Announcement of Classes: Fall 2012

The Announcement of Classes is available one week before Tele-Bears begins every semester. Creative Writing and (for fall) Honors Course applications are available at the same time in the racks outside of 322 Wheeler Hall.


Introduction to Old English

English 104

Section: 1
Instructor: O'Brien O'Keeffe, Katherine
Time: TTh 12:30-2
Location: 110 Barrows


Book List

Marsden, Richard.: The Cambridge Old English Reader; McGillivray, Murray.: A Gentle Introduction to Old English

Description

Canst þu þis gewrit understandan? Want to? “Introduction to Old English” will give you the tools to read a wide variety of writings from among the earliest recorded texts in the English language. What is there to read?  We will look at some of the best kept secrets in (Old) English—short heroic poems, accounts of war, poems of meditation and elegies, history, saints’ lives, and romance—and get a taste of the curious (recipes, charms, prognostications) as well as the humorous (riddles). To complement our work with these Old English texts we’ll be using on-line and library resources to learn about the material culture of Anglo-Saxon England. With these resources we can also experiment with deciphering the texts as they appear in their manuscripts and delve into the mysteries of Old English runes.  While we work on language in the beginning of the course we will also be reading and discussing the texts. Once you are up and running with the language, the rest of the course will provide practical experience in reading and discussing Old English works on a range of topics: the portrayal of monsters, saints, and heroes, cultural identity and the problem of the Vikings, the composition of Old English poetry, and the search for Anglo-Saxon paganism. In-class discussion will cover questions of cultural difference, translation, subjectivity, and otherness.

 No prior experience with Old or Middle English is necessary for this course.

 Required work: Quizzes, mid-term assessment, final examination, daily class participation, a short paper, one or two in-class reports.

 This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

 

 


English Drama to 1603

English 114A

Section: 1
Instructor: No instructor assigned yet.
Time: TTh 5-6:30
Location: 110 Barrows


Book List

Dekker, Thomas: The Shoemaker's Holiday; Gibbons, Brian, ed.: Christopher Marlowe: Four Plays; Heywood, Thomas: The Fair Maid of the West; Kyd, Thomas: The Spanish Tragedy; Lester, G. A., ed.: Three Late Medieval Plays; Lyly, John: Galatea and Midas; Mr. S: Gammer Gurton's Needle; Shakespeare: Titus Andronicus

Other Readings and Media

Also a course reader.

Description

This course offers a wide-ranging survey of sixteenth-century drama up to and beyond the building of the first commercial theaters in London in the 1570s. After sampling the medieval mystery and morality traditions, we will consider the formal and theatrical experimentalism of the early Tudor plays, ranging from the avant-garde to the absurd. In proceeding from there to a diverse selection of works of the professional stage, we will attend not only to generic forms and representational strategies, but also to the theater itself as a material institution within an emergent early modern marketplace.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.


The English Renaissance (Through the 16th Century)

English 115A

Section: 1
Instructor: Miller, Jennifer
Time: TTh 2-3:30
Location: 166 Barrows


Other Readings and Media

a Course Reader

Description

For more information on this course, please contact Professor Miller at j_miller@berkeley.edu.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.


Backgrounds of English Literature in the Continental Renaissance

English 116

Section: 1
Instructor: No instructor assigned yet.
Time: TTh 12:30-2
Location: 130 Wheeler


Book List

Castiglione: The Book of the Courtier; Cervantes: Don Quixote; Erasmus: The Praise of Folly; Machiavelli: The Prince; Montaigne: The Essays of Montaigne; Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel

Other Readings and Media

Also a course reader.

Description

This course will survey some of the major prose writings of the continental Renaissance in their cultural and historical contexts. Various in genre, including political philosophy (Machiavelli), essays (Montaigne), and proto-novels (Rabelais and Cervantes), these works all blur the boundary between fact and fiction, and the literary and non-literary. Although these texts themselves present constantly shifting ground, some recurring topics will include the social function of rhetoric, antagonism between elite and popular culture, versions of the "modern" self, and pre-novelistic discourse. The writers covered in this course influence English literature in the early modern period and beyond. But this course is less concerned with establishing "backgrounds to English literature" than it is with reading, in English, some of the most brilliant minds of the Renaissance. (Please note that this course does NOT satisfy the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.)


Shakespeare

English 117A

Section: 1
Instructor: Turner, James Grantham
Time: TTh 3:30-5
Location: 105 North Gate


Book List

Shakespeare, William: The Norton Shakespeare (Second Edition)

Description

We will read as much as possible of the Complete Works, up to and including Hamlet (generally thought to have been written in 1600). In fact we will begin and end with that extraordinary play, exploring the individual elements that run throughout Shakespeare’s earlier career and come together there: tragedy, comedy, history, poetry, satire, revenge, love, madness, mistaken identity, parent-child conflict, theatricality, creativity. As Theseus says in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, another work we will examine in detail, “The lunatic, the lover and the poet / Are of imagination all compact.”


Shakespeare

English 117S

Section: 1
Instructor: Marno, David
Time: NOTE NEW TIME: WF 4-5:30
Location: NOTE NEW LOCATION: 390 Hearst Mining


Book List

Greenblatt, Stephen: The Norton Shakespeare

Description

This class is a general survey of Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic works. One of the main issues I'd like to focus on is the oscillation between "regular" and "irregular." What is the rule, and what is the exception in Shakespeare's works? How is a comedy supposed to end? How does it end? What makes a tragic hero? Is Hamlet a tragic hero? What are the rules of theater? What are the rules of literature? Who creates them and why? When do they get transgressed, and why? A tentative list of the plays includes Titus Andronicus, Richard III, 2 Henry IV, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Cymbeline, and The Tempest. We'll also read the sonnets and a longer narrative poem. There will be three assignments and a final paper; no exam, but we'll conclude one class every week with a brief response paper.


The Victorian Period

English 122

Section: 1
Instructor: Eichenlaub, Justin
Eichenlaub, Justin
Time: MWF 2-3
Location: NOTE NEW ROOM: 170 Barrows


Other Readings and Media

Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist; Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White; Robert Browning: Selected Poems; Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre; Criminals, Idiots, and Women: Victorian Writing by Women on Women; Henry Mayhew: London Labour and the London Poor; William Morris: News from Nowhere; Charles Darwin: On The Origin of Species; Jasper Fforde: The Eyre Affair

Description

In the years 1837 to 1901 British literary culture responded to and helped to shape a range of world-historic events, trends, and revolutions. During these years Darwin published his theory of natural selection and evolution, the industrial city was born and then quickly ‘reformed’ and sanitized, middle class suburbia first came into its own, and the New Woman entered the work force.

