Wednesday, May 2, 2018

New MALAS Seminar in Collaboration with the Department of History | History 582/MALAS 600A | Professor Eve Kornfeld

History 582
Intellectuals in 20th Century Europe
Professor Eve Kornfeld
Fall 2018

Would you like to read and discuss some of the most important, provocative books written in the 20th century? In fall 2018, Professor Kornfeld will offer History 582 with a focus on "Intellectuals in 20c Europe." Designed as a seminar centering on weekly discussion of shared readings and a research paper rather than lectures, quizzes or examinations, the course will explore the changing role of intellectuals in 20c Europe through readings in a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, physics, painting, music, architecture, drama and fiction. Course readings will include Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil; Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams; Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Beyond; Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art; James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Bertolt Brecht, Threepenny Opera; Walter Gropius, The New Architecture and the Bauhaus; George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia; Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas; and Jean-Paul Sartre, The Flies. The course will culminate with individual research papers and collaborative group presentations on intellectuals and the Cold War, and intellectuals and post-colonialism, in place of a final exam. There are no prerequisites for the course, beyond a willingness to read and discuss some of the most exciting works of the twentieth century.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

MALAS Suggested Classes, Summer 2018

It's always hard to find Summer graduate level classes at SDSU (while there is a sea of undergraduate online offerings, there are few seminars that actually meet face-to-face on campus in real time)--but we have done some research and found a few that are all pre-approved by MALAS Graduate Advisor and Director, William Nericcio, to be acceptable for your MALAS Program of Study. 

In other words, they count toward graduation with the MA!

Do note that some of these classes may have prerequisites. In most cases, these prereqs only count for undergraduates, but you never know! SDSU's registrar computer is sometimes quite strict and other times utterly indifferent to prereqs!  More below the three images...

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Your other option is to search for graduate level course offerings at UCSD--remember, you can transfer up to 9 units of graduate coursework from accredited universities toward your MALAS program of study!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fall 2018 Course Descriptions! MALAS 600C | Modern Technology and the Ancient World with new Classics & Humanities Post-Doc Danielle Smotherman Bennett

MALAS 600C/ HUM 580 
Modern Technology and the Ancient World

In the contemporary world, digital re-creations of sites and objects from the ancient world often appear in movies and TV, such as Ben-Hur and Game of Thrones, and in video games, such as Assassin's Creed Origins. Modern technology also provides tantalizing prospects for a deeper engagement with the material culture in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In this course, we will explore the emerging scholarship concerning digital humanities for the study of the ancient world. Geography and mapping, digital dissemination of texts, and visual reconstructions of sites and objects, including 3-D modeling will come to the fore as we learn about the ancient Mediterranean. We’ll be critical consumers of the digital tools for the study the ancient world.

Instructor: Dr. Danielle Bennett

Section Details:

Schedule #22196
Full TitleModern Technology and the Ancient World

Friday, January 26, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New MALAS Spring 2018 Seminar! World Cities with Professor Kate Swanson

Course MALAS-600C 
Section 02 
Schedule # 22092 
1100-1215 TTH 
Professor K. Swanson

Around the world, cities are growing at an incredible speed, particularly in Asia and Africa where megacities continue to increase in number. Along with this growth, new issues are emerging including rising inequality, environmental pollution, racialized segregation, growing slums, crime and violence. Municipalities are responding by restructuring and gentrifying urban spaces to attract economic growth, often at the expense of the poor. In this course, we focus on cities mostly outside of the United States in order to understand how rapid urban growth is reshaping cities around the world. Themes include: neoliberalism, migration, megacities, slums, segregation, sustainability, gentrification, crime, resistance movements, and alternative urban futures. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

New MALAS Spring 2018 Seminar with Professor Anh Hua | WOMEN AND VIOLENCE

Women's Studies 572/MALAS 600C
Women and Violence

Women and Violence will examine the forms and types of violence against women, including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and socio-cultural, economic, political, and epistemic violence.  This course will focus on violence against women in the United States and globally.  Themes include:  
  • context of violence against women; power and emotional dynamics in domestic violence
  • the interrelation of gender, race, class and sexuality in interpersonal violence
  • violence against women of color
  • abuse in same-sex relationships
  • media, sexual violence and the objectification of women’s bodies
  • masculinity and violence; gender, war and violence
  • gendered and sexual violence on university campuses
  • politics of healing, empathy and global compassion
  • and the use of art and creativity to heal various traumas

New MALAS Seminar, Spring 2018

ENG 606A / MALAS 600A
The American Memoir 
Laurie Champion | Spring 2018 

This course will consider the evolution of the memoir as a genre and look at how it was originally undefined, then defined, then redefined, even as it continues to evolve. We will trace its roots from early American texts such as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin referred to as his “memoirs,” to contemporary memoirs that spark lively debates regarding specifics of literary genres, boundaries between truth and lies, and influences on memory such as “personal life effects.” We will address texts labeled as “chronicles,” “confessions,” “biographies,” or “autobiographies” that might be considered memoirs. We will touch upon classic memoirs such as Willie Morris’s North Towards Home and Frank Conroy’s Stop-Time, then consider the popularity of the American memoir after the publication of Mary Karr’s 1995 memoir The Liar’s Club. We will debate issues such as factual truth versus conceptual truth, modes of memory, and how memoirs compare to fiction and to other forms of nonfiction. We will explore texts such as Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Gertrude Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Frederick Exley’s A Fan’s Notes: A Fictional Memoir, Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life, Tony Earley’s Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True, David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day, Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Art Spielegman’s Maus: A Survivor's Tale, and other texts that blur boundaries between memoir, biography, autobiography, and between nonfiction and fiction. We will also analyze motifs and trends that recur throughout subgenres of the memoir such as captivity narratives, misery lit, celebrity stories, stories about addiction, and travel journals. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

