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LITERATURE

LIT-496
Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic.

LIT-496
001
LITERATURE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

Shakespeare and Italy

Italy looms large in Shakespeare's imagination as the birthplace of the Roman Empire, as the site of the Venetian republic, as a trend-setter in art and style, and as a never-never land of feuding families and improbable romance. The course explores Shakespeare's fascination with Italy by reading a mix of his comedies and tragedies together with a number of contemporary Italian sources and travelers' tales. Students grapple with primary sources from the Renaissance in several exercises designed to culminate in a research paper; requirements also include a mid-term and a final exam. Meets with LIT-608 001.

LIT-496
002
LITERATURE
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Selected Topics: Non-recurring (1-6)

The Graphic Novel

This course explores the form and meanings of graphic novels through an introduction to semiotic analysis, the study of signs and sign processes. Through this study of interpretive strategies, students examine and collaboratively construct strong methods by which to study and critically examine works of popular culture, texts we often categorize as just entertainment and feel a resistance to thinking about seriously. Readings include contemporary graphic novels and theoretical works in the field of popular culture studies including Stuart Hall's Notes on the Deconstruction of Popular Culture and Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. Meets with LIT-608 002.