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Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
ENGL B104-001The Global Short StorySemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM TFRemote InstructionBeard,L.
ENGL B250-001Methods of Literary StudySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHEnglish House Lecture Hall
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Harford Vargas,J.
ENGL B254-001Female Subjects: American Literature 1750-1900Semester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionSchneider,B.
ENGL B261-001Colonizing Girlhoods: L.M.Montgomery and Laura Ingalls WildeSemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM TRemote InstructionFlower,C.
ENGL B290-001ModernismsSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM TFRemote InstructionTratner,M.
ENGL B333-001Lesbian ImmortalSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionThomas,K.
ENGL B336-001Topics in Film: Cinematic VoiceSemester / 1LEC: 5:40 PM- 7:00 PM MTHRemote InstructionBryant,S.
ENGL B354-001Virginia WoolfSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM TFRemote InstructionTratner,M.
ENGL B388-001Contemporary African FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM TFRemote InstructionBeard,L.
ENGL B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM THHybrid: In-Person & RemoteDept. staff, TBA
ENGL B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ENGL B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ARTW B260-001Writing Short Fiction ISemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM TFRemote InstructionOka,C.
ARTW B262-001Playwriting ISemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THRemote InstructionFeldman,L.
ARTW B264-001Long Form Journalism.Semester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MTHCarpenter Library 25
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Eisenberg,E.
ARTW B360-001Writing Short Fiction IISemester / 1Lecture: 9:40 AM-12:30 PM WRemote InstructionTorday,D.
ARTW B361-001Writing Poetry IISemester / 1Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM MTHRemote InstructionOka,C.
HART B334-001Topics in Film Studies: The PresentSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THRemote InstructionKing,H.
RUSS B238-001Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945: Silent Film: From U.S. to Soviet Russia& BeyondSemester / 1LEC: 11:10 AM-12:30 PM TFPark 180
Hybrid: In-Person & Remote
Harte,T.

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
ENGL B204-001Literatures of American ExpansionSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonSchneider,B.
ENGL B205-001Introduction to FilmSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonBryant,S.
Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn Person
ENGL B215-001Early Modern Crime Narratives: Vice, Villains, and LawSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonGordon,C.
ENGL B217-001Narratives of LatinidadSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonHarford Vargas,J.
ENGL B226-001PostmodernismSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHIn PersonTratner,M.
ENGL B246-001The Global Middle AgesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
ENGL B250-001Methods of Literary StudySemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHIn PersonGordon,C.
ENGL B250-002Methods of Literary StudySemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHIn PersonFlower,C.
ENGL B279-001Introduction to African LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHIn PersonBeard,L.
ENGL B315-001Reading Childhood Through the BrontësSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonFlower,C.
ENGL B321-001Metropolitan Forms and FictionsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWIn PersonBryant,S.
ENGL B322-001Love and MoneySemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHIn PersonTratner,M.
ENGL B329-001Medieval GenderSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
ENGL B359-001Dead PresidentsSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWIn PersonSchneider,B.
ENGL B381-001Post-Apartheid LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHIn PersonBeard,L.
ENGL B399-001Senior EssaySemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
ENGL B399-002Senior EssaySemester / 1In Person
ARTT B356-001Endgames: Theater of Samuel BeckettSemester / 1In Person
ARTW B159-001Introduction to Creative WritingSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
ARTW B260-001Writing Short Fiction ISemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TIn PersonTorday,D.
ARTW B261-001Writing Poetry ISemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHIn PersonOka,C.
ARTW B265-001Creative NonfictionSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHIn PersonOka,C.
EALC B310-001Advanced Readings in the Graphic NarrativeSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TIn PersonKwa,S.
FREN B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the HumanitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonCrucifix,E.
HART B334-001Topics in Film StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM THIn PersonFeliz,M.
RUSS B277-001Nabokov in TranslationSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAIn PersonHarte,T.
SPAN B332-001Novelas de las AméricasSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWIn PersonGaspar,M.

