"The Short Man in History: Is the Napoleonic complex real? An examination of men under 5’6″ who have influenced the social, political, literary, and economic landscape of the last 200 years in British and American texts. We will examine a series of such diverse figures as Tiny Tim, George from Seinfeld, Tom Cruise, the guy from Fantasy Island, Gary Coleman, and Mini-Me."
4. The Confining Roles of Men in the Media. This course will examine the constraining limits placed on male characters in television, film, and literature. These roles will include powerful politician, the action hero, loveable fat guy with hot wife, powerful fat guy, fat guy, handsome guy, handsome honest guy, and handsome villain.
5. The Falsified Histories of Famous People We Use to Justify Failure. Just as Albert Einstein’s story has permitted thousands of parents to believe that their dumb kids are underachieving geniuses, Bill Gates’s biography has been used to justify the inability of thousands of nerdy slackers to finish college. Other significant myths perpetuated by famous people’s lives include that important scientific discoveries are made while just lounging about under trees (Newton, gravity) or in the bath (Archimedes, volume of water displaced equals volume of object immersed). This four-credit class will help even the laziest students’ rationalize their inability to get out of bed, read a book, or take an exam.
9. Unicorns, Stickers, and Sparkles: An Examination of Feminine Expressivity. The ways in which women have learned to express ourselves are a powerful method of shaping how we come to think of ourselves in the world and what we hope the great rainbow culture of the future world aspires to be is at the heart of this course. Permeating the patriarchy with multiperspectivism and bedazzling the drab imperialistic, colonized hegemony with our own brilliants/ce is what we will collectively be doing. The final project is a glittery quilt!!"