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Spring 2020

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Film Noir and Neo-Noir

Tuesdays 9-12

An analysis of some classic American crime films and some recent examples of the genre.

This 2-unit course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major.

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Bader, Julia
Fall 2019

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
The Coen Brothers

Tues. 9-12

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discusing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness. We will also read some fiction and a...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Spring 2019

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture / Low Culture: Woody Allen

Note new time: W 6:30-9:30 PM

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness, and ideology. The course will also include consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film A...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Fall 2018

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
The Coen Brothers

Mon. 12-3

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness.  We will also read some fictio...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Spring 2018

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture / Low Culture: Woody Allen

W 1-4

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness, and ideology. The course will also include consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film A...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Fall 2017

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
The Coen Brothers

W 1-4

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness.  We will also read some fictio...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Fall 2017

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Modern Utopian and (mostly) Dystopian Movies

Tues. 5-8:30 PM incl. 1/2 hr. break

Among the films likely to be included in the syllabus and discussed in class are the following: Fritz Lang, Metropolis (1927); Leni Riefenstahl, The Triumph of the Will (1934); Charlie Chaplin, Mo...(read more)

Starr, George A.
Spring 2017

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture / Low Culture: Woody Allen

W 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness, and ideology. The course will also include consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film ...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Fall 2016

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
The Coen Brothers

W 2-5 (note new time)

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness.  We will also read some ficti...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Spring 2016

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Woody Allen

W 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness, and ideology. The course will also include consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film ...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Fall 2015

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
The Coen Brothers

W 2-5

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness.  We will also read some fictio...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Spring 2015

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Woody Allen

W 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness, and ideology. The course will also include consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film ...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Fall 2014

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
The Coen Brothers

W 2-5

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness.  We will also read some ficti...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Spring 2014

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Woody Allen

W 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness, and ideology. The course will also include consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film ...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Spring 2014

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Utopian and (mostly) Dystopian Films

W 7-10 P.M.

In this course no texts will be assigned, but certain background materials will be posted on bSpace.

This 2-unit course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required to complete the English major.

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Starr, George A.
Fall 2013

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
The Coen Brothers: High and Low Culture

W 2-5

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness.  We will also read some ficti...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Spring 2013

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Woody Allen

W 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness and ideology.  The course will also include a consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacifi...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Fall 2012

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture, Low Culture: Postmodernism and the Films of the Coen Brothers

Thurs. 2-5

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness.  We will also read some ficti...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Fall 2012

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Know Thyself

M 2-4

This simple, two-word admonition ("Know Thyself") carved over the entrance to the ancient temple at Delphi might be called the founding oracle of western humanism. The phrase itself is alive and well today, as a Google search will amply ...(read more)

Coolidge, John S.
Spring 2012

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Woody Allen

W 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness and ideology.  The course will also include a consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacifi...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2011

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture, Low Culture: Postmodernism and the Films of the Coen Brothers

Thurs. 2-5

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness. We will also read some fiction and...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2011

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Know Thyself

M 2-4

This simple, two-word admonition carved over the entrance to the ancient temple at Delphi might be called the founding oracle of western humanism. The phrase itself is alive and well today, as a Google search will amply confirm, but what does it m...(read more)

Coolidge, John S.
Coolidge, John
Spring 2011

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Woody Allen

Thurs. 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness and ideology. The course will also include a consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2010

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Utopian & Dystopian Movies

Tues. 6-9 P.M.

We will mainly be viewing and discussing Utopian and anti-Utopian movies. Depending on the intended majors of those enrolled, we may use other kinds of visual material as well, from architecture, city planning, world's fairs, etc. We will not be de...(read more)

Starr, George A.
Starr, George
Fall 2010

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture / Low Culture: Postmodernism and the Films of the Coen Brothers

W 2-5

We will concentrate on the high and low cultural elements in the noir comedies of the Coen brothers, discussing their use of Hollywood genres, parodies of classic conventions, and representation of arbitrariness. We will also read some fiction and ...(read more)

Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2010

84/3

Sophomore Seminar:
The Monster in the Mirror: Frankenstein & Dracula

W 2-3

We will read B. Stoker’s Dracula and M. Shelley’s Frankenstein, together with some film versions of these two archetypal horr...(read more)

Loewinsohn, Ron
Loewinsohn, Ron
Fall 2010

84/4

Sophomore Seminar:
Socrates as a Cultural Icon

F 12-2

Socrates has often been compared to Jesus, an enigmatic yet somehow unmistakable figure who left nothing in writing yet decisively influenced the mind of his own and later ages. In the first weeks of the course we will read and discuss Aristophanes...(read more)

Coolidge, John S.
Coolidge, John
Spring 2010

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture / Low Culture: Food in Film

M 2-5

We will discuss some short stories, view some films on food and its relation to family, ethnicity and sexuality, as well as attend some Cal Performances events.

