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Course Offerings for Spring 2020

Undergraduate Courses 

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Here are just a couple of the undergraduate courses available in Spring 2022:

ENGL 210: Literary Genres, Section 9, Identity, Boundaries, and the Short Story Collection. The short story and the novel are often compared to each other, and most readers are likely to lean in one direction or the other. However, each genre has different strengths related to its distinct identity. But what happens when the boundaries between those identities become blurred or even collapse? Perhaps the result inspires growth in the reader, or perhaps the result is a fiery ball of disaster. Perhaps, just as when the boundaries of people’s identities become blurred or collapse, it’s a mix of both. In this course, we will focus on multiple short story collections, each composed by an individual author. These authors—from China, Colombia, Nigeria, Peru, and the US—show the complexities of being an insider, being an outsider, and being in the liminal space in between. In order to understand the complexities of these positions, we will discuss how these positions are created, how the “boundaries”—literal and figurative, concrete and symbolic—are formed and governed, and how they shape identity. Finally, we will consider the effectiveness of the collapse of genre boundaries by each author and whether this collapse demonstrates the social action of these texts, what Carolyn Miller defines as genre.

ENGL 211: Thematic Approaches to Literature,  Section 7, Literature of the Living Dead. This course introduces students to the critical analysis of American literature dealing the theme of undeadness, or living death. We will trace the evolution of zombification over time, exploring themes of consumption, cannibalism, contagion, and mind control in texts from the nineteenth century to the present day. Through analysis of fiction, poetry, film, comics, and other media, we will investigate the ways these texts speak to American social and historical realities as well as individual anxieties about identity. In considering how authors and filmmakers have employed the undead, you will engage in complex inquiries into our cultural definitions of humanity, or what it means to be truly alive.

Required Courses for Undergraduates in English by Concentration

Graduate Courses 

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Here are just a couple of the graduate courses available in Spring 2022:

ENGL 533: Studies in Ethnic Literature, Section 1, Stories from Turtle Island.  “The truth about stories,” Cherokee author Thomas King argues, “is that’s all we are.” The power of stories to shape us is not always benign: King’s words are a warning about the transformative power of storytelling. We all make mistakes, he suggests, but “it’s best not to make them with stories.” This course will consider literary, cultural, and aesthetic approaches to the art of telling stories in the literatures of several 20th and 21st-century Indigenous North American nations, ranging from the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic to the Mayan peoples in southeastern Mexico. We will consider the relationships between mythology and national identity, as well as those between personal narratives and self-identity. We will look at the ways in which telling stories both reinvents and reinscribes tradition. This course takes seriously the mandate of intellectual as well as political sovereignty for Indigenous nations. To that end, we will read each of our primary texts in the context of scholarship that engages directly and respectfully with each national tradition. NOTE: This course counts as AL2 or AL3

ENGL 551: Studies in 20th Century Americal Literature, Section 1, Obscene Modernisms. The twentieth century witnessed a broad deregulation of print media in the United States and, with it, the emergence of profoundly new understandings of censorship, obscenity, and literary value. This course will track the contentious process of deregulation through five major case studies concerning works by Theodore Dreiser, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and William S. Burroughs. Our approach will privilege access and audience—rather than production and authorship—to understand how the US legal system redefined the value of literature through specific conceptualizations of the reader as an entity. In addition to reading the literature in question, this course will necessarily require reading around the literature to put literary analysis in conversation with legal history, law enforcement, cultural criticism, publicity and marketing, classification methods, visual media, and the wide range of public debate concerned with controversial reading materials in a modern democracy. Although the historical scope of print deregulation ends in the early 1970s, this course will end by looking forward to some of the implications of the legal history for reading in an age of print’s waning cultural dominance. Students in any area of concentration are welcome. Course requirements will include in-class discussion, a presentation, and a 15-to-20-page seminar paper. NOTE: This course counts as AL2 or AL3

Required Courses for Graduates in English by Degree and Concentration

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