Fall 2021

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2020-21 Catalog Data

ENGL B103 American Futures: Literatures of New World Fantasy
Not offered 2020-21
This 100-level seminar for freshmen and sophomores offers a taste of the reading and writing practices of the English major. It is not required for the major, but counts. Freshmen and sophomores may take only one 100-level course. In this course we will take a trans-historical look at American fantasies about the Beginning with with Columbus' letters to the Queen of Spain, we will move through the Salem Witch trials and fears of devilish possession, Indian Captivity narratives and the Western, the Ghost Dance religion, free-love, feminist, black and socialist utopian movements, space-exploration fantasies, and end with close attention to the emergent literary genres of Afro- and Native-futurism. We will practice close reading and the writing and discussion skills necessary to an English major, through engagement with how questions of race and colonialism have driven American future-fantasies from first contact to Star Trek and beyond.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ENGL B104 The Global Short Story
Fall 2020
The majority of the most provocative and interesting English-language literary production at the current moment hails from African nations, India, Oceania and their diasporae throughout the world. A significant number of major international literary prizes have been awarded to members of these writing communities who cross borders, continents, passport identities, and traditions in their experiments with narration, place, politics, and the creolization of English. The late Nigerian novelist and memoirist Chinua Achebe said of the English language, in particular: "Do not be fooled by the fact that we may write in English because we intend to do unheard of things with it."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B106 Romance to Bromance
Not offered 2020-21
This course examines the ongoing popularity of romance, examining the genre from the Middle Ages to contemporary romantic comedies. In doing so, we will pay particular attention to the gender politics romance produces, supports, and challenges, exploring how various historical moments and media conceptualize love, desire, sex, and marriage. Texts will include Chaucer's _Troilus and Criseyde_, Marlowe's _Hero and Leander_, Richard Hurd's eighteenth-century _Letters on Chivalry and Romance_, and nineteenth-century bodice rippers. We will also discuss the ongoing publication of Harlequin romances, the popularity of romantic comedy in film (from the 1930s to now) as well as the reimagining of romance tropes and male intimacy in films like "Brokeback Mountain" and buddy comedies.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B107 Staging American Families
Not offered 2020-21
This 100-level seminar for freshmen and sophomores offers a taste of the reading and writing practices of the English major. It is not required for the major, but counts toward it. Freshmen and sophomores may take only one 100-level course. Modern and contemporary American drama often takes as its focus the family in its various iterations: nuclear families; lost families; imagined families; explosive marriages; rebel children; siblings in conflict. This course will focus on dramatizations of the family in 20th- and 21st-century American plays. We will explore how staged family dynamics are shaped by performances of gender, class and race. The course offers opportunities to develop abilities that contribute to success in the English major: close reading, active discussion, critical writing.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B201 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Not offered 2020-21
Access to and skill in reading Middle English will be acquired through close study of the Tales. Exploration of Chaucer's narrative strategies and of a variety of critical approaches to the work will be the major undertakings of the semester.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B202 Understanding Poetry
Not offered 2020-21
This course is for students who wish to develop their skills in reading and writing about poetry. It will provide grounding in traditional prosody (i.e., in 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. This is not a chronological survey of English poetry, but the syllabus has been put together with an eye to sampling the riches of the English poetic tradition and calling attention to some of its most important moments. The goal of the course is for you to become capable readers, interpreters and critics of poetry in a wide variety of voices and styles. There are no pre-requisites--except an interest in poetry! You will be expected to attend class regularly, come prepared, and participate actively in class discussions and activities. Papers will be short, but will add up to about twenty-five pages of critical writing over the course of the semester. There will also be one or two creative assignments, and a short in-class presentation of your "favorite poem."
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B204 Literatures of American Expansion
Spring 2021
This course will explore the relationship between U.S. narratives that understand national expansion as "manifest destiny" and narratives that understand the same phenomenon as imperial conquest. We will ask why the ingredients of such fictions--dangerous savages, empty landscapes, easy money, and lawless violence--often combine to make the master narrative of "America," and we will explore how and where that master narrative breaks down. Critical readings will engage discourses of nation, empire, violence, race, and sexuality. Texts will include novels, travel narratives, autobiographies, legal documents, and cultural ephemera.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ENGL B205 Introduction to Film
Spring 2021
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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ENGL B210 Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B212 Renaissance Erotic Poetry
Not offered 2020-21
Even when it was concerned with elevated topics like religion, politics, or community, Renaissance poetry was deeply embodied, working through abstract topics in frank and fleshy figures. This class will serve as an introduction to Renaissance lyric, focusing on the erotic dimensions of early modern poetics. Along the way, we'll discuss topics of interest within gender and sexuality studies and queer theory. Authors will include Wyatt, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Marvell, Herbert, Rochester, and Milton.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B214 Refuse and Refusal in Victorian Literature
Not offered 2020-21
The florid wealth of Britain in the nineteenth century was fed by income from slave trade, industrial exploitation, and imperial expansion. It was also an era that was horrified by its own growth; abolitionism, the women's suffrage movement, the arts and crafts movement, the inception of the welfare state were all nineteenth century protests against the waste of human life and spirit. The noun "refuse" finds etymological root in the concept of that which is "despised, rejected . . . outcast." This course will touch down on key events, debates and literatures that brought the figures of the outcast and the resister into sharp relief.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ENGL B215 Early Modern Crime Narratives: Vice, Villains, and Law
Spring 2021
This course taps into our continuing collective obsession with criminality, unpacking the complicated web of feelings attached to crime and punishment through early modern literary treatments of villains, scoundrels, predators, pimps, witches, king-killers, poisoners, mobs, and adulterers. By reading literary accounts of vice alongside contemporary and historical theories of criminal justice, we will chart the deep history of criminology and track competing ideas about punishment and the criminal mind. This course pays particular attention the ways that people in this historical moment mapped criminality onto dynamics of gender, race, sexuality, disability, religion, and mental illness according to cultural conventions very different from our own. Authors may include Shakespeare, Marlowe, Massinger, Middleton, Dekker, Webster, and Behn.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B216 Narrativity and Hip Hop
