Spring 2008 Courses

This schedule is subject to change.  For the most accurate information concerning other programs and departments, consult the University Class Schedule online, as well as each department’s own website.  Graduate students may not take courses below the 500 level for credit.

American Studies

CAS AM 501 A1 Special Topics in American Studies: Issues of Form, Genre, and Audience: Twentieth-Century Fiction on the Page and the Screen We will read fiction by important twentieth-century American authors and view selected cinematic (and television) adaptations of their work, attending to some of the artistic and cultural issues that arise when images replace words, corporate decision-making processes substitute for personal acts of creation, and idiosyncratic works of art are turned into movies and TV shows intended to appeal to mass audiences.  Authors whose works will be considered include Henry James, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, John Cheever, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, and possibly others.  This course fulfills the American studies senior research seminar requirement and is also open to graduate students (who will be required to complete a special research project). Carney TR 12:30pm-2:00pm

CAS AM 502 A1 Special Topics in American Studies: American Consumer Society and Its Discontents Analysis of critiques of America as a consumer society. Readings in history, literature, economics, and social theory critically investigate political change and cultural values. Reflecting on such investigations, this course assesses the idea of America and the nature of its democracy.  Queen TR 12:30pm-2:00pm

CAS AM 553 A1 Documenting Historic Buildings and Landscapes Seminar in architectural and landscape recording techniques involving readings, fieldwork, and writing; projects include research on individual buildings as well as groups of resources. Emphasis on research design and evaluation of evidence. Also offered as MET AM 553 D1. Dempsey R 3:00pm-6:00pm

GRS AM 735 A1 American Culture Introduction to the handling of primary materials from a number of disciplines in order to develop an American Studies perspective. Required of AMNESP first year grad students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.  Sewell M 1:00pm-4:00pm.

GRS AM 747 A1 Historic Building Conservation Theory and practicalities involved in conservation of historic buildings. This course will cover the history and theory of building conservation architectural investigations of building, including documentary, constructional, and finish materials to materials for conservation. Also offered as MET AM 747 C1.  Bittermann W 5:30pm-8:30pm

African American Studies

CAS AA 502 Twentieth-Century African American Novel Major works from the Harlem Renaissance, Realism, Modernism, the Black Arts Movement, and the contemporary period. Authors include Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, John Wideman, and Toni Morrison. Boelcskevy W 2:00pm-5:00pm

CAS AA 563 Race and the Development of the American Economy: A Global Perspective Surveys the economic history of African Americans within the context of the development of the American and global economies. Topics include the economics of slavery; race and industrialization; the Great Migration; anti-discrimination legislation; and the historical origins of contemporary racial inequalities. Margo TR 9:30am-11:00am

GRS AA 885 Atlantic History Examines the various interactions that shaped the Atlantic World, connecting Europe, Africa, and the Americas between 1400 and 1800. Begins by defining the political interaction, then emphasizes cultural exchange, religious conversion, and the revolutionary era. Also offered as GRS HI 885.  Thornton TR 11:00am-12:30pm


GRS AN 784 Anthropological Study of Religion An introduction to the anthropological study of myth, ritual, and religious experience across cultures. Special attention to the problem of religious symbolism and meaning, religious conversion and revitalization, contrasts between traditional and world religions, and the relation of religious knowledge to science, magic, and ideology.  Korom TR 3:30pm-5:00pm


GRS AR 702 Contemporary Theory in Archaeology Explores aspects of contemporary theory in archaeology, including post-modern critiques of contemporary practice, new approaches to archaeology of ritual, personhood, identity, and the body; indigenous and public archaeology; and politics and archaeology.  Beaudry M 10:00am-1:00pm

GRS AR 810 International Heritage Management Investigation of issues in archaeological heritage management at the international level. Concepts, approaches, challenges, and solutions to problems in the identification, evaluation, conservation, management, and interpretation of cultural resources. Focus on global and regional issues (e.g., legislation, destruction, restoration, and maintenance of heritage).  Mughal W 9:00am-12:00pm

Art History

CAS AH 521 Curatorship: Exhibition Development Explores the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the many career paths it offers. Meetings with a wide range of staff members and introduction to a variety of museum practices and procedures based on current exhibition and renovation projects.Hirshler R 2:00pm-5:00pm

CAS AH 570 Early American ArchitectureLectures and field trips explore American architecture and building from initial European contact through the early nineteenth century.  Dempsey T 2:00pm-5:00pm

