: Joint Course Code: CLME UN3928 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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Arabic Prison Writing

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This course studies the genealogy of the prison in Arab culture as manifested in memoirs, narratives, and poems. These cut across a vast temporal and spatial swathe, covering selections from the Quran, Sufi narratives from al-Halllaj oeuvre, poetry by prisoners of war: classical, medieval, and modern. It also studies modern narratives by women prisoners and political prisoners, and narratives that engage with these issues. Arabic prison writing is studied against other genealogies of this prism, especially in the West, to map out the birth of prison, its institutionalization, mechanism, and role. All readings for the course are in English translations.

Fall 2017 Course Type: Joint Course Code: ARCH A4780 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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Architecture + Human Rights

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This seminar will investigate contemporary trajectories of architecturalresearch and practice that intersect with questions of human rights, notions of democraticpublic space, and spatial politics. We will ask what role the discipline plays (or mightplay) in current debates over questions of political representation, defense, theorganization of territory, surveillance, warfare, political conflict, and cultural heritage aswell as in questions of citizenship, diaspora, humanitarian intervention, and justice.These questions mark out a profoundly fascinating and highly complicated field of study,and there is a growing body of important literature pertaining to them. The seminar willprovide a forum for considering aspects of this literature and practices associated with it,as well as for identifying new lines of research and further critical prospects for thediscipline of architecture.

Fall 2017 Course Type: Joint Course Code: CLEN GU4560 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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Backgrounds to Contemporary Theory

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[Lecture]. In chapter 4 of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Mind, a story is told about a confrontation between a Lord (Herr) and a Bondsman (Knecht). The story conveys how consciousness is born. This story, subsequently better known as the confrontation between Master and Slave, has been appropriated and revised again and again in figures like Marx and Nietzsche, Sartre, De Beauvoir, and Fanon, Freud and Lacan, Emmanuel Levinas, Carl Schmitt, Slavoj Zizek, and Judith Butler. The premise of this course is that one can understand much of which is (and isn’t) most significant and interesting in contemporary cultural theory by coming to an understanding Hegel’s argument, and tracing the paths by which thinkers revise and return to it as well as some of the arguments around it. There are no prerequisites, but the material is strenuous, and students will clearly have an easier time if they start out with some idea of what the thinkers above are doing and why. Helpful preparatory readings might include Genevieve Lloyd, The Man of Reason: “Male” and “Female” in Western Philosophy and Judith Butler, Gender Trouble. Requirements: For undergraduates: two short papers (6-8 pages). For graduate students, either two short papers or one longer paper (12-15 pages).

Fall 2017 Course Type: CPLS Course Code: CPLS GR6454 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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Blood/Lust: Staging the Early Modern Mediterranean

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This course examines, in 16th and 17th century Spain and England (1580-1640), how the two countries staged the conflict between them, and with the Ottoman Empire; that is, how both countries represented national and imperial clashes, and how the concepts of being “Spanish”, “English”, or “Turk” often played out on the high seas of the Mediterranean with Islam and the Ottoman Empire. We will consider how the Ottoman Empire depicted itself artistically through miniatures and court poetry. The course will include travel and captivity narratives from Spain, England, the Ottoman Empire, and the Barbary States.

Fall 2017 Course Type: CPLS Course Code: CPLS UN3454 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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Blood/Lust: Staging the Early Modern Mediterranean

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This course examines, in sixteenth and seventeenth century Spain and England (1580-1640), how the two countries staged the conflict between them, and with the Ottoman Empire; that is, how both countries represent national and imperial clashes, and the concepts of being “Spanish,” “English,” or “Turk,” as well as the dynamic and fluid identities of North Africa, often played out on the high seas of the Mediterranean with Islam and the Ottoman Empire. We will consider how the Ottoman Empire depicted itself artistically through miniatures and court poetry. The course will include travel and captivity narratives from Spain, England, and the Ottoman Empire.