In this course we’ll investigate the relationship of novels, non-fiction prose, and poetry to these developments and consider how literature might be both a motive force in history and the ways in which literary and essayistic form responds to and resists the pull of the contemporary (which from our perspective is an issue of ‘periodization’). We’ll engage with the Victorians’ social and political contexts, including science and the status of women. We will play close attention to the determining power of class and the construction of work and labor. We will track the development of strategies of narration in several novels. The course will end with a contemporary novel, Neal Stephenson’s work of science fiction, Diamond Age (1995), a text which imagines the persistence of a version of Victorian culture and mores as the practice of a small, cultish band of ‘Neo-Victorians.’


The Contemporary Novel: The Novel Since 2000

English 125E

Section: 1
Instructor: Serpell, C. Namwali
Time: TTh 12:30-2
Location: NOTE NEW ROOM: F295 Haas School of Business (east side of campus)


Book List

Díaz, Junot: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Foer, Jonathan Safran: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Ishiguro, Kazuo: Never Let Me Go; McCarthy, Cormac: The Road; McCarthy, Tom: Remainder; McEwan, Ian: Atonement; Morrison, Toni: Home; Smith, Zadie: White Teeth

Description

We who study literature are perhaps always belated. This course aims to redefine at least one literary period: the “contemporary” novel, scholarship about which sometimes stretches as far back as novels written in the 1950s! I protest. It ought to mean novels now. And so: a survey of British and American novels written since 2000. That is, novels written during your lifetime. We will be interested in historical context, formal features, ways of knowing, and the ethical and political resonance of this literature. We will examine debates about the status of the novel, competing genres, and new technologies of reading. The reading will include eight novels, a few reviews, and published debates—journalistic and academic, measured and polemical—about the fate and fortunes of the contemporary novel. Reading one or more of the novels in advance is highly recommended. We will begin with White Teeth.


British Literature: 1900-1945

English 126

Section: 1
Instructor: Flynn, Catherine
Flynn, Catherine
Time: TTh 11-12:30
Location: NOTE NEW ROOM: 166 Barrows


Book List

Beckett, Samuel: Murphy; Conrad, Joseph: Lord Jim: A Tale; Eliot, T. S.: The Annotated Waste Land with Eliot’s Contemporary Prose; Ford, Ford Maddox: The Good Soldier; Forster, E. M.: Howards End; Joyce, James: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Joyce, James: Ulysses; Rhys, J.: Good Morning, Midnight; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway; Yeats, W. B.: Collected Poems

Description

This survey will look at British and Irish literature written in the first half of the twentieth century, focusing on key works by major modernist figures. The course will explore the different aims and effects of modernist innovation and consider how changes in form, voice and subject matter relate to shifts in class, gender and economic structures and to the violence of war. In addition to the texts on the reading list, we will also read some short essays, stories and poems.


American Literature: Before 1800

English 130A

Section: 1
Instructor: Donegan, Kathleen
Time: MWF 1-2
Location: 20 Barrows


Book List

Bradford, W.: Of Plymouth Plantation; Brown, C.: Wieland, or The Transformation; Crevecoeur, H.: Letters from an American Farmer; Equiano, O.: The Interesting Narrative; Foster, H.: The Coquette; Franklin, B.: The Autobiography and Other Writings; Jefferson, T.: Notes on the State of Virginia; Mancall, P.: Envisioning America; Rowlandson, M.: The Sovereignty and Goodness of God; Williams, R. : A Key into the Language of America

Description

This course will survey the literatures of early America, from the tracts that envisioned British colonization to the novels written in the aftermath of the American Revolution. Although our focus is on Anglophone texts, we will consider colonial America as a place of encounter – a place where diversity was a given, negotiation was a necessity, and transformation was inescapable. Our topics will include contact and settlement, “translations” of Native American culture, religious and social formations, captivity narratives, natural history, print culture, the Atlantic slave trade, the writing of revolution, and the contested ideals of the new republic.  We will also explore the exceptional richness of form and genre in early American literature:  promotional tracts, histories, poetry, phrasebooks and dictionaries, sermons, autobiographies, science writing, protest literature, and the novel.  Throughout, we will pay special attention to how writing operated to forge new models of the self that could withstand and absorb the tumult of colonial life.  Authors will include Bradford, Bradstreet, Rowlandson, Franklin, Equiano, Jefferson, and the early American novelists Charles Brockden Brown and Hannah Webster Foster.

 

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.


American Literature: 1865-1900

English 130C

Section: 1
Instructor: Breitwieser, Mitchell
Time: TTh 2-3:30
Location: 102 Moffitt


Book List

Chesnutt, Charles: The Marrow of Tradition; Chopin, Kate: The Awakening and Selected Short Stories; Crane, Stephen: Great Short Works; Howells, William Dean: A Hazard of New Fortunes; James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady; Jewett, Sarah Orne: The Country of the Pointed Firs; Twain, Mark: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Description

In the wake of the Civil War, six crises preoccupy American fiction: nationality, cities, race, wealth and misery, technology and gender. In this course we will explore the ways in which these areas of urgent concern intersect one another. Two seven-page essays, a final exam, and regular attendance will be required.

 

 


American Poetry

English 131

Section: 1
Instructor: O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
Time: TTh 3:30-5
Location: 56 Barrows


Book List

Ashbery, John: The Mooring of Starting Out; Hejinian, Lyn: My Life in the Nineties; Lerner, Ben: Mean Free Path; Rankine, Claudia: Don't Let Me Be Lonely; Toomer, Jean: Cane

Description

This survey of U.S. poetries will begin with Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson and then touch down in expatriate and stateside modernisms, the Harlem Renaissance, the New York School, and Language Poetry, on our way to the contemporary. Rather than cover all major figures briefly, we’ll spend extended time with the work of a few: poets considered will include Paul Dunbar, Gertrude Stein, T. S. Eliot, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Lyn Hejinian, Claudia Rankine, and Ben Lerner. Along the way we’ll consider renovations and dissipations of conventional form and meter, the task and materials of the long poem, seriality, citationality, who and what counts as a poetic subject, and how U.S. poetries have imagined community over and against their actual Americas. In addition to the required books, some primary and secondary readings will be drawn from a Course Reader. There will be a take-home midterm, a term paper, and a final exam.


The American Novel

English 132

Section: 1
Instructor: Speirs, Kenneth
Time: MWF 1-2
Location: 155 Kroeber


Book List

Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying; Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby; Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises; McCarthy, Cormac: The Road; Melville, Herman: Moby-Dick; Morrison, Toni: Beloved

Description

This course traces the formal and thematic development of the American novel, focusing on innovations in the novel’s form as it engages with history, identity, race, class and gender.  A principle goal of this course is to increase your knowledge of language use, style, symbol, metaphor, theme, structure and narrative.  We will also want to consider the writers’ lives, prevailing beliefs, and the various environments (literary, geographical, political, etc.) within which these writers worked.