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores narrative and poetic forms and themes in hip-hop culture. Through close, intensive analysis of hip-hop lyrics, as well as audiovisual performance and visual art, we will consider how rappers and hip-hop artists from the late twentieth century onward have used the form to extend, further, and complicate key concerns of literature in general, and African American and African Diaspora literature in particular. We will explore key texts in hip hop from the late 1970s to the current moment. Reading these texts alongside short fiction by writers such as Gayl Jones, Octavia Butler, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Victor LaValle, Kiese Laymon, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Regina Bradley and others, we will consider how themes of socioeconomic mobility, gender and sexuality, queer and feminist critique, and intersectional political engagement animate artists' narrative and poetic strategies across genre and media. Written work will include regular in-class presentations, short creative assignments, three short papers, and a final project. As a part of the Philly program, the course will take place in Center City, Philadelphia. Along with course readings, we will engage directly with writers, artists, and events that help shape Philadelphia's vibrant hip-hop and literature scene. For additional information see the program's website https://www.brynmawr.edu/philly-program
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Spring 2021
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 struggles for social justice, the damaging effects of machismo and racial hierarchies, the politics of Spanglish, and the affective experience of migration. By analyzing a range of cultural production, including novels, poetry, testimonial narratives, films, activist art, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinidad in the Americas.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B220 Writing in Theory/Writing in Practice
Not offered 2020-21
This Praxis course is designed for students interested in teaching or tutoring writing at the high-school or college level. The course focuses on current theories of rhetoric and composition, theories of writing and learning, writing pedagogy, and literacy issues. Students will get hands-on experience with curriculum design and lesson planning, strategies for classroom teaching and individual instruction, and will develop digital projects related to multilingual writing and plagiarism. The Praxis components of the course are primarily project-based, but we may also make one or two group visits to local sites where writing is taught.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B222 "Afro-Futurism"
Not offered 2020-21
The study of "Afro-Futurism" is the cultural, artistic, and political exploration of African and diasporan visions and critiques of the past, present and future. It presents worlds inflected by the ancient conjurations of African forebears, chattel slaves, and free African Americans from the 19th to the 21st century. The supranatural worlds of Afro-Futurism brings into sharp focus the laws of both nature and society. It has given birth to a revision of the science fiction and fantasy genres by writers such as Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Tomi Adeyeni, and Deji Bryce Olukotun. Prerequisites: Contemporary enrollment in or completion of the Emily Balch Seminar, its Haverford equivalent, or College permission to bypass either.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B225 Contemporary Life Writing: Form and Theory
Not offered 2020-21
In this course, we will explore contemporary forms of life writing. The term "writing" will be used flexibly to encompass self-representation in visual forms (including comics, photography, and video). We will begin by considering myth and archives in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictée; our next unit will address how life writing represents the lives of others. The last half of the course focuses on the genre of autotheory, or life writing that has become a form of theorizing (about gender, sexuality, race, and biopolitics, among other topics) in its own right.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B226 Postmodernism
Spring 2021
To be modern is to be new; to be post-modern is then to be "after the new," in other words to exist after everything new has already been done. What does it mean for authors, filmmakers and artists to feel that all their works and all the people represented in them are not original, but are rather entirely copies or simulations? This strange belief emerged in the 1970s, and this course will examine the way it has led to some intriguing works of literature, film and art. Starting with Andy Warhol's versions of Campbell's soup cans and Jeffrey Koons' balloon sculptures, we will move to movies such as Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich and The Wachowski Brothers' The Matrix, and finally to books about people whose personalities and even their bodies seem to be composed of images and texts from past eras--Salvador Plascensia's The People of Paper; Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, and Jorge Borges' Labyrinths. To help us understand these works, we will use three main critical theorists: Jean Baudrillard, Fredric Jameson and Linda Hutcheon.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B227 Writing Love in the African Diaspora
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores how various forms of love are imagined in contemporary writing of the African Diaspora. From parent-child affections, to romance and marriage, to the closeness between friends, "love" is a central theme in literature and a crucial part of how we define humanity. Focusing on contemporary texts such as Justin Torres's We the Animals, Mariama Bâ's So Long a Letter, Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy, Dee Rees's Pariah, Toni Morrison's Love, and the works of poets and lyricists including Yusef Komunyakaa, Warsan Shire, Messy Maya, and Cardi B, we will consider how various forms of intimacy are written and read in the African Diaspora. We will read these works alongside key short works from earlier moments in Afrodiasporic literature, as well as theoretical and critical texts in Diaspora feminism, sexuality studies, affect theory, and queer theory to consider several questions: What do literary love relationships reveal about cultural notions of gender, sexuality, class, (dis)ability, embodiment and spirituality? How are intimacy and human connection evoked differently through magic realism, experimentalism, and other Diasporic poetic and aesthetic techniques? What forms and media do black artists use to evoke the love of place, nation and home? What visions of love do these black writers develop, and how do such visions impact how freedom is imagined in Afrodiasporic literature?
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B229 Movies and Mass Politics
Not offered 2020-21
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 that allude to Communism and Fascism, seeking to understand how they join in political debates and comment upon the mass experience of movie going.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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ENGL B230 Disabled Women's Life Writing
Not offered 2020-21
Drawing on recent "feminist disability studies" scholarship, this course considers what role disability plays in women's life writing. We will begin by assessing how, historically, women have been represented as disabled--from Aristotle and Freud's assertion that women were "deformed" versions of men to Edward H. Clarke's belief that women were not biologically fit to be educated. We'll ask: how do the genres of memoir, autobiography, or life writing push back against these gender prescriptions and offer new definitions of what it means to be a disabled woman? How do lesbian and trans identities map onto disability experience? And how do these accounts change both before and after the disability rights movement? Possible course texts include: The Diary of Alice James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," Helen Keller's The Story of My Life, Katherine Butler Hathaway's The Little Locksmith, Audre Lorde's The Cancer Journals, and Terry Galloway's Mean Little deaf Queer.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B231 Theorizing Affect, Watching Television
Not offered 2020-21
This course examines television through the lens of affect theory. Within humanities scholarship, the turn toward affect has offered new ways to study the cultural, economic, and political functions of literature and art. In our wider cultural moment, television programming has become a source of shared fascination. The course will pair readings from affect studies (by scholars such as Lauren Berlant and Sianne Ngai) with select examples of television shows (including Black Mirror, Mad Men, and The Wire). We will also read scholarly and public writing about television and consider the interplay between cultural feelings and televisual forms such as seriality, situation comedy, and bottle episodes.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Film Studies

