2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog

English

Students may complete a major or a minor in English. Within the major, students may complete a concentration in Creative Writing. Students may also combine an English major with or minor in Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, or Gender and Sexuality Studies; alternatively, a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies is available.

Faculty

Linda-Susan Beard, Associate Professor of English
Peter M. Briggs, Professor of English (on leave semester II)
Jennifer Callaghan, Lecturer
Anne F. Dalke, Term Professor
Nomi Eve, Lecturer in Creative Writing
Dipika Guha, Lecturer in Creative Writing
Jennifer Harford Vargas, Assistant Professor of English
Jane Hedley, K. Laurence Stapleton Professor of English (on leave semester I)
Gail Hemmeter, Senior Lecturer in English and Director of Writing
Betty Litsinger, Instructor
Hoang Tan Nguyen, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies
Raymond Ricketts, Lecturer in English and Emily Balch Seminars
Katherine Rowe, Professor of English, Director of the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, and Director of Digital Research and Teaching (on leave semester II)
Matthew Ruben, Lecturer
Bethany Schneider, Associate Professor of English
Jamie K. Taylor, Associate Professor of English (on leave semesters I and II)
Kate Thomas, Chair and Associate Professor of English
J. C. Todd, Lecturer in Creative Writing and the Emily Balch Seminars
Michael Tratner, Mary E. Garrett Alumnae Professor of English
Jennifer Harford Vargas, Assistant Professor of English

A rich variety of courses allows students to engage with all periods and genres of literature in English, as well as modern forms such as film and contemporary digital media. The department stresses critical thinking, incisive writing and speaking, and a sense of initiative and responsibility for the enterprise of interpretation. With their advisers, English majors design a program of study that deepens their understanding of diverse genres, textual traditions, and periods. We encourage students to explore the history of cultural production and reception and also to question the presuppositions of literary study. The major culminates in an independently written essay of 30-40 pages, developed during a senior research seminar in the fall semester and individually mentored by a faculty member in the spring. Students are expected to take at least two English courses at Bryn Mawr before signing up for the major or minor.

As students construct their English major, they should seek to include courses that provide:

  • Historical depth—a sense of the construction of traditions.
  • Formal breadth—experience with more than one genre and more than one medium: poetry, prose fiction, drama, letters, film, epic, non-fiction, essays, documentary, etc.
  • Cultural range—experience with the Englishes of more than one geographical location and more than one cultural tradition, and of the exchanges and transactions between them; a course from another language or literary tradition can be valuable here.
  • Different critical and theoretical frameworks—the opportunity to experiment with several models of interpretation and the debates that animate them.

Summary of the Major

  • Eight courses, including at least three at the 300 level (exclusive of 398 and 399)
  • ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study (prerequisite: 2 200 level English courses)
  • ENGL B398 Senior Seminar (offered Mondays in the fall, 2:30-4pm)
  • ENGL B399 Senior Essay

Summary of the Minor

  • ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study (prerequisite: 2 200-level English courses)
  • Five English electives (at least one at the 300 level).

Minor in Film Studies

There is no limit to the number of courses in film studies that may count toward the English major, except for a student majoring in English who is also seeking to declare a minor in film studies. In that case two (and only two) of the courses that comprise the six-course film studies minor may also count towards the 11-course English major. The minimum number of courses required to complete an English major and a minor in film studies will thus be 15 courses.

Concentration in Creative Writing

Students may elect a concentration in creative writing. This option requires that, among the eight course selections besides ENGL 250, 398 and 399, three units will be in creative writing; one of the creative writing units may be at the 300 level and may count as one of the three required 300-level courses for the major. Students enrolling in this concentration must seek the approval of their major adviser in English and of the director of the Creative Writing Program; they must enroll in the concentration before the end of their sophomore year.

Other Concentrations

The Department of English contributes courses toward minors in Africana Studies, in Environmental Studies, and in the Program in Gender and Sexuality.

Students Going Abroad

Students should complete both English 250 and one 300-level course before leaving for a semester or year abroad.

English Majors and the Education Certification Program

English majors planning to complete an education certification in their senior year should file a work plan with the chairs of the Education and English Departments no later than December 1 of their junior year. English majors on this path will follow an accelerated writing schedule in their senior year.

Extended Research

Some students seek a longer horizon and a chance to dig deeper into their research interests. Rising juniors and seniors in English frequently apply for fellowship support from the Hanna Holborn Gray program, to pursue original research over the summer or through the year. The projects may be stand-alone or may lead to a senior essay. In either case, students work closely with faculty advisers to define the goals, methods, and potential outcomes of their research

COURSES

ENGL B125 Writing Workshop
This course offers students who have already taken an Emily Balch Seminar an opportunity to develop their skills as college writers. Through frequent practice, class discussion, and in-class collaborative activity, students will become familiar with all aspects of the writing process and will develop their ability to write for an academic audience. The class will address a number of writing issues: formulating questions; analyzing purpose; generating ideas; structuring and supporting arguments; marshalling evidence; using sources effectively; and developing a clear, flexible academic voice. Students will meet regularly with the course instructor, individually and in small groups, to discuss their work.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Todd,J., Ruben,M., Ladva,N., Callaghan,J.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B126 Workshop for Multilingual Writers
This course offers non-native speakers of English a chance to develop their skills as college writers. Through frequent practice, class discussion, and in-class collaborative activity, students will become familiar with the writing process and will learn to write for an academic audience. Student writers in the class will be guided through the steps of composing and revising college essays: formulating questions; analyzing purpose; generating ideas; structuring and supporting arguments; marshalling evidence; using sources effectively; and developing a clear, flexible academic voice. Writers will receive frequent feedback from peers and the instructor.
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Litsinger,B.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B127 Workshop for Multilingual Writers (Advanced)
This course, which may be taken in place of or after English 126, offers more advanced instruction in writing essays in English. Designed for students who have some experience writing academic papers, English 127 helps students develop their argumentation technique and produce more sophisticated college-level essays. Students will practice writing for various academic audience, will refine their ability to use written sources to effectively support claims, and will improve their style in English. Writers will receive frequent feedback and individualized instruction. Students will be referred to English 127 on the advice of Writing Program instructors. Prerequisites: Placement in either the existing ENGL 126 or this new course, ENGL 127, will be done on the basis of a writing sample.
Units: 0.5
Instructor(s): Litsinger,B.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B193 Critical Feminist Studies
Combines the study of specific literary texts with larger questions about feminist forms of theorizing: three fictional texts will be supplemented by a wide range of essays. Students will review current scholarship, identify their own stake in the conversation, and define a critical question they want to pursue at length.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dalke,A.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B202 Understanding Poetry
This course is for students who wish to develop their skills in reading and writing critically about poetry. The course will provide grounding in the traditional skills of prosody (i.e., reading accentual, syllabic, and accentual-syllabic verse) as well as tactics for reading and understanding the breath-based or image-based prosody of free verse. Lyric, narrative, and dramatic poetry will be discussed and differentiated. We will be using close reading and oral performance to highlight the unique fusion of language, rhythm (sound), and image that makes poetry different from prose.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hedley,J.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B205 Introduction to Film
This course is intended to provide students with the tools of critical film analysis. Through readings of images and sounds, sections of films and entire narratives, students will cultivate the habits of critical viewing and establish a foundation for focused work in film studies. The course introduces formal and technical units of cinematic meaning and categories of genre and history that add up to the experiences and meanings we call cinema. Although much of the course material will focus on the Hollywood style of film, examples will be drawn from the history of cinema. Attendance at weekly screenings is mandatory.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B205
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B209 Literary Kinds
Beginning with a biological evolutionary model, we examine a range of explanations for how and why new genres evolve. Readings will consist of critical accounts of genre; three hybrid novel forms will serve as imaginative test cases for these concepts. Students will identify, compare, and write an exemplar of a genre that interests them.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B210 Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender
Readings chosen to highlight the construction and performance of gender identity during the period from 1550 to 1650 and the ways in which the gender anxieties of 16th- and 17th-century men and women differ from, yet speak to, our own. Texts will include plays, poems, prose fiction, diaries, and polemical writing of the period.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
This is a topics course. Topics vary. An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B213; RUSS-B253; PHIL-B253; HART-B213
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Monserrati,M.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B216 Ecological Expression: Re-creating Our World
This course will focus on the range, limits and possibilities of representation, asking what might be imagined that has not yet been experienced, and enabling students to create their own multi-modal representations of the spaces they occupy.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dalke,A.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad
This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as imperialism and annexation, the affective experience of migration, race and gender stereotypes, the politics of Spanglish, and struggles for social justice. By analyzing novels, poetry, performance art, testimonial narratives, films, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinadad in the Americas.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B217
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harford Vargas,J.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B219 Facing the Facts/Essaying the Subjective
