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Upper-Level BHP Courses Spring 2018

BHP270  Shakespeare: From Page to Stage and Screen
Professors Trent Blanton (Theater) and Vanita Neelakanta (English) 
Tuesday/Thursday 2:50-4:20 p.m., Lawrenceville campus
Fine Arts core OR Literature core

This course aims to explore, in depth, the translation of Shakespeare’s texts into performance by combining theatre history, cinematic adaptation, and textual analysis with a strong emphasis on practical, creative, and collaborative work.  We will study 5 plays over the course of the semester and consider each as a performance piece as well as a literary artifact.  Each play will be examined from multiple perspectives that are theatrical/performative/cinematic (staging, costume, sets, dramaturgy, camera, editing) as well as literary (historicist, psychoanalytic, gender and sexuality focused, Marxist, eco-critical, post-colonial), thereby bridging the artificial divide between Shakespeare as literature and Shakespeare as performance.

BHP271  The Psychology of Creativity Across Disciplines
Professors Donald Ambrose (Graduate Education) and Catrinel Tromp (Psychology)
Tuesday/Thursday 9:45-11:15 a.m., Lawrenceville campus
Natural Science core OR may count for Psychology major/minor (consult your academic advisor)

Creative thinking requires individuals and groups to generate useful, new ideas and to break out of tired idea frameworks. In today's complex, globalized environment, creative thinking is required more than ever before. In addition, interdisciplinary work is becoming more important because complex problems and opportunities often refuse to stay confined within the borders of a single discipline. This course enables students to understand the nature and dynamics of creative thinking and some ways to combine creative and interdisciplinary thinking. It enables students to explore a wide variety of constructs from multiple academic disciplines while occasionally asking them to combine these constructs into transdisciplinary idea fusions. Such fusions are the result of interdisciplinary creative association thought processes. The course will engage students in collaborative, active learning and creative thinking.

BHP302 Mirrors of the Mind: The Interplay of Literature and Psychology
Professors Nadia Ansary (Psychology) and Arlene Wilner (English)
Tuesday/Thursday 1:10-2:40 p.m., Westminster campus
Literature core OR may count for Psychology major/minor (consult your academic advisor)

In exploring the longstanding and evolving partnership between literature and psychology, this course addresses the following questions: How does understanding of psychological theory enhance our reading of literature? How does reading of literature affect our judgments and our responses to real-world situations? How can literary texts aid psychologists in refining theories explaining human behavior?  Readings include classics, as well as selections by recent writers and theorists representing both disciplines. Among the themes typically discussed are struggles in achieving stage-salient goals in life (separation from parents during adolescence and beginning the assumption of adult roles, etc.); complexities in social interactions (familial, romantic, etc.); the development of empathy; perceptions of self and other; loss and grief, morality; and the influence of culture on personality and behavior.

BHP-312 Musical Expression and Political Culture
Professors J.J. Penna (Piano and Voice/Creative Writing) and Barry Seldes (Political Science)
Monday 6:30-9:30 p.m., Westminster Campus
3 credits
Substitutions: Fine Arts core or Social Science core

This course will explore social, philosophical, political, and literary  trends in the period from 1885 to the early 1920s, with emphasis on the lives and selected works of Mahler, Debussy, Strauss and Berg.   We will focus on developments in Paris and Vienna, two intellectual and artistic centers.  Decadence, distortion, gender roles, formal and structural emancipations, and the exploration of the unconscious are just a few of the expressive shifts influencing the artistic milieu of the period.