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ENGL B236 Latina/o Culture and the Art of Migration
Not offered 2020-21
Gloria Anzaldúa has famously described the U.S.-Mexico border as an open wound and the border culture that arises from this fraught site as a third country. This course will explore how Chicana/os and Latina/os creatively represent different kinds of migrations across geo-political borders and between cultural traditions to forge transnational identities and communities. We will use cultural production as a lens for understanding how citizenship status, class, gender, race, and language shape the experiences of Latin American migrants and their Latina/o children. We will also analyze alternative metaphors and discourses of resistance that challenge anti-immigrant rhetoric and reimagine the place of undocumented migrants and Latina/os in contemporary U.S. society. Over the course of the semester, we will probe the role that literature, art, film, and music can play in the struggle for migrants' rights and minority civil rights, querying how the imagination and aesthetics can contribute to social justice. We will examine a number of different genres, as well as read and apply key theoretical texts on the borderlands and undocumented migration.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B239 African American Poetry
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores the work of black poets in the Americas. Focusing on a range of poetic forms from the 18th century through the present, we will consider key questions that have animated the works of black poets in North America and the Caribbean, and how they have used poetic strategy to engage these questions. How do black poets explore black political and social life in various historical and geographical contexts? How do they use particular formal strategies (for example, form poetry, free verse, narrative poetry, and experimental modes) to interrogate notions of blackness? How do political movements around gender, class, and sexuality factor in? As we approach these questions, we will consider important critical conversations on African American poetry and poetics, examining how both well-known and underexplored poets use form to complicate blackness and imagine various forms of freedom. Our work will take us through several poetic genres and forms, including print works, performance poetry, hip hop music, and digital media. Throughout our analysis, we will consider how discourses on gender, sexuality, class, national and transnational identity, and other engagements with difference shape black poetic expression, both historically and in our current moment.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B246 The Global Middle Ages
Spring 2021
We start with the question: when and where were the Middle Ages, exactly? Perhaps what comes to most people's minds isn't the right answer at all! This course offers students an introduction to the medieval period as a time of active cultural exchange, racial imaginaries, and decentralized globality. We will explore what it means to think about history on a global scale, how to broaden our understanding of the Middle Ages without replicating Eurocentric perspectives, and how literary texts work to mediate history instead of merely reflecting it. Further, we will consider how the definition of the medieval has been politically weaponized in our current moment, and what is at stake in resisting such delimitations. Texts may include the Book of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and the King of Tars. No previous experience with medieval literature required.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
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. Prerequisite: One English course or permission of instructor. English Majors and Minors must take this class before their senior year. Not appropriate for freshmen.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B252 Disability Studies; Disability Stories
Not offered 2020-21
This course will introduce students to the field of disability studies by examining depictions of disability in literature. We will discuss foundational texts in the field and consider key terms including access, ableism, medicalization, representation, and prosthesis. These critical texts will be read alongside literature, primarily from the Victorian period, that represents blindness, deafness, speech impairments, and other forms of disability. Together we will question the historical construction of disability and various bodily, mental, and communicatory norms. The course will conclude by turning to contemporary memoir and poetry to illuminate the intersections of disability studies with other identity-based fields.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B254 Female Subjects: American Literature 1750-1900
Fall 2020
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."
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B255 Food and the Transnational City
Not offered 2020-21
Cities have been crucial sites of cultural innovation, social interaction, and identity formation, often most visibly in food and foodways. Using three cities as case studies--New York, New Orleans, and Los Angeles--"Food and the Transnational City" explores how transnational migration and urbanism have shaped and reshaped eating, shopping, and cooking patterns, and how cities and foodways together reshaped and reflected broader patterns of identity and belonging. How have food and foodways been mobilized in constructions of national, regional, ethnic, and racial heritage? How have cooking and eating patterns for various groups been transformed by migration and immigration? How have consumer spaces operated as sites of kinship, community, assimilation, and resistance? Students will draw on theory and historical scholarship to read a wide range of literary and cultural texts, including cookbooks, travel writing, print and television commercials, art and photography, documentaries, and short fiction. NOTE: This course is part of the Foodways and Migration 360, however students who do not wish to enroll in the 360 may also take this class.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B261 Colonizing Girlhoods: L.M.Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilde
Fall 2020
This class explores what we can see anew when we juxtapose two iconic figures of North American children's literature: L.M. Montgomery's Anne Shirley and Laura Ingalls Wilder's fictionalized self-portrait, Laura Ingalls. Both characters have risen to mythic proportions in their respective countries, and are powerful signs in an international culture industry. After setting up key eighteenth-century concepts and contexts for what French historian Philippe Ariès calls the "invention of childhood", we will explore the ways in which images of young girls have been deployed as the benign faces of ruthless imperialism, reading through the entirety of each original series. We will track the geographical movement of both heroines, with particular attention to different spatial narratives of nationhood and empire-building, whether manifest destiny in the U.S., or what critic Northrop Frye has termed the "garrison mentality" of Canadian culture. Here we'll be especially attentive to commonalities in how both authors produce class-stratified and racialized notions of girlhood, as well as divergences in how both countries, each still framed to varying degrees as the "infant nation" of Great Britain, yield new and evolving discourses of girlhood.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B262 Survey in African American Literature
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Laughin' to Keep from Cryin'
Not offered 2020-21
English 262 is a topics course that allows for multiple themes to be taught. Each topic will have its own description and students may enroll for credit in the course as long as the topics vary.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B269 Medieval Bodies
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B270 American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literatures, 1690-1935
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Child and Family Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B274 Ethnic Speculative Fiction
Not offered 2020-21
This course will explore how Latina/os, Latin Americans, African Americans, and Native Americas deploy speculative fiction to interrogate white supremacy and imperialism and to imagine decolonial futures. We will analyze representations of racism, heteropatriarchy, classism, colonialism, environmental destruction, and anti-immigrant discrimination in what Walidah Imarisha terms "visionary fiction." Students will be introduced to theoretical concepts such as intersectionality, modernity/coloniality, Afrofuturism, marvelous realism, and zombie capitalism that will help them unpack the critical work accomplished by genre fiction. Over the course of the semester, we will probe the role that literature, comic books, film, and art can play in the struggle to build more radically egalitarian societies, querying how the imagination and aesthetics can contribute to social justice.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature
Spring 2021
Taking into account the oral, written, aural, and visual forms of African "texts" over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, intertextuality, translation, and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata and Mwindo epics, the plays of Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, the Muse of Forgiveness; and the work of Sembène Ousmane, Bessie Head, Ayi Kwei Armah, Mariama Bâ, Naguib Mahfouz, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yvonne Vera, and others.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B281 Rethinking the Golden Age of Children's Literature
Not offered 2020-21
Scholars often call the period between the 1850s and the 1910s the "Golden Age" of children's literature--an age producing such childhood stalwarts as Little Women, The Secret Garden, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Peter and Wendy. This class will offer an introduction to the critical study of Golden Age children's literature, while also asking that we rethink this age in two principal respects. Making use of the extensive holdings of the Ellery Yale Wood Collection of children's books, we will begin by questioning how the canon of children's literature came to be formed by studying established "classics" alongside children's books by contemporaneous (though traditionally "adult") writers such as Langston Hughes, Ann Petry, W.E.B. Dubois, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Moreover, we will examine a recent critical turn in childhood studies that re-evaluates older notions of children's relationships to agency and identity.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B282 Intro to Queer Studies: Theory, Representation, Community
Not offered 2020-21
The uncertain, shifting meaning of "queer" provides it with both utility and difficulty: does "queer" designate a type of desire, relation, political orientation, personal identity, or something else entirely? How does this change from the vantage of different historical moments, geographical locations, or individual subjectivities? How does queerness interact with identity categories such as race, gender, class, nationality, disability, and age? This course is an introduction to these questions and to queer studies, a field that destabilizes norms, particularly around gender and sexuality. We will consider how queer scholarship and activism rethinks notions of space, time, community, pop culture, and more. Our discussions will consider the bumpy evolution of queer from an adjective for personal eccentricity in the early twentieth century, to discriminatory slur by mid-century, to radical rallying cry during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to unstable umbrella term and target for commodification today. We will read formative texts in the history and theory of sexuality, as well as contemporary queer theorists, and consider the institutionalization of a term that critiques that very process. These discussions will be grounded in cultural productions ranging from trans short fiction to Indigiqueer poetry, from gay cruising memoirs to lesbian graphic novels.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B283 Transnational Writing
Not offered 2020-21
This course is a study in direct and indirect conversations between and among writers, eras, and continents involving narrative practitioners who may never have interacted in life or letters, but whose works, nevertheless, "speak" to each other in intertextual exchanges. Almost all the works were originally written in English. The yoked works are in groupings of no more than 5 to underscore and to intensify the dialogue and to allow adequate time for discussion and written analysis. As Kenyan Ngugi wa Thiong'o observes in The Wizard of the Crow: "Stories, like food, lose their flavor if cooked in a hurry."
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B286 "A Strange, Uncoupled Couple": Whitman and Dickinson
Not offered 2020-21
This course attends to the two most well-known poets in the nineteenth-century U.S.: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. While both writers have similar investments in the materiality of texts and in redefining traditional poetic forms, their compositional practices couldn't be more different. Dickinson was a famously private poet, publishing only ten poems in her lifetime (all anonymously, and many against her consent). Whitman was committed to a public persona, intent on evoking national life in his broadly circulated, printed poems. In comparing both poets' representation of gender, sexuality, disability, celebrity, and the individual, this course will more broadly serve as an introduction to American poetry.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ENGL B289 Topics in the Ellery Yale Wood Collection
Section 001 (Fall 2019): The Fantastic
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course built around current strengths in the Ellery Yale Wood children's book collection of Special Collections. Course content varies from semester to semester.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B290 Modernisms
Fall 2020
This course will examine a range of works (novels, poems, paintings, and movies) that have been called "Modernist"--in general, these are works that are plotless, characterless, fragmented, eerie or just plain strange. The central question we will be exploring is, why did artists decide to create such distinctly unrealistic works? The course is organized as an exploration of several different lenses through which to view what was going on in the early twentieth century when modernism emerged; each lens presents a different theory of why new literary forms emerged. The course is organized as an exploration of several different lenses through which to view what was going on in the early twentieth century when modernism emerged; each lens presents a different theory of why new literary forms emerged. Critical Interpretation (CI)
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ENGL B291 Networked Selfhood and the Novel
Not offered 2020-21
In this class, we will read a selection novels from the late-nineteenth century to the present alongside recent scholarship in media theory examining the shifting boundaries between the self and the publics we connect with online today. Our guiding theme will be "networked selfhood." On the one hand, networked selfhood involves conscious acts of authorship. We compose sketches of our lives for classmates, public figures, acquaintances we've met only once. On the other hand, networked selfhood entails a tacit understanding that very different portraits of our lives are being assembled by data brokers, government agencies, and Silicon Valley companies. The novels we read will offer lessons in how personhood can be configured differently. Novels allow the reader to see, for instance, contradictions between the inner and outer person, the character shared with the reader as opposed to the "self" that the character projects to her social world. In addition, we will conduct exercises that allow us to regain a measure of authorship over the portraits of our lives assembled by data brokers. Students will learn tactics for protecting against online harassment and surveillance.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ENGL B293 Critical Feminist Studies: An Introduction
Not offered 2020-21
Combines the study of specific literary texts with larger questions about feminist forms of theorizing. Three book length texts will be supplemented by on-line readings. Students will review current scholarship, identify their own stake in the conversation and define a critical question they want to pursue at length.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B293 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Medieval Ecologies
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores relationships between natural, non-human, and human agents in the Middle Ages. Reading natural philosophy, vernacular literature, and theological treatises, we examine how the Middle Ages understood supposedly "modern" environmental concepts like climate change, sustainability, animal rights, and protected land.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Environmental Studies

