ILS 371-3 Fall 2020

The goal of this course is to provide you with a critical framework for evaluating cultural products (literature, art, and movies) and some basic research skills to do narrative analysis. The notion of Magical Realism has to be understood under the light of Realism. According to Wendy Faris, “the essential difference, between realism and magical realism involves the intentionality implicit in the conventions of the two modes; where realism intends its version of the world as a singular version, as an objective representation of natural and social realities (…) in magical realism texts, ontological disruption serves the purpose of political and cultural disruption: magic is often given as a cultural corrective causality, materiality, motivation” (3). This quote foreshadows the importance of order and disorder, this place is where myth and reality make way into each other, blurring the boundaries of what is real and what is magical.

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ILS 372 Fall 2020

In this class, students will encounter a variety of works of American political thought from the colonial era to the present. American politics and political thought have always involved a diversity of beliefs and conflicts among them. We aim to think about the wide range of beliefs, and conflicts over beliefs, that characterize the history of American political thought. Just as no one political party has a monopoly on good ideas, no ideology has a monopoly on history—nor should it. Whether you are a liberal, conservative, or something else entirely, you will encounter readings that challenge your views. You will learn to analyze, to critique, and to read charitably arguments with which you do not necessarily agree. Taken together, you will become a deeper thinker and appreciate the breadth of the American experience.

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ILS 400 Spring 2020

This course explores the relationship between food, friendship, and community. Reading philosophy, fiction, watching movies, and employing practice-based learning, we will examine the central role of food—especially its production and presentation—in the creation and maintenance of our shared social and political lives.

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