MUSI 107b, Exploring the Nature of Genius Craig Wright
TTh 11.35-12.50 STOECK 106
The changing meanings of the term “genius” in Western culture; discussion as to whether genius is a reality. Focus on the special talents needed to respond to and shape the world in a defining fashion, and the quirky patterns of thought exemplified by great minds, principally Leonardo da Vinci, Newton, Mozart, Woolf, Beethoven, van Gogh, Picasso, Joyce, and Hitler. Recent developments in neurobiology that suggest future lines of research into the minds of exceptional individuals.
WGSS 425b, Graphic Memoir Laura Wexler
W 1.30-3.20 WALL81 101
The graphic memoir examined from literary, visual, historical, critical, and creative perspectives. History of the genre, theory of comics and popular culture, theory of memoir, and cultural and media studies. Works by Art Spiegelman, Marjane Satrapi, Joe Saco, Alison Bechdel, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Alissa Torres.
WGSS 451b, Photography and Memory: Public and Private Lives Laura Wexler
Th 1.30-3.20 HGS 217B
Photographs as a source for the creation of public and private memory in the United States from 1839 to the present.
SOCY 352b, Material Culture and Iconic Consciousness Jeffrey Alexander
T 9.25-11.15 CO493 208
Exploration of how and why modern and postmodern societies have continued to sustain material symbolism and iconic consciousness. Theoretical approaches to debates about icons and symbols in philosophy, sociology, linguistics, pyschoanalysis, and semiotics. Iconography in advertisements and branding, food and bodies, nature, fashion, celebrities,
popular culture, art, architecture, and politics.
PHIL 273b, Space and Time Raul Saucedo
MW 11.35-12.25 WLH 2071 HTBA
An introduction to philosophical issues about space and time. Topics include the ontological status of space and time, the reality of past and future, the passage and direction of time, the paradoxes of motion, and time travel.
HSHM 422b, Cartography, Territory, and Identity William Rankin
T 1.30-3.20 WLH 205
Exploration of how maps shape assumptions about territory, land, sovereignty, and identity. The relationship between scientific cartography and conquest, the geography of History of Science, History of Medicine statecraft, religious cartographies, encounters between Western and non-Western cultures, and reactions to cartographic objectivity. Students make their own maps. No previous experience in cartography or graphic design required.
GMST 294b, Confidence Games: Fakes, Frauds, and Counterfeits Kirk Wetters
Th 3.30-5.20 WHC B-03
The tradition of the con artist in literature and film, from eighteenth-century German texts of Goethe and Schiller to Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder. Works by Orson Welles, Clifford Irving, Melville, Thomas Mann, André Gide, and Dostoevsky. Questions of authenticity,authorship, and authority.
FILM 439b, Detection and the City in Film Noir and Fiction Alan Trachtenberg
W 7.00-9.00p Th 3.30-5.20 HGS 217B
Study of the themes of crime, detection, and the city in postwar American film noir and fiction. Focus on American films and related novels of the 1940s and 1950s in which cities, crime, and detective work figure prominently.
DRAM 158b, Introduction to Sound Design David Budries
F 10.00-12.00 PK205 STUDIO-A
In this class students develop an understanding about how sound and music can be used effectively as a tool to enhance meaning in a play. Students analyze scripts, develop critical listening skills, and learn the fundamentals of sound delivery systems as well as terms used to describe the perception and presentation of sound and music in a theatrical setting. This course is required for first-year lighting and sound designers and stage managers as well as second-year costume
and set designers. Two hours a week. Open to nondepartmental students. Limited enrollment.
DRAM 124b, Introduction to Lighting Design Stephen Strawbridge
M 9.00-12.00 PK205 101
An introduction for all non-lighting design students to the aesthetics and the process of lighting design through weekly critique and discussion of theoretical and practical assignments. Emphasis is given to the examination of the action of the play in relation to lighting, the formulation of design ideas, the place of lighting in the overall production, and collaboration with directors, set, costume, and sound designers. Open to nondepartmental students.
DRAM 89b, Costume Construction Sharon Hirsch
T 12.00-2.00 YK149 122
A course in costume construction for designers and technicians with hands-on practice in both machine and hand sewing as well as various forms of patterning (draping, flat drafting, etc.). Advanced students may elect to undertake
patterning and construction projects using Yale School of Drama’s antique costume collection. Two hours a week.
Open to nondepartmental students with permission of the instructor.
DEVN 194b African American Arts Today Elizabeth Alexander
TTh 4.00-5.15 SSS 114
The renaissance in African American culture from 1980 to the present. Great works of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, film, music, dance, painting, photography, and hip-hop by living African American artists. Critical vocabularies and approaches with which to think about questions of genre; writing knowledgeably and persuasively about art across multiple genres and in historical context. Artists include Anna Deavere Smith, Suzan-Lori Parks, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Colson Whitehead, Hilton Als, Rita
Dove, Terrance Hayes, Bill T. Jones, Kerry James Marshall, Lorna Simpson, Jason Moran, and Jay-Z. Lectures feature public conversations with several of the artists studied.
AFAM 423b, American Artists and the African American Book Robert Stepto
W 1.30-3.20 WALL81 201
The visual art in African American books since 1900. Artists include Winold Reiss, Aaron Douglas, E. S. Campbell, Tom Feelings, and the FSA photographers of the 1940s. Topics include Harlem Renaissance book art, photography and literature, and children’s books. Research in collections of the Beinecke Library and the Yale Art Gallery is encouraged.