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NEW COURSES - Fall 2013

  • HIST 3264 Imperial Russia: Formation and Expansion of the Russian Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • HIST 3416 Imperialism and its Critics: Ethical Issues, Literary Representations
  • HIST 3492 Hinduism

Hist 3264 Imperial Russia: Formation and Expansion of the Russian Empire in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Instructor: Stavrou,Theofanis G (CLA Distinguished Tchg Awd; Morse Alumni Award)
Description: Interaction with Europe/Asia. Attempts at modernization/ reform. Emancipation of serfs/rise of revolutionary movements.

Hist 3416 Imperialism and its Critics: Ethical Issues, Literary Representations
Instructor: LORCIN,PATRICIA M.E.
Description: During the course of the semester this course will seek to answer the following questions: What ethical discourses form part of imperialist ideology? What ethical discourses form part of anti-imperialist activity? How successful is each group in subverting the ethical messages of the other? What role does literature play in promoting or subverting the ideologies and ethical issues related to imperialism and anti-imperialism? By examining different genres (novels, poems, memoirs, letters and orations) the class will explore the discursive power of literature and the ways in which it influenced or was influenced by social and political discourses and practices. It will explore how these different forms of communication served different personal, political, social and cultural agendas without forgetting their collective relevance. The focus on ethics will help to highlight the ambiguities and distortions that occur between ethical discourses and political, social and cultural practices. The concentration on different genres of literature will help students to understand that the boundaries between fiction and reality are often as blurred in memoirs and letters as they are in novels and poetry. The course is not about the imperialism as practiced by one particular power; nor is the approach strictly chronological. Rather it uses different episodes in the imperialist trajectory of a number of imperial nations to underscore themes that are relevant to the understanding of the ethical issues and literary representations connected to imperialism.

Hist 3492 Hinduism
Co-Instructors: Skaria,Ajay & Sawhney,Simona
Description: Development of Hinduism focusing on sectarian trends, modern religious practices, myths/rituals, pilgrimage patterns/ religious festivals. Interrelationship between Indian social structure/Hinduism.