The Mexican Revolution in Film, Photography, and Fiction
Instructor: Max Parra

This course offers an introduction to the history of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) through film, photography, and works of fiction. The Mexican Revolution was one of the most photographed military conflicts of the 20th century and extensive newsreel exists of the war itself. We will analyze some of these images as well as classic cinematographic recreations from the 1930s and 1940s. This material will be studied in conjunction with key literary narratives from the post-revolutionary period (1920-1950). Particular emphasis will be given to the inter-related issues of nation building, image and memory, and questions of race, gender, and class.

Readings and class discussions are in English. Students who can read Spanish are encouraged to read the literary works in the original.
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The Romans
Instructor: Eliot Wirshbo

This course introduces students to the ways of one of the ancient civilizations which has greatly influenced our own outlook and institutions, ancient Rome. Through primary readings we will glean insights into various aspects of Roman mores and accomplishments: what they thought was funny, how they conducted their political and legal business, what their ideals and ideas of themselves were. The material to be read will include letters, epic poetry, love poetry, history, courtroom speeches, comedy, and pungent epigrams. The cliché about the ancient Romans is that they were practical, whereas the Greeks, their Mediterranean predecessors, were more ethereal, theoretical. This pithy appraisal has its truth, but it has a concomitant: the Romans are often more accessible to us than the Greeks, so it becomes an interesting trade-off: do we read what's great but often quite difficult or what's less great but more accessible? We do both, of course, but the pleasures of 19C may actually be more immediate than those of its lead-in courses. Papers, mid-term, final.

Facebook America
Instructor: Babak Rahimi

This seminar looks at how Facebook is changing the way Americans interact on social media sites and the complex ways in which such interaction is leading to new forms of sociability. The focus here is on communication and how new discursive practices on sites like Facebook are reconfiguring American national identity.
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Italian Culture Through Song
Instructor: Stephanie Jed

We will learn about Italian language and culture, as we sing folksongs, pop music, and a couple of opera arias (no pressure to be an opera singer). No previous knowledge of Italian required.

Hellenomania: The Ancient Greek Language
Instructor: Anthony Edwards

Are you interested in the language of Plato, Homer, or the New Testament? Do you ever wonder how a language that hasn’t had a native speaker in over 1,500 years sounded, how it was organized, or how it has been passed on for all those centuries? If yes, then you should consider this seminar. We’ll learn some ancient Greek over the quarter as we try our hands at reading it—we’ll use a distributed approach, assigning each class member a particular specialty so we can work things out as a group in class. (Suggestions for authors and passages to work on will be compiled at our first meeting.) So, we’ll learn about how the Greek language works: its vocabulary, its grammatical forms, how it organizes an utterance (its syntax), and the problems of translating it into English, but we’ll spend some time as well on how ancient Greek fits into a larger family of languages, the so-called Indo-European languages, and how this dead language has influenced our own world.

Yiddish -- an introduction
Instructor: Amelia Glaser

The seminar will introduce you to Yiddish, the language spoken by most Jews in the European Diaspora before World War II. The course will include basic conversation, an understanding of its linguistic and social history, an explanation of Yiddish words you probably already knew (but didn't know they were Yiddish!), and a lecture on the great Yiddish poet Avram Sutzkever. All students will be required to attend an all-day seminar at UCSD with two leading experts in the Yiddish language, Eliezer Niborski and Miriam Trinh. Readings will be assigned in advance of this all-day seminar. (This will take place on campus.) The meetings will take place: Tues. April 1, 4:30-5:30 pm (introduction: what is Yiddish?) Tues. April 8, 4:30-5:30 pm (a discussion of Yiddish culture and literature then and now) June 1: 10 am - 6pm (intensive all-day course on the Yiddish language at Cross Cultural Center, Price Center)

YA for Grown-ups
Instructor: Stephen Potts

YA or “young adult” literature is theoretically aimed at readers 11-14 years of age and therefore technically “young adolescent.” However, a number of novels often assigned in secondary schools were not originally written for adolescents at all but for a general, adult readership. They ended up in the classroom largely because their main characters are pubescent, wrestling with issues of coming of age and social identity. We are going to analyze such novels—most of them already familiar—by a range of authors from Mark Twain to Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros, and Amy Tan. Through reading, writing, and discussion, you will be encouraged to pursue your own quests of exploration and growth.

