Friday, July 1, 2016

Courses taught at Stanford University

Stanford Postdoctoral Fellow

HUM 38B Roots and Routes: Narrative Geographies of the Americas
Two-quarter sequence. Colonialism, transnationalism, migration and immigration, and gender and language in the Americas through novels and shorter pieces from the Latin American, Chicano/a, and Latino/traditions. (Brotherston, Rosa, Yarbro-Bejarano)

HUM 25A,B. Art and Ideas: Performance and Practice
Two-quarter sequence. Issues in aesthetics and performance through examples from the classical age to the present. Concepts of art and practice intersecting with topics such as imitation, instruction through pleasure, the creative process, perception, social analysis, and embodiment as a form of knowledge. Texts and performances from drama, dance, music, visual arts, and performance art practices that reflect aesthetic ideas. GER:IHUM-2,3 IHUM 25A. 5 units, Win (Rayner) IHUM 25B. 5 units, Spr (Ross)

HUM 46. Visions of Mortality
Anyone reading this is alive, and so will someday die. Issues arising from these facts of life and death beginning with the most fundamental questions arising from the first-person confrontation with thoughts of one’s own mortality. Is death bad for a person, and if so, why? What can the badness or the indifference of death tell us about what makes life good? If death is the permanent end of existence, does this make human choices arbitrary, and life meaningless? GER:IHUM-1 5 units, Aut (Barrett, Bobonich)

HUM 62. Conflict, Cooperation, and Human Nature
Forms of social interaction and their relationship with what makes people human. The focus is on the construction of family systems, warfare, and slavery as uniquely human activities. How people manipulate classifications such as the nonhuman in an effort to define a potential spouse, an opponent in war, or a slave. Sources include anthropology, history, and comparative perspectives. GER:IHUM-1 5 units, Aut (Hilde, Jones)

HUM 8A,9A. Myth and Modernity: Culture in Germany
Two-quarter sequence. The tension between tradition and progress through an examination of German cultural history. The experience of modernity typically involves overcoming or denying the past, but that same past can return to haunt the present in the form of myths. The interplay of myth and modernity, the irrationality of narrative, and the reason of progress, through the example of German culture, especially in literature, from the heroic epics of the medieval era through the catastrophes of the last century. GER:IHUM-2,3 IHUM 8A. 5 units, Win (Berman) IHUM 9A. 5 units, Spr (Eshel, Strum)