Announcement of Classes: Spring 2016

Course # Sec. Course Time Instructor
Course Area
R1A 1 Reading and Composition:
Here, Queer, and Chicana/o
MWF 10-11 Trevino, Jason Benjamin
R1A 2 Reading and Composition:
Waking the Ghosts of Tom/ás Joad
MWF 11-12 Cruz, Frank Eugene
R1A 3 Reading and Composition:
Note new topic: Travel and Translation
MWF 1-2 Wyatt, Gabriella
R1A 4 Reading and Composition:
MWF 2-3 Wilson, Evan
R1A 5 Reading and Composition:
The Literature of Adventure in the Eighteenth Century
TTh 9:30-11 Heimlich, Timothy
R1A 6 Reading and Composition:
Work and Play
TTh 11-12:30 Acu, Adrian Mark
R1A 7 Reading and Composition:
TTh 12:30-2 Neal, Allison
R1A 8 Reading and Composition:
Nothing Doing
TTh 3:30-5 Kelly, Tyleen Louise
R1B 1 Reading and Composition:
You Say You Want A Revolution*: From Independence Hall and the Bastille to Tahrir Square
MWF 9-10 Albernaz, Joseph
R1B 2 Reading and Composition:
Living Photographically
MWF 9-10 Yoon, Irene
R1B 4 Reading and Composition:
Image and Text
MWF 11-12 Clark, Rebecca
R1B 5 Reading and Composition:
Black Radical Thought, From David Walker to Kendrick Lamar
MWF 12-1 Muhammad, Ismail
R1B 6 Reading and Composition:
Grant Writing, Renaissance to Modern
MWF 12-1 Villagrana, José
R1B 7 Reading and Composition:
Queer in Nature
MWF 1-2 Diaz, Rosalind
R1B 8 Reading and Composition:
"Those Other Times Are Running Elsewhere": Contemporary British Fictions
MWF 2-3 Fleishman, Kathryn
R1B 9 Reading and Composition:
Writing About Television
MW 4-5:30 Chamberlain, Shannon
R1B 10 Reading and Composition:
Record Keeping
MW 4-5:30 Lewis, Rachel Thayer
R1B 11 Reading and Composition:
Modernity and Objectivity
TTh 8-9:30 Rodal, Jocelyn
R1B 12 Reading and Composition:
What Is Literature?
TTh 8-9:30 Ketz, Charity Corine
R1B 13 Reading and Composition:
Literary Festivity
TTh 9:30-11 Mangin, Sarah
R1B 14 Reading and Composition:
Literary Cartography
TTh 11-12:30 Gillis, Brian
R1B 15 Reading and Composition:
Documentary Poetry and Immaterial Poetry
TTh 12:30-2 Benjamin, Daniel
R1B 16 Reading and Composition:
Have You Lost Your Mind? Contesting Impressions in Literature, 1873-1973
TTh 2-3:30 Creasy, CFS
R1B 17 Reading and Composition:
Reading and Writing the City
TTh 2-3:30 Wilson, Mary
R1B 18 Reading and Composition: Life Writing TTh 3:30-5 Bauer, Mark
20 1 Modern British and American Literature:
Graphic Poetics
TTh 3:30-5 Le, Serena
24 1 Freshman Seminar:
Masterpieces of World Cinema: Federico Fellini's La dolce vita
M 2-3 Miller, D.A.
26 1 Introduction to the Study of Poetry TTh 12:30-2 Schweik, Susan
43B 1 Introduction to the Writing of Verse MW 4-5:30 Klavon, Evan
45A 1 Literature in English:
Through Milton
MW 12-1; discussion sections F 12-1 Justice, Steven
45A 2 Literature in English:
Through Milton
MW 1-2; discussion sections F 1-2 Marno, David
45B 1 Literature in English:
Late-17th through Mid-19th Centuries
MW 10-11; discussion sections F 10-11 Duncan, Ian
45B 2 Literature in English:
Late-17th through Mid-19th Centuries
MW 2-3; discussion sections F 2-3 Sorensen, Janet
45C 1 Literature in English:
Mid-19th through the 20th Century
MW 11-12 + discussion sections F 11-12 Altieri, Charles F.
45C 2 Literature in English:
Mid-19th through the 20th Century
MW 3-4; discussion sections F 3-4 Lee, Steven S.
84 1 Sophomore Seminar:
Woody Allen
W 2-5 Bader, Julia
101 1 History of the English Language TTh 11-12:30 Hanson, Kristin
111 1 Chaucer No instructor assigned yet.
114A 1 English Drama to 1603 No instructor assigned yet.
117S 1 Shakespeare TTh 11-12:30 Arnold, Oliver
117S 2 Shakespeare MW 1-2; discussion sections F 1-2 Knapp, Jeffrey
122 1 The Victorian Period MWF 12-1 Lavery, Grace
125E 1 The Contemporary Novel:
The Latest Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels
MW 10-11; discussion sections F 10-11 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
126 1 British Literature: 1900-1945:
The Modernist Novel
TTh 2-3:30 Flynn, Catherine
128 1 Modern Drama MWF 2-3 Altieri, Charles F.
130B 1 American Literature: 1800-1865 MWF 1-2 Breitwieser, Mitchell
132 1 The American Novel MW 3-4; discussion sections F 3-4 Goble, Mark
133B 1 African American Literature and Culture Since 1917:
The African American Essay
TTh 12:30-2 Best, Stephen M.
C136 1 Topics in American Studies:
The Great Exhaling: American History, Culture and Politics, 1946-1952
MW 4-5:30 + discussion sections Moran, Kathleen and Marcus, Greil
137B 1 Chicana/o Literature and Culture Since 1910 No instructor assigned yet.
137T 1 Topics in Chicana/o Literature and Culture:
The Chicana/o Novel
