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COMING OF AGE IN LITERATURE

Subject: INQS
Catalog Number: 125
Registration Number: 8904
Description: 2015 January Term:

INQS 125 01 The American Experiment - The United States is an experiment that has lasted over 235 years. As the citizens and innovators of this experiment, Americans have attempted to rethink and reshape every aspect of human experience. In this course, we will read some of the most influential texts produced by our relatively young nation, in its ongoing effort to define itself and its role in the larger world. We will ask questions about our understandings of nationality, citizenship, labor, leisure, nature, and the self, and we will examine some of the key concepts and ideals that have thus far defined American national identity. 4 credits

2015 Spring Semester

INQS 125 01 Coming of Age - How do you go from being a child to being an adult? What are the key stages and conflicts in this process? How does your older self relate to your younger self, to your parents, to your companions, to ghosts of the past? We will explore how authors represent this transformation in a variety of genres: memoir, novel, drama, and a selection of poetry and short fiction from Shakespeare to Sherman Alexie. We will also explore theories of development and its representations, and even try writing original coming-of-age stories. 4 credits

INQS 125 02 From the Beats to the Beatles - Throughout the 1960s, as the lines between the personal and the political became increasingly blurred, the lines between the nation's artists and activists began to blur as well. By the end of the decade, writers like Allen Ginsberg, Hunter S. Thompson, and Anne Sexton were as famous for their political activism and their personal escapades as they were for their writing. Indeed, it is impossible to fully understand the decade's literature without understanding its activism, and vice versa. The best way of understanding the 1960s is to bear these paradoxes in mind: democracy and separatism; personal and political; art and activism. And this will be the basic method for this course: to write our way to understanding how social movements inform and are informed by literature, song, and oratory. 4 credits.

INQS 125 03 The Haunting of Modernity - the "ghost story" is one of the oldest and most beloved literary genres. American culture, like so many other cultures, has produced an astonishing array of literary texts and films which use the paranormal--ghosts, vampires, zombies, etc.--to explore its deepest fears and anxieties. In this course, we will analyze some of the greatest "haunted" works of the 19th, 20th, and 21th centuries in an effort to better understand American culture itself. 4 credits

INQS 125 04 The Genius of East Asia: An Introduction to the Cultures of China, Korea and Japan - An introduction to the philosophical foundations of East Asian culture and examines the cultural highlights of the three major civilizations in East Asia: China, Korea and Japan. Examine the visual arts, music and litera-ture of these three civilizations. All works will be read in English translation and no background in an Asian language is required. 4 credits.

INQS 125 05 Divide and Conquer: Controlling Cancer:This course introduces students to cancer as a scientific, personal, medical, social, and economic dilemma. Through the reading of both scholarly and popular sources from scientists, historians, ethicists, and patients, students will discover that cancer is more than simply a diagnosis. These discoveries will provide the foundation for critical analysis and interpretation of information about cancer and will enable students to develop their written and oral communication skills.

INQS 125 06 What to Listen for in World: Through engaged inquiry, students in What to Listen for in the World will embark on a journey of sound. We will (1) Listen to music of diverse cultures of the world and learn what are the "songs" we share in common; (2) Experience "songs of the earth" through mindful listening of soundscapes in remote and local environments and develop awareness of the great biodiversity in nature's music; (3) Explore the connections of music, culture, the environment, and their interdependence towards a sustainable future. Through thoughtful research, discussion, writing, film analysis, sound walking, mindful listening, and engaged inquiry, students will draw conclusions about the value of music and its connection to cultural and environmental sustainability. Students will learn What to Listen for in the World in order to foster awareness and action towards a sustainable future for all the world's cultures and environments. 4 credits

INQS 125 07 The American Experiment - The United States is an experiment that has lasted over 235 years. As the citizens and innovators of this experiment, Americans have attempted to rethink and reshape every aspect of human experience. In this course, we will read some of the most influential texts produced by our relatively young nation, in its ongoing effort to define itself and its role in the larger world. We will ask questions about our understandings of nationality, citizenship, labor, leisure, nature, and the self, and we will examine some of the key concepts and ideals that have thus far defined American national identity. 4 credits
Location: NLIB 178
Times: 12:45PM- 02:25PM  TTh
Instructor: Daniel Pollack-Pelzner
Is consent of Instructor Required? No
Course Type: LEC
Students Registered: 15
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