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New Courses for Spring 2013

ENLS 4012 - Coming of Age

Mondays at the Uptown Campus, 5:45pm-8:35pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Kaiser

This course explores the inescapably social process of growing up. How can people both become who they want to be and participate fully in society? What do personal development and socio-economic development have to do with one another? How do coming-of-age fictions from Jeffrey Eugenides to Junot Diaz reflect on questions of identity, belonging, sexuality, growth, modernization, and citizenship? Drawing on the experiences of fictional characters coming of age--both literally and metaphorically--in places as different as post-mythic Greece, the exotic Caribbean, colonial Rhodesia, or urban LA, the course will explore the common internal psychological conditions as well as the external social and cultural pressures that influence the construction of one's identity: "normal" stages of development and the resistance or rush to "grow up," internalization of projected "ideal" images, family dynamics and relationships, pressures to productive socialization, feelings of alienation and not belonging, the importance of race and gender in finding one's proper place in society, domestic violence and its consequences will be some of the topics that class discussions will focus on. Readings include works by Karen Russell, J.D. Salinger and Alison Blechdel; stories in poem, essay, and graphic novel form, as well as scholarly essays in sociology, psychology, and literary studies.

 

HISL 3950 - Mexican Revolution

Thursdays at the Elmwood Campus, 6:00pm-8:50pm
Instructor: Sarah Borealis

The Mexican Revolution has been identified as the world's first modern social revolution. Although historians often frame the revolution chronologically in the decade between 1910 and 1920, this course is designed to expand the traditional parameters of "revolutionary Mexico." Over the course of the semester we will examine intellectual and artistic precursors to the armed rebellion, as well as the practical changes in Mexican society that unfolded after the revolutionaries put down their arms. The goal for the course is to help students recognize that "revolutionary change" is not defined exclusively by armed rebellion. The texts for this course will include traditional written accounts of the revolution, as well as supplementary materials in the form of film, visual arts, performance and other non-traditional socio-cultural narratives. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the instructor with any questions and/or concerns about the course.

 

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