This 2-unit course may not be counted as one of the twelve courses required...(read more)
Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2009

84/1

Sophomore Seminar: Food and Film

W 6-9 PM

We will examine the representation of food and meals in the setting and narrative structure of films in contemporary cinema in various genres from comedy to horror, looking at Woody Allen, Bunuel, Ang Lee, Hitchcock and others. Connections to et...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2009

84/2

Sophomore Seminar: Contemporary Native American Short Fiction

Tues. 3:30-5:30 (Sept. 1 to Oct. 20 only)

Contemporary Native American stories are survival stories, reckonings with the brutal history of colonization and its ongoing consequences: they calculate indigenous positions, settle overdue accounts, note old debts, and demand an accounting. These...(read more) Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Sweet Wong, Hertha
Fall 2009

84/3

Sophomore Seminar: Socrates as a Cultural Icon

F 12-2

Socrates has often been compared to Jesus, an enigmatic yet somehow unmistakable figure who left nothing in writing yet decisively influenced the mind of his own and later ages. We read Aristophanes' comic send-up of Socrates in Clouds and the Pla...(read more) Coolidge, John S.
Coolidge, John
Spring 2009

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture/Low Culture: Film Genres and the Cinema of Ang Lee

Th 2-5

This course will examine the formal techniques, expectations, experiences, and thematic concerns of some of Ang Lee's films, in the context of Hollywood and foreign films. We will also take advantage of the resources of Cal Performances and the Pa...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Spring 2009

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Human Relationships in Literature, Art, and Culture

W 4-5

What do literature, art, and other cultural productions have to say about personal and social relationships - arrangements that are often central to our debates, with ourselves and others, about who we are and what we should do?

This cour...(read more)
Buckwald, Craig
Spring 2009

84/3

Reading Walden Carefully

M 3-4

We will read Thoreau's Walden in small chunks, probably about thirty pages per week.  This will allow us time to dwell upon the complexities of a book that is much more mysterious than those who have read the book casually, or those ...(read more) Breitwieser, Mitchell
Breitwieser, Mitchell
Fall 2008

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Contemporary Native American Short Fiction

T 4-6, Sept 2 to Oct 21 only

Contemporary Native American stories are survival stories, reckonings with the brutal history of colonization and its ongoing consequences: they calculate indigenous positions, settle overdue accounts, note old debts, and demand an accounting. These a...(read more) Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Wong, Hertha Sweet
Fall 2008

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Socrates as a Cultural Icon

W 3-5

"Socrates has often been compared to Jesus, an enigmatic yet somehow unmistakable figure who left nothing in writing yet decisively influenced the mind of his own and later ages. We will read Aristophanes' comic send-up of Socrates in Clouds and the P...(read more) Coolidge, John S.
Coolidge, John
Fall 2008

84/3

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture/Low Culture: Film Genres and the Cinema of Ang Lee

W 5:30-8:30 P.M.

This course will examine the formal techniques, expectations, experiences, and thematic concerns of some of Ang Lee's films, in the context of Hollywood and foreign films. We will also take advantage of the resources of Cal Performances and the Pacifi...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Spring 2008

84/1

Freshman and Sophomore Studies:
High Culture / Low Culture: Comedy and the Films of Woody Allen

Thurs. 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness and ideology. The course will also include a consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film Arc...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2007

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture/Low Culture

Thurs. 2-5

We will discuss a novel and a collection of stories, view the films of the Coen brothers, and attend some Cal Performances events in order to analyze the role and affect of cultural productions. ...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2007

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Socrates as a Cultural Icon

T 2-4

Socrates has often been compared to Jesus, an enigmatic yet somehow unmistakable figure who left nothing in writing yet decisively influenced the mind of his own and later ages. We will read Aristophanes? comic send-up of Socrates in Clouds and the Pl...(read more) Coolidge, John S.
Coolidge, John
Spring 2007

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture / Low Culture

Thurs. 2-5

The course will focus on analyzing the films of the Coen brothers and earlier noir classics, and the stories of Carver in relation to issues of representation, genre and gender. We will make use of University Art Museum exhibits, Cal Performances and ...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2006

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture/Low Culture

Thurs. 2-5

The course will focus on films of the Coen Brothers and other contemporary directors (Lynch, Kieslovski, Wong Kar-Wai) and the stories of Lakiri in order to observe how cinematic/literary representations function. We will make use of UAM exhibits, Cal...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2006

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Socrates as Cultural Icon

Tues. 2-4

Socrates has often been compared to Jesus, an enigmatic yet somehow unmistakable figure who left nothing in writing yet decisively influenced the mind of his own and later ages. We will read the principal contemporary representations of Socrates�Arist...(read more) Coolidge, John S.
Coolidge, John
Spring 2006

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture, Low Culture?The Films of Woody Allen

M 2-5

We will examine the films and writings of Woody Allen in terms of themes, narration, comic and visual inventiveness and ideology. The course will also include a consideration of cultural contexts and events at Cal Performances and the Pacific Film Arc...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Spring 2006

84/2

Sophomore Seminar:
Socrates as Cultural Icon

W 2-4

Socrates has often been compared to Jesus, an enigmatic yet somehow unmistakable figure who left nothing in writing yet decisively influenced the minds of his own and later ages. We will read the contemporary representations of Socrates?Aristophanes? ...(read more) Coolidge, John S.
Coolidge, John
Fall 2005

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture/Low Culture--The Coen Brothers and the Arts

M 2-5

Using film, fiction, and cultural events, the course will focus on the work of the Coen brothers and the stories of J. Lahiri to discuss the representation of sexuality, domesticity, and violence. ...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Spring 2005

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture / Low Culture

M 2-5

Using neo-noir films, the short stories of Raymond Carver and cultural events, the course will analyze issues of representation, narration, and modernism. ...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia
Fall 2004

84/1

Sophomore Seminar:
Contemporary Native American Short Fiction and Poetry

M 12-1

"We will focus on the short fiction and poetry of a select number of contemporary Native North American writers (from within the U.S., not Canada). Key concerns will be on how writers map themes central to contemporary Native American literatures: cer...(read more) Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Sweet Wong, Hertha