Instructor: Colin Foss
Description: Genies, these spiritual beings with their wish-granting and narrative powers, have for centuries endured as fantastical figments within modern cultures. From the original compilation of “One Thousand and One Nights” in 18th-century France, to recent films including Disney’s Aladdin, these genies–also known as djinn–have been represented as important and exoticized touchstones for western cultures to undermine, question, and support cultural institutions such as love, desire, marriage, and colonialism through the construction of otherness. In this course, we will use literary texts, cinema, and theoretical tools to see how genies grant desires both personal and political.
Meeting Dates: 01/02/2024 – 01/24/2024
Meeting Times: M-F 01:00PM – 04:00PM
Meeting Location: Hopkins 213
Section Requisites: N/A
Course Fee: N/A
Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $30