Announcement of Classes: Summer 2021

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R1A/1

Reading and Composition:
Choice Cuts: Writing About Food

TWTh 9:30 - 12:00
Session: D

This course begins with Terry Eagleton’s assertion that “food looks like an object but is actually a relationship, and the same is true of literary works” and moves to consider that relationship in texts as varied as medieval French fabliaux and twent...(read more) Stevenson, Max

R1A/2

Reading and Composition:
Five Ways of Looking at a Poem

TWTh 2:30 - 5
Session: D

In this course we will move through and across the history of poetry, focusing on poems and poetry through a set of open categories: Character, Identity, Form, Community and Sound. These open categories will be the lenses through which we interpret a ...(read more) Swensen, Dana

R1B/1

Reading and Composition:
Educated?

TWTh 10-12:30
Session: A

What does it mean to be "educated"? In this course, students will read autobiographical narratives describing processes of education, from James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time to Tara Westover's Educated, and reflect on their own relationship to educati...(read more) Lesser, Madeline

R1B/2

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

TWTh 12-2:30
Session: A

The trope of female instability seen in recent psychological thrillers, such as The Woman in the Window and The Girl on the Train, has a long literary history and has its roots in deeming women “mad” or “hysterical” when they deviate from the establis...(read more) Ghosh, Srijani

R1B/3

Reading and Composition:
Art of the “Hot Take”: Voice, Critique, and Resistance

TWTh 10-12
Session: C

As social media has offered ordinary users a platform for their voice, the concept of the “hot take” in journalism has been increasingly applied to provocative perspectives on current affairs shared by members of the public. This course will consider ...(read more) Rodriguez, Maia
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29/1

Major Writers:
Four Nobelists: Czeslaw Milosz, Derek Walcott, Toni Morrison, and Seamus Heaney

TWTh 1-3:30
Session: A

In this course, we’ll explore the lives and works of Czeslaw Milosz, Derek Walcott, Toni Morrison, and Seamus Heaney, considering each writer’s context, how they spoke to their times, and how they spoke against them. We’ll grapple with what it means t...(read more) Nathan, Jesse
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115A/1

English Renaissance (through the 16th century)

TTh 2-5
Session: C

This course focuses on literature produced during an astonishing period of political, religious, and intellectual upheaval in England. We will study works by poets and thinkers including Thomas More, Thomas Wyatt, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, ...(read more) Scott, Mark JR

117S/1

Shakespeare

TWTh 5-7:30
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 and irregular. What is the ...(read more) Marno, David

125D/1

The 20th-Century Novel

TWTh 12-2:30
Session: D

This course is a survey of the 20th-century novel. The novel is the quintessential form of expression of modernity and modern subjectivity. In this survey of key works of the century, we will explore the novel form as it is framed by these three thema...(read more) Jones, Donna V.

134/1

Contemporary Literature:
You Are Not an Individual: Contemporary Literature and Collectivity

MW 2-5
Session: C

This course examines how literature renders contemporary social forces. We will consider the different forms of collectivity and communalism -- from acts of anarchic, hedonic excess to temporary reclamations of the commons -- that are expressed in rec...(read more) D'Silva, Eliot

141/1

Short Fiction

TWTh 2-4:30
Session: A

This course will introduce students to the study of creative writing—fiction and poetry. Students will learn to talk critically about these forms and begin to feel comfortable and confident writing within these genres. Students will write a variety of...(read more) Chandra, Melanie Abrams

166/1

Special Topics:
Broadway Musicals

MW 2-5
Session: C

A survey of the Broadway musical from George Gershwin to Lin-Manuel Miranda, this course will investigate the musical's claim to being the quintessential American art form. Organized around texts and institutions which are explicitly engaged with ques...(read more) Drawdy, Miles

166/2

Special Topics:
Law and Literature in the United States

TWTh 4-6:30
Session: D

This course will introduce students to law and literature studies by exploring the legal and literary culture of the United States from the Declaration of Independence (1776) to Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (2010). We will focus on ...(read more) de Stefano, Jason

166/3

Special Topics:
Queer Tourism

TWTh 12-2:30
Session: D

The word "tourist" has sometimes been applied to those who try on identities to which they do not belong or to which they do not fully commit. This course focuses on twentieth century novels that (1) register queer culture exists, which believe or not...(read more) Eisenberg, Emma C.

166AC/1

Special Topics in American Cultures:
American Hustle: Immigration, Ethnicity, and the American Dream; Or, Capitalism Kills

TWTh 4-6:30
Session: D

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? This course w...(read more) Saha, Poulomi

172/1

Literature and Psychology

TWTh 12-2
Session: C

In this course, we will survey literatures of the self and their history from antiquity to the present, in its many genres and forms: the diary, the autobiography, the poem, the novel, the memoir, the case study, the graphic novel, and digital self-pr...(read more) Zeavin, Hannah

180C/1

Comedy:
Stand-up and Sit-com

TWTh 9:30-12
Session: D

“I went into a room and saw one person standing up and one person sitting down.” Harold Pinter’s wry description of his playwriting process will serve as a guide in this course for exploring the various positions afforded by stand-up and sit-coms for ...(read more) Chiang, Cheng-Chai

180Z/1

Science Fiction

MW 9-12
Session: C

This course presents the genre of speculative fiction and its historical commitment to imagining plausible and implausible alternatives to the present. It will begin by looking at the Golden Age of the science fiction short story, the 1950s and 60s, a...(read more) O'Brien, Geoffrey G.