Reading and Composition (R&C)

R1B.001: Sea Changes in Film and Poetry

TuWTh 1:00-3:30 235 Dwinelle Instructor: Simona Schneider

Session D July 2nd – August 10th

Climate change is undeniable, though some continue to try. With its inevitable cyclicality and, increasingly, with the breakdown of predictability, the natural world structures our sensations, thoughts, and intuitions. This course will explore the theme of nature, including the rupture of natural cycles in modern experience such as climate change, through an eco-critical lens and with the help of representations offered in film and poetry. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14906

R1B.002: Celebrity Status: The Art of Being Famous

TWTh 10:00-12:30 pm 235 Dwinelle Instructor: Johnathan Vaknin

Session D July 2nd – August 10th

“In the future,” the pop artist Andy Warhol once said, “everybody will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” In an age of social media, when Facebook and Instagram “likes” and followers on Twitter seem to be measures of our celebrity status, Warhol’s prescient observation appears to ring especially true. This summer, we’ll spend time reading literary works, watching films, listening to songs, and perusing the pages of our favorite tabloids—replete with scandalous gossip about our most beloved (or despised) celebrities—in order to ask what, exactly, it means to be famous. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 14907


N 60AC.001: Topics in the Literatures of American Cultures

Postapocalypse Now

TuWTh 03:00-5:30 pm 179 Dwinelle Instructor: Caitlin Scholl

Session D July 2nd – August 10th

The Hunger GamesWorld War ZDivergentThe Walking DeadZone OneSan AndreasThe RoadThe Leftovers: the prevalence of dystopias and catastrophic disaster narratives in current American popular culture—in everything from Hollywood blockbusters to Young Adult fiction to prestige TV and highbrow novels—would seem to suggest that we are living through a golden age for the apocalyptic imagination. As Fredric Jameson’s “someone” famously observed, it is now “easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.” » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 13389

N 60AC.002: Topics in the Literatures of American Cultures

Finding America, Founding America, Foundling America

TuWTh 01:00-03:30 pm 105 Dwinelle Instructor: Cory Merrill

Finding America, Founding America, Foundling America

Session D July 2nd – August 10th

From Columbus’s ‘discovery’ of America to the Pilgrims’ settlement, from the Sons of Liberty to the Founding Fathers, the dominant stories of America’s cultural founding draw heavily from contradictory themes of finding, abandoning, and founding one’s roots. While American origin stories often thematize the loss, abandonment, or reestablishment of family and heritage, these foundational myths also tend to obscure the history of imperialism, racial oppression, violence, and exploitation that forms American political bedrock. Put another way, American origin stories have their own history of abandonment, neglect, and disownment.

Who are the abandoned children of America’s myth-making? Who, then, are America’s founding fathers? And is the U.S. a culture founded by (its) foundlings?

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Course Catalog Number: 13390

W 60AC: Literature of American Cultures

Boroughs and Barrios: Moving In & Through New York City and Los Angeles

Session C 06/24/19-08/16/19 Online Instructor: Karina Palau

Online course

The Statue of Liberty with welcome torch always raised. The Hollywood sign against golden California hills. Subways and freeways running like arteries above and below ground, offering to transport us around and across the city. Many iconic images of New York City and Los Angeles construct U.S. urban centers as a space of endless movement and possibility. Physically, New York and Los Angeles spread across the map and encompass multiple neighborhoods and communities, seemingly facilitating our ability to access, explore, and find new connections. » read more »

Course Catalog Number: 16102