Political Science 211A/1: The Law of Nations

Instructor: Associate Professor Daniel Lee

This graduate seminar course will be dedicated to a detailed study the law of nations, focusing on (1) its historical origins in classical and medieval jurisprudence; (2) its development in major treatises, especially in those by Grotius and Pufendorf; (3) critiques in recent scholarship on the legal history and politics of modern empire-building. The course

French 245/1: 17 & 18th Century French Theater

Instructor: Professor Susan Maslan

Theater was France’s pre-eminent art form from the seventeenth- through the early nineteenth centuries.  Theater was also a public, collective social experience as well as a cultural institution often in contention with other institutions—religious and political. We will study some major plays of the 17th and 18th centuries (Corneille, Racine, Moliere, Marivaux, Voltaire, Beaumarchais).  We

English 250/2: Idols and Ideology

Instructor: Professor Victoria Kahn

The history of Western literary theory is often told in terms of the concept of mimesis. But there is another, equally powerful, anti-mimetic strand to this history, and that is the critique of mimesis as a form of idolatry. In this course, we will explore this critique from the prohibition against images in the Hebrew