Spring 2017

C LIT 30B: Major Works of European Literature [GE: E, G, WRT, EUR]
Instructor: Elizabeth MacArthur
M/W 2:00-3:15, Phelps 2524

Major works of European literature from Petrarch to Rousseau. As we study texts written in four languages and five genres, from the 14th to the 18th century, we will discuss such great themes of literature as love, death, and the meaning of life. In particular we will focus on two issues: 1) What happens when people borrow stories from people in other times and places to shape their own lives? Is it possible to become more fully oneself by borrowing from other people's lives? 2) What is, and what ought to be, the relationship between humans and nature? Do people suffer--and does the Earth--when this relationship is disturbed? Students will: 1) become acquainted with major works and genres of Early Modern literature from four European countries; 2) gain understanding of European culture from the Renaissance through the Old Regime; 3) improve their ability to read literary texts and to express their ideas both orally and in writing. Readings include works by Petrarch, Garcilaso de la Vega, du Bellay, Ronsard, Labé, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Milton, Lafayette, and Rousseau.

C LIT 30C:
When Life is Not Enough: Variations on a Romantic Theme [GE: E, G, WRT, EUR]
Instructor: Didier Maleuvre
T/R 12:30-1:45, BUCH 1910 

When life is not enough, literature happens. The sense that perhaps we may find in art or literature what life often withholds--connection, meaning, existential safety, community. This sense is embodied in a spiritual type that emerges at the dawn of the industrial age, during the romantic period. In steps the hero who finds no sense or satisfaction in ordinary life, craves for a new intensity of being, and goes to any length, sometimes extreme, to fulfill his and her demand that there be more to life than getting through it unscathed. In this course, we will study how this spiritual yearning plays like a musical theme through nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature whether romantic, realist, modernist, or postmodernist. Dedicated students will: 1) become acquainted with the main intellectual and stylistic features of these artistic movements; 2) will deepen their understanding of the Western/European cultural heritage; 3) will make progress in the craft of verbally shaping and communicating their ideas.
Readings include works by Goethe, Mary Shelley, Tolstoy, Melville, Virginia Woolf, and Pynchon.


C LIT 34: Literature of the Americas [GE: G, WRT]
Instructor: Leo Cabranes-Grant

M/W 11:00-12:15, NH 1006
An introduction to the diverse literary traditions of the Americas through an examination of selected works. This class will explore the idea of the border as both as a political issue and an emotional experience, paying special attention to the complexity of gender, identity, and intercultural relations. Readings include works by Anzaldua, Fuentes, James, Larsen, Welch, and Baldwin.


C LIT 35: Making of the Modern World [GE: E, G, WRT, WC]
Instructor: Anselm Haverkamp
M/W 3:30-4:45, SH 1431

The Making of the Modern World is less a making (as generally believed), but a suffering of what happened when the world became modern. How it came to happen, the modern world, and how this happening acquired the meaning of a ‘making’ has been conceived of in different keys, in new ways of coming to know through art and literature, first of all (1), epistemologically and technologically, most famously (2), legally and socially, no doubt (3). In these three most general respects the class offers first insights into method and structure of study and student research. Thomas Kuhn’s pragmatist approach in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) describes the decisive steps that ‘made’ the world modern according to ‘paradigms’ of learning: in groundbreaking works – texts, pictures, experiments – which were effective in bringing about the new world view. The class shall review some instances of these new ways of ‘coming to know’. In the introductory first part, a greater emphasis is put on aspects of pictorial representation, to be continued in technological and legal respects, and to be concluded by some epistemological consequences, including the status of ‘life’ in a scientific world. Exemplary concepts and key-words produced by, and associated with the making of the modern world are the “Modern” itself (and Progress), “Perspective” (and Space), “Mass” (and Matter), “Landscape” (Nature), “Justice” (Law), but also “Paranoia” (Politics), “Fashion” (Style) and even “Life”. For illustration, exemplary works are discussed: paintings, photographs, scientific texts, legal emblems. Readings include works by Blackbourn, DeLillo, Latour, and Machiavelli.