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ENGL B302 Moby Dick
Not offered 2020-21
"It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me," Ishmael muses as he tries to understand the monomaniacal hunt that drives Captain Ahab and his crew of whalers of every race and creed to their watery doom. Herman Melville's 1851 Moby Dick and historical and critical materials surrounding it, will be the entire subject of this course. An allegory of a nation charging toward Civil War, a nation founded on ideals of freedom and equality, but built on capitalist expansion, white supremacy, slavery and genocide, Moby Dick is hailed by many (and many who have never read it) as "The Great American Novel." But which America, whose America? Written for the generation that would fight the Civil War, how does this novel continue to describe America, today? By turns comic, tragic, epic, mundane, thuddingly literal and gorgeously spiritual and metaphysical, the novel rewards both intricate close reading and intense historical and critical analysis. We will take up questions of race, gender and sexuality, colonialism, the animal and the human, the oceanic, freedom, individuality, totalitarianism, capitalism, nation and belonging. Students will write a midterm and a final research paper.

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ENGL B305 Early Modern Trans Studies
Not offered 2020-21
This course will consider the deep histories of transgender embodiment by exploring literary, historical, medical, and religious texts from the Renaissance. Expect to read about alchemical hermaphrodites, gender-swapping angels, Ethiopian eunuchs, female husbands, trans saints, criminal transvestites, and genderqueer monks. We will consider together how these early modern texts speak to the historical, theoretical, and political concerns that animate contemporary trans studies. We will read texts by Crashaw, Donne, Shakespeare, Lyly, and Dekker as well as Susan Stryker, Dean Spade, Mel Chen, Paul Preciado, and Kadji Amin. Prerequisite: Students must have completed at least one 200-level class.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B307 Philadelphia Freedom: Slavery, Liberty, Literature 1682-1899
Not offered 2020-21
Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, a space of religious diversity, the hotbed of the American Revolution, the first large "free" city north of the slave states, a major center of free Black culture. In this course we will examine literature written in and about Philadelphia before the Civil War, exploring how and why Philadelphians engaged questions of freedom and non-freedom. Beginning with William Penn and the colonial city, moving through the literatures of Revolution and the Civil War, we will conclude with W. E. B. DuBois' The Philadelphia Negro. We will take two field trips to the city and students will be expected to pursue city-based research projects.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B308 Islam and Europe in Premodern Literature
Not offered 2020-21
This course taps into early modern European literature's fascination with Islam as a point of entry into contemporary theoretical debates about religion, secularization, migration, race, and nationalism. We will address topics such as: the Crusades; the fall of Granada; conversion; anti-Semitism and Islamophobia; settler colonialism; blood purity laws; and piracy and privateering. Authors may include Camoes, Tasso, Massinger, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Cervantes, Ercilla, Percy, and de Hita.

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ENGL B310 Confessional Poetry
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B314 Troilus and Criseyde
Not offered 2020-21
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 toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B315 Reading Childhood Through the Brontës
Spring 2021
Recently, the field of childhood studies has seen a move from considering texts about children to an increased focus on texts authored by children. This theoretical turn complicates longstanding questions relating to the ethics of representing young people, opening up new frameworks for understanding agency and self-fashioning by children. This class will take up these emergent questions via the works of one family. The Brontës' texts offer a remarkable nexus for considering these critical concerns. Novels such as Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre offer powerful evocations of the interior lives of children, while Anne Brontë's Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as well as Charlotte's Villette are unsparing in their depictions of the labor and pain of childrearing. Yet the family's juvenile productions--minutely scripted in tiny handmade books--are integral to their mythologizing in contemporary British culture. In this class, we will take the Brontë family as a case study in an effort to understand some of the very different ways childhood came to be understood in the nineteenth century. In addition to the novels and mature poetry, we will read substantial pieces of the juvenilia (including work by Branwell Brontë), such as Tales of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal, as well as the Diary Papers and assorted letters. We will situate these literary works alongside a range of other textual materials (philanthropic tracts; excerpts from government "Blue Books"; legal and medical writings; newspaper scandal stories; etc.). Moreover, we will consider the place of this family's historical childhood in the flourishing present-day Brontë industry, where visitors to Haworth Parsonage are invited to craft their own "tiny book" before purchasing embroidery kits replicating the sisters' schoolgirl samplers. We will ask: where does juvenilia fit into an author's corpus? How do we in fact distinguish juvenilia from ostensibly mature works, particularly in the case of such a short-lived family? How have narratives about the child geniuses informed interpretations of the women's tales of childhood?

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ENGL B316 Narrativity and Hip-Hop
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores narrative and poetic forms and themes in hip-hop culture. Through close, intensive analysis of hip hop lyrics, as well as audiovisual performance and visual art, we will consider how rappers and hip-hop artists from the late twentieth century onward have used the form to extend, further, and complicate key concerns of literature in general, and African American and African Diaspora literature in particular. We will explore key texts in hip hop from late 1970s to the current moment, reading them alongside short fiction and poetic works by writers such as Gayl Jones, Octavia Butler, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Junot Diaz, Ivelisse Rodriguez and others, considering how themes of socioeconomic mobility, coming of age, gender performance, and intersectional political engagement, animate artists' narrative and poetic strategies across genre and media.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B317 Materializing Disability: Text and Technology
Not offered 2020-21
Early disability activists, a group that was composed primarily wheelchair users, named the built environment--including curbs and flights of steps--as the cause of their disablement. People are not inherently disabled, they argued, but inaccessible spaces--or poorly conceived material environments--limit their mobility. Because we will be studying literature, we will turn our attention to the built environment of texts and imagine how the written word both enables and disables people with disabilities. When disabled people are unable to write or communicate by conventional means, what new writing practices do they imagine? What technologies might they rely on? From braille and talking books to American Sign Language poetry and screen-reader technology, disabled people have adapted texts to suit their needs while challenging what constitutes language. The course begins in the mid nineteenth century when Lennard Davis argues that disability emerges as a key concept in U.S. culture and proceeds through the mid twentieth-century civil rights movement when disabled people began to frame disability as a social identity. The course will travel across book history, technology, editorial theory, poetry, and performance to consider disability as a material and textual phenomenon. (Note: at the end of the term, students will design their own "edition" of a text with accessibility as the guiding force behind its design).
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ENGL B319 U.S. Literary Modernism and Technology
Not offered 2020-21
The period between 1900 and 1945 is categorized as the heyday of American modernism, an era that occasioned prolific literary production and divisions between "low" and "high" culture. This course is organized around technological developments, which led to authorial experimentations with literary form and an emphasis on subjective experience. Taking seriously William Carlos Williams's assertion that a poem is "a small... machine made out of words," we will explore how literature takes up technology--trains, automobiles, typewriters, phonographs, and radios--as a thematic for exploring human perception and will. Tentative texts include: Hart Crane's The Bridge, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Henry James's In the Cage, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and John Dos Passos's The 42nd Parallel.
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ENGL B320 Black Feminist Literature
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores contemporary black feminist literature and culture on a transnational stage. We will consider the works of prominent, emerging, and underexplored black feminist writers from various African diaspora locations, including South Africa, West Africa, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. How do these writers engage with key currents in global black feminist politics, including understandings of gender, sexuality, class, nationality and colonialism? How do they complicate these discussions in their work? We will ground our exploration in close study of black feminist poetics--the specific formal and creative choices that black feminist poets, fiction writers, visual artists, hip hop artists, webseries producers and others use to examine gender end sexuality in their art. Paying particular attention to the work of queer and LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex) artists, we will consider the various meanings of t erms such as "black," "feminist," and "queer" in various parts of the African Diaspora. Our work will emphasize close analysis of black feminist writers' works, as well as collaborative exercises and invited in-class discussions with several contemporary black diasporic feminist artists themselves. Requirements include two short papers, regular response papers, and a final project.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B321 Metropolitan Forms and Fictions
Spring 2021
Urban life is a definitive feature of modernity. As people moved from rural areas and from other countries into increasingly large cities, ways of life modernized: how people earned a living, what kinds of communities they formed, the gendered and sexual identities that became newly possible and legible, the spaces people inhabited and how they moved through them. These and other aspects of urban life shaped literary expression. This course will examine modern and contemporary works about metropolitan experience, by writers such as Virginia Woolf, Nella Larsen, Zadie Smith, Tom McCarthy, and Mohsin Hamid. Topics to be explored include flânerie, anonymity, migrations, chance and repetition, and visibility and (dis)connection.
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ENGL B322 Love and Money
Spring 2021
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.

