2000-01 Bulletin Entry for:

Humanities Interdisciplinary Program


This program offers students an opportunity to explore the humanities from multiple perspectives, traditionally Western as well as global, and to make connections among a variety of disciplines.

How to Become a Program Member

Students may enroll in the program by visiting Professor Karen Klein (Rabb 264) or Professor Luis Yglesias (Shiffman 116), where they will be assigned a HIP advisor who will work with them throughout their program. Students are strongly advised to enroll before their senior year. Once enrolled, students are invited to participate in all program events, including lectures by visiting scholars and artists, field trips, and the salon.


Karen Klein, Cochair

(English and American Literature)

Luis Yglesias, Cochair

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Tzvi Abusch

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Pamela Allara

(Fine Arts)

Joyce Antler

(American Studies)

Bernadette Brooten

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Eric Chafe


Stephen Gendzier

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Arthur Green

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Jane Hale

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Karen Hansen


Erica Harth

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Patricia Johnston

(Classical Studies)

Edward Kaplan

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Reuven Kimelman

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Thomas King

(English and American Literature)

Ann Koloski-Ostrow

(Classical Studies)

Robert Lange


Richard Lansing

(Romance and Comparative Literature)

Leonard Muellner

(Classical Studies)

Richard Parmentier


Nancy Scott

(Fine Arts)

Faith Smith

(African and Afro-American Studies/English and American Literature)

Susan Staves

(English and American Literature)

Maurice Stein


Andreas Teuber


Cheryl Walker

(Classical Studies)

David Wright

(Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Palle Yourgrau


Requirements for the Program

A. HIP 20a or 20b or the equivalent with the permission of the advisor. This requirement provides students with a sense of the humanities through its connection to the classics and the contributions of fundamental texts.

B. HIP 10b, HIP 11b, or one semester course from category 1 below. This requirement involves students in comparative studies of specific arts and letters, exposing them to literary and philosophical texts on art, music, or theater from more than one era, culture, or discipline.

C. HIP 21a (formerly AMST 172b), or one semester course from category 2 below. Courses in category 2 explore myth, ritual, religion, folklore, and philosophy. This requirement enables students to understand how different cultures have made sense of human existence in relation to the spiritual: the realm of the divine, the realm of animal spirits, the supernatural.

D. HIP 30b, or one semester course from category 3 below. These courses examine responses or alternatives to the Western tradition. This requirement thus provides most students with an in-depth exploration of a culture other than their own or with a critique of a culture from within.

E. The final course in the humanities sequence is an independent study that will focus on themes and methodologies central to the study of the humanities. This course is available only after other course requirements are completed.

F. No single course can satisfy more than one requirement.

Courses of Instruction

(1-99) Primarily for Undergraduate Students

HIP 10b Lyric Poetry and Drawing

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Signature of the instructor required.

Comparative study of the genres of lyric poetry and drawing with special attention to their shared formal concerns and their ability to achieve maximum expressiveness with an economy of means. Examples will be taken from different historical periods. Usually offered in even years.

Ms. Klein

HIP 11b The Grid: In and Out of Bounds

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Studies the meaning and function of the grid in different disciplines. Focusing first on 20th-century visual art, including the Rose Art Museum collection, we will explore examples from music, mathematics, architecture, and dance, with guest lecturers.

Ms. Dash

HIP 20a Imagining How We Are: East and West I

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Human history can be understood as a struggle between competing myths, each claiming to be the source of true knowledge. Does our present understanding of earth's history, however, point instead to a narrative that finds common ground in all cultures? This course examines the possibility. Usually offered every year.

Messrs. Stein and Yglesias

HIP 20b Imagining How We Are: East and West II

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This course raises the same issues as HIP 20a, but uses a different set of texts. Both courses draw upon foundational texts from eastern and western civilizations. Usually offered every year.

Messrs. Stein and Yglesias

HIP 21a Mysticism and the Moral Life: Abraham Heschel, Howard Thurman, Thomas Merton

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Enrollment limited to 25.

A study of three exemplary American religious activists: Abraham Heschel, a Jewish theologian and activist; Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk; and Howard Thurman, a black minister. Focuses upon the relationship between their inwardness and social and political commitments. Usually offered in even years.

Mr. Kaplan

HIP 30b The Persistence of Tradition: An Introduction to Japanese Poetry, Drama, Fiction, and Film

[ cl41 nw hum ]

Prerequisite: A University Seminar in Humanistic Inquiries (USEM).

This course will study traditions of fiction, poetry, and drama over the span of Japan's cultural history from about the ninth century to the present. Featured will be Lady Murasaki's Tale of Genji, great women poets, and the dramatic genres of Noh, Kabuki, and Bunraku. Usually offered in even years.

Mr. Levitan

HIP 98a Independent Study

Signature of the instructor and the program director required.

Independent readings, research, and writing on a subject of the student's interest under the direction of a faculty advisor. Usually offered every year.


HIP 98b Independent Study

See HIP 98a for special notes and course description. Usually offered every year.



The following courses are not all given in any one year; therefore, the Course Schedule for each semester should be consulted.

Category 1

AMST 128b

History as Theater

CLAS 115b

Topics in Greek and Roman History

CLAS 133b

The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece

CLAS 134b

The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome

CLAS 171a

Greek Epic and Athenian Drama

COML 105b

Sex and Sensibility in Pre-Revolutionary European Novels

COML 137a

Dada and Surrealism

ENG 134a

The Woman of Letters, 1600-1800

ENG 144b

The Body as Text: Castiglione to Locke

FA 19b

Lives of the Artists

FA 71a

Modern Art and Modern Culture

FA 170b

Nineteenth-Century European Painting and Sculpture

FA 171b

Contemporary Painting and Sculpture

FECS 157a

Topics in French Film

FECS 182b

French Literature and Painting

IECS 140a

Dante's Divine Comedy

MUS 57a

Music and Culture: From Romanticism to the Modern Era

PHIL 113b

Aesthetics: Painting, Photography, and Film

Category 2

ANTH 80a

World Religions

ANTH 105a

Symbol, Myth, and Ritual

CLAS 170a

Classical Mythology

COML 194b

Topics in Myth, Literature, and Folklore


Foundational Course in Judaic Studies

NEJS 114b

Biblical Ritual and Cult

NEJS 127b

The Jewish Liturgy

NEJS 130a

The New Testament: A Historical Introduction

NEJS 155b

Judaism and the Religious Quest

NEJS 156b

Ancient Near Eastern Religion and Mythology

PHIL 146a

Idea of God

Category 3

AAAS 79b

Afro-American Literature of the Twentieth Century

AAAS 116b

Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations

AAAS 133b

The Literature of the Caribbean

ANTH 62a

Non-Western Musical Traditions

COML 193a

Topics in New World Studies: The Empire Writes Back

COML 194b

Topics in Myth, Literature, and Folklore

COML 195a

Feminism and Film

COML 198a

Feminist Theory in Literary and Cultural Studies

ENG 23a

Domains of Seventeenth-Century Performance

FA 61b

Inventing Tradition: Women as Artists, Women as Art

FREN 165b

Topics in Francophone Literatures

PHIL 119b

Chinese Philosophy

SOC 131b

Women's Biography and Society

SOC 165a

Sociology of Birth and Death