The label “essay” commonly connotes a persuasive, argumentative, objective document. Yet the essay since its origins also performs individual subjectivity in myriad ways that veer wildly from its familiar academic associations. The essay, in fact, was marked from the start as a particularly indirect literary form, which could address any topic, including sexuality and gender, self-doubt, politics, class, race, and identity, in ways that synthesize subjective experience and objective facts, troubling the boundary between them. We’ll explore the use-value of the category of non-fictional prose in organizing our experience of, and our thinking about, literature, asking along the way: What do we learn by focusing on a particular literary genre? Might our attending to such texts alter our sense of what literature is?
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ricketts,R.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B220 Writing in Theory/Writing in Practice
This Praxis course is designed for students interested in teaching or tutoring writing at the high-school or college level. The course focuses on understanding the relationship between high school and college-level writing. Readings focus on the theory and pedagogy of writing, on literacy issues, and on writing culture.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B219
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hemmeter,G.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B223 The Story of Evolution and the Evolution of Stories
In this course we will experiment with two interrelated and reciprocal inquiries—whether the biological concept of evolution is a useful one in understanding the phenomena of literature (in particular, the generation of new stories), and whether literature contributes to a deeper understanding of evolution. We will begin with science texts that explain and explore evolution and turn to stories that (may) have grown out of one another, asking where they come from, why new ones emerge, and why some disappear. We will consider the parallels between diversity of stories and diversity of living organisms. Lecture three hours a week.
Requirement(s): Division II or Division III
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B223
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B225 Shakespeare
This introductory seminar explores Shakespeare’s language, sources, print and stage history, and cultural geography. We’ll study form and performance, race and nationhood, authority and intimacy, gender and servitude, adaptation and revival. Playgoing and screenings outside of class are required.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B228 Silence: The Rhetorics of Class, Gender, Culture, Religion
This course will consider silence as a rhetorical art and political act, an imaginative space and expressive power that can serve many functions, including that of opening new possibilities among us. We will share our own experiences of silence, re-thinking them through the lenses of how it is explained in philosophy, enacted in classrooms and performed by various genders, cultures, and religions.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B230 Topics in American Drama
Considers American plays of the 20th century, reading major playwrights of the canon alongside other dramatists who were less often read and produced. Will also study later 20th century dramatists whose plays both develop and resist the complex foundation established by canonical American playwrights and how American drama reflects and responds to cultural and political shifts. Considers how modern American identity has been constructed through dramatic performance, considering both written and performed versions of these plays.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ARTT-B230
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hemmeter,G.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B233 Spenser and Milton
The course is equally divided between Spenser’s Faerie Queene and Milton’s Paradise Lost, with additional short readings from each poet’s other work.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B234 Postcolonial Literature in English
This course will survey a broad range of novels and poems written while countries were breaking free of British colonial rule. Readings will also include cultural theorists interested in defining literary issues that arise from the postcolonial situation.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B234
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Tratner,M.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B235 Reading Popular Culture: Freaks
This course traces the iconic figure of the “freak” in American culture, from 19th c. sideshows to the present. Featuring literature and films that explore “extraordinary Others”, we will flesh out the ways in which our current understandings of gender, sexuality, normalcy, and race are constituted through images of “abnormality.”
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B237 Latino Dictator Novel in Americas
This course examines representations of dictatorship in Latin American and Latina/o novels. We will explore the relationship between narrative form and absolute power by analyzing the literary techniques writers use to contest authoritarianism. We will compare dictator novels from the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Southern Cone. Prerequisite: only for students wishing to take the course for major/minor credit in SPAN is SPAN B200/B202.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B237; COML-B237
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harford Vargas,J.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): RUSS-B238; HART-B238; COML-B238
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harte,T.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B240 Wit and Witness: English Literature 1660-1744
The rise of new literary genres and the contemporary efforts to find new definitions of heroism and wit, good taste and good manners, sin and salvation, individual identity and social responsibility, and the pressure exerted by changing social, intellectual and political contexts of literature. Readings from Defoe, Dryden, early feminist writers, Pope, Restoration dramatists and Swift.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Briggs,P.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B242 Historical Introduction to English
Poetry I
This course traces the development of English poetry from 1360 to 1700, emphasizing forms, themes, and conventions that have become part of the continuing vocabulary of poetry, and exploring the strengths and limitations of different strategies of interpretation. Featured poets: Chaucer, Jonson, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Briggs,P.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B243 Historical Introduction to English
Poetry II
The development of English poetry from 1700 to the present. This course is a continuation of ENGL 242 but can be taken independently. Featured poets: Wordsworth, Browning, Christina Rossetti, Yeats, Heaney, Walcott.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B245 Focus: “I remember Harlem”
