Spring 2011 Courses

249. Film Noir
Ann Kibbie T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
A survey of film noir, from the hard-boiled detective films of the 1940s to later films that attempt to re-imagine the genre. Focuses on issues of gender and sexuality, the representation of women in film, and gender roles in the 1940s and 1950s. Films may include The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, Strangers on a Train, In a Lonely Place, and Chinatown. Readings will include film criticism and theory, as well as some of the novels that were adapted for the screen. Attendance at weekly screenings is required.
266. The City as American History
Matthew Klingle M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Seminar. America is an urban nation today, yet Americans have had deeply ambivalent feelings toward the city over time. Explores the historical origins of that ambivalence by tracing several overarching themes in American urban history from the seventeenth century to the present. Topics include race and class relations, labor, design and planning, gender and sexual identity, immigration, politics and policy, scientific and technological systems, violence and crime, religion and sectarian disputes, and environmental protection. Discussions revolve around these broad themes, as well as regional distinctions between American cities. Students are required to write several short papers and one longer paper based upon primary and secondary sources.
276. Queer Race
Guy Foster T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
How does the concept of “queerness” signify in cultural texts that are ostensibly about the struggle for racial equality? And vice versa, how does the concept of “racialization” signify in cultural texts that are ostensibly about the struggle for LGBT recognition and justice? While some of this work tends to reduce “queer” to traditional sexual minorities like lesbigay and trans folk while downplaying racial considerations, others tend to limit the category “race” to people of color like blacks while downplaying questions about sexuality. Such critical and creative gestures often place “queer” and “race” in opposition rather than as intersecting phenomena. Students examine the theoretical and cultural assumptions of such gestures, and their implications, through close readings of selected works in both the LGBT and African American literary traditions. Formerly English 273 (same as Africana Studies 273 and Gender and Women’s Studies 205). Note: This course fulfills the literature of the Americas requirement for English majors.
316. Shakespeare's Sonnets
William Watterson T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
Close reading of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets and the appended narrative poem “A Lover’s Complaint,” which accompanies them in the editio princeps of 1609. Required texts include the “New Arden” edition of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (1997) edited by Katherine Duncan-Jones, and Helen Vendler’s The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets (1998). Critical issues examined include the dating of the sonnets, the order in which they appear, their rhetorical and architectural strategies, and their historical and autobiographical content. Note: This course fulfills the pre-1800 literature requirement for English majors.