Studies the novels and non-fiction of Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk as an introduction into ethics and politics of World Literature. Addresses social consequences of Pamuk's role as an intellectual-author who mediates between the national tradition and an international canon. Political implications of Sufism, cultural revolution, Orientalism, and post-colonialism. Secondary focus on cosmopolitan Islam and the Ottoman Empire. Open to graduate students who must follow a comprehensive reading program and complete graduate-level assignments. No prerequisites; taught in English.
Reading and assessment of new scholarship on Ottoman culture, society, politics, and state. Supplemented by critical texts on historiography, identity, gender, religion, and orientalism. Topics include “gazi thesis,” secular and Islamic law, “Kadi justice,” everyday life, and role of women. Final research project with interdisciplinary focus. One course.
Presents Istanbul, a city located in both Europe and Asia, as a site of political identities in conflict. Overview of contemporary literature and film set in Istanbul. Studies ethical implications of textual and visual representations of various people and groups interacting in urban spaces. Addresses the reasons for Turkey's love-hate relationship with the Ottoman past and Europe. Historical background, modernity, identity, Islam, and cosmopolitanism. Open to graduate students who must follow a comprehensive reading program and complete graduate-level assignments.
Historical representations of Muslim people and communities in Eurasia through travelogues, fiction, memoir, and film in ethnically and religiously contested regions of Central Asia, the Ottoman Empire/Turkey, and the Balkans. One course.
Exploration through literature and film of the relationship between Russian and Polish cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when imperial Russia/Soviet Union figured as Poland's problematic “east,” and subject state of Poland figured as Russia's problematic “west.” Nineteenth century anti-tsarist uprisings, 1920 Soviet-Polish campaign, Poland's postwar sovietization, rise of Solidarity, construction of their respective national identity vis-a-vis an other imagined as foe or friend in fiction, drama, film, memoirs.
Same as Russian 211S; open only to students in the Focus Program. One course.
Introduction to the history, distinctive doctrines, institutions, controversies, and influences of Orthodox Christianity and Islam in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus, including issues related to identity formation, ideology and difference in religious discourse.
Same as Russian 210S; open only to students in the Focus Program. One course.
Examines policy issues in end of life care by considering personal and societal ethical issues. Cross-cultural analysis of end of life care addressing ethical issues in comparative perspective of diverse populations: how do different cultural attitudes to dying, death, and health affect end of life care? Ethical issues about access to health care, whether/how long to keep people alive on
machines, and how these decisions are made. Open only to students in FOCUS Program. One course.