Modern Europe (1798-)
Fall Quarter (F18)
|Dept/Description||Course No., Title||Instructor|
|ENGLISH (F18)||100 INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY THEORY||BARTLETT, J.|
|Emphasis/Category: British Studies, French Studies, Italian Studies, Modern Europe (1798-)|
English 100 has been designed to provide you with a survey of literary theory and criticism from the fifth century B.C.E. to the present day, an ambition that would read like an incredible prank if it were it not so sincerely earned. The University of California, Irvine has a reputation for bleeding-edge approaches to literature and culture that is, frankly, unmatched: ours was the first university in the country to offer a doctoral program in Critical Theory, now an essential component of literary study, and our library houses the most comprehensive Critical Theory Archive in the world, as well as the manuscripts and papers of many of the field’s most significant thinkers. Irvine’s influence on humanistic inquiry is both historic and ongoing, and this course—English 100—represents everything that we are about.
|FRENCH (F18)||170 POSTWAR GENRES||FARBMAN, H|
|Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-)|
This course will sample some of the exciting new combinations and permutations of prose genres that have emerged in French writing since 1945. Topics will include: the “New Novel”; the récit; hybrid genres; “autofiction;” and the relationship between writing and other media, especially film. Texts by Samuel Beckett, Maurice Blanchot, Marguerite Duras, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Roland Barthes, and Annie Ernaux.
|FRENCH (F18)||50 FRANCE & NEW WORLD||FARBMAN, H.|
|Emphasis/Category: French Studies, Modern Europe (1798-), Encounters with the Non-European World|
This course will study some key literary, cultural, and political episodes in the relationship between France and the New World, focusing particularly on contact-points in Haiti and what is now the United States. Reading will include texts by Montaigne, Toussaint Louverture, Thomas Jefferson, Chateaubriand, and Tocqueville, along with documents of exploration and revolution. All reading, writing, and discussion will be in English
|HISTORY (F18)||100W HISTORY WRTNG CRAFT||KONGSHAUG, E.|
|Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-)|
"The Craft of History Writing" will emphasize the teaching of "History Writing" from a writer's rather than from a historian's perspective.
|HISTORY (F18)||70B MONSTERS & BORDERS||MCLOUGHLIN, N.|
|Emphasis/Category: Modern Europe (1798-), Encounters with the Non-European World|
Problems in History (Europe) provides an introduction to the historical problems, the issues of interpretation, the use of primary sources, and the historical scholarship of the history of Europe with an emphasis on developing skills in historical essay-writing. This particular iteration of History 70B, Monsters and Borders, will focus upon the historical problem of monsters. Monsters (particularly human-animal or human-demon hybrids) of varying types appear regularly in otherwise serious works of European literature, political polemic, and geography written between c. 450 BCE and 1700 CE. In order to better understand the role played by the horrific and fantastic in the unfolding historical events and their recollection, this class will explore how different European communities used the portrayal of monsters to define the boundaries of their communities, understand the unknown, reinterpret the past, promote religious and/or intellectual reform, and establish hierarchical political orders.
|ITALIAN (F18)||150 HOLOCAUST IN ITALY||CHIAMPI, J.|
|Emphasis/Category: Italian Studies, Modern Europe (1798-)|
This course will concern itself with the response to the Holocaust in the memoirs of Primo Levi and Liana Millu, and in the fiction of Giorgio Bassani. Framing their writings will be brief readings in the work of historians Liliana Picciotto Fargion, Michele Sarfatti and Susan Zuccotti.
|RUSSIAN (F18)||50 SOVIET ANIMATION||MJOLSNESS, L.|
|Emphasis/Category: Russian Studies, Modern Europe (1798-)|
Soviet Animation from the 1960s to the 1990s, that is, from the Cold War to Glasnost', was far from child's play. Animation in the former Soviet Union was a medium that allowed for the creation of life other than Soviet reality, despite the strict censorship of ideas during this time period. This course proposes to explore the concepts of the dual audience, ritualized master plots, Disneyfication, and montage. Students will also be introduced to the role of the KGB, the Soviet Underground, International Animation Festivals, the Soiuzmultfilm Animation Studio, and the Communist Party in the creation of animation. Students will become familiarized with the necessary technological aspects of animation, from stop-motion films to CGI, including scripts, storyboards, hand-drawn cells, the role of music and the intertextual relation of other arts and literature to this medium. The animated films will be presented thematically.