C LIT 101: Introduction to Literary and Critical Theory
Instructor: Lacey Smith
T/R 12:30-1:45, GIRV 2115

The purpose of this course is to examine trends of literary and critical theory, both of the past and the contemporary moment.  Within theory lies attempts at framing culture and thought in ways that open it up to questioning and critique, an appeal towards an intellectual coherence that lies beneath superficially disconnected strands of experience.  With that in mind, such theories are themselves subject to examination and questioning, and that is the goal of this class.  Weekly units will cover a wide selection of literary and critical theory: foundations such as phenomenology and structuralism, cutting edge approaches in the form of non-philosophy and object oriented ontology, and the contemporary pertinence of Marxist, postcolonial, and feminist critique.


C LIT 119: Psychoanalytic Theory [GE: D, E, WRT]
Instructor: L.O. Aranye Fradenburg
M/F 9:30-10:45, Phelps 2516

This course is an introduction to psychoanalytic theory, and to its use in cultural and literary studies.  It will also include some examples of the role of rhetorical analysis in psychoanalytic writing.  Since recent neuroscientific discoveries are suggesting that psychoanalysis is effective, and particularly so with respect to long-term neuroplastic change, we will also dip into the "neuropsychoanalytic" literature.  In addition to some poetry here and there, we will consider the following fictional texts:  Fight Club, The Virgin Suicides, and Rubyfruit Jungle.  There will also be a course reader. In this course you will learn: (1) how to analyze literary and cultural phenomena from a variety of psychoanalytic standpoints; (2) explore the role of paralanguage and language in psychoanalytic theory and practice; (3) explore the new field of neuropsychoanalysis.


C LIT 128A: Children’s Literature [GE: G, WRT]
Instructor: Sara Pankenier Weld

T/R 2:00-3:15, BUCH 1940

Theoretical analysis of children’s literature from a comparative perspective and with a focus on ideology and the construction of childhood. Through the examination of classic texts, as well as alternative viewpoints that counter them, we consider children’s literature in terms of history, genre, and form and explore issues of psychology, pedagogy, ideology, gender, and national identity. Ranging from fables and fairy tales to modern fantasy, readings are by Aesop, Perrault, Grimm, Afanasyev, Andersen, Carroll, Collodi, and others, while theorists include Propp, Bettelheim, Tatar, Lurie, Warner, and Rose. Students will: 1) Examine the history and development of children’s literature in a comparative global context, 2) Engage in literary interpretation of children’s literature and its traditions, techniques, and genres, 3) Encounter and apply a variety of theoretical approaches to children’s literature, 4) Hone skills in close reading, literary analysis, and critical thinking, 5) Develop their ability to advance an evidence-based argument in written form.


C LIT 133: Transpacific Literature [GE: G, WRT]
Instructor: Yunte Huang

M/W 11:00-12:15, PSYCH 1902

Looks at the Pacific as the primary location for literary and historical imagination since the Age of Exploration. Studies the crisscross, transpacific field of inscriptions ranging from Captain Cook to Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Jack London, and Maxine Hong Kingston.


C LIT 162I: Desire, Sex, & Romance in Traditions of India
Instructor: William Elison
M/W/F 2:00-2:50, GIRV 2127
Explores questions of love and sex across two thousand years of Indian religious thought. The reading list includes some of the most famous voices in South Asian literary history. We will tour various genres: moral teachings, epic narrative, drama, devotional and mystical poetry, and modern fiction. Yes, we will read the Kama Sutra, and yes, there will be Bollywood films.

C LIT 186FL: Vegetarianism: Food, Literature, and Philosophy [GE: D, WRT]

Instructor: Renan Larue
T/R 3:30-4:45, NH 1006

Veganism is a growing movement that opposes animal suffering and promotes environmental sustainability. More and more people in the US, especially in California, are adopting a plant-based diet. This course will discuss vegetarianism and veganism: their underlying claims, their philosophical roots and history, their treatment in literature and the media, and ultimately their stakes in our contemporary world.


C LIT 186WL: Wild Literature in the Urban Landscape
Instructor: Rick Benjamin

F 1:00-3:50, HSSB 4202

Combines study of ecological writing with service to schools and community centers in Santa Barbara. Through exploration of both local and global ecological challenges, students will conduct weekly workshops combining literature and ecology in order to better understand local issues like drought, erosion and land-use, with an emphasis on eco-industrial histories. The curriculum will serve as an existing approach to environmental education through the lens of literary arts, providing an initial foundation for lesson development elsewhere.