Requirements: Reading responses, four essays, and a final exam.


Literature of American Cultures: Repression and Resistance

English 135AC

Section: 1
Instructor: Gonzalez, Marcial
Time: TTh 12:30-2
Location: 2060 Valley LSB


Book List

Allison, Dorothy: Bastard Out of Carolina; Baldwin, James: Go Tell It On The Mountain; Castillo, Ana: Sapogonia; Giardina, Denise: Storming Heaven; Jones, Gayl: Corregidora; Ozick, Cynthia: The Shawl; Rechy, John: City of Night; Ruiz, Ronald: Happy Birthday Jesus; Wideman, John: Philadelphia Fire

Description

In this course we will analyze representations of repression and resistance in nine novels, three each from the following three cultural groups: Chicanos/Chicanas, African Americans, and Euro-Americans.  We will examine various forms of repression--social, physical, and psychological--represented in these texts, and we will study the various ways these works resist repression.  (Please be forewarned: some of these works include graphic and disturbing representations of violence.)  Several questions inform the course theme:  What are the causes of repression?  What solutions, if any, do these works offer in response to the forms of repression they represent?  What is the relation, if any, between the negative effects of repression and the formation of a positive conception of cultural identity?  From a literary perspective:  What are the formal aspects of a literature of repression and resistance?  The comparative approach in this course will allow us to analyze the similarities and differences in the literatures of these three cultural groups. It will also provide us with a critical appreciation of the social significance and aesthetic quality of the literature.  In addition to the novels on the required reading list, we may also read short stories by Helena María Viramontes, James Baldwin, and Raymond Carver.  Assignments will include two papers and a mid-term. 

English 135AC satisfies UC Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement.


The Cultures of English: Literature of The Great War

English 139

Section: 1
Instructor: Jones, Donna V.
Time: MWF 2-3
Location: 122 Wheeler


Description

In the years following World War One, European intellectuals debated the implications of the new balance of power and the terms of the peace among the combatant nations, but they were haunted by the prospect of the decline of the West itself. A four-year global conflict that claimed 8.5 million lives and wounded 20 million soldiers, World War One destroyed any confidence that European history unfolded necessarily onward, upward, and progressively. World War One resulted not only in physical destruction but also the dissolution of world-views, mental coordinates, dominant images, and structuring metaphors of late-nineteenth century European thought. For example, the belated experiences of trauma and the dislocated speech of the shell-shocked soldier undermined the mechanist understanding of the mind as a mere calculator or chemical machine. The gradual unsettling of imperial authority also threw into question several ideological conceptions. Conscripts from throughout the colonized world participated in all aspects of this fully mechanized war and thus were exposed first-hand to the violent realities of interimperial rivalry.

The Great War was the watershed moment of modernity. In this course we will read literature that reveals to us how every aspect of life was transfigured by it.

The book list will include: Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway; The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry; Ernst Jünger: Storm of Steel; Paul Fussell: The Great War and Modern Memory; Leopold Senghor: Selected Poems W.E.B. DuBois: Dark Princess; and Gertrude Stein: Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.


Modes of Writing

English 141

Section: 1
Instructor: Abrams, Melanie
Time: MW 3-4 + discussion sections F 3-4
Location: 141 McCone


Book List

Course packet available at Zee Zee Copy

Description

This course will introduce students to the study of creative writing – fiction, poetry, and drama.  Students will learn to talk critically about these genres and begin to feel comfortable and confident with their own writing of them.  Students will write in each of these genres and will partake in class workshops where their work will be edited and critiqued by other students in the class.

Please note that this class will first meet on Monday, August 27; discussion sections will not start being held until Friday, August 31.


Short Fiction

English 143A

Section: 1
Instructor: Kleege, Georgina
Time: MW 12-1:30
Location: 301 Wheeler


Book List

Ford, R. : The Granta Book of the American Short Story

Description

This class will be conducted as a writing workshop where students will submit and discuss their own short fiction.  We will also closely examine the work of published writers.  Students will complete 3 short writing assignments and approximately 40 pages of new fiction. 

To be considered for admission in this course, please submit 8-15 double-spaced pages of your fiction (no poetry, drama, screenplays or academic writing), along with an application form, to Professor Kleege’s mailbox in 322 Wheeler BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 17, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!


Short Fiction

English 143A

Section: 2
Instructor: Serpell, C. Namwali
Time: TTh 3:30-5
Location: 301 Wheeler


Book List

Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas

Description

This workshop is designed to hone basic elements of fiction writing: grammar, diction, syntax, structure, plot, character, style, and so on. We will read a handful of short stories from a coursepack, David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, and each other’s work in progress. Admitted students will each compose and revise at least 30 pages of prose fiction—in whatever number, size, and form of work suits the writer—over the course of the semester. Students will write formal responses on their peers’ writing in progress, perform one oral presentation, and submit short assignments involving the practical matters of a writing career. Attendance and participation are mandatory. 

To be considered for admission in this course, please submit 10 double-spaced pages of your prose fiction (no poetry, drama, screenplays, or academic work), along with an application form, to Professor Serpell's mailbox in 322 Wheeler by 4 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 17, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!


Verse

English 143B

Section: 1
Instructor: Hejinian, Lyn
Time: MW 4-5:30
Location: 301 Wheeler


Book List

Tuma, Keith: Anthology of Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry

Description

This seminar/workshop in the writing of poetry is intended for the exploration of contemporary solutions to long-standing, as well as recent, questions facing poets. Students in the class will undertake writing projects in relation to technical and thematic issues that seem to persist through modernist writings into those of the present. The purpose will be to take up the challenge of modernism (“make it new”) and that of late capitalism (“newness is old news”) to make literature of our own. This workshop is open to beginners as well as to students with some experience as poets. The instructor asks only that the students remember that writing poetry is a rigorously demanding undertaking.         

Please note: this version of English 143B will be closely affiliated with Prof. Charles Altieri’s 45C section 1 class; students in this 143B must be enrolled in (or, under special circumstances, auditing) that 45C class. This 143B/45C connection is intended to encourage critical rigor in poetry and creative thinking in criticism.

To be considered for admission to this class, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poems, along with an application form, to Lyn Hejinian's box in 322 Wheeler, BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 17, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!