A transdisciplinary study of the famous Black metropolis as a historic, geo-political, and cultural center (from the Jazz Age to the Hip Hop revolution) this course acknowledges 400 years of history and analyzes the contemporary gentrification of Harlem. We interrogate closely the seismic changes in “Harlem” as a signifier.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B246 Medievalisms
This course assesses how the “Middle Ages” has been and continues to be constructed as a period of history, an object of inquiry, and a category of analysis. It considers how the past is formulated and called upon to conduct the ideological and cultural work of the present, and it reads historical documents and literary texts in dialogue with one another.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B246
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B247 Multilingual Shakespeare
This course explores recent theater experiments in translation, multilingual and cross-language performance, with Shakespeare as its test field. Works studied include: Hamlet and The Tempest; recent performances taped in London, Tokyo, and Cairo; selected critical essays on transnationalism, vernacularism, performance, and translation. Prerequisites: Course work on Shakespeare OR translational literature and culture strongly encouraged.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study
We will explore the power of language in a variety of linguistic, historical, disciplinary, social, and cultural contexts, focusing on the power of the written word to provide a foundational basis for the critical and creative analysis of literary studies. This course will help to broaden our ideas of what texts and language accomplish socially, historically, and aesthetically. Students will thus refine their faculties of reading closely, writing incisively and passionately, asking productive questions, producing their own compelling interpretations, and listening to the insights offered by others. Limited to sophomores and juniors.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Tratner,M., Schneider,B., Beard,L.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B251 Food for Thought: Gastronomic Literatures and Philosophies
Through the lens of “food and text,” this course will trace the philosophy of food and the history of food writing. We will study how food has been written about and how food writing has responded to and played a role in cultural change.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B253 Romanticism
Through an emphasis on Romanticism’s history and its readers, this course will explore the Romantic movement in English literature, from its roots in Enlightenment thought and the Gothic to contemporary visions of Romanticism. By reading over the shoulders of writers such as Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Tom Stoppard, the course will explore fiction, prose, and especially poetry of the period 1745 to 1848. While these years mark revolution and expansion in almost every cultural sphere in Europe, America, and the Caribbean—politics, the arts, literature, and science—writers looked inward to the thoughts and passions of individuals as they never had before. Readings will also include poetry and prose by William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Lord Byron, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Smith, among others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B254 American Literature 1750-1900
This course explores the subject, subjection, and subjectivity of women and female sexualities in U.S. literatures between the signing of the Constitution and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. While the representation of women in fiction grew and the number of female authors soared, the culture found itself at pains to define the appropriate moments for female speech and silence, action and passivity. We will engage a variety of pre-suffrage literatures that place women at the nexus of national narratives of slavery and freedom, foreignness and domesticity, wealth and power, masculinity and citizenship, and sex and race “purity.”
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B256 Milton and Dissent
John Milton’s epic poem, “Paradise Lost,” was written during a period of cultural turmoil and innovation. This renaissance poem has helped shape the way later writers understand their profession, especially their obligation to foster dissent as a readerly practice. Exploring this legacy, readings interleave “Paradise Lost” and Milton’s political writings with responses by later revolutionary writers, from Blake to Philip Pullman.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B257 Gender and Technology
Explores the historical role technology has played in the production of gender; the historical role gender has played in the evolution of various technologies; how the co-construction of gender and technology has been represented in a range of on-line, filmic, fictional, and critical media; and what all of the above suggest for the technological engagement of everyone in today’s world.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): CMSC-B257
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B258 Finding Knowledge Between the Leaves: 19th-Century Literature of Education
This class will examine innovative extra-institutional methods and spaces of learning. We will explore a genealogy of unconventional and progressive models of instruction found in imaginative literature, in personal letters, and in material culture. Our readings will range from novels by Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Louisa May Alcott to poetry and letters by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to personal narratives by Henry David Thoreau and Booker T. Washington.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B258
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B259 Victorian Literature and Culture
Examines a broad range of Victorian poetry, prose, and fiction in the context of the cultural practices, social institutions, and critical thought of the time. Of particular interest are the revisions of gender, sexuality, class, nation, race, empire, and public and private life that occurred during this period.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B260 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture
This is a topics course. Topics vary. Taught in English.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B245; COML-B245
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Meyer,I.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: This course focuses on the literature and cinema of Austria after 1945. Since World War II and the Holocaust, Austria has grappled with the burdens of its history. Austria’s national self-image alternates between that of ”Hitler’s first victim” and that of a land implicitly perpetuating the fascist structures of its Nazi past. We will analyze post-war literary texts and films to interrogate notions of nation and identity in post-fascist Austria. Taught in English translation.