GRS AH 884 The Suburbs: Utopian Landscape or Ecological Disaster Explores the highly contested landscape of suburban architecture and development. After discussions of common readings in the initial weeks, students conduct independent research and present their work to the seminar.  Morgan W 2:00pm-4:00pm

GRS AH 887 Seminar in American Art Topic for Spring 2008: American Figurative Painting 1930-1955. Focuses on art and politics in America during the years of the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.Hills R 12:00pm-2:00pm

Communications: Film and Television

COM FT 536 Film Theory and Criticism An introduction to classical and contemporary film and media theory. Topics include montage theory, realism, structuralism, post-structuralism, semiotics, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, and cultural studies. The course includes screenings of films that have contributed to critical debate and those that challenge theoretical presuppositions. Grundmann MW 9:00am-11:30am

COM FT 545 Television and Childhood Examines the important role played by television in child development and culture, with special reference to the provision and content of programming for children of different ages, from preschool to adolescence. Waller W 10:00am-1:00pm

COM FT 554 A1 African American Cinema  Grundmann M 2:00pm-6:30pm

COM FT 554 B1 The Cinema of Francis Ford Coppola  Kelly T 2:00pm-4:00pm, R 2:00pm-5:00pm

COM FT 554 G1 American Films of the 1970s  Kelly T 5:00pm-9:00pm

COM FT 554 H1 Hollywood Blacklist  Grundmann R 9:30am-12:30pm

COM FT 560 The Documentary Surveys the history of the documentary and the changes brought about by the advent of television. Examines the outlook for the documentary idea in national and international markets. Periodic highlighting of special areas such as the portrayal of war, historical events, drama-documentary, and propaganda. Students develop critical and professional skills. Lectures, screenings, discussions.  Murray-Brown TR 2:00pm-3:30pm

COM FT 723 American Independent Film  Carney T 2:00pm-4:00pm, R 2:00pm-5:00pm


CAS EN 534 American Literature 1855-1918 American literature from the Civil War to WWI. Realism and naturalism; race, class, and urbanization; marriage and the new woman. Alger, Twain, James, Harper, Howells, Crane, Norris, Dreiser, Wharton, Dickinson, Frost.  Korobkin TR 9:30am-11:00am; Jarrett MWF 1:00pm-2:00pm

CAS EN 536 Twentieth-Century American Poetry Study of five or six poets from the following: Pound, Eliot, Stevens, Williams, Moore, Frost, Lowell, Bishop, Berryman, Ammons, Ashbery, Plath, Ginsberg, Merrill.  Costello TR 9:30am-11:00am

CAS EN 545 The Nineteenth-Century American Novel From beginnings through the nineteenth century. Works by Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, James, Howells, and others. Otten TR 12:30pm-2:00pm

CAS EN 546 The Modern American Novel From 1900 to 1950. Works by Dreiser, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and others. Van Anglen TR 3:30pm-5:00pm

CAS EN 547 Contemporary American Fiction Syllabus varies from semester to semester but this course may be taken only once for credit. Fall 2007: Examination of a range of American fiction (stories, novellas, novels) written since WW II. Authors include Bellow, Roth, Ozick, Pynchon, DeLillo, Morrison. Topics include modern disenchantment, faith and science, “world-making,” and the fate of character. Spring 2008: Major American novels since 1980, by De Lillo, Morrison, O’Brien, Oates, Alexie, and others. Topics include conspiracy theory, multiculturalism, trauma and memory, postmodern spiritualities.  Mizruchi TR 9:30am-11:00am

CAS EN 594 Studies in Literature and the Arts Topic for Spring 2008: Modern Poetry and the Visual Arts. Shared movements, theories and techniques; international modernism and the New York avant-garde; collaborations and exchanges; poems and poets on painting; word/image rivalries and distinctions; Williams, Moore, Stevens, Stein, O’Hara, Ashbery, Graham, others; lots of slides. Costello TR 11:00am-12:30pm

GRS EN 746 Faulkner and the Global South Faulkner within and against relevant global histories: New world colonialism and hemispheric plantation society; US imperialism; anti-colonial independence; Cold War; post-colonialism; contemporary globalization. Major novels; principal scholarship; Faulkner’s global influence. Matthews T 3:00pm-5:30pm


CAS HI 579 Race and the South: Questions of Interpretation in History and Literature Methodological colloquium for English or History concentrators. Examines theories and examples of interdisciplinary analysis based on historical and literary interpretation. Focus on problem of race in the U.S. South, 1880-1940.  Silber TR 11-12:30

CAS HI 590 The World and the West This course explores relations between the West and the Third World from 1850, focusing on national and cultural movements in the Third World. It places the African American struggle for freedom in the United States in global and comparative perspective.  Richardson M 12-3.

