Fall 2020

FRE 307
Advanced French Language and Style

Célia Abele
To improve spoken and written French through attentive study of French grammatical and syntactic structures and rhetorical styles, with a variety of creative, analytical and practical writing exercises, and reading of literary and non-literary texts.

HIS 482 / AMS 482
Arab America: Culture, Activism, and Resistance

Neama Alamri
This course explores the history of Arabs and Arab Americans in the United States beginning from the 1850s to the present. We will be exploring the historical, political, cultural and economic conditions that have influenced Arab American communities. This course covers a wide range of topics including: issues of citizenship, racial discrimination and exclusion; racial formation; labor, activism and resistance; transnational networks; cultural productions and representations of Arab Americans. We will be exploring a wide range of sources, including legal documents, newsletters, court rulings, poetry, novels and films.

ANT 419 / AMS 417 / GSS 423 / LAS 419
Race, Gender, Empire

Tiffany Cain
How is empire made? How is it imagined and reimagined, mutating and creating new global relations? What are its social, political and material signatures? In this seminar we will explore how empire's derivative manifestations and entrenched mechanisms (e.g. race, gender or capitalism) influence our understandings of history and the structuring of our social relationships. Engaging transdisciplinary works we will focus on how empire constructs contradictory logics of belonging in localized contexts through the formation of intimate, biopolitical and ecological relationships between people, territories and collective institutions of governance.

EAS 307 / HUM 308
China's Others: Minority Peoples in the Chinese Past and Present

Joshua Freeman
This course will challenge common preconceptions of China by placing ethnic and religious minority groups at the center of the narrative, and demonstrating the key roles these groups have played in the Chinese past and present. Through guided readings, class discussions, and a series of written assignments, the course will acquaint students with the ethnic, religious, and cultural groups that have historically occupied half of modern China's territory. A focus throughout the course will be on encountering these groups through their own voices, particularly through translations of minority-language memoirs and literature.

COM 441 / PHI 441 / HUM 441 / ENG 281
Saying 'I': First Person Point of View in Literature and Philosophy

Maya Kronfeld
What does it mean to say (or think) "I"? What accounts for the unified character of our experience? What disruptions and gaps in experience can be made perceptible through philosophical scrutiny and daring literary experimentation? This interdisciplinary course for undergraduates as well as graduate students explores central problems of point of view and consciousness by focusing on first-person representation. Pairing lyric poetry and first-person prose fiction with key readings in the history of the philosophy of mind, we will follow the intersecting paths of inquiry developed by both disciplines.

HIS 436 / SAS 436
Working Class Lives on the Indian Subcontinent

Amanda Lanzillo
Focusing on working class histories on the Indian subcontinent - especially in cities and towns - this course studies the organization of labor from medieval towns to modern megacities. Students will analyze overarching shifts in the structural relationships between classes, as well as the diversity of working class experiences. We will also ask how laborers shaped the evolution of cities and towns across South Asia. Along the way, students will examine the rise of labor rights movements; the relationship between caste and class; the gendering of labor; and processes of urbanization, industrialization, and labor migration.

ENG 432 / HUM 433 / GSS 432
Fashioning the Self, Rendering Others: Literary and Visual Portraiture, 18th century to the Present

Natalie Prizel
From eighteenth-century society portraits to selfies, Anglo-American culture seems nearly ceaselessly obsessed with rendering the human form--face and body--whether of the self or of another. In this course focused on literary and visual portraiture from the eighteenth century to the present and taught largely in the Princeton University Art Museum, we will look at texts and objects side by side in an attempt to get closer to a definition of what portraiture is, what it does, how we come to know it when we see it, and what the genre says about conceptions of the self and others across axes of gender, race, ethnicity, and class.

HUM 216 / HUM 217
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture I: Literature and the Arts

Yelena Baraz
Denis Feeney
Daniel Heller-Roazen
Benjamin C. Morison
Eileen A. Reeves
Melissa Buckner Reynolds

Humanistic Studies 216-219 is an intensive yearlong exploration of the landmark achievements of the Western intellectual tradition. With a team of faculty drawn from across the humanities and social sciences, students examine pivotal texts, events, and artifacts of European civilization from antiquity forward. The course is enhanced by guest lectures from preeminent scholars and by excursions to museums and performances. 

ANT 337 / GSS 279
Queer Becomings

Aniruddhan Vasudevan
The goal of this course is to understand what queer lifeworlds are like in diverse cultural and sociopolitical contexts. What is the relationship between queerness and larger factors like culture, coloniality, global capitalism, religion, and the state? What counts as queer and whose recognition matters? How do people carve queer spaces for themselves and what resources do they draw upon in doing so? What factors influence and curtail these possibilities? Is queer always radical and against the norm? We will answer such questions by reading ethnographies, theories, and biographies that focus on queer lifeworlds across the world.

POL Junior Workshop
Class and Inequality

Joanna Wuest
Scholars and political commentators alike have come to refer to our moment as the “Second Gilded Age,” a reference that evokes images of robber barons and monopolists, the “billionaire class” of yesteryear. With the rise of authoritarian and left-wing populist movements and the breakdown of the post-Cold War liberal consensus in the U.S. and abroad, it is necessary now more than ever to understand how and why inequality has come to define the era. What do social scientists and theorists mean when they use terms like class and inequality? How do political scientists in particular conceptualize, measure, evaluate, and apply these ideas in their research? In this course, we will tackle these and related questions as they pertain to interest group politics, social movements, the judiciary, federalism, and the carceral state.