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Course Listing for FIRST YEAR SEMINAR - Spring 2018
Course ID Title Credits Type Instructor(s) Days:Times Location Permission
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5171 FYSM-145-01 Memoirs and Memories 1.00 SEM Kippur,Sara TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA Y FYR  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
  Only first-year students are eligible to enroll in this class.
  How do we construct personal narratives for a wider public? Long before our current age of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, writers, visual artists, and filmmakers were acutely aware of the challenges of self-representation and consistently sought new modes for exploring and expressing their life stories. This course proposes to take a historically and theoretically grounded look at the stakes of self-representation, examining a wide range of texts and media, including confessional writing, literary correspondences, personal diaries, modern memoirs, self-portraits, documentaries, and photographs We will integrate course material with visits to several Hartford sites, including the Connecticut Historical Society, Mark Twain House, and Wadsworth Atheneum. Students will draw on our readings and discussions to develop their digital portfolios, a distinctly new form of personal narrative.
5162 FYSM-253-01 Hon Sem:American Crime Fiction 1.00 SEM Mrozowski,Daniel J. TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA Y HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
  Crime fiction has been an amazingly resilient and pliable genre, a cultural barometer registering revisions to cultural fantasies about knowledge and power, sex and gender, race and ethnicity, violence and freedom. Its character types are interwoven into the fabric of popular culture, from the detective to the sociopath, the femme fatale to the street tough. This course will trace an alternative American history through the brutal, lurid, and stylish crime fiction of the 20th century. We will explore its pulp roots through Dashiell Hammet, its modernist peaks with Raymond Chandler, its post-war weirdness in Chester Himes and Patricia Highsmith, and its contemporary renaissance by George Pelecanos.
5216 FYSM-259-01 HonSem:History of CT Economy 1.00 SEM Woolley,Nicholas MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM TBA Y SOC  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N
  The region of Central Connecticut has undergone many transformations since early colonization. In the 19th century, it was one of the centers of the Second Industrial Revolution and among America’s richest cities. More recently, it has maintained a reputation as an insurance hub while experiencing relative economic decline in the 20th century. We will explore the economic factors that shaped our Central Connecticut region through a series of case studies. These will be augmented by visits to local historical sites and talks from local experts.