 


Verse

English 143B

Section: 2
Instructor: Shoptaw, John
Time: TTh 12:30-2
Location: 301 Wheeler


Other Readings and Media

Course Reader

Description

In this course you will conduct a progressive series of experiments in which you will explore some of the fundamental options for writing poetry today—aperture and closure; rhythmic sound patterning; sentence and line; short and long-lined poems; image & figure; stanza; poetic forms (haibun, villanelle, sestina, pantoum, ghazal, etc.); the first, second and third person (persona, address, drama, narrative, description); prose poetry, and revision.  Our emphasis will be on recent possibilities, but with an eye and ear to renovating traditions.  I have no “house style” and only one precept:  you can do anything, if you can do it.  You will write a poem a week, and we’ll discuss five or so in rotation (I’ll respond to every poem you write).  On alternate days, we’ll discuss recent illustrative poems drawn from our course reader.  If the past is any guarantee, the course will make you a better poet.

To be considered for admission to this course, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poetry, along with an application form, to Professor Shoptaw's box in 322 Wheeler, BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 17, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!


Verse

English 143B

Section: 3
Instructor: Walsh, Catherine
Walsh, Catherine
Time: TTh 2-3:30
Location: 301 Wheeler


Other Readings and Media

A course reader

Description

A seminar in writing poetry. This will be a series of writer-on-writing facilitated sessions, providing opportunities for students writing, reading, and talking about a range of poetries, including their own work. There will be a strong, text-based interest in developing participants' individual voices.

To be considered for admission to this course, please submit 5 photocopied pages of your poetry, along with an application form, to Professor Walsh's box in 322 Wheeler, BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 17, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!


Special Topics: Poetry Writing in an Ecological Field of Composition

English 165

Section: 1
Instructor: Campion, John
Time: TTh 9:30-11
Location: 225 Wheeler


Other Readings and Media

Course Reader

Description

Among other issues associated with the composition of poetry, this class seeks to contend with the difficulties that arise from how a poem is displayed on the page. We will look at a number of poets, such as Cummings, Pound, and Olson, who have presented their poetry in inventive ways. We’ll read a number of essays, etc, and study artists whose forms provide useful ideas and guidance—using landscape architecture as model for a poetics of the page, for example.  Throughout the course, we will see how understanding ecological systems can help shape the work. We will, of course, critically examine one another's efforts. This practice is intended to help flesh out a neglected aspect of the discipline. Ultimately, the goal is to write poetry that registers its contents more fully, appropriately, and effectively.

All students will be required to write a short manuscript of poetry and critique work by others.


Special Topics: The Elizabethan Renaissance

English 165

Section: 2
Instructor: Honig, Elizabeth
Time: TTh 3:30-5 + one hour of disc. sec. (sec. 201: W 12-1, 2070 Valley LSB; sec. 202: W 9-10, 2066 Valley LSB)
Location: 102 Moffitt


Description

This course has two goals: to explore visual culture and the role of visuality in renaissance England, and to develop research skills. Elizabeth I's long reign saw a remarkable flowering of the arts. Her unique position as a female monarch surrounded by male courtiers produced a dynamic in which all artistic production seemed to reflect back upon her, the powerful focus of men's desires and aspirations. From the building of stately houses to the writing of poetry, a rhetoric of courtship and persuasion would underlie England's renaissance. Following on a long period of state-sponsored iconoclasm, the status of the visual arts and their relationship to verbal expression also had to be redefined. This course will consider the Elizabethan period in relation to culture under Elizabeth's father, Henry VIII, her brother and sister, and her Stuart heir James I. We will treat poetry, painting, and pageantry; rhetoric, architecture and urban development. We will also pay close attention to the applied and domestic arts--furnishings, clothing, embroidery. Writers and artists we will discuss will include Holbein, More, Hilliard, Sidney, Smythson, Jones, Jonson, Van Dyck and Rubens. This course involves interdisciplinary, research-based learning. The evaluation of your work will be based not on examinations but on a multi-part project, on which you will have extensive, structured guidance from the professor, the GSI, and the library staff. You will write an original interdisciplinary research paper using primary sources available online.

This class is cross-listed with History of Art 169A.

This section of English 165 satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

 


Special Topics: 18th-Century British Travel Writing

English 166

Section: 1
Instructor: Bode, Christoph
Time: TTh 11-12:30
Location: 136 Barrows


Other Readings and Media

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: The Turkish Embassy Letters; Laurence Sterne: A Sentimental Journey; Georg(e) Forster: A Voyage Round the World (excerpts); Mungo Park: Travels in the Interior of Africa; Lady Elizabeth Craven: A Journey Through the Crimea to Constantinople; Mary Wollstonecraft: Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. All these texts can be downloaded from Eighteenth-Century Catalogue Online (ECCO), but there are also fine paperback editions of Montagu (Virago), Sterne (Penguin or Oxford University Press), and Wollstonecraft (Penguin).

Description

This course is based on the idea that if there is one genre in which ideas of identity--ideas of how one's own self and culture are related to other selves and other cultures--are systematically negotiated, then this must be the hybrid genre of travel writing, because travel writing is constituted by a discursive processing of encounters with 'the Other.' We shall look at some paradigmatic 18th-century texts, and we will try to answer questions like, What difference does it make whether a European writer travels in Europe or outside Europe? Whether alone or in company? Whether the writer is female or male? Whether the subjectivity of the writer is highlighted or toned down? Whether it is written during the journey or long afterwards? By which comparisons and metaphorics is alterity produced and processed? What is the importance of the form of the travelogue (e.g., whether it is in letters or written as a scientific report on a journey of exploration)? The vanishing point of all these questions is, of course, how in the eighteenth century Europe's idea of itself emerges from its encounters with others.

This section of English 166 satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.


Special Topics: Specters of the Atlantic

English 166

Section: 2
Instructor: Ellis, Nadia
Time: TTh 12:30-2
Location: 175 Barrows


Book List

Austen: Mansfield Park; Brodber: Louisiana; Bronte: Jane Eyre; Hartman: Lose Your Mother; James: The Book of Night Women; McCraney: The Brother/Sister Plays; Morrison: Beloved; Philip: Zong; Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea

Other Readings and Media

We will screen films and a Course Reader will offer supplementary texts.

Description

The large scale transportation of Africans to the Americas is a signal fact of modernity in the West. The trouble is that we both do and do not know this. One of the most salient, confounding aspects of life in the Caribbean and the United States, in old imperial centers like London, in Latin America and in Africa itself, is that the history of slavery is all at once everywhere we can see and everywhere hidden. Haunt, then, becomes a mode of reckoning—specters emerge where facts are repressed. In this course we will read texts in which the specter of slavery haunts the narrative, drives the plot, distorts language, or possesses us as readers. Since the fact of the ghost disrupts time we will read purposely ahistorically: works published during the period of slavery (by Austen and Bronte, for example) are juxtaposed with those published in the contemporary era by writers (such as Toni Morrison and Marlon James) who contend with slavery's afterlife. To enhance our understanding of the spectral as it relates to black history we will also read extraordinary theorists and critics including Benjamin, Derrida, Jacqui Alexander, Avery Gordon, and Ian Baucom, to whose ambitious study of the tragedy of the slave ship Zong I owe the title of this course. 