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ENGL B324 Topics in Shakespeare:
Not offered 2020-21
Films and play texts vary from year to year. The course assumes significant prior experience of Shakespearean drama and/or Renaissance drama.
Counts toward Film Studies

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ENGL B327 Childhood in Ruins
Not offered 2020-21
This course will examine twentieth-century children's literature and novels about childhood that consider the varied relationships between childhood and scenes of ruin. We will be exploring ruins both in the context of the built environment--including for instance urban blight, zones of warfare, and sites of colonization--as well as texts that deal with environmental ruin and an increasingly toxic natural landscape. Why do so many authors in the twentieth century choose to explore the thematics of ruin via the tropes of childhood? Moreover, what is the relationship between these landscapes and the embodied experiences of the children that traverse these spaces? We will take as an especial focus the idea of the city as a site of both geographical and individual ruination, using texts set in London and New York City as our case studies. Though we will consider the traditional associations of ruination with catastrophe and decay, we will also explore the ways in which children act as canny navigators of these spaces, actively reclaiming environments framed as irredeemable. Literary texts will be read alongside major theoretical works on spatial theory, urban studies, theories of embodiment, and childhood studies.

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ENGL B329 Medieval Gender
Spring 2021
In this course, we will examine the multiplicity of ways that gender is portrayed in the literature of medieval Britain and interlinked cultural regions. How do medieval texts depict gender categories, relations of desire and violence, intersectional subject positions, and anxieties about sex that remain alive today? Instead of cleaving to an oversimplified narrative of progress, in which our modern era has at long last shaken itself free of the repressive bigotry of earlier periods, we will trace the currents of fluidity, peculiarity, and rebellion in early ideas about gender and sexuality. Texts may include the Roman de Silence, the Lais of Marie de France, and the Book of Margery Kempe. No previous experience with medieval literature required.
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ENGL B333 Lesbian Immortal
Fall 2020
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.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B335 Beyond the Human
Not offered 2020-21
This course will explore recent "materialist" approaches to literature which reject the notion that what is human is better than what is non-human. Generally what supposedly makes humans valuable is the mind, so we will look at works that treat the mind as just another body part. We will also read some critical theory that explains how valuing the mind over the body, the human over the animal, has been used to support racism, sexism, and colonialism--and has led to the destruction of the ecological system. The course will include both works that present the social, political, and biological horrors resulting from the separation of the non-human from the human, and works that imagine humans merging with nature. The reading in the course will include selections from books of "materialist" theory (such as Jane Bennett's Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things), novels (Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden; Virginia Woolf, The Waves; Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis), nonfiction (Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), and movies (Ousmane Sembene, Xala).

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ENGL B336 Topics in Film
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Cinematic Voice
Fall 2020
This is a topics course and description varies according to the topic.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Film Studies

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ENGL B339 Latina/o Culture and the Art of Migration
Not offered 2020-21
Gloria Anzaldúa has famously described the U.S.-Mexico border as an open wound and the border culture that arises from this fraught site as a third country. This course will explore how Chicana/os and Latina/os creatively represent different kinds of migrations across geo-political borders and between cultural traditions to forge transnational identities and communities. We will use cultural production as a lens for understanding how citizenship status, class, gender, race, and language shape the experiences of Latin American migrants and their Latina/o children. We will also analyze alternative metaphors and discourses of resistance that challenge anti-immigrant rhetoric and reimagine the place of undocumented migrants and Latina/os in contemporary U.S. society. Over the course of the semester, we will probe the role that literature, art, film, and music can play in the struggle for migrants' rights and minority civil rights, querying how the imagination and aesthetics can contribute to social justice. We will examine a number of different genres, as well as read and apply key theoretical texts on the borderlands and undocumented migration.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory
Section 001 (Fall 2019): Theory of the Ethnic Novel
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B354 Virginia Woolf
Fall 2020
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.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B359 Dead Presidents
Spring 2021
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.

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ENGL B363 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
Not offered 2020-21
A comprehensive study of Morrison's narrative experiments in fiction, this course traces her entire oeuvre from "Recitatif" to God Help the Child. We read the works in publication order with three main foci: Morrison-as-epistemologist questioning what it is that constitutes knowing and being known, Morrison-as-revisionary-teacher-of-reading-strategies, and Morrison in intertextual dialogue with several oral and literary traditions. In addition to critical essays, students complete a "Pilate Project" - a creative response to the works under study.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B374 African-American Childhoods
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores the literatures of African-American childhood from the late nineteenth century until the present day. We will explore "classic" works of children's literature by authors such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ann Petry, Walter Dean Myers, Virginia Hamilton, Jacqueline Woodson, James Baldwin, Paule Marshall, June Jordan, Angie Thomas and others-- alongside artifacts from a range of other spheres such as textbooks, chapbooks, and the overall rise of a new child-centered periodical culture at the turn of the twentieth century. We will pay especial attention to the ways in which the intertwined categories of literacy and property have shaped racialized notions of childhood in the United States. In addition to close textual analysis, we will engage with major theoretical works in the field of childhood and identity studies, while also investigating firsthand what can be learned via the physical examination of children's books held in Bryn Mawr's Ellery Yale Wood Collection.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B377 James Joyce
Not offered 2020-21
Most of this course will be devoted to reading one wild, amazing book: Ulysses. The book talks about almost everything, so it can seem hard to just sit down and read it on your own--and that is one of the things that is wonderful about it: it makes reading a collaborative experience. That is how the class will run: each of us will become a resource for everyone else, just by holding on to our own ways of thinking and reading and talking with each other. We will also read a book that borrows extensively from Ulysses: the graphic novel Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel.

