Attention and Engagement in Contemporary American Poetry
Amy Hollywood

The late Reginald Shepherd writes that the poem is a form of thinking, a thinking out and a thinking through. For many contemporary poets, this thinking requires new and/or hybrid forms, forms often more reminiscent of ancient and medieval religious texts.

Comparative Literature 256. Archeology of Modernity and Visual

The course will include a creative experiments in photography, writing and digital media as well as analytic assignments. VES and GSD students welcome.

Explores contradictions of the modern experience in literature, philosophy, arts and architecture. Topics for 2010: nostalgia and modernization, public freedom and cross-cultural memory, archeology and the creative mapping of the urban space, culture and politics. Special attention to the relationship between critical theory and creative practice. Reading from Benjamin, Simmel, Shklovsky, Nabokov, Kafka, Arendt, Certeau, Lyotard, Derrida.

Reading Derrida II: On Haunting and Messianicity
Amy Hollywood

The course will focus on selected essays by philosopher Jacques Derrida, read against the background of the philosophical, theological, and literary texts with which he is engaged. Readings will likely include work by Sophocles, Antigone, Hamlet, and works by Karl Marx, Nicolaus Abraham and Maria Torok , and Paul Celan, as well as by Derrida.

Christian Sexual Ethics
Mark D. Jordan

What accounts for the prominence of sexual issues in contemporary Christian debates? Is this something new in church history? Is it peculiar to Christian thinking or does it arise from other cultural forces? Is it helpful for Christian ethics to talk so much about sex? This course will take up these questions, together with their assumptions and consequences, in two steps. It will first consider some earlier constructions of sexual topics in Christian theology. It will then study some of the rapid changes in Christian teaching about procreation and pleasure, marriage and parenting, wholeness and virginity, in the last hundred years.