Announcement of Classes: Summer 2020

There are no special instructions for Summer 2020 English Department courses, other than to note in which session each course is offered.

The following courses are offered in Session A (May 26 - July 2):  English R1B section 1, 117S, 133T, and 141.

The following courses are offered in Session C (June 22 - August 13):  English R1B section 2, 125E, 143A, 166 section 1, 166 section 2, and 166 section 3.

The following courses are offered in Session D (July 7 - August 13):  English R1A section 1, R1A section 2, 43B, 166AC, 180Z, and 198BC.

Reading and Composition: Girls, Misunderstood?: "Deviant" Women in Literature

English R1B

Section: 1
Session: A
Instructor: Ghosh, Srijani
Time: TWTh 10-12:30
Location: 233 Dwinelle


Recent psychological thrillers such as The Woman in the Window and The Girl on the Train have made the figure of the unreliable female narrator-cum-protagonist very popular, and the plots of these stories are driven by the seeming mental instability of the narrator. This trope of female instability has a long literary history and has its roots in deeming women "mad" or "hysterical" when they deviate from the established sociocultural norms of a given time period or community. What drives women to madness? Is a woman mentally sound only when she exhibits "proper" feminine behavior? How does society punish a woman when it considers her an Other? This will be a reading- and writing-intensive course where we will examine short stories and novels, focusing on the way gender, class, and race contribute to the definition and treatment of mental illness.

We will focus on developing the writing, reading, research, and critical thinking skills that you will need throughout your college career. The class will build on the reading, analytical, and composition skills that you already have, and prepare you for writing longer and more complex papers, improve your research skills, and teach you to incorporate source material effectively.

Possible readings: Kate Chopin, The Awakening; Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye; Susanna Kaysen, Girl Interrupted; Charlotte Perkins Gilman: "The Yellow Wallpaper"; chapters from: Chesler, Women and Madness; Elaine Showalter, The Female Malady

Note the change in instructor and modifications of the course content of this section of English R1B (as of February 13).

Reading and Composition: The Literature of Aotearoa/New Zealand

English R1B

Section: 2
Session: C
Instructor: Sutton, Emily
Time: TWTh 4-6
Location: 262 Dwinelle


This course will focus first and foremost on the practice of academic writing and the skills needed to research, plan, draft and revise writing at a college level. More specifically, it stages the problem of scholarly research through an encounter with the culture and literature of New Zealand. We will work our way from the canonical modernism of Katherine Mansfield to the contemporary comedy of Flight of the Conchords while exploring questions of national identity and what it means to read New Zealand writing in an American context.  

The primary writing assignments for this course will be a shorter analytic essay that will build on your existing skills and a longer research essay that will focus on integrating secondary sources into your own writing. Both of these papers will be developed through a series of shorter exercises and revisions. You will be encouraged to think carefully not only about your own writing and the texts on our syllabus, but also the work of your classmates.