Graduate Courses

Spring 2021

Art History

ART HIS 202 – Topics in Theory and Criticism in Art History: Fragmentation, Reuse, and Decay in Japan
Seminar: Sem 2
Instructor(s): Kersey, K.W.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Focused studies of various theoretical and critical traditions within art history, concentrating on particular issues, authors, or methodologies either within or across historical and cultural areas. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: Study addresses reuse and recycling of elements of past; aesthetics of fragment; premodern montage; relics and corpses; and embrace of decay, to include preference for things that are weathered, patinated, and imperfect. Several guest speakers enrich discussion. Archival focus is medieval Japan.

ART HIS C215F – Medieval Paris
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor(s): Cohen, M.M.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 21. Material culture, art, architecture, and history of city of Paris to circa 1500. Concurrently schedule with course C115F. S/U or letter grading.

ART HIS 220B – Advanced Studies in Islamic Art
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor(s): Balafrej, L.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Monuments or theoretical problems related to Islamic culture and artistic production. May be repeated for credit with consent of adviser. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: The seminar explores the historical role — and historiographical obfuscation — of minorities in Islamic art history. Minorities in South West Asia and North Africa are usually defined in terms of ethnic and religious categories; they are often thought to include everyone who is not of Arab ethnicity and/or Muslim. One aim is to explore and complicate this definition, by looking at “minority” as a process and by emphasizing the role of visual, material, and urban configurations in the construction of minorities. The seminar will discuss the use of “minority” as a rubric of analysis and a theoretical lens; the discursive and material processes by which certain populations have been made into minorities in various contexts and geographies; the historical reality of underrepresented, marginalized, subaltern groups in the SWANA since the advent of Islam; the role of objects, images, and spaces in reinforcing, producing, or, alternatively, resisting, political and social processes of othering; the role of minorities in the making of Islamic art; the porous boundaries between majority and minority cultures.


CHIN C250A – Lyrical Traditions
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor(s): Mai, H.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Readings of poetic and critical writings of traditional China, with emphasis on development of subjectivity and modes of address. Concurrently scheduled with course C150A. Graduate students required to read primary materials in original Chinese. S/U or letter grading.


ENGL 248 – Earlier 17th-Century Literature
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor(s): Watson, R.N.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Studies in poetry and prose of 17th-century English literature up to Restoration; limits of investigation set by individual instructor. S/U or letter grading.


FRNCH 216 – Renaissance
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor(s): Burns, R.J.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. French literature of 16th century studied within historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts.
Class Description: Equity or the Desire for Justice in Early Modern France
Equity has come to the fore in recent years as a key concept in campaigns for social justice. But what is equity and where does the term come from? This course will explore the classical roots of the concept of equity and its multifaceted revival in early modern French literature and thought. Students will be invited to think critically about the role of early modern approaches to equity in the shaping of present-day ethical and political discourses. Authors will include Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Ronsard, Montaigne, Bodin, and Pascal. All works will be read and discussed in English, though attention to the French originals will be encouraged wherever possible. P/NP or letter grading.


HIST 201D – Topics in History: Early Modern Europe: Truth and Truthfulness in Nietzsche, Foucault, and Williams
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor(s): Stacey, P.J.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Graduate course involving reading, lecturing, and discussion of selected topics. May be repeated for credit. When concurrently scheduled with course 191, undergraduates must obtain consent of instructor to enroll. S/U or letter grading.
Class Description: This seminar class offers graduates a chance to examine the concepts of truth and truthfulness in the work of three modern philosophers: Friedrich Nietzsche, Michel Foucault and Bernard Williams. These thinkers are often grouped together as proponents of a ‘genealogical’ approach to philosophical thinking and historical writing, and for good reason: in 1971, Foucault published an essay on the method at work in Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality of 1887, and subsequently adopted the term ‘genealogy’ to describe some of his own texts; while Bernard Williams’ last great work, Truth and Truthfulness (2002), is dedicated to an overtly neo-Nietzschean exploration of what a genealogical narrative involves, and to exemplifying its power and utility to philosophical inquiry by applying some of Nietzsche’s own insights –  and some of Foucault’s, too –  to a sustained re-articulation of the idea of truth-telling. One aim of this course is to draw some attention to the historical character of these three thinkers’ attempts to explicate the meaning of truth and truthfulness, and to consider some of the implications of their claims for the historical discipline; but the seminar will be fundamentally interdisciplinary in its approach to the texts, and graduates from all departments are welcome. All the readings will be in English.


IRANIAN 250 – Medieval Persian and Islamic Aesthetics: Poetry, Philosophy, and Manuscript Culture
Units: 4.0, Seminar, three hours.
Disclaimer: this seminar will be taught in English, and students with no prior knowledge of Persian are welcome to enroll. All primary sources will be circulated both in English translation and in Persian.
The seminar will foster interdisciplinary conversations among graduate students from a plurality of departments and programs, including Islamic studies, gender studies, history, art history, global medieval and renaissance studies, English, and comparative literature.
The celebration of the contemplation of beauty for spiritual, courtly, and philosophical ends characterizes the historical development of medieval Persian poetry. This course will focus on the literary works of Sa‘di Shirazi (fl. 13th century CE), who is regarded as the most important poet of medieval Iran.
Sa‘di’s vast corpus enriched the Persian lyric tradition with an original intertwinement of mystical, philosophical, and homoerotic reflections on contemplative practices that involve both the sensory perusal of the visible world and the relationship between medieval theories of imagination and cosmological models of cognition for the exploration of the so-called “invisible world”.
The study of medieval Persian poetry through Sa‘di’s works will revolve around an analytical approach to the major artistic, scientific and intellectual trends that informed the poet’s thought and aesthetic discourse. By charting unexplored connections between Islamic philosophy and mysticism, obscene verses and courtly ideals of love, the seminar will approach Sa‘di’s literary genius from the perspective of sacred homoeroticism and the psychology of performative lyricism in their historical context.


JAPAN 241B – Seminar: Japanese Classics
Seminar: Sem 1
Instructor(s): Duthie, T.
Course Description: Seminar, three hours. Prose and poetry from early times to 1868. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. Letter grading.


LATIN 240 – History of Latin Language
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor(s): Vine, B.H.
Course Description: Lecture, three hours. Development of Latin from earliest monuments until its emergence in Romance languages. S/U or letter grading.


SPAN M205A – Development of Portuguese and Spanish Languages
Lecture: Lec 1
Instructor(s): Quicoli, A.C.
This is a multiple-listed class:
Portuguese (PORTGSE) M205A – Development of Portuguese and Spanish Languages
Spanish (SPAN) M205A – Development of Portuguese and Spanish Languages
Course Description: (Same as Portuguese M205A.) Lecture, three hours. Intensive study of historical development of Portuguese and Spanish languages from their origin in spoken Latin.

SPAN 262A – Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature
Discussion: Dis 1
Instructor(s): Dagenais, J.C.
Course Description: Discussion, two hours.
Class Description: Libro de buen amor and Celestina

SPAN 296 – Graduate Research Group
Research Group Meeting: Rgp 2
Instructor(s): Dagenais, J.C.
Course Description: Research group meeting, two hours. Limited to graduate students. Designed to bring together graduate students in seminar setting with one or more faculty members to discuss and critique individual research projects, especially dissertation research. S/U grading.
Class Description: Hebrew and Arabic aljamiado Research Group