Upcoming 2018 Courses: Summer and Fall

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wake Forest University


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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Upcoming 2018 Courses: Summer and Fall

Summer 2018:

LBS 723  The Environment, Gender and the Humanities

This course is a survey of the global spread of Environmentalism, with an emphasis on its evolution as a disciplinary field that includes eco-feminism and feminist perspectives on the environment. Case studies and investigations of the roles of American women and their international counterparts in environmental history will be examined in the construction of global environmental narratives. The course examines how the humanities might productively contribute to civic conversations about environmental change, developing a broad framework for thinking about the environment rooted in eco-critical modes of thought.

MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS         6:00 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday May 30 – Monday July 2
Wake Downtown, Room 1505
David Phillips, Ph.D.          phillidp@wfu.edu

David Phillips (PhD University of Pennsylvania) has focused his recent scholarship on the intersection of the fields of public humanities, environmental humanities, and digital humanities. His latest research, presented at the C19 conference at Penn State examines the role of softscape in reimagining waterfront zones in New York City and creating urban and environmental design interventions in the landscape. With an academic background in urban planning, planning history, architecture and urban design, anthropology, Japanese studies, and literature, Phillips has utilized his knowledge in place-based, community-based and culture studies to develop courses in a range of fields that engage intellectual questions related to place in the humanities and to environmental sustainability. Community organizations he has worked with in forging partnerships for student research projects and the Community Mapping Project include the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, the Sierra Club, Forsyth Backpack Program, Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Yadkin Riverkeeper, and Forsyth Futures.

LBS 720   American Literature: The Journey is the Destination

In this course we will examine major works of American literature that focus on the theme of the journey. We will discuss the different shapes the journey takes, and the succession of forms that illuminate it (genre, concepts, and aesthetics.)

Seminar participants can expect to come away from this class with an enhanced understanding of key movements in American literature and transnational American studies. They will have the opportunity to write several short pieces in different genres and explore the application of different ideas. Further themes for development include gender, race, perceptual truths, synchronic experience, the sublime, possible worlds, gestalts, literary archetypes, mirroring, and dream writing.

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS              6:00-9:00 pm
Tuesday, July 10 – Thursday, August 9
Brookstown Campus Room 302B
Judith Madera, Ph.D.               maderaji@wfu.edu

Judith Madera (PH.D. City University of New York) is Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest and affiliated faculty in Environmental Studies, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Sustainability. She teaches courses on the long arc of American literature with a special emphasis on race and environment. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, edited collections, and scholarly venues. Her recent book, Black Atlas, was published by Duke University Press (2015).

Fall 2018

LBS 728   Latin American Drama

This course will analyze the dramatic production in translation of various nations in Latin America from the beginning of the 20th century through the first decade of the 21st century. It will explore the historical and aesthetic development of Latin American drama, focusing upon the particular factors that distinguish this theatre from the Western European tradition such as: the connection with concrete historical and political issues, the vision of particular countries, the theory of the theatre of the oppressed, and, finally, the current reclamation of the Latin American theatre traditions and the quest for new connections to its historical roots.

TUESDAYS   6:00 – 8:30 pm
August 28 – December 4
Green Hall – Room 514
Maria Teresa Sanhueza         sanhuemt@wfu.edu

Maria Teresa Sanhueza  (PH.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Italian and affiliated faculty in Latin American Studies at Wake Forest University. Her field of expertise is Spanish and Latin American theatre, especially of the twentieth century. She has published articles in numerous academic journals in the US, Chile, Argentina and Spain.  She has also written three books: a monograph on Argentinean playwright Armando Discépolo (2004), edited a collection/ festschrift in honor of Mauricio Ostria González (2012) and a study on Chilean playwright Leyla Selman (2016). She is currently working on a book about the transatlantic figure of Antigone in plays by Roberto García de Mesa (Spain) and Leyla Selman (Chile) that will be published by Editorial Gestos.

LBS 720   Slavery in the Modern Black Literary Imagination

From films and documentaries to graphic non-fiction to literature, reanimated stories about American slavery have provided contemporary audiences with an array of materials through which to engage with the experiences that have often been neglected or forgotten within the broader historical record. In this course, we will examine a variety of contemporary texts that directly or indirectly signify upon seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century bodies of knowledge about slavery and freedom.  Our discussions will focus on some of the ways that modern artists and writers have reaffirmed and re-imagined genre, form, and content about specific historical events.  Each work, to a degree, reinterprets subject matter by challenging the seemingly stable and largely superficial interpretations that readers and viewers often form about race, geography, and identity in the context of American Slavery.  Throughout the semester, we will contemplate the nuanced ways that each moves its respective audience(s) between the past and the present, often blurring the lines between both.

Thursdays     6:00 – 8:30 pm
August 30 – December 6
Brookstown Campus- Room 302
No class on November 22 – Thanksgiving Break
Rian Bowie         Bowiere@wfu.edu

Rian Bowie (PhD, Emory University) is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of English. Her interests include 19th and 20th century American and African-American Literature, 19th Century American Women’s Social movements and American political satire.