Special Topics: Engaging the Play: Being the Player

English 166

Section: 3
Instructor: Gotanda, Philip Kan
Time: TTh 2-3:30
Location: 130 Wheeler


Book List

Hwang, David: Yellow Face; Baker, Annie: The Aliens; Cruz, Nilo: Anna In The Tropics; Gotanda, Philip: No More Cherry Blossoms; Gotanda, Philip: Yankee Dawg You Die ; Parks, Suzan-Lori: TopdogUnderdog; Ruhl, Sarah: In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play; Wallace, Naomi: One Flea Spare; Wilson, August: Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Description

The course will explore inventive ways of engaging the theater text.

Students will read from a selection of plays and be expected to give presentations analyzing theme, story, as well as point of view of the playwright. This will be followed with students participating in the actual rehearsing and in-class performing of the discussed plays. This experiencing of the theater process will give insight as to how theater text spoken aloud, put on its feet, performed, can afford another kind of "reading" of what is written on page. The material to be covered will be drawn from contemporary American plays with an emphasis on Asian American themes and Professor Gotanda’s works. It is preferred that students not have a performance background.  Grading will be determined by commitment to participation, not “expertise” of performance. Classes will be conducted to allow for a friendly, comfortable performing environment. Study may be supplemented by video, guest lecturers – live and by skype. The vantage point of Professor Gotanda as a playwright working in contemporary American theater will lend a living, in the field, dynamic to the class.


Special Topics: Hitchcock's Secret Style

English 166

Section: 4
Instructor: Miller, D.A.
Time: MW 2-3:30 + films Thurs. 6-9 P.M.
Location: 300 Wheeler


Book List

course reader with Rothman, Zizek, et al.; Spoto, Donald: The Art of Alfred Hitchcock; Truffaut, François: Hitchcock

Description

It is the claim of “Hitchcock’s Secret Style” that the work of this famous filmmaker, viewed all over the world and analyzed ad infinitum, has only barely begun to be looked at.  DVD technology, by facilitating a closer attention to Hitchcock’s images, lets us uncover a secret—and baffling—host of “hidden pictures.”  I call these pictures secret because they are visible but inconspicuous, typically obscured from view by a more obvious focus given to our attention.  And I call them baffling because, while demonstrably intentional, they also seem to be pointless; the hidden pictures no not enhance either Hitchcock’s thematic content or his recognizable style; on the contrary, they distract us from both these things.  They are, in a word, counter-productive, and—because the social order demands productivity—it is in this counter-productivity that one grasps the profound anti-social character of classic cinema’s most popular filmmaker.

Please note that this class will first meet on Monday, August 27; there will be no film screening on Thursday, August 23.


Literature and Disability

English 175

Section: 1
Instructor: Kleege, Georgina
Time: MW 4-5:30
Location: 122 Wheeler


Book List

Barker, P.: Regeneration; Dunn, K.: Geek Love; Finger, A.: Call Me Ahab; Friel, B.: Molly Sweeney; Lewis, V.A.: Beyond Victims and Villains; Medoff, M.: Children of a Lesser God; Shakespeare, W. : Richard III

Other Readings and Media

A selection of short fiction will be available on b-space.

Description

We will examine the ways disability is depicted in a diverse range of texts.  Sometimes disability is used as a metaphor or symbol of something else.  In other cases, texts explore disability as a lived experience.  We will analyze the representation of disability as it intersects with other cultural factors such as gender, class, race, economics, politics, etc. Through your close reading of these texts you will sharpen your critical thinking skills and develop methods to analyze representations of disability in other texts, films, popular culture, and public policy.  Assignments will include two 5-8 page papers, a take-home final exam and a group presentation project.

This is a core course for the Disability Studies Minor.


Literature and Linguistics

English 179

Section: 1
Instructor: Hanson, Kristin
Time: TTh 12:30-2
Location: new room: 104 Barrows


Book List

Heany, S.: Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (bilingual edition); Woolf, V.: Mrs. Dalloway

Description

The medium of literature is language. This course will explore this relationship through a survey of literary forms defined by linguistic forms, and through consideration of how these literary forms are both like and unlike forms of non-literary language. These literary forms include meter; rhyme and alliteration; syntactic parallelism and other syntactic structures special to poetry; formulas of oral composition; and special narrative uses of pronouns, tenses and other subjective features of language to express point of view and render 'represented speech and thought'. The emphasis will be on literature in English, but comparisons with literature in other languages will also be drawn. No knowledge of linguistics will be presupposed, but linguistic concepts will be introduced, explained and used.


Short Story

English 180H

Section: 1
Instructor: Chandra, Vikram
Time: TTh 2-3:30
Location: 3 LeConte


Other Readings and Media

A course reader, to be purchased from Zee Zee Copy.

Description

“The lyf so short, the crafte so longe to lerne…”

                                                -- Chaucer

This course will investigate how authors craft stories, so that both non-writers and writers may gain a new perspective on reading stories.   In thinking of short stories as artifacts produced by humans, we will consider – without any assertions of certainty – how those people may have experienced themselves and their world, and how history and culture may have participated in the making of these stories. 

So, in this course we will explore the making, purposes, and pleasures of the short story form.  We will read – widely, actively and carefully – many published stories from various countries in order to begin to understand the conventions of the form, and how this form may function in diverse cultures.  Students will write a short story and revise it; engaging with a short story as a writer will aid them in their investigations as readers and critics.  Students will also write two analytical papers about stories we read in class.  Attendance is mandatory.


Lyric Verse

English 180L

Section: 1
Instructor: Jordan, Joseph P
Time: MWF 12-1
Location: 56 Barrows


Other Readings and Media

A course reader.

Recommended:  The Norton Anthology of Poetry  (The Norton is recommended and not required because the poems in it that we will discuss are widely available and are probably included in anthologies that you already own.)

Description

This course is an immersion in the history of lyric verse in English. We will read most of the standard warhorses. The focus of the course will be on the poems as poems, on what they do to minds in the time it takes to read or hear them, and only incidentally on their authors and the historical pressures that shaped them. The aim is to see why certain poems persist in the culture and on syllabuses like this one, while thousands of others – many of which say apparently similar things in similar ways – get attention for a while and then are forgotten.


