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Past Courses - Spring 2015

ENG 317: Readings in African and Caribbean Literatures

T,Th 3PM This course will provide an exciting opportunity to read African and Afro-Caribbean literature produced in global metropoles. The goal of the course is to invite students to think…

ENG 319: Readings in the Literature of Michigan, Watts

TTh 10:20-11:40 This course will address the literature of our state from two perspectives. First, what has it meant to live in and write about Michigan during the last two hundred years? What…

ENG 331/FLM 381: Contemporary Film and Media Theory, Bering-Porter

MW 12:40 Film theory addresses fundamental questions about the possibilities and limitations of the medium of film, and about the nature of representation, technology, aesthetics, subjectivity,…

ENG 332/FLM 301: Historical Approaches to Film: Media Archaeology

MW 3PM The dawn of the digital age has coincided with the “death” of cinema, leading to renewed interest in understanding what cinema really is within the convergent fields of technology, history,…

ENG 333/FLM 355: Melodrama, McCallum

MW 3PM This course will examine melodrama, past and present. We will start with a few classic films from the 1940s and 50s (particularly Douglas Sirk's Hollywood productions) before turning to focus…

ENG 342.1 Readings in Popular Literature, Stowe

MW 3-4:20 This course will provide students with a broad background and introduction to the theories, methods, and practices that characterize Popular Culture Studies as distinct discipline and field…

ENG 342.2: Hip Hop: Prose and Poetics, Williamson

TTh 10:20 209 In this course we will interrogate hip hop culture and music as an artifact and outgrowth, primarily, of 20th and 21st-century communities of color. Not only will we consider song…

ENG 360: Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature, Ma

MW 12:40 The “light” of modernity arrived hand in hand with the darkness of colonialism for much of Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. The postcolonial condition thus informs cultural expressions from…

ENG 430/FLM 480: Modernism and Modernity in Film, Yumibe

MW 10:20 This course examines the history and legacies of modernism and modernity in and around the cinema. Moving from the mid-nineteenth century to our contemporary media landscape, we will explore…

ENG 455/813: Literatures in English Before 1800, Singh

T,Th 6:00-7:20pm What are some distinctive features of Renaissance literature and why do the topics of love, sexual desire, and death dominate its poetry and drama? Why do sixteenth and…

ENG 473B/AAAS 891: Racialized Gender Violence and the Law, Williamson

TTh 12:40-2 The intention of this course is to consider the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, violence, and the legal ramification and outcomes of all of these, on a global…