Announcement of Classes: Summer 2019

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Reading and Composition:
Global Bookworm: Am I a Cosmopolitan Yet?

TuWTh 9:30-12
Session: A

This course investigates how books (and book selection) allow us to form individual conceptions of what is “global.” We will read texts that represent an array of perspectives on identity, national allegiance, and global travel, maintai...(read more)

Catchings, Alex


Reading and Composition:
Monster Culture in Print and Film

TuWTh 1-3:30
Session: D

The 19th century saw the publication of several landmark monster novels, birthing a genre that would achieve a similarly widespread popularity in the films of the 1980s and 1990s. This course will examine three monsters of Victorian literature&mdas...(read more)

Mittnacht, Veronica Vizuet


Reading and Composition:
Mere Humanism

MTuTh 2-4
Session: C

This course will evaluate the role that 'Humanism' has played across a transhistorical spectrum and a diverse generic range (we will read prose, drama, poetry across roughly five centuries). While the first half of the course will solidify ...(read more)

Swensen, Dana


Reading and Composition:
Riddle Me This: Puzzles, Puns, and Palimpsests

TuWTh 1-3:30
Session: A

"Have you guessed the riddle yet?" the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.

"No, I give it up," Alice replied. "What's the answer?"

"I haven't the slightest idea," said the Hatter....(read more)

Clark, Amy


Reading and Composition:
The Literature of Climate Change

TuWTh 9:30-12
Session: D

This course explores literary, scientific, and postcolonial perspectives on ecological crisis on a global scale from early-19th-century ecological writing to contemporary climate fiction. Tracing the emergence of a planetary ecological consciousnes...(read more)

Barbour, Andrew John


Reading and Composition:
Bodies in Motion: Refugee Experience and Contemporary Fiction

MTuTh 12-2
Session: C

"But there were unspoken conditions to our acceptance, and that was the secret we were meant to glean on our own: we had to be grateful," writes Dina Nayeri of her family's experience seeking asylum in the United States in "The U...(read more)

Wyman-McCarthy, Timothy
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Chicana/o Literature and Culture

TuWTh 9:30-12
Session: D

This course is an introductory survey of the aesthetic forms and social locations of Chicanx art and literature in the United States, from the U.S.-Mexico War of 1846-1848 to our present moment of anti-immigrant nativism, which is signified rhetori...(read more)

Cruz, Frank Eugene
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TuWTh 9:30-12
Session: A

In this course we will study The Canterbury Tales and its continuations, paying special attention to the topics of imitation, innovation, and literary influence. As we learn about the literary traditions Chaucer so deftly passes over and t...(read more)

Ripplinger, Michelle



TuWTh 5-7:30 PM
Session: A

This class focuses on a selection of works from Shakespeare's entire career. We'll be reading a limited number of plays and some of the poetry. One of the main issues we'd like to focus on is the oscillation between "regular" ...(read more)

Marno, David


Literature of American Cultures:
American Hustle—Immigration, Ethnicity, and the American Dream

TuWTh 12-2
Session: C

This course, which constitutes a survey of ethnic American literature, asks about the desires, imagination, and labor that go into the American dream. What is the relationship between immigration and dreams of upward mobility in America? &nbsp...(read more)

Saha, Poulomi


Short Fiction

TuWTh 2-4:30
Session: A

The Literary Magazine and the Short Story as Genre.  This course will be both a short fiction workshop and a craft class studying the literary short story as a genre. Rather than approach literary fiction as the norm from which genre fiction d...(read more)

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Short Fiction

MW 2-5
Session: C

In this eight-week course, we will focus on two things: learning about contemporary publishing venues for short fiction—both traditional journals and online platforms—and workshopping the participants' fiction. Together, we will rea...(read more)

Muhammad, Ismail



TuWTh 10-12:30
Session: D

This course is a poetry writing workshop. Students will submit new drafts of poems weekly, and we will read and discuss these together, supporting each other's growth as writers. We will also study contemporary examples focusing on poetry of th...(read more)

Benjamin, Daniel


Prose Nonfiction:
Food Writing

TuTh 2-5
Session: C

This eight-week summer class centers on workshopping your own literary nonfiction, helping you draw on the distinctive forms and techniques of the personal essay, memoir, travel writing, cultural criticism, and journalistic reportage to speak to, o...(read more)

Stevenson, Max


Women Writers:
Jane Austen

MTuTh 4-6
Session: C

In this course we will read—closely and deeply—a handful of novels by Jane Austen, considering them in terms of their historical context, their stylistic sophistication and innovation, and their enduring popular appeal. Accord...(read more)

Creasy, CFS


Special Topics in American Cultures:
Race and Ethnicity in Classical Hollywood Cinema

TuWTh 12-2:30
Session: A

An introduction to critical thinking about race and ethnicity, focused on films produced in Hollywood between the 1920s and 1960s and independent cinema from the 1980s that responds to these classical precedents. Themes include law and violence, ki...(read more)

Wagner, Bryan


The Language and Literature of Films:
The Romantic Comedy

TuWTh 3-5:30
Session: D

This class considers the capacious genre of the rom-com by examining a range of its concerns (gender & sexuality, feminism, race, romance, narrative closure). We will not only watch films (from classic Hollywood rom-com to more contemporary ite...(read more)

Hu, Jane


Literature and Popular Culture:
O, the horror! Horror Films and Horror Fiction

TuWTh 12:30-3
Session: D

This course will examine the historical development of the horror genre in both film and literature. Horror is a notoriously comprehensive genre, borrowing from  numerous story-telling and literary traditions. In this class we will address the...(read more)

Jones, Donna V.

There are no special instructions for Summer 2019 English Department courses, other than to note in which session each course is offered.

The following courses are offered in Session A (May 28 - July 5): English R1A section 1, R1B section 1, 111, 117S, 143A section 1, and 166AC.

The following courses are offered in Session C (June 24 - August 15): English R1A section 3, R1B section 3, 135AC, 143A section 2, 143N, and 152.

The following courses are offered in Session D (July 8 - August 15): English R1A section 2, R1B section 2, 37, 143B, 173, and 176.

The only graduate-level courses available in the summer are independent study (N299 and N602).