New Spring 2018 MALAS SEMINAR | Warrior Women in History | Professor Walter Penrose

Topics in Gender and Sexuality
Warrior Women in History

Course Description: This course will explore Amazons and women warriors in various historical settings.   The subject of Amazons will be a theme used to familiarize students with Queer, Feminist, and Postcolonial Theories, which we will use to situate and understand the realities of women who took up the sword and fought for themselves, both in battle and for revenge.  Using these theoretical precepts, we will strive to understand “gender queerness” as a cultural construct that is both time and place specific.  We will begin the course by discussing Judith Halberstam’s groundbreaking Female Masculinity.  We will then explore the legends of the Amazons, as well as histories of ancient warrior queens, women bodyguards, and courageous medieval warrior women such as Joan of Arc.  We will end the course by studying the role of women in the modern U.S. military as well as other nations, paying keen attention to studies and evidence demonstrating the ability of women to serve in military settings.
REQUIRED BOOKS (Available at SDSU Bookstore):
Judith Halberstam, Female Masculinity
Walter Penrose, Jr. Postcolonial Amazons: Female Masculinity and Courage in Ancient Greek and Sanskrit Literature
Rosemarie Skaines, Women in Combat

Dr. Walter Penrose
Office:  AL 565
Spring 2018                                                                                 
Phone:   619-594-1102
Tu/Th  12:30-1:45 PM                                                           
Room: LSN 132

Spring 2018 MALAS Seminar | VISUAL RHETORIC | Professor Cezar Ornatowski

Spring 2017
Prof. Cezar Ornatowski
Tuesday 7:00-9:40 pm

In the last decade, visuality has become a major focus of theory and research in a variety of fields (rhetoric, communication, cultural studies, literary studies, and science studies).  Much of communication today is visual, from television to film, videos, and images posted on Facebook. The ubiquity of visual communication in the global communication age is due in large part to the power of visual images (they impact our emotions directly, short-circuiting our rational mind), their “truth-effect,” and the fact that they appear to transcend language barriers. For al these reasons, in spite of their seeming “truth-value,” images are also heavily manipulated (staged, Photo-shopped, false captioned, and so on). Visuality has in fact become the major arena of political and cultural “struggle” in the electronic—and not only electronic--domain. In addition, with the advent of mass surveillance and “big data,” visualization has become a powerful strategy of knowledge production.

The course will examine a range of visual artifacts, both still and moving (photographs and other images, paintings, videos, and film, as well as scientific “visualizations”) from three complementary perspectives:
  a semiotic perspective: the working of the visual sign itself
  a systemic perspective: visuality as a communication system that involves specific technologies, media, modes, and techniques of production, reproduction, manipulation, circulation, and reception
  a rhetorical/communication perspective that explores psychological, historical, and cultural practices of seeing and looking, persuasive effects of visual artifacts, as well as their deployments in politics, culture, art, advertising, and knowledge discovery.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Textual Matriarchies MALAS Lecture III: Deyanira Torres on Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Psychoanalysis, the Female Psyche, Jacques Lacan y Mucho Mas More! | @SDSU, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @11am in GMCS 333

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Textual Matriarchies MALAS Lecture III: Deyanira Torres on Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Psychoanalysis, the Female Psyche, Jacques Lacan y Mucho Mas More! | @SDSU, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 @11am in GMCS 333

Deyanira Torres, is a practicing Psychoanalyst whose work traffics in the tradition of Freud and of Psychoanalysis but she does so as an expert on one of the most influential critics who followed Freud, the French theorist Jacques Lacan. A clinical psychologist, scholar, and practitioner of Lacanian Psychoanalysis for the past 20 years, Torres has been a member of the academic staff on the faculty of Psychology for the undergraduate and master’s programs at CETY's University for the last 11 years. During her academic tenure she has presented lectures all over the planet and has authored more than 90 articles in journals and magazines. She is a member of the Psychoanalytical Group of Tijuana and co-produced the urban intervention "Tú No Existes."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Myriam Gurba! LIVE @ SDSU, Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11am in GMCS 333 | Free and Open to the Public | The 2nd Textual Matriarchies Lecture

Myriam Gurba @SDSU! Thursday, November 30, 2017, in GMCS 333 at 11am--free and open to the public! 

Part of the M.A.L.A.S. The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences TEXTUAL MATRIARCHIES lecture series. The TEXTUAL MATRIARCHIES series showcases women writers whose creative and critical work is helping to reshape and reimagine the contours of interdisciplinary research, the practices of  cultural studies in the 21st century.  All these presentations are in GMCS 333 @ 11am on the SDSU main campus.

Co-sponsored by San Diego State University Press and the SDSU Department of English & Comparative Literature.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:,, and She creates digital and photographic art that has been exhibited at galleries and museums. She works as a high school teacher.
Myriam Gurba is a native Californian. She attended U.C. Berkeley thanks to affirmative action. She is the author of two short story collections, DAHLIA SEASON and PAINTING THEIR PORTRAITS IN WINTER. DAHLIA SEASON won the Edmund White Award, which is given to queer writers for outstanding debut fiction. The book was also shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. Gurba is also the author of two poetry collections, WISH YOU WERE ME and SWEATSUITS OF THE DAMNED. She has toured North America twice with avant-garde literary and performance troupe Sister Spit. Gurba’s other writing can be found in places such as

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