Instructor: Lisa Lampert-Weissig

In this course, we'll look at representations of the vampire from early appearances through to the current hits, Twilight and True Blood. Lectures will include discussion of many aspects of vampires and vampirism, including the "historical vampires," Vlad Tepes and Elizabeth Báthory, the European vampire "epidemic" of the eighteenth century, medical explanations for early cases of vampirism, and folk traditions surrounding vampires. We will also consider the vampire in relation to other famous figures, especially the werewolf. Since today's vision of the vampire arguably has its roots in Germany, our readings will be divided between texts from the German and English traditions and dig back deep into the Romantic roots of vampire legend. Perhaps most importantly we will explore why vampires are such popular figures, considering them as cultural symbols that have and still do allow writers an incredibly rich way to explore themes of death, immortality, power, and sexuality. Included in our readings are: William of Newburgh, Historia Rerum Anglicarum, (History of English Affairs) selections (Chronicle, 12th century) Heinrich August Ossenfelder, "Der Vampir" (Poem, 1748) Gottfried August Bürger, "Lenore" (Poem, 1773) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "Die Braut von Korinth" ("The Bride of Corinth") (Poem, 1797) E.T.A. Hoffmann, "Aurelia," (Short Story, 1819-20) John Polidori, "The Vampyre" (Short Story, 1819) Stoker’s Dracula (1897) Meyer’s Twilight (2005) We will also take a look at vampires on film, including both Murnau’s and Herzog’s versions of Nosferatu and the 1972 hit, Blacula. It is strongly recommended that students read Stoker’s Dracula prior to the beginning of the quarter. We will be using the edition in Three Vampire Tales, ed. Anne Williams. Please visit for more course information. German Studies majors/minors may petition for major/minor credit. Please discuss your intention to petition with the instructor during the first week of class.
► LTWL 123 is a LTEN equivalent course

Instructor: Richard Cohen

This class provides an introduction to Buddhist thought and practice. The material will be treated thematically — e.g., the connection between cosmological models and liberative practices; the conflict/symbiosis of wisdom and compassion; renunciation vs. accumulation of wealth — and temporally — the movement from early Buddhism to Mahayana to Tantra. Our sources will be Buddhist narrative and doctrinal literatures, supplemented by archaeological and art historical artifacts. Two papers and a final exam.
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► LTWL 135 will fulfill Literature/World major’s non-European/non-U.S. requirement.

Christianity, Empire, and Revolution
Instructor: John Blanco

This course introduces and explores a paradox that cuts across the many cultures of Christianity throughout history: its alliance with projects that promote a universal world order under one emperor or king (the empire); and the understanding of the Christian gospel as a manifesto of radical freedom from any and all politically established authority. Beginning with a reading of Christianity's early growth, we will explore the philosophies and social movements that emerged through the establishment of an official Church, its relationship to the Roman Empire and Latin Christendom, and the secularization of Christian concepts in the modern world. At the center of this reading lie a set of Christian concepts that stubbornly refuse to remain a subject of theology, and take on political and social meanings throughout history: these include divine revelation, the relationship between divine grace and human agency, the (im)possibility of representing the divinity, the legal authority of the Pope, and the accommodation of Christian theology to non-Christian cultures on the colonial frontier.

This course fulfills the requirement of historical breadth for Literature majors. Requirements include: attendance, midterm exam, three essays / blogs.
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Environmental Literatures and Wilderness Thought
Instructor: Pasquale Verdicchio

This course should appeal to anyone interested in the literary history of environmental writing and issues, in other words, to students of environmental studies and social sciences in addition to literature majors.    We will explore the vital relationship between literature and environmental values, and attempt to explain how literary interpretations of the land have influenced attitudes toward nonhuman nature. Writers have been consistently concerned with, and inspired by, the idea of wilderness as our culture moved from notions of a hostile wilderness, to the Transcendentalist vision of divine nature, to contemporary nature-writers' concern with imperiled ecosystems.  Course will include readings of work by Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, Barry Lopez and Aldo Leopold.
► LTWL 165 is a LTEN equivalent course

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The Conflicted Psyche inCinema
Instructor: Alain J.-J. Cohen

Conflicted filmmakers? Conflicted characters? Conflicted audiences? Clips from cult and classic films, such as M. Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, A. Hitchcock’s Psycho, S. Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, I. Bergman’s Persona, P. Schrader’s The Comfort of Strangers, M. Harron’s American Psycho, and several others, will be used to highlight issues of trauma, sex, gender, the psyche’s complexities, conflictual entanglements, masochism, violence and cruelty, aggression and self-aggression.

How is the conflicted psyche represented in film? How are various representations of psychological conflicts and states of mind accountable to a director’s mise-en-scène? to his/her recursive images, obsessions, and style? to film (image/sound) editing? How much is due to the actors’ craft? Or to the screenwriters’ sense of action and dialogue? Or the presence of a therapist in a film? or at a film? or to therapeutic effect? How are audiences emoted to pity and fear, mood swings, emotions, sentiments and filmic passions?

Technical methods of film analysis will be emphasized during the first weeks of the term, and psychological theories addressing such issues during the last weeks. Students will explore the case of the compelling effect of /Conflicted Psyche/ films. “Veteran” students will be asked for work building upon their previous research. At the end of this seminar, students will become conversant with: a) technical methods of film analysis,  b) the delineation and representation of evolving emotion systems in film, c) the psychological and psychoanalytic mind models and theories addressing issues of psychosexuality, gender, trauma in relation to the “conflicted psyche”, d) the integration of film style and techniques within the history and philosophy of cinema.

Note: This course is LTEN-equivalent; it also satisfies the requirements as one of the seven courses towards a Minor in Film Studies at UCSD.
► LTWL 184 is a LTEN equivalent course