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BLS 241: Visualizing Disability

Students will compare and contrast various cultural frameworks for visualizing disability in art, film, television, and other forms of visual culture. Initial…

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BLS 340 Discourse, Drama, Documentary

Documentary films cross and confuse notions of “truth,” or journalism, and “lies,” or fiction.  This course focuses on viewing, analyzing, and writing critically…

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BLS 348: Representing Women

Focuses on women as the producers, consumers, and subjects of visual culture. Course materials center on the visual arts and the Feminist…

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BLS 347: Shakespeare Off the Page

William Shakespeare’s plays are among the most widely read, studied, analyzed, anthologized, and criticized works in all of literature. His plays have…

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BLS 346: The Art of Life & Vice Versa

This course draws its title and inspiration from The Accidental Masterpiece: The Art of Life and Vice Versa, a volume of essays by The…

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BLS 345: Photography: Contexts and Illusions

This course analyzes the uses and abuses of photography in science, art, commercial culture, documentary, journalism and the other media, and personal…

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BLS 343: Big Plays, Big Ideas

Throughout history theater has served as a site for the imaginative exploration of big ideas in dramatic stories. This course will examine…

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BLS 342: Painting on the Page

An opportunity to consider in depth some of the outstanding masterpieces in Western art while reading narratives, essays, poems, and plays inspired…

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BLS 341: Eye Appeal: Spectacle on Stage and in Life

From ancient times to the present, “spectacle” (the visual aspects of human performance — architecture, scenery, costumes, makeup, lighting, special effects, and…

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BLS 340: Singing the American Dream

The Broadway musical is America’s unique contribution to world theatre. Combining romantic storytelling with song, dance, spectacle and stellar performances, musical theatre…

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