Research Seminar: Literature and the Post-human

English 190

Section: 1
Instructor: Jones, Donna V.
Time: MW 10:30-12
Location: 301 Wheeler


Description

Does a life become a human life through the possibility of narrating a coherent story about a bounded person through time? This class explores the connection between narrative and the human against the backdrop of technological developments that threaten to unravel a diachronic unity of time over time and thus implode the coherence of the human as such. We will read novels that explore the breaks in biography afforded by the possibility of various enhancements that enable apparently extra-human powers and the possibility of monstrous, inhuman births of posthuman selves created from the moment of conception. How are we to make sense of ‘enhanced’ and ‘artificial’ lives; how far do the older narratives of Prometheus, Faust and Frankenstein take us in the twenty-first century? Are we taking powers reserved for the Gods or sacrificing our soul or humanness for extraordinary powers; will we make monsters of ourselves? Are there other than dystopian possibilities?

In works of speculative fiction, how is the post-human imagined? How do such imaginings change our conception of the merely or all too human, the lot of the vast majority on this earth? Are there new insidious imaginings of the subhuman implicit in speculative fiction?  Or will the person merely disappear or dissipate--we will also explore the dissolution of the boundaries of a stable self into ever-shifting networks of possibility.

I am interested in creating the critical space to imagine the future beyond the poles of technophobia and breathless optimism.

Class discussion will draw on literary theory, science studies, futurology, race and postcolonial studies, gender studies and philosophy. Readings will include David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas: A Novel;, China Mieville: Perdido Street Station; Philip Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Mary Shelley: Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus; Villuers de l’Isle-Adam: “The Future Eve”; Cary Wolfe: What is Posthumanism? (excerpts); Paul Ricoeur: Time and Narrative (excerpts); H. Porter Abbott: The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.

Please read the paragraph on page 2 of the instructions area of this Announcement of Classes for more details about enrolling in or wait-listing for this course.

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Research Seminar: Too-Close Reading: Poe and Others

English 190

Section: 2
Instructor: Miller, D.A.
Time: MW 11-12:30
Location: 300 Wheeler


Book List

course reader; Barthes, Roland: S/Z; Poe, Edgar Allan: Poetry and Tales; Poe, Edgar Allen: Essays and Reviews

Other Readings and Media

Rear Window (Hitchcock); Blow Up (Antonioni)

Description

Here are the main things we experience from within the reading practice scapegoated as “too close.” The first is that it is worse than useless: the futility, the irrelevance of its mountainous molehills demoralizes us all the more profoundly as the question “what is the point of such excessive attention?” invariably triggers the far more broadly discouraging question “what is the point of anything?”  And the second thing we feel is that this same spirit-killing practice is nonetheless irresistible, as if getting too close to the text we are reading were a compulsion hard-wired into the activity, at whatever chosen range, of reading itself.  Too-close reading cannot, then, be plausibly quarantined as the nonsensical luxury of tenured literature professors, or a mere (now obsolescent) phase in literary studies; it is the necessary liability of even the commonest reader, who, sooner or later, is fated to fall into the practice of what we rightly call “reading to death.”  For it is with a certain death that too-close reading seems to threaten us: the death not just of the so-called life of the text, but also of social utility, psychosexual integrity, and sense-making of any kind.  (Perhaps this is also why—in fiction at any rate—the redemption of too-close reading, its conversion into a properly productive reading, typically involves rationalizing an otherwise unaccountable death: the solution of a murder case.)

The course takes up its topic in three distinct observances: first, we read in the literary tradition inaugurated for the modern period by the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, where excessive attention is embraced in all its antisocial pathology and brilliance.  Next, we explore the literary-critical tradition of super-close textual analysis also inaugurated by Poe, but continuing in academicized form from Leo Spitzer’s Stylistics to Roland Barthes’ Poststructuralism and De Man’s Deconstruction, to certain critical-writing experiments of our own day.  Finally, we look at some too-close reading practices characteristic of 21st-century mass culture: fandom, 24/7 “crisis” news coverage, etc.

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Research Seminar: Sentimentality

English 190

Section: 3
Instructor: Carmody, Todd
Time: MW 1:30-3
Location: 301 Wheeler


Book List

Brown, William Hill: The Power of Sympathy and The Coquette; Douglass, Frederick and Jacobs, Harriet: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Harper, Frances E. E.: Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted; Howells, William Dean: An Imperative Duty; Hurst, Fannie: Imitation of Life; Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom's Cabin; Wilson, Harriet: Our Nig, or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black

Description

In this seminar, we will examine the place of sentimentality in American literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Considering works of fiction, poetry, and performance, we will ask how and why certain kinds of feeling—and suffering in particular—have become central to the articulation of American national identity. By way of introduction, our readings will survey the migration of sentimental fiction to the United States in the 1780s, the rise of abolitionist and indigenous rights discourse in the 1830s, and the genre’s subsequent entwinement with the nascent consumer cultures and commodity forms of the early twentieth century. Our focus will then be on how sentimentality develops as an identifiable set of formal conventions, rhetorical poses, and political strategies from the mid-nineteenth century onward. We will pay particular attention to how sentimental literature, in its various guises, seeks to enable identification across boundaries of race, gender, and class. What kinds of politics do spectacles of emotion enable? What kinds of politics do they foreclose? Other topics of concern will include sympathy, mourning, nostalgia, melodrama, the cultural logic of separate spheres, religion, protest, and historical memory. 

Over the course of the semester, students will learn hands-on research methodology, complete an annotated bibliography, and write a substantial research paper. Authors to be read may include Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, W.E.B. Du Bois, Hart Crane, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Edna Ferber, Fannie Hurst, and others. We will also be reading broadly in the fields of gender and sexuality, critical race, disability, and affect studies.

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Research Seminar: Poetry and the Archive

English 190

Section: 5
Instructor: Pugh, Megan
Time: note new time: MW 9-10:30
Location: note new room: 301 Wheeler


Book List

Eliot, T.S.: The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts...; Howe, Susan: Souls of the Labadie Tract; Philip, M. NourbeSe: Zong!; Reznikoff, Charles: Holocaust; Schiff, Robyn: Revolver; Wright, C. D. : One With Others

Other Readings and Media

A course reader, including writing by Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Hayden White, Fredric Jameson, Marjorie Perloff, Muriel Rukeyser, Hayden White, and William Carlos Williams.

Description

This is a class about poets who have gone looking for the muse. They’ve found her in the form of libraries, photographs, legal records, interviews, websites, advertisements, and material artifacts, and have used these archival materials to shape their own artistic creations. All the poems we’ll read, in some form or another, contain history—a trait that, according to Ezra Pound’s definition, makes them epics. Yet many of these poems resist the impulse to encapsulate a culture, or even to present a linear narrative, and some present the kinds of strong, individual feelings we tend to associate with lyric poetry. We’ll explore the cross-pollination of these genres from the early twentieth to twenty-first centuries, as well as the forms poets have lifted, or altered, from the archive. Throughout the semester, we’ll ask what it means for poets to do documentary and historical work. What is the relationship between poetry and fact? What are a poet’s responsibilities to the people or events he or she documents? How might poetry engage with the past differently than, say, a film or a history book? What can poetic engagement with history tell us about history itself?