MWF 12-1 Gonzalez, Marcial
138 1 Studies in World Literature in English:
Postcolonial Sex
TTh 9:30-11 Saha, Poulomi
141 1 Modes of Writing (Exposition, Fiction, Verse, etc.):
Varieties of Creative Writing
MW 4-5:30 Giscombe, Cecil S.
143A 2 Short Fiction TTh 2-3:30 Kleege, Georgina
143A 3 Short Fiction Thurs. 3:30-6:30 Oates, Joyce Carol
143B 1 Verse TTh 9:30-11 Shoptaw, John
143B 2 Verse TTh 3:30-5 Moschovakis, Anna
143N 1 Prose Nonfiction:
Traveling, Thinking, Writing/ Travelers' Tales
MW 1:30-3 Giscombe, Cecil S.
161 1 Introduction to Literary Theory:
Free Speech, In Theory
TTh 11-12:30 Langan, Celeste
165 1 Special Topics:
Arthurian Medievalisms
MW 9-10:30 No instructor assigned yet.
165 2 Special Topics:
21st-Century U.S. Poetry
MW 12-1:30 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
165 3 Special Topics:
Oscar Wilde and the Nineteenth Century
MW 4-5:30 Lavery, Grace
165 4 Special Topics: Representing Non-Human Life in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain TTh 12:30-2 Picciotto, Joanna M
165 5 Special Topics:
Is It Useless to Revolt?: Literature of Revolt
TTh 2-3:30 Goldsmith, Steven
165 6 Special Topics:
Queer Lifestyles in Literature and Theory
TTh 3:30-5 Weiner, Joshua J
165 7 Special Topics:
Later 17th-Century Nonfictional Prose
TTh 6-7:30 P.M. Starr, George A.
165 8 Special Topics:
Arts of Writing: Academic Writing, Grant Writing, Food Writing
TTh 11-12:30 Schweik, Susan
Rahimtoola, Samia Shabnam
165 9 Special Topics:
Ovid and the English Renaissance
TTh 3:30-5 Landreth, David
166 2 Special Topics:
Elizabethan Renaissance: Art, Culture, and Visuality
MW 4-5:30 + discussion sections Honig, Elizabeth
170 1 Literature and the Arts:
Literature and Music
MWF 11-12 Falci, Eric
172 1 Literature and Psychology:
Literature and the Brain
TTh 3:30-5 Gang, Joshua
173 1 The Language and Literature of Films:
Hidden Hitchcock
MW 11-12:30 + film screenings Thursdays 7-10 P.M. Miller, D.A.
177 1 Literature and Philosophy TTh 2-3:30 Zhang, Dora
180A 1 Autobiography:
Disability Memoir
TTh 11-12:30 Kleege, Georgina
180E 1 The Epic: Legends of Troy TTh 2-3:30 Nolan, Maura
180N 1 The Novel:
The Novel as "The Book of Other People"
TTh 12:30-2 Hale, Dorothy J.
180Z 1 Science Fiction Jones, Donna V.
190 1 Research Seminar:
The Sixties
MW 10:30-12 Goble, Mark
190 2 Research Seminar:
Through a Future Darkly: Global Crisis and the Triumph of Dystopia
M 3-6 Danner, Mark
190 3 Research Seminar:
Late Henry James
MW 4-5:30 Breitwieser, Mitchell
190 4 Research Seminar:
The Urban Postcolonial
MW 4-5:30 Ellis, Nadia
190 5 Research Seminar:
Contemporary British Literature and Culture
MW 4-5:30 Falci, Eric
190 6 Research Seminar:
Classical and Renaissance Drama
MW 4-5:30 Knapp, Jeffrey
190 7 Research Seminar:
Materiality: How the Physical World Is Made to Mean
TTh 9:30-11 Flynn, Catherine
190 8 Research Seminar:
Vital Texts: Literature and the Discourse of Life
TTh 11-12:30 Gaydos, Rebecca
190 9 Research Seminar:
Medieval and Renaissance Lyric
TTh 2-3:30 Crosson, Chad Gregory
190 10 Research Seminar:
Purcell and Handel: Their Art in Setting English Texts to Music
TTh 3:30-5 Hanson, Kristin
190 11 Research Seminar Lee, Steven S.
190 12 Research Seminar:
Daniel Defoe and the Rise of the 18th-Century Novel
TTh 3:30-5 Starr, George A.
190 13 Research Seminar:
Keats and Literary Tradition
TTh 5-6:30 P.M. Francois, Anne-Lise
H195B 1 Honors Course MW 4-5:30 Otter, Samuel
H195B 2 Honors Course TTh 12:30-2 Saul, Scott
202 1 History of Literary Criticism note new time: F 2-5 Kahn, Victoria
203 1 Graduate Readings:
George Eliot and Victorian Science
MW1:30-3 Duncan, Ian
203 2 Graduate Readings:
Aesthetics and Politics: Kant and Beyond
TTh 9:30-11 Goldsmith, Steven
203 3 Graduate Readings:
Edmund Spenser
TTh 11-12:30 Landreth, David
203 4 Graduate Readings:
What Does Critical Theory Have to Do with the Postcolonial?
TTh 12:30-2 Saha, Poulomi
205B 1 Old English:
Late Old English
TTh 2-3:30 Thornbury, Emily V.
243B 1 Poetry Writing Workshop W 3-6 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
246F 1 Graduate Proseminar: The Later-Eighteenth Century W 9-12 Sorensen, Janet
250 1 Research Seminar:
Capitalist Crisis and Literature
M 3-6 Gonzalez, Marcial
250 2 Research Seminar:
The Limits of Historicism
Tues. 3:30-6:30 Best, Stephen M.
250 3 Research Seminar:
How It Strikes a Contemporary: Reading the Novel in the 21st Century
Thurs. 3:30-6:30 Snyder, Katherine
Snyder, Katie
250 4 Research Seminar:
Modernism's Metaphysics
F 9-12 Blanton, C. D.
310 1 Field Studies in Tutoring Writing TBA No instructor assigned yet.


