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HUMA205M - Special Topics in the Humanities: The Self, the Other and the Arts (3-0-3)

The purpose of this course is to explore our humanness through a study of artists and their art. We’ll look at painters, like the self-confident Frida Kahlo and the self-sabotaging Jackson Pollock. We’ll read poets like Allen Ginsberg who expressed himself fearlessly, breaking new ground. We’ll read short stories by authors like James Baldwin, Flannery O’Connor, Kate Chopin, and others, who grappled with themes of identity, race, religion, class, and gender. We’ll even dabble in some music and film. By the end of the course, each student will have compiled a “Gallery” of their own favorite works, reflecting upon their personal growth in understanding of themselves and others through the arts. Prerequisites: ENGL110XM or ENGL110M.