In Fall 2014 at Rutgers I taught a course on “Buddhism and the Modern Novel.” The course looked at how Buddhism has appeared in 20th century literature in a variety of writers and contexts.
A syllabus is available here.
For Fall 2015 I am teaching two classes: one on “Existentialism in Global Literature and Film” and one “Art and Politics.” In the existentialism class, we are trying to understand what existentialism was, why it had such a pervasive global impact, and why some writers and film-makers are returning to its resources today. In art and politics, we are trying to understand what it is like to live a political life, that is, how to connect our love, anger, mourning, friendship, endurance, patience, and mirth to civic engagement. Furthermore, we are asking what literature and film can teach us about these practices.