C LIT 198: Jr/Sr Seminar
Instructor: Richard Hecht

M 9:00-11:50, Phelps 6206C

Readings include works by Shakespeare, Arendt, Toobin, Larson, and Doctorow.


C LIT 198H/200/GER 210: Shakespeare and Hegel
Instructor: Anselm Haverkamp
T 5:00-7:50, Phelps 6206C

Hegel knew Shakespeare (almost all of Shakespeare) by heart; this is not obvious, since he quotes from memory, without quotation marks, and without mentioning the name. In short: Hegel developed his philosophy of history and his philosophy of right with a lot of Shakespeare in mind. Thus, the combination of Hegel and Shakespeare works in both directions: it is profitable to know Shakespeare, if one wants to understand Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, as it is profitable to read Hegel in order to understand Shakespeare. The rediscovery of Shakespeare in the 18th century comes along with a philosophical interest, whose modern dimension has been most thoroughly investigated by Hegel and, in his wake, by an implicitly Hegelian New Historicism or Cultural Materialism. The seminar shall discuss both perspectives, but shall first of all read closely the more or less explicit Shakespearian passages in Hegel’s philosophy and, consequently, read all the more closely the Shakespearian texts, motifs and cruxes, identified and problematized by Hegel and dealt with in recent philosophical criticism, notably by Stanley Cavell and Jacques Derrida.


C LIT 200/ FR 230E: Littérature urbaine et migration à l'ère de la mondialisation
Instructor: Eric Prieto

W 2:00-4:50, GIRV 1106

L'exigence du « droit à la ville », proclamé par Henri Lefebvre en 1968, occupe une place importante dans la littérature contemporaine. Mais si cette exigence reste aussi actuelle que jamais, ses enjeux ont bien évolué depuis 1968, surtout si on aborde la question depuis une perspective postcoloniale et transnationale. Dans les pays en développement, le problème le plus urgent est celui de la migration incontrôlée vers les villes, liée au problème de l’urbanisation sauvage (des bidonvilles aux megaslums). Dans les pays riches, la question se pose en termes de logement social (cités), ghettoïsation des quartiers défavorisés (banlieues), immigration transnationale (Sud-Nord) et racisme, et, plus récemment, terrorisme et réfugiés politiques. Ce séminaire interrogera donc l’évolution des conditions de possibilité du droit à la ville, telles qu'elles se révèlent dans quelques cas exemplaires. Nos exemples seront empruntés principalement à la littérature et au cinéma francophones, mais sans oublier le côté comparatiste et transnational de la question. On étudiera les romans de Patrick Chamoiseau (Martinique), Naïma Lahbil Tagemouati (Maroc), Mongo Beti (Cameroun), et Mehdi Charef (France), aussi bien que des films de Malik Chibane (France), Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroun), et Nabil Ayouch (Maroc). Notre étude portera tant sur les qualités littéraires et esthétiques de ces œuvres que sur leur apport à la résolution des problèmes spatiaux et sociaux dont ils traitent. Pour assurer une bonne compréhension de ces problèmes, nous nous appuierons sur un éventail d’approches disciplinaires: géographie (Mike Davis, David Harvey), sociologie (Henri Lefebvre, Azouz Begag), urbanisme (Rem Koolhaas, Serge Letchimy), anthropologie (Pierre Bourdieu, Janice Perlman), théorie postcoloniale (Achille Mbembe, Edward Saïd), et critique littéraire (Bertrand Westphal).


C LIT 252: Aesthetics
Instructor: Sven Spieker

M 11:00-1:50, ARTS 2622

My seminar looks at post-1960 art and literature that eschews or even destroys objects—art that minimizes objecthood in favor of linguistic elaboration and/or performance or dance—from a decentered perspective. Taking its cue from the 1999 exhibition Global Conceptualism at the Queens Museum, we will deliberately approach such practices from the global margins—from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union/Russia to Latin America, Japan, the USA and Western Europe--, assuming, with Luis Chamnitzer, that each of these regions functioned “according to their own clock. What ties these practices together, regardless of their heterogeneous regional origins, is the idea of dematerialization or de-objectfication: the replacement of the aesthetic/consumer object with words, narrative, performance, or dance. The seminar should appeal to interested students in Comparative Literature, Art History, Art, and generally speaking, those interested in aesthetic ideas and the history of art and literature from the 1960s to the present.

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