Select Graduate Seminars and Courses
Beyond the Anthropocene: New Directions in the Environmental Humanities
What is the role of Environmental Humanities today? What will be next in the examinations and advances that emerge from scholars in the field? Is cultural and literary criticism effective in awakening activism and shifting societal norms? How is the scholarly field shifting in order to respond in a more timely fashion to climate change and loss of biodiversity?
New Addictions for the Anthropocene
It is not only through science or technology that a shift in our society can be enacted, but rather through an examination of who we think we are, what we think we need and want, and which of our habits and addictions are killing us and our planet. By examining critical and cultural theories of petroculture, infrastructure, accelerationism, and industrialization, we will articulate a critique of self-possession and ask what addictions we need to cultivate in order to adapt to a new history.
Cultural producers are seeking new forms and genres to portray the scope of and scale of anthropogenic climate change. This course examines various genres in order to discuss the limits and possibilities of communication, knowledge dissemination, affective response, prescription, or witnessing that each one affords.
Forms of Critical Writing
This course offers a workshop and readings of critical writing that problematize the demarcations of genre and of private and public discourses, performance and praxis. We read and discuss a variety of critical texts that seem to demand, because of their generic ambiguity, an attention to form and to writerliness. The workshop allows students, engaged in a vital search for their own professional writerly voice, a forum in which to analyse the motivations, effects, discomfort, and excitement engendered by such critics and their work.
Affinities: Readings in Realism and Radicalism
This course examines theories and representations of affinity in order to interrogate community, collectivity, love, family, friendship, work, intimacy, belonging, and politics.
Latin American Cinema
In this course, we examine the social, political, and cultural contexts of recent Latin American cinema, focusing on representations of history, memory, rural and urban demographics, and racialized and gendered bodies.