This course examines modern histories of collective memories through the institutions and technologies that facilitate recall, such as museums, photography, and visual culture. We will consider moments of tension when history and memory appear to be at odds, when competing interests in the meanings of the past have created social conflict, or when silences about the past are broken. Case studies may include: the Enola Gay exhibit at the Smithsonian in 1995; appeals for apologies for past atrocities, such as slavery, human trafficking, or genocide; or lynching photographs in the “Without Sanctuary” exhibit of 2002. While the course emphasizes how societies come to terms with painful or shameful memories, we will also focus on the ways in which visual sources, particularly photographs, have shaped discourses of memory. By learning from scratch how to “read” historical photographs, we will interrogate the ways in which iconic images, snapshots, and “Kodak moments” have become integral to thinking about collective memory.
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Jane Austen's portrayals of Regency England's provincial life provide fascinating commentary on social and economic issues as well as the characters' psychology and emotional lives. Throughout this class we will attend to the ironic presentation, where the narrative's implicit meaning often differs from what is literally expressed. Such approaches will bring into focus the education of the main characters through the trials of their experiences. While the novels conform to the comedic mode, in which the principals ultimately realize their destinies as well-married men and women, their education displays the hazards, if not the flaws, of society and humanity. These are some of the ways in which Austen reworks the Bildungsroman formula to create narratives of poise, wit, and artistic seriousness. It is little wonder that Austen has long been regarded as the originator of the “great tradition” of the English novel.
Jane Austen. Emma. Dover Thrift Edition. Dover Publications, 1998. ISBN-10: 0486406482. ISBN-13: 978-0486406480.
__________. Pride and Prejudice. Dover Thrift Edition. Dover Publications, 1995. ISBN-10: 0486284735. ISBN-13: 978-0486284736.
____________. Sense and Sensibility. Dover Thrift Edition. Dover Publications, 1995. ISBN-10: 0486290492. ISBN-13: 978-0486290492.
All three texts are paperback editions.
Virgil, the greatest Roman poet, did more to establish the idea of Rome (and hence of the Roman Empire) than any other ancient poet. As a young man he began his poetic career writing pastoral poems, which are called Eclogues. This seminar will study the political pressures in the final days of the Roman Republic that led Virgil to invent a new genre of poetry. He borrowed the idea of the pastoral from the Hellenistic Greek poets, but made a new genre of poetry uniquely his own. Concentrating on a selection from Virgil’s Eclogues, this seminar will trace both the influence of the Greek tradition and Virgil’s own influence in creating a style and a genre of pastoral poetry that was to have immense significance in subsequent European poetry.
Virgil. The Eclogues of Virgil: A Bilingual Edition. Trans. David Ferry. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. ISBN-10: 0374526966; ISBN-13: 978-0374526962.
Theocritus. Idylls. Trans. Anthony Verity. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN-10: 0199552428; ISBN-13: 978-0199552429.
The University of Arizona has one of America's greatest holdings in the field of vaudeville. Special Collections Guest Curator David Soren presents some of the best stars and specialty acts you've never heard of along with fascinating and little-known information about some of the biggest stars. Featured are vaudeville's most versatile performer Joe Cook, whose sidekick, pantomime comic Dave Chasen, founded Chasen's Restaurant (open 1936-1995) in West Hollywood. Learn about the dark side of Al Jolson, and witness one of his performances that was banned for many years on American television. See a portrait of Annette Kellerman, the Australian swimming superstar who pioneered the one-piece bathing suit and promptly got arrested! And much more.
- Trav S.D. No Applause—Just Throw Money. Faber & Faber, 2006. ISBN-10: 0865479585. ISBN-13: 978-0865479586.
- Soren, David. Vera-Ellen. Midnight Marquee Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1887664813.
The Bronte family – their extraordinary literary output, as well as their fascinating lives – have become something like a cottage industry, inspiring imitators, adaptations, a tourist attraction, tea towels, dance, music, and even the names of three asteroids. What accounts for this popularity? Is it the novels themselves? Or is it what is sometimes seen as the sensational aspects of their lives? In this course we will look at the novels, reading them as classic works of literature, understanding them as separate artifacts, but also examining their interrelations. At the same time, we will consider our continuing fascination with the Bronte family. We will also read Jean Rhys’s retelling of Jane Eyre’s story through the eyes of the madwoman in the attic. And we will examine the historical conditions of the time and the geographic and sociopolitical differences between Yorkshire, where the sisters mostly lived, and London, seen as the center of literary life.
Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. W. W. Norton, 2016. ISBN-10: 0393352560. ISBN-13: 978-0393352566.
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Penguin Classics, 2006. ISBN-10: 0141441143. ISBN-13: 978-0141441146.
-------- . Villette. Penguin Classics, 2004. ISBN-10: 0140434798. ISBN-13: 978-0140434798.
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. Penguin Classics, 2002. ISBN-10: 0141439556. ISBN-13: 978-0141439556.
The United States was founded on broad principles of individual freedom – declarations of the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” were central to the American Revolution and the subsequent foundations of the new country. Looking back, we know that those rights were meant at the time for white land-owning men, and it was only after two centuries of discrimination that formal actions were taken to eliminate institutional racism and gender discrimination from U.S. law.
This dismantling of institutional racism did not, however, encompass all Americans. Today, American Indians and Alaska Natives are under tremendous regulation and government oversight, regulations that do not apply to other groups within the United States. Each week of the class will focus on a different aspect of these regulations, with a particular focus on family and children, religion and culture, and control over various forms of property.
Your instructor will be preparing an electronic course packet which will contain the readings for the course. The course packet will contain a few required readings, some optional readings for each day, and recommendations for further reading on each topic.
Environments commonly known as “deserts” occupy nearly one-third of the earth’s land surface and are home to about a billion people. We will first discuss the geographical features of deserts, answering seemingly simple questions: What is a desert, and why do they occur where they do? Humans are particularly maladapted to life in deserts, but many organisms exhibit remarkable adaptations to aridity. We will investigate examples of these within plants from different deserts. Here the key questions will be: How do these plants grow and develop in these environments? Deserts are also associated with significant events in human history and many issues in contemporary international relations. Throughout the course we will consider humans and their influences on desert environments. We will also explore challenging questions here such as how societies perceive and steward deserts, and how are these actions connected?
What inspired Romantic composers of the 19th century to create the significant piano works that continue to speak profoundly to today’s audiences? Throughout the Romantic era the piano and the pianist-composers who wrote for it assumed an increasingly important role in European society. These pianist-composers and virtuosi fully explored the inner depths of their imaginations, and it is perhaps in the solo piano repertoire most of all that we as listeners become privy to their most passionate and idiosyncratic work. In this course we focus on the piano works of Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, Robert and Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt, and Johannes Brahms – pianist-composers who embodied the Romantic spirit and pursued freedom from the constraints of their predecessors. We will read composers’ letters and first-hand accounts and current research, and of course, listen to performances.
Professor Gibson will be using CDs and an electronic piano to illustrate her lectures.