LTWL 004D - FICTION AND FILM IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY SOCIETIES (ITALIAN)
Instructor: Antonio Iannotta
This is a course in Italian Cinema that requires no knowledge of Italian or previous training in film studies. It is a course geared to anyone with an interest in Film, Culture, Literature and Social issues. The course will address issues related to the changes in the Italian social and cultural landscape as manifested in film from the immediate post-WWII period to today. From the first days of NeoRealism Italian cinema has carried out an attempt to define a national culture, first in opposition to the fascist regime that reigned from 1922-1944, then as modern nation state participatory in the creation of the United European Nations.
LTWL 19A - INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREEKS AND ROMANS
This interdisciplinary sequence (LTWL 19A, B, C) features the literature, mythology, history, and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome, complex civilizations that had a determining influence on all later Western culture. In 19A we'll focus on Greece from the time of the Homeric poems to Aeschylus in the early fifth century. We shall read texts of the period as expressions of an aristocratic culture which placed emphasis on war and athletics and whose economies, educational systems, sexual politics, ethics and theology were shaped by this emphasis. This sequence partially fulfills lower division requirements for the Literatures of the World major/minor, the Classical Studies major/minor and the Warren College program in Classical Studies. There will be a midterm, final, and paper.
LTWL 087 - FRESHMAN SEMINAR
Why are zombies so popular right now? Is the current craze just mindless fun or are there political and social subtexts to consider? We'll examine the origins of the zombie figure, zombie films of the 1930s and 40s, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Walking Dead and World War Z. More information at www.talesofthenight.org.
LTWL 087 - FRESHMAN SEMINAR
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.
LTWL 106 - THE CLASSICAL TRADITION
Ancient Greece produced two styles of comedy, one more dignified, along the lines of a Jane Austen novel or romantic comedy, and the other more explosively political, anti-authoritarian, and given to fantasy (also a bit obscene)--like Saturday Night Live, the Daily Show, and The Hangover all rolled into one. For the latter, so-called Old Comedy, we’ll be reading the plays of Aristophanes and for the former, known as New Comedy, we’ll take a look at plays by Menander (with a little Euripides on the side) as well as by the Roman playwrights, Terence and Plautus, much of whose work can be regarded as adaptations of Greek New Comedies. We’ll also watch a few movies and maybe some TV episodes as representatives of the two Greek comic forms. If you enjoy comedy, have an interest in later European literature, or just like the Greeks, sign up for the course. Papers and a final.
LTWL 114 - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
The Golden Age of children’s literature began in the mid-nineteenth century and ended with World War I. What followed was a period of continued innovation through the 1930s, followed by the flourishing Silver Age of the mid-twentieth century. Since then children’s literature has become a major genre, both literarily and commercially. This course will trace its history over the past 75 years, a period that begins with Mary Poppins and ends with Harry Potter. We will read works of realism and fantasy, and discuss not only their literary values but their insights into developmental issues and the social construction of childhood in the modern age.
LTWL 124 - SCIENCE FICTION
Although works we now consider science fiction existed by the onset of the twentieth century, the genre only received its name at the beginning of World War II. At that point its Golden Age began, running through the 1940s and 50s, the era that produced writers Bradbury, Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein, among others. In the 1960s and 70s, science fiction was caught up in the spirit of radical experimentation and social change, leading to the New Wave movement that brought a new emphasis on literary values to the genre. This course will examine classic science fiction through readings that, while published in the first three-quarters of the twentieth century, span the frontiers of space, time, and consciousness. We will explore their literary values and historical context, and discuss what they suggest about scientism, modernity, and the human condition.
LTWL 172 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE
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LTWL 180 - FILM STUDIES AND LITERATURE: FILM HISTORY
During the 1930a and 1940s, many film professionals fled from Nazi-occupied Europe. Hollywood provided a sanctuary for hundreds of emigres, most of them Jewish, who had brought the German cinema of the 1920s to flourish. In Hollywood, the German-speaking exiles worked as film directors, actors, producers, screen writers, and in other fields of the American film industry. Their experiences in Europe, it seems, had equipped them with a heightened sensibility that made them keenly aware of issues at stake in American society at the time and which reflected in their films. Some of them made a lasting impact on American cinema. In this course, we will study selected films by some of the most prominent exile filmakers in Hollywood (Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Otto Preminger, Robert Siodmak, Fred Zinnemann, and others) and their contributions to American cinema, and investigate how Hollywood, against the background of the United States' entry into World War Two, used film as a medium to raise the American public's awareness of Hitler's threat in Europe. Films to be discussed in this course will include CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz), TO BE OR NOT TO BE (Ernst Lubitsch), HANGMEN ALSO DIE (Fritz Lang), Charlie Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR, as well as some famous film noir thrillers, such as DOUBLE INDEMNITY (Billy Wilder), LAURA (Otto Preminger), and ACTS OF VIOLENCE (Fred Zinnermann).