GRS HI 750 American Historiography Examines the methodological and professional development of American historians since the 1880s, changes in the field since the founding period, and new directions in U.S. history.  Blower T 3:30pm-6:30pm

GRS HI 848 Communications Revolutions from Language to CyberspaceHistory of communications revolutions from the origin of human language through writing to current global revolutions. Focus on the western socio-political matrix of communications technology, implications for both cognitive and social relations, and dilemmas created for cultures by the increased flow of information.  Landes TR 11:00am-12:30pm

GRS HI 869 Science and Christianity Examines the relationship between science and the Christian tradition in Europe and North America since 1500. Considers the epistemological and metaphysical foundations of both science and Christian thought as they have evolved over time. Also offered as GRS RN 669Roberts MWF 11:00-12:30pm

GRS HI 874 US Intellectual History II Major thinkers and movements in intellectual and cultural history since 1900. Topics include pragmatism and progressivism; ethnic and cultural pluralism; Marxism and liberalism; Cold War ideology and neoconservatism; artistic modernism; psychoanalysis and modernization theory; the New Left, multiculturalism, and postmodernism.  Capper MWF 10:00-11:00am


LAW JD 846 Historical Perspectives on Law, Constitutions and Culture This seminar examines the interplay of law, constitutions, and culture from an historical perspective. The heart of the seminar is student engagement with works-in-progress by leading scholars in the history, theory, and culture of law. The first month will be devoted to developing the intellectual tools necessary for reading and engaging with such papers. During each of the remaining meetings, an invited scholar will present her or his current research for discussion. Students will read the speaker’s paper in advance and prepare discussion questions for the seminar.  Collins/Leonard M 4:20pm-6:20pm

Metropolitan College

MET AR 690 The Art World An examination of the arts institutions, issues, and forces that shape the contemporary art world. Topics include government, cultural policy, National Endowment for the Arts, museums, symphonies, curators, critics, artists’ rights, public art, corporate support, censorship, and feminism and multiculturalism. Usually taken as a first course. Non-Ärts Admininstration students contact the Arts Admin Dept, 808 Commonwealth Ave.  Maloney T 6:00-9:00pm

MET EN 583 Contemporary American Poetry Major voices since 1980 who inherit and expand American poetic traditions, selected from Ashbery, Collins, Graham, Hecht, Komunyakaa, Kunitz, Pinsky, Wilbur, and others. Related readings in immediate predecessors such as Justice, Merrill. Opportunity for student choice of emerging poets.  Moore T 6:00pm-9:00pm

MET UA 503 Housing and Community Development Surveys the factors affecting supply and price of urban housing. Examines federal, state, and municipal programs, as well as future policy options, from the standpoint of housing quality and community development goals. Analysis of selected international comparative experience.  Staff M 6:00-9:00pm

MET UA 505 Urban Management Examination of selected cases in municipal and public management. Organization, financial management, personnel relations, program planning and budgeting, and issues of public and private sector relations. The administration of municipal functions, including health, police, schools, and housing.  Delaney R 6:00-9:00pm


GRS RN 687 Anthropology of Religion Myth, ritual, and religious experience across cultures. Special attention to the problem of religious symbolism and meaning, religious conversion and revitalization, contrasts between traditional and world religions and the relation of religious knowledge to science, magic and idealogy.  Korom TR 3:30-5:00pm


CAS SO 543 Modernity Seminar II These seminars look at the phenomenon of modernity from a multidisciplinary point of view. Discussed are the cultural foundations of modernity, specifically and primarily nationalism but also Romanticism, science, and major political ideologies. Also analyzed are modernization and development as studied by the social sciences, modernism, and postmodernism in literary and cultural studies; and the nature of man and society in the perspectives of modern philosophy. May be taken either or both semesters.  Greenfeld M 4:00-7:00pm

GRS SO 708 Contemporary Sociological Theory Covers the basic elements of the major theoretical paradigms in modern sociology, covering topics and problems in the philosophy of social science and current controversies in the field.  Go F 9:00am-12:00pm

GRS SO 817 Seminar: Community Sociology The study of communities in different settings; their organization and contribution to building a social and moral order in urban areas. The historical development of communities and the way persons adapt to urban life through communities are also considered.  Monti F 12:00-3:00pm