ENGL B261 Topics: Film and the German Literary Imagination
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B262
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B262 Survey in African American Literature
Pairing canonical African American fiction with theoretical, popular, and filmic texts from the late-19th Century through to the present day, we will address the ways in which the Black body, as cultural text, has come to be both constructed and consumed within the nation’s imagination and our modern visual regime.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B263 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
All of Morrison’s primary imaginative texts, in publication order, as well as essays by Morrison, with a series of critical lenses that explore several vantages for reading a conjured narration.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B264 Focus: Black Bards: Poetry in the Diaspora
An interrogation of poetric utterance in works of the African diaspora, primarily in English, this course addresses a multiplicity of genres, including epic, lyric, sonnet, rap, and mimetic jazz. The development of poetic theories at key moments such as the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement will be explored. Prerequisite: Any course in poetry or African/American literature.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 0.5, 1.0
Instructor(s): Beard,L.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B266 Travel and Transgression
Examines ancient and medieval travel literature, exploring movement and cultural exchange, from otherworld odysseys and religious pilgrimages to trade expeditions and explorations across the Atlantic. Mercantile documents, maps, pilgrim’s logbooks, and theoretical and anthropological discussions of place, colonization, and identity-formation will supplement our literary analysis. Emphasizes how those of the Middle Ages understood encounters with “alien” cultures, symbolic representations of space, and the development of national identities, exploring their influence on contemporary debates surrounding racial, cultural, religious, and national boundaries.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): COML-B266
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B268 Native Soil and American Literature:1492-1900
This course will consider the literature of contact and conflict between English-speaking whites and Native Americans between the years 1492 and 1920. We will focus on how these cultures understood the meaning and uses of land, and the effects of these literatures of encounter upon American land and ecology and vice-versa. Texts will include works by Native, European- and African-American writers, and may include texts by Christopher Columbus, John Smith, William Bradford, Handsome Lake, Samson Occom, Lydia Maria Child, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, John Rollin Ridge, Mark Twain, Mourning Dove, Ella Deloria and Willa Cather.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schneider,B.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B269 Vile Bodies in Medieval Literature
The Middle Ages imagined the physical body as the site of moral triumph and failure and as the canvas to expose social ills. The course examines medical tracts, saint’s lives, poetry, theological texts, and representations of the Passion. Discussion topics range from plague and mercantilism to the legal and religious depiction of torture. Texts by Boccaccio, Chaucer, Dante, and Kempe will be supplemented with contemporary readings on trauma theory and embodiment.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B270 American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literatures, 1690-1935
This course will focus on the “American Girl” as a particularly contested model for the nascent American. Through examination of religious tracts, slave and captivity narratives, literatures for children and adult literatures about childhood, we will analyze U. S. investments in girlhood as a site for national self-fashioning.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B272 Queer of Color Critique
Queer of color critique (QoCC) is a mode of criticism with roots in women of color feminism, post-structuralism, critical race theory, and queer studies. QoCC focuses on “intersectional” analyses. That is, QoCC seeks to integrate studies of race, sexuality, gender, class, and nationalism, and to show how these categories are co-constitutive. In so doing, QoCC contends that a focus on gay rights or reliance on academic discourse is too narrow. QoCC therefore addresses a wide set of issues from beauty standards to terrorism and questions the very idea of “normal.” This course introduces students to the ideas of QoCC through key literary and film texts.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B276 Transnational American Literature
This course asks students to re-imagine “American” literature through a transnational framework. We will explore what paradigms are useful for conceptualizing U.S. literature given shared political histories, aesthetic modes, racial discourses, and patterns of migration in the hemisphere. Reading canonical Anglo American writers alongside ethnic minority writers, we will examine how their aesthetic engagements and cultural entanglements with Latin America transform our understanding of what constitutes a national literary tradition.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B277 Nabokov in Translation
A study of Vladimir Nabokov’s writings in various genres, focusing on his fiction and autobiographical works. The continuity between Nabokov’s Russian and English works is considered in the context of the Russian and Western literary traditions. All readings and lectures in English.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): RUSS-B277
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harte,T.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature
Taking into account the oral, written, aural and visual forms of African “texts” over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, translation and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata Epic, Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah, Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments, Mariama Bâ’s Si Longe une Lettre, Tsitsi Danga-rembga’s Nervous Conditions, Bessie Head’s Maru, Sembène Ousmane’s Xala, plays by Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, The Muse of Forgiveness and Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat. We will address the “transliteration” of Christian and Muslim languages and theologies in these works.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B279
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B280 Video Practices: From Analog to Digital
This course explores the history and theory of video art from the late 1960’s to the present. The units include: aesthetics; activisim; access; performance; and institutional critique. We will reflect on early video’s “utopian moment” and its manifestation in the current new media revolution. Feminist, people of color and queer productions will constitute the majority of our corpus. Prerequisite: ENGL/HART B205 Intro to Film or consent of the instructor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B280
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B284 Women Poets: Giving Eurydice a Voice
This course covers English and American woman poets of the 19th and 20th centuries whose gender was important for their self-understanding as poets, their choice of subject matter, and the audience they sought to gain for their work. Featured poets include Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lucille Clifton, H.D., Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Christina Rossetti, Anne Sexton, and Gertrude Stein.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B288 The Novel
This course will explore the multi-vocal origins of the novel in English and the ways in which its rapid development parallels changes in reading, vision, thought, and self-perception. The course will trace the novel’s evolution from its 17th-century beginnings in romance, spiritual autobiography, and travel literature; through its emergence as a middle-class mode of expression in the 18th century; to its period of cultural dominance in the Victorian era; and to modernist and postmodern experimentation. In studying the novel’s historical, cultural, and formal dimensions, the course will discuss the significance of realism, parody, characters, authorship, and the reader.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ricketts,R.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B290 Modernisms