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ENGL B379 The African Griot(te)
Not offered 2020-21
English 379 is a capstone topics course in the study of two or more distinguished African writers who have made significant contributions to African literary production. The focus changes from one semester to the next so that students may re-enroll in the course for credit. The specific focus of each semester's offering of the course is outlined separately.
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
Spring 2021
South African texts from several language communities which anticipate a post-apartheid polity and texts by contemporary South African writers which explore the complexities of life in "the new South Africa." Several films emphasize the minefield of post-apartheid reconciliation and accountability.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B388 Contemporary African Fiction
Fall 2020
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.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B390 Medieval Race
Not offered 2020-21
Examines how late medieval writers understood racial, cultural, and ethnic differences, exploring how "race" can be understood as multiple systems of power that link together cultural and religious identities, the body, and performance. Focuses on medieval vocabularies and depictions of racial and cultural difference, community-formation, and "foreignness."

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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.

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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.

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ENGL B403 Supervised Work
Advanced students may pursue independent research projects. Permission of the instructor and major adviser is required.

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ENGL B403 Supervised Work
Advanced students may pursue independent research projects. Permission of the instructor and major adviser is required.

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ARTT B356 Endgames: Theater of Samuel Beckett
Spring 2021
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.

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ARTW B159 Introduction to Creative Writing
Spring 2021
This course is for students who wish to experiment with three genres of creative writing: short fiction, poetry and drama, and techniques specific to each of them. Priority will be given to interested first- and second-year students; additional spaces will be made available to upper-year students with little or no experience in creative writing. Students will write or revise work every week; roughly four weeks each will be devoted to short fiction, poetry, and drama. There will be individual conferences with the instructor to discuss their progress and interests. Half of class time will be spent discussing student work and half will be spent discussing syllabus readings.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B233 Writing for Radio and Podcast
Not offered 2020-21
This course will explore the craft of writing for audio sources by focusing on the skills, process and techniques necessary to the generation and production of radio and podcast pieces. Using the information-gathering tools of a journalist, the analytical tools of an essayist and the technical tools of a prose writer, students will study contemporary and historical radio and podcasts in the interest of creating their own pieces. The central focus of the course will be weekly visits from current radio writers, producers and on-air personalities, including local and national NPR producers, commentators and reporters.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Creative Writing
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARTW B260 Writing Short Fiction I
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
An introduction to fiction writing, focusing on the short story. Students will consider fundamental elements of fiction and the relationship of narrative structure, style, and content, exploring these elements in their own work and in the assigned readings in order to develop an understanding of the range of possibilities open to the fiction writer. Weekly readings and writing exercises are designed to encourage students to explore the material and styles that most interest them, and to push their fiction to a new level of craft, so that over the semester their writing becomes clearer, more controlled, and more absorbing.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B261 Writing Poetry I
Spring 2021
In this course students will learn to "read like a writer," while grappling with the work of accomplished poets, and providing substantive commentary on peers' work. Through diverse readings, students will examine craft strategies at work in both formal and free verse poems, such as diction, metaphor, imagery, lineation, metrical patterns, irony, and syntax. The course will cover shaping forms (such as elegy and pastoral) as well as given forms, such as the sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, etc. Students will discuss strategies for conveying the literal meaning of a poem (e.g., through sensory description and clear, compelling language) and the concealed meaning of a text (e.g., through metaphor, imagery, meter, irony, and shifts in diction and syntax). By the end of the course, students will have generated new material, shaped and revised draft poems, and significantly grown as writers by experimenting with various aspects of craft.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B262 Playwriting I
Fall 2020
An introduction to playwriting through a combination of reading assignments, writing exercises, discussions about craft and ultimately the creation of a complete one-act play. Students will work to discover and develop their own unique voices as they learn the technical aspects of the craft of playwriting. Short writing assignments will complement each reading assignment. The final assignment will be to write an original one-act play.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B263 Writing Memoir I
Not offered 2020-21
The purpose of this course is to provide students with practical experience in writing about the events, places and people of their own lives in the form of memoir. Emphasis will be placed on open-ended investigation into what we think we know (about ourselves and others) and how we think we came to know it. In addition to writing memoir of their own, and workshop discussions, students will also read and discuss works by writers such as Montaigne, Hazlitt, Freud, H.D., J.R. Ackerley, Georges Perec, and more contemporary writing by writers such as Akeel Bilgrami, Elif Batuman, Emily Witt, Lawrence Jackson. Although little mention will be made of the master narratives of American memoir--Christian redemption, confession, captivity, and slavery--the class will consistently struggle to come to terms with their foundational legacy in American life and letters.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B264 Long Form Journalism.
Fall 2020
Students in this class will learn how to develop, report, write, edit and revise a variety of news stories, beginning with the basics of reporting and writing the news and advancing to longer-form stories, including personality profiles, news features and trend stories, and concluding with point-of-view journalism (columns, criticism, reported essays). The course will focus heavily on work published in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times. Several working journalists will participate as guest speakers to explain their craft. Students will write stories that will be posted on the class blog, the English House Gazette.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B265 Creative Nonfiction
Spring 2021
This course will explore the literary expressions of nonfiction writing by focusing on the skills, process and craft techniques necessary to the generation and revision of literary nonfiction. Using the information-gathering tools of a journalist, the analytical tools of an essayist and the technical tools of a fiction writer, students will produce pieces that will incorporate both factual information and first person experience. Readings will include a broad group of writers ranging from E.B. White to Anne Carson, George Orwell to David Foster Wallace, Joan Didion to James Baldwin, among many others.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B266 Screenwriting
Not offered 2020-21
An introduction to screenwriting. Issues basic to the art of storytelling in film will be addressed and analyzed: character, dramatic structure, theme, setting, image, sound. The course focuses on the film adaptation; readings include novels, screenplays, and short stories. Films adapted from the readings will be screened. In the course of the semester, students will be expected to outline and complete the first act of an adapted screenplay of their own.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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ARTW B269 Writing for Children
Not offered 2020-21
In this course, students have the opportunity to hone the craft of writing for children and young adults. Through reading, in-class discussion, peer review of student work, and private conferences with the instructor, we will examine the specific requirements of the picture book, the middle-grade novel, and the young adult novel. This analytical study of classic and contemporary literature will inspire and inform students' creative work in all aspects of storytelling, including character development, plotting, world building, voice, tone, and the roles of illustration and page composition in story narration.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTW B360 Writing Short Fiction II
Fall 2020
An exploration of approaches to writing short fiction designed to strengthen skills of experienced student writers as practitioners and critics. Requires writing at least five pages each week, workshopping student pieces, and reading texts ranging from realist stories to metafictional experiments and one-page stories to the short novella, to explore how writers can work within tight confines. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B260 or work demonstrating equivalent expertise in writing short fiction. Students without the ARTW B260, must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (prose fiction) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.

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ARTW B361 Writing Poetry II
Fall 2020
This course assumes that reading and writing are inextricably linked, and that the only way to write intelligent and interesting poetry is to read as much of it as possible. Writing assignments will be closely connected to syllabus reading, including an anthology prepared by the instructor, and may include working in forms such as ekphrastic poems (i.e. poems about works of visual art or sculpture), dramatic monologues, prose poems, translations, imitations and parodies. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B261 or work demonstrating equivalent familiarity with the basic forms of poetry in English. For students without ARTW B261, a writing sample of 5-7 poems must be submitted to the instructor to be considered for this course.