You’ll have a series of short writing assignments throughout the semester, leading up to either a 20-page research paper or archival poetry project. Our last few meetings will serve as workshops for your papers or projects, with each student assigning reading and facilitating class discussion.

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Research Seminar: Utopian & Dystopian Stories and Movies

English 190

Section: 8
Instructor: Starr, George A.
Time: W 6-9 P.M.
Location: new room: 121 Latimer


Book List

Atwood, Margaret: Oryx and Crake; Bellamy, Edward: Looking Backward 2000-1887; Dick, Philip K.: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Gilman, Charlotte P.: Herland; Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World; Morris, William: News from Nowhere; Orwell, George: 1984; Wells, H. G.: Three Prophetic Novels; Zamyatin, Yevgeny: We

Description

Most Utopian authors are more concerned with persuading readers of the social or political merits of their schemes than with the "merely" literary qualities of their writing.  Although some Utopian writing has succeeded in the sense of making converts, and inspiring readers to try to realize the ideal society, most has had limited practical impact, yet has managed to provoke readers in various ways--for instance, as a kind of imaginative fiction that comments on "things as they are" only indirectly, with fantasy and satire in varying doses. Among the critical questions posed by such material are the problematic status of fiction that is not primarily mimetic, but written in the service of some ulterior purpose; the shifting relationships between what is and what authors think might be or ought to be; how to create the new and strange other than by recombining the old and familiar; and so on. We will consider anti-Utopian as well as Utopian books, and a few films such as Lang’s Metropolis, Chaplin’s Modern Times, Gilliam’s Brazil and the like. Required writing will consist of a single long paper; there will be no quizzes or exams, but seminar attendance and participation will be expected, and will affect grades.

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Research Seminar: The Urban Postcolonial

English 190

Section: 9
Instructor: Ellis, Nadia
Time: TTh 9:30-11
Location: 222 Wheeler


Book List

Abani, Chris: Graceland; Chandra, Vikram: Love and Longing in Bombay; Channer (ed): Kingston Noir; Cole, Teju: Open City; O'Neill, Joseph: Netherland; Rhodes-Pitts, Sharifa: Harlem is Nowhere; Smith, Zadie: White Teeth; Vladislavic, Ivan: Portrait With Keys: Johannesburg Unlocked

Other Readings and Media

Course Reader will provide critical reading as well as other fictional texts.

Films: Nair, Salaam Bombay; Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire; Henzell, The Harder They Come; Hood, Tsotsi; Van der Haak, Lagos/Koolhas; Elgood and Letts, Dancehall Queen 

 

Description

For reasons to do with some of its most canonical texts (Achebe’s Things Fall Apart being the most proffered example), postcolonial literature is often thought to present a conflict between “tradition” and “modernity,” a conflict sometimes imaged as the peaceful village intruded upon by the demands of the bustling metropolis. As it turns out, urban landscapes are key staging grounds for the terms, claims, and experiences of postcoloniality. With case studies from very different cities—Kingston, Lagos, Bombay, London, and New York—we will explore how writers and artists present postcolonial subjects creating, making use of, and contending with metropolitan spaces. Here writers and artists use urban settings to open up conversations around history, empire, identity, and belonging. Course themes will include creolization and hybridity; ritual and performance; the politics and meaning of wandering; the politics and aesthetics of space; gender and sexuality; and yes, even tradition and modernity, but remixed. An open and on-going question concerns the relevance of the term postcolonial in the US space, which students will be able to explore in a research paper on the Bay Area.

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Research Seminar: John Clare: A Peasant Naturalist Among the Romantic Poets

English 190

Section: 10
Instructor: Hass, Robert L.
Time: TTh 9:30-11
Location: 301 Wheeler


Description

John Clare was an uneducated farm laborer, a contemporary of Keats, who became very briefly a very famous poet in the 1820's in the wake of the great years of Burns, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Shelley.  He published three books, continued to live a rural village life, went mad at about forty, and was confined to an asylum where he kept writing poems for another twenty-five years. Much of his later work went unpublished until the 1980's. He is possibly the greatest nature poet of the Romantic era and a good deal of his work is completely unknown but now available to be read. This class will locate Clare among the English poets of his time, in relation to the deep upheavals of rural life in England in his years wrought by the industrial revolution and the enclosing of what had been common lands, in relation to the intellectual revolution going on in the study of natural history, and mostly will read Clare's poems to see what's there.

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Research Seminar: Environmental Poetry and Poetics

English 190

Section: 11
Instructor: Shoptaw, John
Time: TTh 11-12:30
Location: 222 Wheeler


Other Readings and Media

Course Reader

Description

I have emarked on this course to help us think about an emergent situation for poets—the earth in crisis.  In this seminar we will explore how poets represent, and think about their place in, their natural environment.  Our primary focus will be American literature, from the nineteenth century to the present.  We will read such essayists as Emerson and Thoreau, and such poets as Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Moore, Stevens, Jeffers, Snyder, Merwin, Ammons, Ryan, Hass, Glück, and Graham.  For context and alternatives, we will also consider English and Anglophone poets (e.g., Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, Hopkins, Lawrence, Muldoon, Kinsella) and theorists (e.g., Darwin, Ruskin).  Topics (so far) include the representation of the natural world, Nature, creation and evolution, abstraction and specification, place, species (extinction), and global warming.  We will be guided in part by essays in ecocriticism and ecopoetics.  We will go where the poetry takes us.

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Research Seminar: Ben Jonson, Robert Herrick, and the Cavalier Poets

English 190

Section: 13
Instructor: No instructor assigned yet.
Time: MW 9-10:30
Location: 305 Wheeler


Other Readings and Media

Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets; a course reader

Description

This seminar will focus on Jonson’s and Herrick’s verse, particularly on the openly frivolous poems. Our aim will be to come to conclusions about what these poems do that gives pleasure. We will also think about the usefulness and accuracy of the distinction between “Jonson-like” and “Donne-like” poems that a course like this one rests on. And we’ll end by considering possible similarities between Renaissance wit and the wordplay often found in country music song lyrics.

This section of English 190 satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

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Research Seminar: Animals in Literature and Theory

English 190

Section: 15
Instructor: Eichenlaub, Justin
Eichenlaub, Justin
Time: note new time: MW 4-5:30
Location: note new location: 222 Wheeler


Other Readings and Media

The required texts include The Lives of Animals (J.M. Coetzee); The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida(Matthew Calarco); When the Killing’s Done (T.C. Boyle); The Island of Dr. Moreau (H.G. Wells); How the Dead Dream (Lydia Millet); The Companion Species Manifesto (Donna Harraway); Philosophy and Animal Life (Stanley Cavell, Cary Wolfe, et. al.);Eating Animals (Jonathan Safran Foer) and a reader / collection of online articles; the course will also require a $10 admission ticket to the Oakland Zoo.

