Courses

MAPH students are not bound to classes offered through MAPH; they may choose classes from any department in the Humanities Division. However, these courses are designed with MAPH students in mind, and are taught by MAPH's Directors and Preceptors. 
 

Winter 2018 Course Descriptions
 

Approaches to Art History

Savannah Esquivel

This seminar introduces students of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities to the methodologies used by art historians to analyze objects, spaces, and performances through a close reading of core texts in the discipline and class discussion. Weekly readings will focus on major methodological approaches and texts will range from foundational formulations of method to more recent scholarship that posits or critiques core questions in the analysis of visual and material objects. The goal of the course is to provide students with the background necessary to engage in humanistic inquiry across disciplines. At the same time, it hopes to lay the groundwork needed to develop novel approaches to the analysis of the objects, spaces, and performances at the center of their thesis projects. As such, students from a wide array of humanities backgrounds are invited to join. Special emphasis will be placed on the craft of writing and presenting about works of art. 
 

Wretchedness and the Early Nineteenth Century Novel

Hilary Strang

Romantic period novels teem with disconcerting life-forms having trouble with the business of living –outcasts, prisoners, madwomen, paupers, immortals, wretches, sufferers of many kinds. The most famous of these is the creature in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but he is only one of many precarious figures that test the limits of sympathy, sociality, the biopolitical imagination and the boundaries of being alive. This course will investigate such creatures and their forms of suffering in British novels from the 1790s through the 1830s, asking what their function is in the development of the novel form; why they are often linked to the uncanny, the supernatural and the irrational; and how vulnerability, suffering and wretchedness work in relation to revolution, optimism and biopolitical rationality. Readings will include novels (Shelley, Godwin, Edgeworth among them), political philosophy and poetry of the period, and theoretical and critical work (Foucault, Butler, Agamben, among others).