Course No. LLC 206WX Credits: 3.0
Faculty Joyce Kessler
Sophomore level writing seminar focusing on intergenre hybrid writing, with an emphasis on the New Narrative movement, open to all students, of special interest to students interested in writing adventurously and creatively about their chosen art and design forms. The method of instruction for this class will combine short lectures with class discussion, workshops, and in-class writing experiments. The class will be structured around the idea of creative research, and will potentially involve research days utilizing the museum or the library. Peer feedback sessions and a final short critical paper are designed to assist students in developing a constructive, original vocabulary to critically assess both their own creative work and that of others. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.
India: Culture + Society
Course No. SNS 380 Credits: 3.0
Once the jewel in the crown of the British Empire, India has some 5,000 years of artistic tradition and architectural heritage. This course focuses on the essential role of the visual in India's ancient and modern cultural and religious traditions. The creation and nature of visual imagery are explored in sculpture, temples, palaces, persons, symbols, times and places. From bustling cities to remote villages and pilgrimage sites, from beggar to Brahmin to Hindu gods and goddesses, the course explores the "divine image" in India.
Introduction to African + African-American Literature
Course No. LLC 411 Credits: 3.0
This course will focus on traditional Africa up to the threshold of the European colonization of the continent. The African texts as a whole offer a brief introduction to traditional African thoughts and ways of life and also to the growing incursion of colonialism. The course highlights the paramountcy of kinship care, communal life, and individual fulfillment in harmony with society. It also stresses a social thinking underlain by a collective unconscious of the inseparableness of the living and the dead, the physical and the metaphysical. The African-American texts taken all together highlight, notably from Harlem Renaissance, significant stages of the African-American cultural-literary expressions of their socio-historical experience and an attendant sense of religion manifested particularly through the Black Church. The subtext of this course is to see if traditional life, an example of which is traditional Africa, still has any value for the technological world of today. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.
Issues in 20th and 21st Century Art: Research, Engagement + Politics in Contemporary Art
Course No. ACD 380X Credits: 3.0
Faculty Josť Carlos Teixeira
This joint course between CIA and CWRU will revolve around the main issues and questions of late 20th and 21st century art, namely:
Issues in Design: Theory + Culture of Design
Course No. ACD 416 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gary D. Sampson
What exactly is the "culture" of design? Design writer Guy Julier recognizes a shift in the design profession from "a multidisciplinary to an interdisciplinary activity." This assertion will become our point of departure for exploring the interdisciplinary aspects of contemporary design practice and theory in relationship to the complexities of culture and society. We will move from conventional considerations of the history of modern and postmodern art and design, to a broader understanding of design with respect to globalization, consumerism, technological change, sustainability, and alternative trends such the "DIY" (i.e., Do-It-Yourself) movement. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Course No. HCS 328 Credits: 3.0
This course is an introduction to the culture of Japan as it is revealed in the Japanese literary and religious tradition and in modern literary and cinematic expression. Readings will include selections from early Japanese myth and poetry, the diary and early novel forms, and the literary and aesthetic response to influence from China. Appropriate attention will be paid to Noh drama and haiku poetry, writings in the samurai tradition, a modern novel and a Japanese film. The purpose of this course is not to survey the whole of the Japanese experience, but rather to read and view representative examples of Japanese expression with understanding and delight. May be applied as Creative Writing Concentration course.
Jazz: Contemporary African-American Writers
Course No. LLC 374X Credits: 3.0
This course will deal with a very select number of contemporary female and male African-American writers who have won outstanding awards from various national literary awards to The Nobel Prize. The selected authors are Toni Morrison, Patricia Raybon, John Edward Wideman and Edward P. Jones. The central drift of this course will be concerned with today's multifarious significance of the complex black experience. It will therefore look into how all these writers combine a keen historical sense with a discerning aesthetic sensibility to explore afresh in a postmodernist sense the intriguing black experience with deep intellectual reflections. It will also examine how in relation to their individual subject-matters they all artistically problematize the aesthetic and philosophical questions about the thin line between fact and fiction, historical veracity and imaginative truth, and art and artifice. Our class selection will consist of four books published between 1984 and 2003. A number of videos will be shown for visual elucidation of the books' underlying concerns. Fulfills Humanities/Cultural Studies distribution requirement. Creative Writing Concentration course.
John Cage: His Life, Work, and Influence
Course No. HCS 367X Credits: 3.0
A course on the life and influence of John Cage. The class will detail his history and delve into his musical and artistic output, ideas, and influence on the creative arts today. Significant discussion will be given on his philosophies, aesthetics, innovations, and teachings. The course will also focus on Cage's connections to the visual arts, and how this connection impacted him artistically, while pushing him to formulate ideas that in turn were a significant and continuous influence on the visual arts community. The class will also touch on how Cage was able to make a living on the fringes of a capitalist society while maintaining the values of anarchy and hard work. Regular reading, writing, and listening assignments will be given in class, and students will be expected to create works of art or musical compositions which embody the legacy of John Cage, while pushing the boundaries of their own artistic processes. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
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