Between the two world wars—1918—1939—a revolution occurred in literature that is called “Modernism.” While the phenomenon was worldwide, this course will focus on the major British writers of the period, novelists Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, E.M.Forster, and poets W.H.Auden, T.S.Eliot, and William Butler Yeats. Their work is experimental, demanding, and idiosyncratic. We will strive to define what they have in common, what historical, social, and scientific developments they are responding to, and why they wrote what they did. Kipling and Smith will help us contextualize their work as a response to what came before and a major influence on much more recent work.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B292 The Play of Interpretation
Designated theory course. A study of the methodologies and regimes of interpretation in the arts, humanistic sciences, and media and cultural studies, this course focuses on common problems of text, authorship, reader/spectator, and translation in their historical and formal contexts. Literary, oral, and visual texts from different cultural traditions and histories will be studied through interpretive approaches informed by modern critical theories. Readings in literature, philosophy, popular culture, and film will illustrate how theory enhances our understanding of the complexities of history, memory, identity, and the trials of modernity.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: International Studies Minor
Crosslisting(s): COML-B293; PHIL-B293
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B297 Terror, Pleasure, and the Gothic Imagination
Introduces students to the 18th-century origins of Gothic literature and its development across genres, media and time. Exploring the formal contours and cultural contexts of the enduring imaginative mode in literature, film, art, and architecture, the course will also investigate the Gothic’s connection to the radical and conservative cultural agendas.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B299 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the Present
This course surveys the history of narrative film from 1945 through contemporary cinema. We will analyze a chronological series of styles and national cinemas, including Classical Hollywood, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, and other post-war movements and genres. Viewings of canonical films will be supplemented by more recent examples of global cinema. While historical in approach, this course emphasizes the theory and criticism of the sound film, and we will consider various methodological approaches to the aesthetic, socio-political, and psychological dimensions of cinema. Readings will provide historical context, and will introduce students to key concepts in film studies such as realism, formalism, spectatorship, the auteur theory, and genre studies. Fulfills the history requirement or the introductory course requirement for the Film Studies minor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B299
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B303 Piers Plowman
A contemporary of Chaucer, William Langland dedicated his life to writing and rewriting a moving poem that questions the relationship between artistic expression, social activism, and spiritual healing. We will read his great text, Piers Plowman, both as our subject and point of departure for thinking about the literary, political, and religious cultures in late 14th- and early 15th-century England. In addition, we will contextualize the poem using selections from penitential manuals, legal documents, treatises on translation, and rebel broadsides, as well as texts by contemporary authors (including Chaucer, Gower and Lydgate).
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B309 Native American Literature
This course focuses on late-20th-century Native literatures that attempt to remember and redress earlier histories of dispersal and genocide. We will ask how various writers with different tribal affiliations engage in discourses of humor, memory, repetition, and cultural performance to refuse, rework, or lampoon inherited constructions of the “Indian” and “Indian” history and culture. We will read fiction, film, and contemporary critical approaches to Native literatures alongside much earlier texts, including oral histories, political speeches, law, and autobiography. Readings may include works by Sherman Alexie, Diane Glancy, Thomas King, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Gerald Vizenor.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B310 Confessional Poetry
Poetry written since 1950 that deploys an autobiographical subject to engage with the psychological and political dynamics of family life and with states of psychic extremity and mental illness. Poets will include Lowell, Ginsberg, Sexton, and Plath. The impact of this`movement’ on late twentieth century American poetry will also receive attention. A prior course in poetry is desirable but not required.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hedley,J.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B311 Renaissance Lyric
For roughly half the semester we will focus on the sonnet, a form that was domesticated in England during the sixteenth century. The other half of the course will focus on the “metaphysical” poetry of John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. There will be a strong component of critical and theoretical reading to contextualize the poetry, model ways of reading it, and raise questions about its social, political and religious purposes.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B314 Troilus and Criseyde
Examines Chaucer’s magisterial Troilus and Criseyde, his epic romance of love, loss, and betrayal. We will supplement sustained analysis of the poem with primary readings on free will and courtly love as well as theoretical readings on gender and sexuality and translation. We will also read Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato, Robert Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid and Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B315 Experimental Fictions, 1675 to 1800
This course will examine a deliberately eclectic set of readings, mostly in prose, in order to explore different dimensions—aesthetic, social, psychological, substantive—of 18th-century creativity. Readings will range from Bunyan and Defoe to Fielding and Sterne, from Aphra Behn to William Hogarth to Frances Burney.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B322 Love and Money
This course focuses on literary works that explore the relationship between love and money. We will seek to understand the separate and intertwined histories of these two arenas of human behavior and will read, along with literary texts, essays by influential figures in the history of economics and sexuality. The course will begin with The Merchant of Venice, proceed through Pride and Prejudice to The Great Gatsby, and end with Hollywood movies.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B323 Movies, Fascism, and Communism
Movies and mass politics emerged together, altering entertainment and government in strangely similar ways. Fascism and communism claimed an inherent relation to the masses and hence to movies; Hollywood rejected such claims. We will examine films alluding to fascism or communism, to understand them as commenting on political debates and on the mass experience of movie going.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B324 Topics in Shakespeare: Shakespeare on Film
Films and play texts vary from year to year. The course assumes significant prior experience of Shakespearean drama and/or Renaissance drama.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B332 Novelas de las Américas
What do we gain by reading a Latin American or a US novel as “American” in the continental sense? What do we learn by comparing novels from “this” America to classics of the “other” Americas? Can we find through this Panamericanist perspective common aesthetics, interests, conflicts? In this course we will explore these questions by connecting and comparing major US novels with Latin American classics of the 20th and 21st century. We will read these works in clusters to illuminate aesthetic, political and cultural resonances and affinities. Prerequisites: SPAN B110 and/or SPAN B120 and a 200-level course in Spanish.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B332
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Gaspar,M.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B333 Lesbian Immortal
Lesbian literature has repeatedly figured itself in alliance with tropes of immortality and eternity. Using recent queer theory on temporality, and 19th and 20th century primary texts, we will explore topics such as: fame and noteriety; feminism and mythology; epistemes, erotics and sexual seasonality; the death drive and the uncanny; fin de siecle manias for mummies and seances.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B334 Topics in Film Studies
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B334
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Rastegar,R.