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ARTW B364 Longer Fictional Forms
Not offered 2020-21
An advanced workshop for students with a strong background in fiction writing who want to write longer works: the long short story, novella and novel. Students will write intensively, and complete a long story, novel or novella (or combination thereof) totaling up to 20,000 words. Students will examine the craft of their work and of published prose. Suggested Preparation: ARTW B260 or proof of interest and ability. For students without ARTW B260, students must submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages in length (prose fiction) to the Creative Writing Program during the preregistration period to be considered for this course.

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COML B293 The Play of Interpretation
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward International Studies

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COML B398 Theories and Methods in Comparative Literature
This course, required of all senior comparative literature majors in preparation for writing the senior thesis in the spring semester, has a twofold purpose: to review interpretive approaches informed by critical theories that enhance our understanding of literary and cultural texts; and to help students prepare a preliminary outline of their senior theses. Throughout the semester, students research theoretical paradigms that bear on their own comparative thesis topics in order to situate those topics in an appropriate critical context. This is a required for majors and minors.

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CSTS B201 Cleopatra: Passion, Power, and Politics
Not offered 2020-21
Cleopatra VII, the last ruler of Ptolemaic Egypt (69-30 BCE), has been a figure of continuous fascination and political resonance for over 2000 years. She was the most famous and enigmatic person in the ancient Mediterranean world while she was alive and, since then, she has been re-imagined by countless poets, dramatists, philosophers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists of all types. In this course, we will examine both the historical Cleopatra and her reception in various media in subsequent cultures and societies. In the first part, we will carefully study the ancient literary and material evidence to learn all we can about the real Cleopatra and the tumultuous times in which she lived. In the second part, we will then consider a selection of medieval, early modern, and contemporary representations of Cleopatra, ranging from Chaucer to Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra to HBO's series Rome and the use of Cleopatra in present-day advertising. Throughout our readings, we will focus on issues such as female agency and power in a man's world, beauty and the femme fatale, east vs. west, and politics and propaganda.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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CSTS B211 Masks, Madness, and Mysteries: Introduction to Greek Tragedy
Not offered 2020-21
This course will introduce the student to the world of Greek Tragedy as it flourished in Athens in 5th century BC. We will read the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, & Euripides and discuss the playwrights' treatment of myth, the role of the chorus, the relation between text and performance, and the relevance of Greek tragedy for subsequent centuries, down to the present day. Special attention will be given to modern performances of these ancient plays in theater and in film as well as to the themes of choral voice, disability, euthanasia, slavery; the impact of war on women & children; and the relation between mortals and immortals. Please Note: NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANCIENT GREEK IS REQUIRED. ALL TEXTS WILL BE READ IN ENGLISH!
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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EALC B240 Topics in Chinese Film
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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EALC B255 Understanding Comics: Introduction to Reading the Graphic No
Not offered 2020-21
The graphic narrative form has proliferated at a breathtaking rate in the last several decades. Called "comics," "graphic novels," and many other terms in between, these word-image hybrids have been embraced by both popular and critical audiences. But what is a graphic novel? How do we conceive of these texts and, more importantly, how do we read, interpret and write about them? This course is focused on approaches to reading the graphic novel, with a focus on a subgenre called the "literary comic." Our first approach is to consider different kinds of primary source texts and ask if and how they fulfill our understanding of the graphic narrative. This consideration will include various test cases, from wordless comics, to texts used as images, to the many varieties of word-image hybrids that are called comic books. Our second approach is to examine different scholarly approaches to analyzing graphic narratives, base d in different disciplines such as memoir studies, trauma studies, visual and material culture, history, semiotics, and, especially, narratology. Primary source readings include texts by Ware, Barry, Clowes, and Burns. Secondary readings include Hirsch, McCloud, Barthes, Iser, and Groensteen.Three short assignments due during the semester, and a final project due at the end of exam period (see description below). Students will also rotate responsibilities for starting discussions with small presentations aimed at discussing readings in depth. Students taking this course for their major in EALC or COML should meet with the instructor to discuss specific requirements.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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EALC B310 Advanced Readings in the Graphic Narrative
Spring 2021
This advanced seminar focuses on critical and theoretical approaches to the graphic novel. In the past several decades, a genre of "auteur comics" has emerged from the medium that are highly literary with a deep engagement between form and meaning. This seminar focuses on weekly close readings of such graphic novels with rigorous analysis of form and content. Primary text readings are supplemented with readings from literary theory, visual studies, and philosophy. Participants are expected to be comfortable with the application of literary critical theory and visual studies theory to texts. There are no prerequisites for the course, but due to the quantity and complexity of the reading material, some background in literary study is necessary. Students interested in taking this course in fulfillment of a major requirement in Comparative Literature or East Asian Languages and Cultures will need to discuss with me prior to enrollment. Preference given to students who have taken EALC B255. This semester (Spring 2021) we will explore theories of narrative in the context of the graphic narrative. Students will read and view primary texts, supplemented by theoretical readings, that engage questions of how subjects develop through unconventional notions of "travel" in time, space, or both. THIS COURSE IS OFFERED AS PART OF A 360
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward East Asian Languages and Cultures
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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EALC B315 Spirits, Saints, Snakes, Swords: Women in East Asian Literature & Film
Not offered 2020-21
This interdisciplinary course focuses on a critical survey of literary and visual texts by and about Chinese women. We will begin by focusing on the cultural norms that defined women's lives beginning in early China, and consider how those tropes are reflected and rejected over time and geographical borders (in Japan, Hong Kong and the United States). No prior knowledge of Chinese culture or language necessary.
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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EALC B345 Topics in East Asian Culture
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Course contents vary.

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Spring 2021
By bringing together the study of major theoretical currents of the 20th century and the practice of analyzing literary works in the light of theory, this course aims at providing students with skills to use literary theory in their own scholarship. The selection of theoretical readings reflects the history of theory (psychoanalysis, structuralism, narratology), as well as the currents most relevant to the contemporary academic field: Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism, Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism. They are paired with a diverse range of short stories (Poe, Kafka, Camus, Borges, Calvino, Morrison, Djebar, Ngozi Adichie) that we discuss along with our study of theoretical texts. The class will be conducted in English with an additional hour in French for students wishing to take it for French credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GERM B262 Topics: Film and the German Literary Imagination
Not offered 2020-21
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B112 Art, Death, and the Afterlife
Not offered 2020-21
This course aims to explore how art was used as a symbolic form to overcome death and to assure immortality in a variety of archaeological, philosophical, religious, sociopolitical, and historical contexts.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B299 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the present
Not offered 2020-21
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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HART B334 Topics in Film Studies
Section 001 (Fall 2020): The Present
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This course explores the ways in which technology has been represented in science fiction films.

Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2020-21
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Silent Film: From U.S. to Soviet Russia& Beyond
Fall 2020
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Visual Studies

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RUSS B277 Nabokov in Translation
Spring 2021
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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SPAN B332 Novelas de las Américas
Spring 2021
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. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx

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