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  • CAS WS 492: Directed Study: Women's and Gender Studies
    Individual instruction and supervised study project in women's or gender studies. Application form available in program office.
  • CAS WS 516: Gender and Politics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or above.
    Analyzes the relationship between gender and politics, law and policy primarily in the United States. Considers inequalities based on gender and sexuality, women's changing political, gender- and sexuality-based political action and social movements. Also offered as CAS PO 516.
  • CAS WS 594: Historical Traditions of Feminist Theory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Explore selected writing from the history of feminist theory, 18th century to the rise of the late-20th century feminist movement, to understand the richness of that history and the varieties of approaches theorists took in understanding and resisting gender-based oppression. Also offered as CAS PO 594.
  • CAS XL 100: Explorations in World Literature: Leaving Home
    Growing up. Moving to the big city. Wisdom quest. Immigration. Tourism. How have the world's great literatures portrayed and shaped these experiences? How have literary works themselves found new worlds through translation and adaptation? Counts for credit toward all WLL majors. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS XL 222: Introduction to Western Literatures
    Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of influential texts of the Western tradition from antiquity to present. Topics include genre, translation, appropriation, interpretation, theories of literary production and effect. All works read in English. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS XL 223: Introduction to Middle Eastern Literatures
    Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of some of the most influential texts of Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Hebrew literature. Readings may include The Arabian Nights, Shahnameh, lyric poetry, and novels from the twentieth century. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS XL 224: Introduction to East Asian Literatures
    Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of some of the most influential texts of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature. Readings may include The Tale of the Genji, Dream of the Red Chamber, and Nine-Cloud Dream. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS XL 225: Introduction to South Asian Literatures
    Introduces basic methods of comparative literary study through close readings of some of the most influential texts of Indian and other South Asian literatures. Readings may include Shakuntala, The Ramayana, bhakti and Sufi literatures. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS XL 260: Gateway to Asian Cultures
    Panoramic introduction to the cultures of East and South Asia in comparative perspective (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India). Examines shared foundations, transformative inflection points, sites, peoples, and ideologies over the past two millennia through primary texts and media. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS LC 260, CAS LJ 260, CAS LK 260, and CAS LN 260.
  • CAS XL 281: Holocaust Literature and Film (in English translation)
    Questions of representation in literature and film about the Holocaust, including testimonial and fictive works by Wiesel and Levi, Ozick, and others; films include documentaries and feature films. Discussions of the Holocaust as historical reality, metaphor, and generative force in literature. Also offered as CAS CI 269 A1 and CAS RN 385 A1.
  • CAS XL 315: Film and Identity in the Islamic World
    Introduction to film history in the Islamic world, correlated with literary history. Topic for Fall 2015: From Page to Screen: Film Adaptations of Persian and Arabic Literature. In this course we explore film, and other media, adaptations of Arabic and Persian literature. Students examine competing theories of adaptation and the historical changes that have occurred in film production in the Arab world and Iran. Also offered as CAS CI 390 A1 and CAS LY 470 A1.
  • CAS XL 342: Travel Writing and the Muslim World
    How have Muslim travelers past and present written about places and people they saw abroad, and how have Western travelers in the Muslim lands described their travels in "the East"? Readings include Nasir Khusraw, Ibn Battuta, Eliza Fay, and Robert Byron.
  • CAS XL 351: The Faust Tradition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one literature course or consent of instructor.
    Comparative study of the Faust theme, 1500 to present: Marlowe, Goethe, Mann, Gertrude Stein, Jan Svankmajer, others. Transmission and adaptation of literary themes within and between national traditions. Emphasis on close reading and research, use of theory and criticism. Meets with CAS LG 283.
  • CAS XL 381: Topics in Gender and Literature (in English translation)
    Two topics are offered Fall 2017. May be repeated for credit if topics are different. Section A1: Middle Eastern Women's Gaze. An exploration of written and visual texts by Arab, Israeli, Iranian, and Turkish women writers, film directors through multiple lenses: feminism, social thought, postcolonial theory and such. Critical readings demonstrate divergence regarding gender, modernization and globalization. Also offered as CAS WS 305 A1 and CAS LY 470 A1. Section B1: Change and Continuity on the Silk Road. Focuses on the Central Asian portion of the Silk Road from the border of China to Istanbul. An exploration of written and visual texts to understand shifts in gender dynamics in societies caught between Islam, communism and globalization. Also offered as CAS WS 305 B1.
  • CAS XL 382: Topics in Gender and Film (in English translation)
    Two topics are offered Spring 2017. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Gender and Globalization in the Middle East through Film. Exploration of the intersection of gender, sexuality, and globalization in Middle Eastern films. Analysis and interrogation of films' contributions to the construction of gender and sexual norms in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Also offered as CAS CI 390 A1 and CAS WS 305 E1. Section B1: Gender in East Asian Film. How have cinematic images represented changing gender norms in East Asia? In what ways have East Asian film directors recast Hollywood's portrayal of Asians? Topics include masculinity, Orientalism, racism, modern girls, motherhood, queer cinema, marriage. Also offered as CAS CI 390 D1, CAS LK 470 A1, and CAS WS 305 D1.
  • CAS XL 383: Dante's Hell (in English translation)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one literature course.
    A close reading of one text, Dante Alighieri's Inferno, with attention to its medieval contexts: philosophical, theological, and historical. Analysis of the poetic means by which Dante represents both human evil and human hope. Bilingual text. Lectures and discussions in English. Also offered as CAS LI 555 and CAS RN 555.
  • CAS XL 386: Africa on Screen
    Introduction to the history and analysis of African film. Topics include traditional practices and social change; education; popular culture; immigration; gender roles; sexuality. Discussion of films by Sembene, Mambety, Faye, Folly, Teno, Kobhio. Also offered as CAS CI 390 B1.
  • CAS XL 401: Sr Indep Work
  • CAS XL 402: Sr Indep Work
  • CAS XL 441: 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: two literature courses or consent of instructor.
    What is The Thousand and One Nights? How has this ever-expanding collection appealed to its diverse audiences? Focus on Nights' structure and themes, notable translations and offshoots in western literature and art, and later appropriations by Arab and Muslim writers. Also offered as CAS EN 390 A1 and CAS LY 441 A1.