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Fall Semester


FTS 096A ~ Film Begets Film

Instructor: Deborah Ellis Associate Professor, Film and Television Studies Program More . . .

From early twentieth century newsreels to contemporary mashups, this course examines media created from already existing film and video footage, including a survey of technical and critical movements in the field. Particular attention will focus on the appropriation of meaning as footage is woven into new contexts. This year there will be a touch of Shakespeare added to the mix, exploring film versions of plays and remixing and recreating new versions. Creative work is designed to engage students in philosophical and aesthetic questions being raised in the class
Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course


ENGS 053 ~ Introduction to Creative Writing

Instructor: Eve Alexandra Lecturer in English More . . .

This is a literature class with a creative writing component. We will read Anne Carson, Lynn Emanuel, Nick Flynn, Kimiko Hahn, Patricia Lockwood, Carole Maso, Natasha Trethewey, and others. These writers have created their own "palimpsests" from classical, historical, political, and pop culture texts. You will be asked to identify your literary ancestors, to construct a family tree if you will. Whether you choose to prune that tree or chop it down is up to you. On one level, this course will provide an introduction to contemporary poetry and writing that challenges our thinking about what a book of poems or collection of prose can do. On another, it will challenge you to think about your writing in a larger context, to find and illuminate the "underwriting" in your own work. You will be asked to create a final manuscript in palimpsest form. All students will be expected to participate regularly and vigorously in discussion and in the writing workshop.

Spring Semester


PHIL 096 ~ Art and Aesthetics

Instructor: Michael Ashooh Lecturer in Philosophy More . . .

For as long as there have been philosophers, they have been wondering about art. What is it? Why do we create it? And why do we respond to it as we do? What is a beauty and what is its opposite and should art strive to be beautiful? More recently, since the modern period, philosophers have wondered about the nature of our experiences of art and our judgements about art works. In this course, we will look at some of these traditional philosophical concerns about the nature of art and aesthetic experiences. We will start with Plato and some classic views from Antiquity and the origins of western philosophy, which although now very remote from our own views, raise important questions about the nature of art and artistic representation. We will then look at how these concerns are transformed into concerns about the nature of aesthetic judgments. We will look at the views of Hume and Kant, and their views of what our aesthetic judgments show about ourselves and the experience of art. We will then look the development of art in the last modern period and show how romanticism and existentialism transformed the nature of the aesthetic experience. We will end by looking at the development of mass forms or art, the mass production of art and how art institutions have transformed both our experience of art and our understanding of what counts as art. We will end the course by surveying some recent developments in aesthetic theory and the philosophy of art. The course will make use of a lot of examples of the various arts throughout history.

Requirements Satisfied: One Humanities course


ARTS 096 ~ Artists' Books - Book As Object

Instructor: Steven Kostell Lecturer in Art

This course offers an environment to discuss and create conceptually driven works in various constructs of the book. Opportunities to work in wide range of media are possible and students will be encouraged to develop methods of individual inquiry for content generation. Concepts and techniques will be introduced through explorations of image and text, sequence, content and form, materials and design structures. Visits to theBailey/Howe Library Special Collections will provide cultural perspective on the historical and contemporary practice of the book form and it’s evolution as a creative and expressive medium.

Requirements Satisfied: one Fine Arts course