You may register for any of the following January courses on December 3rd using a special registration form which the faculty will have. All courses are for four credits. The fee for the course must be paid in full to the bursar prior to registration. It will not be possible to register late for these classes.


ART W215 Rough & Ready: A Course in Exprerimental Printmaking for Artists' Handmade Books

Professor: B. Greenwald

CRN: 20040

Distribution: F

This course will seek to combine traditional methods of printmaking (wood-cut, collograph, etching, monoprint) with modern reproductive methods (xerography, photography, computer images and typography) to produce small edition, artist designed and written books. Students will produce their own short texts and explore ways to juxtapose them with visual images, found and hand-made. They will be encouraged to experiment with non-traditional notions of bookmaking and to combine fine art materials and methods with modern commercial ones in the service of serial imagery. Sources which may provide inspiration are the traditions of the livres d'art, livres d'peintre, medieval manuscripts, Japanese scrolls, small press books, the comics, and children's books. The class will visit a public collection of artists' books. This course is open to all students with no prerequisites. A four credit course, it consists of 12 three hour meetings, including two field trips, Tuesday through Friday mornings, from January 6th until January 23rd.


LIT W270 Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung

Professor: F. Grab

CRN: 20041

Distribution: B

An interdisciplinary approach to Wagner's great operatic tetralogy, a mythological account of the beginning and the end of the world (along with much in between). We will approach the work from a number of different perspectives--musical, historical, literary, philosophical, visual--in an attempt to come to terms with a work which Wagner felt could only be fully realized by a total integration of all the arts. We will consider such topics as: the sources of the Ring in Norse mythology; Wagner's debt to the literary and philosophical currents of his time (including his complicated relation to Nietzsche); the musical and dramatic structure of the Ring; differing scenic solutions to the problems of putting a mythological epic on stage; and the role of "Wagnerism" as a cultural phenomenon in both the 19th and 20th centuries. The course will make considerable use of audio/visual material. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to enroll (technical knowledge of music is neither required nor supplied). The course will carry 4 credits. Interested students should consult Professor Grab, 202 Aspinwall.