Fall 2017 Course Type: Related Course Code: CLME GU4031 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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CINEMA & SOCIETY IN ASIA & AFRICA

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Introduction to Middle Eastern cinema as a unique cultural product in which artistic sensibilities are mobilized to address, and thus reflect, significant aspects of contemporary society, Arab, Israeli, Turkish, and Iranian cinema. Cultural and collective expressions of some enduring concerns in modern Middle Eastern societies. No P/D/F or R credit is allowed for this class.

Fall 2017 Course Type: Joint Course Code: CLEN GR6600 (4pts.) Go to Registrar
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Contemporary Literature

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Instructor: Matthew Hart

This seminar asks how the study of very recent literature relates to literary scholarship in general. Are there stable critical values or methods that should apply to our study of J. M. Coetzee as much as Miguel de Cervantes? How might one combine an interest in the contemporary with historicist method? Does it make a difference—and, if so, what kind of difference—if the authors one studies are alive and still writing? What are the points of connection between academic scholarship and journalistic or para-academic criticism? Since her possible objects of study are so numerous and diverse, what is the specific expertise of the academic specialist in contemporary literature?

The first two seminar meetings focus on the question of how we define “the contemporary” as a temporal category and field of study. From that point, we take two main tracks. First, four clusters of classes, each dedicated to a major contemporary author: China Miéville, Maggie Nelson, W. G. Sebald, and Claudia Rankine. By sampling four literary oeuvres, three of them still in formation, we will explore (among other topics) issues of canon-formation, genre, identity, class, translation, and the relation between literary parts and wholes. Between each cluster, we will pause for classes focused on selected methodological problems of peculiar relevance to contemporary literature: the value of literary sociology; the problem and pleasure of working on and with living authors; and the possibility of doing literary criticism differently—that is, for different audiences and according to different values.

Fall 2017 Course Type: Related Course Code: HIST GR8906 (4pts.) Go to Registrar
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Craft and Science: Objects and Their Making in the Early Modern World

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This course will study the materials, techniques, settings, and meanings of skilled craft and artistic practices in the early modern period (1350-1750), in order to reflect upon a series of issues, including craft knowledge and artisanal epistemology; the intersections between craft and science; and questions of historical methodology and evidence in the reconstruction of historical experience. The course will be run as a “Laboratory Seminar,” with discussions of primary and secondary materials, as well as text-based research and hands-on work in a laboratory. This course is one component of the Making and Knowing Project of the Center for Science and Society. This course contributes to the collective production of a transcription, English translation, and critical edition of a late sixteenth-century manuscript in French, Ms. Fr. 640. In 2014-15, the course concentrated on mold-making and metalworking; in 2015-16, on colormaking. In 2016-17, it will focus on natural history, researching the context of the manuscript, and reprising some color-making and moldmaking techniques. Students are encouraged to take this course both semesters (or more), but will receive full credit only once. Different laboratory work and readings will be carried out each semester.

Fall 2017 Course Type: Joint Course Code: SPAN GR6244 (3pts.) Go to Registrar
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Fiction

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In this seminar we will study the vocabulary and practices of intellectual elaboration and composition during the pre-modern eras, within the context of Philosophical and Scientific Fictions. Some of our fields of inquiry will be: Iberian Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Medieval Theory and Philosophy, Manuscript Studies, and History of the Book. We will investigate these fields in dialogue with the construction and development of pre-modern disciplines. We will to focus on mainstream views of intellectual creation, including poetics, rhetorics, dialectic, problem-creation, the lie as an intellectual fabrication, narrative of the self, oneirocriticism, legal fiction, sacred and lay exegesis, miracles, fables, and poetry with music. The survey covers two parts (scientific discipline versus experience) that hinge on the particular and even central problem of the narrative of the self—and in a way we will be traveling back and forth between discipline and experience trying not to disentangle them too much. This focus—perhaps a bit obscure for now—will become more evident as we read the different texts. My suggested and recommended readings cover many other texts from the Antiquity to the (very) Early Modern period. In this sense, I aim to forge a broad intellectual context for a set of Iberian texts that might be considered within a theoretical survey of Medieval Iberian cultures.