Fall 2013: Current topic description: This course examines contemporary cinematic images produced in Middle Eastern and Arab countries and in their Diasporas. In his groundbreaking text Orientalism, Edward Said argued that Western representations of the “East” are constructed through an inverted mirror reflection of the West. Grounded in postcolonial theory and film studies, students will explore the role of cultural formation through moving image production and circulation.

ENGL B336 Topics in Film
This course examines experimental film and video from the 1930’s to present. It will concentrate on the use of found footage: the reworking of existing imagery in order to generate new aesthetic frameworks and cultural meanings. Key issues to be explored include copyright, piracy, archive, activism, affect, aesthetics, interactivity and fandom.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B336
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B345
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ricketts,R.

Spring 2014: Current topic description: Students in this course will explore the history of literary “realism” and the development of the verisimilitude we take for granted in prose today. Whether they aimed to portray real life vividly or describe made-up worlds realistically, many authors exploited the blurry boundary between factual and fictional writing, between storytelling and reporting. Course texts will include essays, novels, plays, and short stories from a range of British and American literary traditions.

ENGL B346 Theories of Modernism
This course will investigate a wide range of works that have been labeled “modernist” in order to raise the question, “Was there one modernism or were there many disparate and competing ones?”
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B351 Jane Austen: Contexts, Criticism, Adaptations
This course will engage upper-level students in a close and rigorous examination of the writing of Jane Austen in its cultural contexts, as well as critical responses to and re-envisionings of her works. Situating her writing in the tradition of the “novel of manners,” the course will explore the roots of Austen’s work in earlier literary forms--the romance, the “true history,” the novel of sentiment, and the gothic novel--many of which Austen herself read. We’ll then interpret her works in the light of critical perspectives that reveal connections between the form and cultural contexts of Austen’s work: formalist approaches; feminism, gender, and queer theory; postcolonialism; and cultural studies. The bulk of the reading will be from Austen’s own corpus of novels, and also include works like Samuel Richardson’s Sir Charles Grandison, Frances Burney’s Evelina, Henry MacKenzie’s The Man of Feeling, Ann Radcliffe’s Sicilian Romance, and the poetry of Byron. We’ll end by exploring several modern novelistic and film adaptations. Work for the course will include frequent short papers and in-class presentations, a mid-term essay, and a substantial final paper.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B353 Queer Diasporas: Empire, Desire, and the Politics of Placement
Looking at fiction and film from the U.S. and abroad through the lenses of sexuality studies and queer theory, we will explore the ways that both current and past configurations of sexual, racial, and cultural personhood have inflected, infringed upon, and opened up spaces of local/global citizenship and belonging. Prerequisites: An introductory course in film, or GNST B290, or ENGL B250.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B354 Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf has been interpreted as a feminist, a modernist, a crazy person, a resident of Bloomsbury, a victim of child abuse, a snob, a socialist, and a creation of literary and popular history. We will try out all these approaches and examine the features of our contemporary world that influence the way Woolf, her work, and her era are perceived. We will also attempt to theorize about why we favor certain interpretations over others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Tratner,M.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B356 Endgames: Theater of Samuel Beckett
An exploration of Beckett’s theater work conducted through both reading and practical exercises in performance techniques. Points of special interest include the monologue form of the early novels and its translation into theater, Beckett’s influences (particularly silent film) and collaborations, and the relationship between the texts of the major dramatic works and the development of both modern and postmodern performance techniques.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): ARTT-B356
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B359 Dead Presidents
Framed by the extravagant funerals of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, this course explores the cultural importance of the figure of the President and the Presidential body, and of the 19th-century preoccupations with death and mourning, in the U.S. cultural imaginary from the Revolutionary movement through the Civil War.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schneider,B.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B364 Slum Fiction
David Simon’s acclaimed television show The Wire has repeatedly been related to the Victorian novel. This course links Victorian London and 20th-century Baltimore by studying: literary relations between Dickens and Poe; slum writing; the rise of the state institution; a genealogy of serial fiction from the nineteenth century novel to television drama.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B365 Erotica: Love and Art in Plato and Shakespeare
The course explores the relationship between love and art, “eros” and “poesis,” through in-depth study of Plato’s “Phaedus” and “Symposium,” Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and “Antony and Cleopatra,” and essays by modern commentators (including David Halperin, Anne Carson, Martha Nussbaum, Marjorie Garber, and Stanley Cavell). We will also read Shakespeare’s Sonnets and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B365; PHIL-B365; COML-B365
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B367 Asian American Film Video and New Media
