This course will introduce students to the major methods employed in the analysis of literature, media, and other forms of culture, drawing upon examples from the early modern period to the present day. After an introductory methodological unit, the course will move chronologically, maintaining a focus on the thematic keywords central to the unique and cross-disciplinary ways in which humanities research is conducted in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. Our goal is to help you acquire a solid background in literary and cultural history and analysis, a broad yet specific knowledge of critical and theoretical methodologies, and a practical understanding of the value and power of humanistic inquiry in today’s technological world.
Course site: http://blogs.iac.gatech.edu/introlmc15/
From the time of “first contact,” European explorers—and later, colonists and citizens—were alternately fascinated and repulsed by the new foods they encountered, and they wrote about them in their journals, narratives, histories, and letters. Early American writers, in turn, imbued acts of eating with new significance as they attempted to distinguish their social, cultural, and political identities both from their European, African, and Caribbean counterparts, and from the native American cultures that abutted their own. This course will explore how ideas about food and eating were deployed in a range of textual forms, as well as at the table, so as to direct and reflect major early American concerns. We will also devote a significant portion of the course to the study of historical recipes and cookbooks. As a final project, we will work together as a class to update and contribute to a digital historical recipe archive, updated and reframed for the Food Network age.
Course site: http://blogs.iac.gatech.edu/food15/