ALL ENGLISH COURSES: Some courses are in such high demand that they will end up having wait lists on Tele-BEARS. If you end up having to put yourself on one for an English course, please log on to Info-BEARS ( to check your advancing status on the wait list.

ENGLISH R1A AND R1B: Note that the book lists and course descriptions for individual sections of English R1A and R1B will be posted on the web and also on the SOUTHERN-most bulletin board in the hall across from the English Department office (322 Wheeler Hall) as of Monday, October 12.

BERKELEY CONNECT (previously designated "The Chernin Mentoring Program"): Would you like to get together with your peers to talk about literature and books? Are you wondering what to do with your English major once you graduate? Do you want to hear about the books that most influenced your English professors? Do you want expert advice about which courses to take? Would you like to see your favorite professors debating about a great work of literature? If so, please join Berkeley Connect!

Berkeley Connect in English fosters community in the English Department and offers a space for “serious play”: small group discussions about ideas and texts, explorations of the many riches of the Berkeley campus, visits by department faculty and distinguished alumni, and one-on-one advice on courses and graduate programs from graduate students and professors.

Individual Berkeley Connect groups (each with about 14-20 students) meet every other week for one hour of “serious play.” On the off weeks, your graduate student mentor will hold office hours so that you can talk individually about issues important to you. Some of the small group meetings will be informal discussions of a range of literary issues, while others involve visits to places around campus (such as the Berkeley Art Museum and the Bancroft Library). On other weeks we will meet as a large group to hear from distinguished alumni, or to listen to Berkeley English professors talk about their own paths into literary study or debate key books in their field with other professors.

There are no essays, papers, exams, or outside reading for Berkeley Connect, just lots of good discussion, valuable advice, and all sorts of “serious play.” Although this is not a traditional course, each participant will enroll in and earn one unit for group independent study (as English 98BC or 198BC, on a Pass/NP basis). The program is not meant to offer extra help or tutoring on things like the mechanics of paper-writing or literary analysis; rather, it aims at providing a more relaxed and fun way to make the best of your Berkeley experience.