The course explores the role of pleasure in the production, reception, and performance of Asian American identities in film, video, and the internet, taking as its focus the sexual representation of Asian Americans in works produced by Asian American artists from 1915 to present. In several units of the course, we will study graphic sexual representations, including pornographic images and sex acts some may find objectionable. Students should be prepared to engage analytically with all class material. To maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and solidarity among the participants in the class, no auditors will be allowed.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B367
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B369 Women Poets: Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath
In this seminar we will be playing three poets off against each other, all of whom came of age during the 1950s. We will plot each poet’s career in relation to the public and personal crises that shaped it, giving particular attention to how each poet constructed “poethood” for herself.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B373 Masculinity in English Literature: From Chivalry to Civility
This course will examine images and concepts of masculinity as represented in a wide variety of texts in English. Beginning in the early modern period and ending with our own time, the course will focus on texts of the “long” 18th century to contextualize the relationships between masculinity and chivalry, civility, manliness, and femininity.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ricketts,R.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B377 James Joyce
Joyce’s works lend themselves particularly well to critical disagreements: he has been called the most pessimistic nihilist and the greatest optimist; a misogynist and a radical feminist; a true Catholic and a great Jewish writer; the worst of elitists and a celebrator of the common man; a fascist and a socialist; the most boring writer and the writer providing the most intense, orgasmic pleasures. We will read one novel but that journey will be broken up with forays into Joyce’s earlier works.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B378 Eating Culture: Food and Britain 1798 to 1929
This class will explore British culinary culture across the long 19th century. One of our main goals will be to explore the role of matters culinary in the ordering and Othering of the world and its populations. We will pay particular attention to the relationship of food to 19th-century class and labor relations, colonial and imperial discourse, and analyze how food both traces and guides global networks of power, politics and trade. We will work towards theorizing food’s materiality, considering the physiognomy of food, the aesthetics of a menu, and the hermeneutics of taste.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B379 The African Griot(te)
A focused exploration of the multi-genre productions of Southern African writer Bessie Head and the critical responses to such works. Students are asked to help construct a critical-theoretical framework for talking about a writer who defies categorization or reduction.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Beard,L.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
South African texts from several language communities which anticipate a post-apartheid polity and texts by contemporary South African writers (Zoe Wicomb, Mark Behr, Nadine Gordimer, Mongane Serote) are read in tandem with works by Radical Reconstruction and Holocaust writers. Several films are shown that focus on the complexities of post-apartheid reconciliation.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B381
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Beard,L.
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B385 Problems in Satire
An exploration of the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of great satire in works by Blake, Dryden, Pope, Rabelais, Smiley, Swift, Wilde, and others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B388 Contemporary African Fiction
Noting that the official colonial independence of most African countries dates back only half a century, this course focuses on the fictive experiments of the most recent decade. A few highly controversial works from the 90’s serve as an introduction to very recent work. Most works are in English. To experience depth as well as breadth, there is a small cluster of works from South Africa. With novels and tales from elsewhere on the huge African continent, we will get a glimpse of “living in the present” in history and letters.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B388
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B398 Senior Seminar
Required preparation for ENGL 399 (Senior Essay). Through weekly seminar meetings and regular writing and research assignments, students will design a senior essay topic or topics of their choice, frame exciting and practical questions about it, and develop a writing plan for its execution. Students will leave the course with a departmentally approved senior essay prospectus, an annotated bibliography on their chosen area of inquiry, and 10 pages of writing towards their senior essay. Students must pass the course to enroll in ENGL 399.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hemmeter,G., Thomas,K.
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B399 Senior Essay
Supervised independent writing project required of all English majors. Students must successfully complete ENGL 398 (Senior Conference) and have their Senior Essay prospectus approved by the department before they enroll in ENGL 399.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)

ENGL B403 Supervised Work
Advanced students may pursue independent research projects. Permission of the instructor and major adviser is required.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Fall 2013)

ENGL B403 Supervised Work
Advanced students may pursue independent research projects. Permission of the instructor and major adviser is required.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dept. staff, TBA
(Spring 2014)

ENGL B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2013-14)