Core Seminars

HUMS 402b / ENGL 230b / LITR 319b
Modernities: Selfhood, Race, Class, and Gender

Ayesha Ramachandran and Marta Figlerowicz

The fundamental notion of “the self” interrogates categories of race, class, and gender as dimensions of understanding personhood. Introduction to major philosophical frameworks for thinking about “the self” from antiquity to the present; students examine case studies from across the world, aiming to put contemporary debates about these issues in historical perspective.   HU
MW 1pm-2:15pm

HUMS 403a / ENGL 205a / LITR 434a
Interpretations: Versions of Shakespeare’s Tempest

Lawrence Manley and Emily Greenwood

A study of Shakespeare’s Tempest in relation to its ancient and contemporary sources and its extensive influence on literature (poems, drama, fiction, essays), the arts (film, opera, visual arts), and cultural theory from the seventeenth century to the present.  Examples from Europe, The Americas, Africa, and Asia.  HU
MW 1pm-2:15pm