Berkeley Connect in English sections:  English 98BC sections 1-3 are intended for lower-division (freshmen and sophomore) students.  English 198BC sections 1-9 are intended for upper-division (junior and senior) students.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP COURSES (English 43B, 143A, 143B, 143N, AND 243B): These are instructor-approved courses, and enrollment is limited.  Only continuing UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply.  Only lower-division students should apply for 43B; only upper-division students should apply for 143A, 143B, and 143N; and only graduate students (and upper-division students with considerable writing experience) should apply for 243B.  In order to be considered for admission to any of these courses, you must electronically submit a writing sample AND an application form, using the link on the corresponding class entry on this "Announcement of Classes," BY 4 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, AT THE LATEST.  (If you are applying for more than one of these classes, you will need to submit an application and the corresponding writing sample for each of the classes/sections you are applying for.)  The instructors will review the writing samples and applications, and the class lists will be posted on the bulletin board in the hall directly across from the English Department office (322 Wheeler) on Thursday, November 5. Please come on or shortly after Thursday, November 5, to see if your name is on the class list for the section(s) you applied for; please check in person, as this information is NOT available over the phone. ONLY STUDENTS ON THESE CLASS LISTS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE CORRESPONDING CLASSES, AND EACH ADMITTED STUDENT WILL NEED TO OBTAIN HIS/HER CLASS ENTRY CODE (CEC) FROM THE INSTRUCTOR AT THE FIRST CLASS MEETING. NO ONE WILL THEREFORE BE ABLE TO ENROLL IN THESE PARTICULAR CLASSES ON TELE-BEARS BEFORE THE FIRST DAY THESE CLASSES MEET IN THE SPRING. ADMITTED STUDENTS WILL NEED TO LOG ON TO TELE-BEARS SOON AFTER CLASSES HAVE STARTED TO ACTUALLY ENROLL IN THESE COURSES.

ENGLISH 190 (RESEARCH SEMINAR): English 190 is intended for senior and junior English majors. Only already-declared fourth- and third-year majors may enroll directly on Tele-BEARS. Upper-division students who intend to major in English and have taken some courses that will count towards the major but who have not yet declared will need to put themselves on the wait list for the section of 190 they are interested in, and they will be admitted if and when there is space for them. Due to space limitations, students may initially enroll in or wait-list themselves for only one section of English 190. However, if it turns out that some sections still have room in them at or near the end of Phase II Tele-BEARS appointments, we may loosen the restrictions for admission to those sections.

ENGLISH H195B (HONORS COURSE): This course is open only to students who are enrolled in a Fall 2015 English H195A section. Your H195A instructor will give you a Class Entry Code (CEC) for H195B in class sometime in November.

DE-CAL CLASSES: All proposals for Spring 2016 DE-Cal courses must be submitted to the English Department Chair’s office (in 322 Wheeler Hall) BY 4:00 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29. Please note that individual faculty members may sponsor only one DE-Cal course per semester. Students wishing to offer a DE-Cal course must provide, to the English Department Chair’s office, the following for approval: 1) a completed COCI Special Studies Course Proposal Form, available on DE-Cal’s website at, for 98 and 198 classes. Students must download and complete this form and obtain the proposed faculty sponsor’s signature on it before submitting it, along with the other necessary paperwork; 2) a copy of the syllabus of the proposed course; 3) a copy of the course description, including the criteria for passing the course. A few days after the October 29 submission deadline, the students whose proposals have been approved will be notified that they need to see Laurie Kerr, in 322 Wheeler, in order to arrange for a classroom for their course and to work out a few other details before the delivery of copies of their approved proposals to COCI and to the DE-Cal office.

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES: These are instructor-approved courses and require a written application, available in the racks outside 319 Wheeler Hall. Completed applications should be signed by the instructor and returned by the student to the drop box inside 319 Wheeler Hall. Students will be emailed a course control number they will use to enroll in the class on Tele-BEARS. Often students will elect to wait until spring courses have started to apply for independent study courses.

UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BECOMING WRITING TUTORS (ENGLISH 310): This is an instructor-approved course with limited enrollment. In order to be considered for admission, you must pick up an application for an interview at the Student Learning Center, Atrium, in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, during the fall semester through finals week or during the week before spring semester classes begin. No one may apply after Wednesday of the first week of classes. Students admitted to 310 will need to appear in person at the Student Learning Center, at the time the Learning Center specifies, in order to obtain the course control number and then enroll. See the course description in this Announcement of Classes under English 310 for more details.