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HUMN 4010 Hitcock and Freud
Paul Gordon
Applies Freudian psychoanalysis to the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Students will familiarize themselves with the Freudian methodology by reading a number of books and essays and then apply both Freud’s general ideas as well as specific texts to particular aspects, both formal and contentual, of his films. Particular attention will be given to the important field of “feminism and psychoanalysis” as it relates to the study of the role of women in Hitchcock’s films. Restricted to juniors and seniors.

HUMN 4030 Greek and Roman Comedy
Andrew Cain
Studies Aristophanes, Plautus, and Terence in English translation.  No Greek or Latin required.  Same as CLAS 4130.  Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts.

Term A

HUMN 3104 Film Criticism and Theory
Shira Bat-Ami Segal
Surveys the range and function of film criticism, introduces major positions and concepts of film theory, and focuses on students’ abilities to write about film. Prereq., FILM 1502. Same as FILM 3104.

Humn 3660 The Postmodern
Anthony Abiragi
Analyses the cultural and critical practices as well as th thought that defines the postmoden period at the end of the twentieth century.  Prereq., HUMN 2000 or junior/senior standing. HUMN 3660 and FILM 3660 are the same course.  Approved for the arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts.

Term B

HUMN 3290 Foundations of Disability Services
Oliver Gerland
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of disability studies by investigating key concepts in disability theory, disability history and culture, media representations of people with disabilities, and pertinent bioethical issues. This course will help students think critically about the norms that have shaped how people with disabilities are conceived, represented, and treated (both medically and politically). It privileges works by and the voices of disabled people.

HUMN 4004 Topics in Film Theory: Feminist and Queer Documentary film and Media
Alex Juhasz
Provides topic-centered analyses of controversial areas in film theory. Students read extensive materials in the topic area, analyze and summarize arguments as presented in the literature, write “Position” papers, and make oral presentations in which they elaborate their own arguments about specific assigned topics, establishing critical dialogue with the primary materials. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Prereq., FILM 3051 or instructor consent. Restricted to senior FILM, FMST, or HUMN majors.  Same as FILM 4004 and ARTF 5004.

HUMN 4120 Green and Roman Tragedy
Jennifer Starkey

We will be reading a selection of the surviving works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides (all works written at Athens in the 5th c. BCE) and Seneca (whose 1st c. CE tragedies represent the sole examples of the genre at Rome surviving in non-fragmentary form).  There will also be substantial secondary or background reading to guide the development of an understanding of the religious and moral dimensions of tragic drama in context. In this course, the aim will be to develop skills and habits of close observation, analysis and argument, as well as respect for ideas, nuances and differences.  As we read, we will attend to the importance of the texts in the literary historical tradition and their role in shaping cultural norms, habits of thought and the imaginative landscape of western civilization.  We will also consider what they tell us of what it is to be human in a complex and ever-changing world.  There is no formal prerequisite, but experience writing and talking about literature will

Term D

HUMN 3930 Humanities Internship
Paul Gordon
Students gain academic credit and professional experience working in museums, galleries, arts administration, and publishing. They work 3-18 hours per week with their professional supervisor and meet regularly with a faculty advisor who determines the reading and writing requirements. Prereqs., junior standing and interview with faculty advisor.