Description

This course engages the question of the animal through novels, poetry, philosophy, theory, film, painting and photography, and popular culture.  Our approach will be to examine and track major trends in the burgeoning field of animal studies, allowing us to think about how animals are represented in cultural products and how contemporary philosophers and theorists are re-imagining human-animal relations.

To rethink the being and ‘meaning’ of animals also entails revisiting the idea of ‘the human.’  While this class engages with fictional and philosophical questions, we’re going to take the everyday, embodied repercussions of these ideas seriously.

Some of our particular topics will include the relationship of literary and artistic form to ethical arguments (particularly in Coetzee’s Lives of Animals and Safran Foer’s Eating Animals); questions of what role animals should play in our lives through Donna Harraway’s ideas of companion species; Franz Kafka’s short story “Report to an Academy,” about a humanistic ape; Lydia Millet’s powerful novel How the Dead Dream which links questions of species extinctions with human loss; and we’ll visit the Oakland Zoo to consider this eminently-Victorian and colonial means of ‘making the animal visible.’

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Research Seminar: Film Noir and Neo-Noir

English 190

Section: 16
Instructor: Bader, Julia
Time: TTh 5:30-7 P.M. + films Thurs. 7-10 P.M.
Location: new room: 106 Dwinelle


Book List

Kaplan, E.: Women in Film Noir; Martin, R.: Mean Streets and Raging Bulls; Silver & Ursini, eds.: Film Noir Reader 4; Telotte, J.: Voices in the Dark

Description

We will examine film noir’s influence on neo-noir and its relationship to “classical” Hollywood cinema, as well as its history, theory and generic markers, while analyzing in detail the major films in this area. The course will also be concerned with the social and cultural background of the 40's, the representation of femininity and masculinity, and the spread of Freudianism.

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Research Seminar: Narrating Health--An Introduction to the Medical Humanities

English 190

Section: 17
Instructor: Bednarska, Dominika
Time: MW 4-5:30
Location: 225 Wheeler


Other Readings and Media

Course Reader (location TBD); additional texts may be added.

Description

What is the relationship between medicine and the humanities? How do literature and medicine relate to one another? How do texts create ideas about health and wellness, illness and disability? This course will serve as an introduction to many issues at the intersection of medicine and the humanities. Topics include the history of medicine; medicine, race and gender; medicine and mental illness; and the relationship of the medical humanities to disability studies. It is intended both for humanities students who have an interest in the way medicine and illness are narrated as well as science and medical students who are interested in gaining a broader perspective within their medical and scientific training. Readings may include work by Audre Lorde, Charlotte Perkins, Sylvia Plath, Michel Foucault, Rita Charon, Arthur Frank, and others. Writing assignments will consist of one to two longer papers. Topics will be self-designed, and there will be some focus on the writing and research process.

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Research Seminar: The New Journalism and the Nonfiction Novel

English 190

Section: 18
Instructor: Gordon, Zachary
Time: note new time: TTh 5-6:30
Location: note new location: 206 Wheeler


Book List

Capote, T.: In Cold Blood; Didion, J.: Slouching Towards Bethlehem; Herr, M.: Dispatches; Hersey, J.: Hiroshima; Mailer, N.: The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History; Wolfe, T.: The New Journalism

Description

This course focuses on the intersection of literature and journalism, with particular attention to the emergence of the New Journalism. The genre, defined in terms of its application of literary techniques to news reporting, often constructs stories around scenes, employs extended dialogue, portrays another's thoughts, or incorporates the author's subjectivity, all the while remaining confined to verifiable facts. Over the course of the semester we'll both examine the way our different authors deploy such techniques and place their works and the genre as a whole in historical context. We will also examine the category in more theoretical terms, interrogating its stability and self-proclaimed novelty.

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Honors Course

English H195A

Section: 1
Instructor: Falci, Eric
Time: TTh 11-12:30
Location: 305 Wheeler


Book List

Eagleton, Terry: How to Read a Poem; Joyce, James: The Dead; Wood, James: How Fiction Works; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway

Description

This two-semester course will prepare you to write, and will facilitate the writing of, an honors thesis.  In the fall semester, we will take a broad view of literary study and scholarship, working through a series of methods, theories, and practices.  After an overview of some key issues, we will familiarize ourselves with a range of theoretical and literary-historical modes by focusing on a few exemplary primary texts and a selection of essays and articles in conjunction with those texts.  We will read some poetry, a bit of short fiction, and a novel; we will also look at a film and another dramatic or performance work.  As the semester progresses, you will begin to shape and refine your thesis topic, in preparation to research and write your thesis in the spring semester.  In addition to the books listed above, there will be a course reader containing poetry, short fiction, and critical essays.

Students who satisfactorily complete H195A-B (the Honors Course) may choose to waive the seminar requirement.

Enrollment is limited and a written application, a copy of your college transcript(s), a list of your current courses, and a photocopy of a critical paper that you wrote for another class are due BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 17; be sure to read the paragraph on page 2 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in the  Honors Course!


Honors Course

English H195A

Section: 2
Instructor: Saul, Scott
Time: TTh 3:30-5
Location: 109 Wheeler


Book List

Eagleton, Terry: How to Read a Poem; Joyce, James: The Dead; Wood, James: How Fiction Works; Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway

Other Readings and Media

There will be at least one packet of short stories and critical readings, to be picked up at the beginning of the term.

Description

English H195A is the first part of a two-semester sequence for those English majors writing honors theses. It is designed to give students the critical tools and practical skills to write a strong essay, in the spring semester, that will have a greater scope than any essay they've written before.

The course will begin with some ground-clearing critical works by James Wood (How Fiction Works) and Terry Eagleton (How to Read a Poem), then will move into case studies of central literary and artistic figures, such as Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Francis Ford Coppola, and others. 

Throughout, we'll be thinking practically about how to write scintillating, cogent essays: how to open up one's research and then settle in on a topic; how to find and use primary archives; how to machete through the thickets of secondary criticism and find one's voice as a critic; how to compose critical prose that is lively, cogent, and seductive to the reader. 

Students who satisfactorily complete H195A-B (the Honors Course) may choose to waive the seminar requirement.

Enrollment is limited and a written application, a copy of your college transcript(s), a list of your current courses, and a photocopy of a critical paper that you wrote for another class are due BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 17; be sure to read the paragraph on page 2 of this Announcement of Classes regarding enrollment in the Honors Course!