Joyce, Beckett & Modernism

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Using the work of James Joyce and Samuel Beckett as primary intellectual guides, this interdisciplinary seminar will examine the many trajectories and themes of modernism in fiction, poetry, drama, art, dance and music. Throughout, we will closely examine the main philosophical and theoretical currents that informed 20th century modernism, especially those that would play a key role in the work …

The Body

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This course will examine principal texts and interpretations of the major figures in continental thought on the concept of the body. The texts we will study and discuss encompass the most foundational, innovative, and influential thinking on the body in the modern, postmodern, and posthuman eras. The concept of the body itself has emerged as a crucial area of inquiry in …

Art of the Medieval & Renaissance Worlds

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The second course of the World Art & Culture series, this course explores the advent of monotheism and the developments of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Continuing to use an interdisciplinary approach, we uniquely examine the intersections between art, religion, and philosophy in the Middle Ages. The course includes a profound examination of the development of Christian Humanism and Neoplatonic thought …

The Hunger Games

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An interdisciplinary study of the symbolic structures of ideology, politics and power through a close analysis of The Hunger Games. We will begin an analysis of The Hunger Games Universe (its geographic and demographic contours) paying close attention to the mythological and literary antecedents to this political topography. We will consider the specific political issues raised by the trilogy and …

Game of Thrones

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A deep study and analysis of the mythological, historical, and religious dimensions of Game of Thrones. The course will consider primordial and archetypal themes in myth and history, as well as examine the religious complexities in ancient and medieval history as they bear on the saga of Game of Thrones. Issues to be studied will be the mythical basis of …

World Art & Culture II

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A unique interdisciplinary study and analysis of Western culture from the Renaissance through modernism. The course examines the thought, values, and arts of Western culture, integrating major developments in art, architecture, literature, music, religion, and philosophy. We will begin with an examination of the impact of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation on European culture, followed by a close study of the …

World Art & Culture I

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A survey of Western culture from the prehistoric period to the Renaissance. The course examines the thought, values, and arts of Western culture, integrating major developments in art, architecture, literature, music, religion, and philosophy. We will begin with an examination of the relationship between the birth of art and the rise of religious practice in the prehistoric world, followed by …

Sexuality and Love in the Western World

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An interdisciplinary examination and analysis of sexuality and love in the West from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. We will begin by considering the genesis of sexuality in Paleolithic hominids and the eventual conceptions of “love” through early civilizations. We will then turn to a close examination of sexuality and love in the classical world of ancient Greece and Rome …

Greek Mythology

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[supsystic-gallery id=3] An interdisciplinary study and analysis of Greek mythology. We will begin with the investigation of the relationship between myth, religion and culture in ancient Greece. We will explore the Greek view of the irrational and its position on fate and free-will. We will examine the nature of the Greek pantheon and the issues raised by the unique nature …

The Political Economy of Death

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This course examines and critically analyzes the history of concepts about death and dying. We examine the various definitions of death through the study of concepts of life, which are invariably tied to our ideas of death and dying. We will come to understand the historical, religious, and social dimensions of death and dying as well as the economic components …