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Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ENGL B103-001American Futures: Literatures of New World FantasySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWEnglish House IISchneider,B.
ENGL B212-001Renaissance Erotic PoetrySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWEnglish House Lecture HallGordon,C.
ENGL B220-001Writing in Theory/Writing in PracticeSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 10Hemmeter,G.
ENGL B229-001Movies and Mass PoliticsSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHEnglish House Lecture HallTratner,M., Tratner,M.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM SUCarpenter Library 21
ENGL B239-001African American PoetrySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWEnglish House Lecture HallSullivan,M.
ENGL B250-001Methods of Literary StudySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWEnglish House IIThomas,K.
ENGL B250-002Methods of Literary StudySemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 2Taylor,J.
ENGL B252-001Disability Studies; Disability StoriesSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHEnglish House IMcGuire,R.
ENGL B255-001Food and the Transnational CitySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THEnglish House Lecture HallVider,S.
ENGL B262-001Survey in African American Literature: 19th Century African American NarrativeSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHEnglish House IIIBeard,L.
ENGL B270-001American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literatures, 1690-1935Semester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWEnglish House Lecture HallSchneider,B.
ENGL B324-001Topics in Shakespeare:: Global ShakespeareSemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWEnglish House IGordon,C.
ENGL B335-001Beyond the HumanSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor Hall CTratner,M.
ENGL B336-001Topics in Film: Cinematic VoiceSemester / 1LEC: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWDalton Hall 1Bryant,S., Bryant,S.
Film Screening: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM SUCollege Hall 224
ENGL B379-001The African Griot(te): Women Writing Southern AfricaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 6Beard,L.
ENGL B388-001Contemporary African FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TEnglish House IBeard,L.
ENGL B390-001Medieval RaceSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTaylor Hall DTaylor,J.
ENGL B399-001Senior EssaySemester / 1
ARTW B159-001Introduction to Creative WritingSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 6Matthews,D.
ARTW B260-001Writing Short Fiction ISemester / 1Lecture: 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM WTaylor Hall CLiontas,A.
ARTW B264-001News and Feature WritingSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TEnglish House IIFerrick,T.
ARTW B361-001Writing Poetry IISemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WEnglish House IIIMatthews,D.
ARTW B364-001Longer Fictional FormsSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TEnglish House IILiontas,A.
EALC B240-001Topics in Chinese Film: The Films of Wong Kar-waiSemester / 1LEC: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 10Kwa,S., Kwa,S.
Film Screening: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM MCarpenter Library 21
EALC B255-001Understanding Comics: Introduction to Reading the Graphic NoSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHCollege Hall 118Kwa,S.
HART B334-001Topics in Film Studies: Transitional Objects: Between Old and New MediaSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MCarpenter Library 13King,H.
RUSS B277-001Nabokov in TranslationSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHEnglish House IHarte,T.

Fall 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ENGL B104-001The Global Short StorySemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHBeard,L.
ENGL B202-001Understanding PoetrySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWHedley,J.
ENGL B205-001Introduction to FilmSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHBryant,S.
Film Screening: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM SU
ENGL B217-001Narratives of LatinidadSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWHarford Vargas,J.
ENGL B236-001Latina/o Culture and the Art of MigrationSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWHarford Vargas,J.
ENGL B250-001Methods of Literary StudySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWTaylor,J.
ENGL B269-001Medieval BodiesSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWTaylor,J.
ENGL B271-001Transatlantic Childhoods in the 19th CenturySemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHFlower,C.
ENGL B305-001Early Modern Trans StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHEnglish House IIGordon,C.
ENGL B307-001Philadelphia Freedom: Slavery, Liberty, Literature 1682-1899Semester / 1Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWSchneider,B.
ENGL B320-001Black Feminist LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHSullivan,M.
ENGL B363-001Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative ConjureSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHBeard,L.
ENGL B377-001James JoyceSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHTratner,M.
ENGL B398-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM MDept. staff, TBA
ARTW B260-001Writing Short Fiction ISemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHEnglish House IIIFeldman,S.
ARTW B261-001Writing Poetry ISemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHEnglish House IIMatthews,D.
ARTW B262-001Playwriting ISemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THDalton Hall 6Feldman,L.
ARTW B264-001News and Feature WritingSemester / 1Lecture: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM TEnglish House IIFerrick,T.
ARTW B360-001Writing Short Fiction IISemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHEnglish House IFeldman,S.
COML B398-001Theories and Methods in Comparative LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THDept. staff, TBA
EALC B345-001Topics in East Asian Culture: Food and PowerSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM THKwa,S.
ITAL B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities: Critical TheoriesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWGiammei,A.

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ENGL B107-001Staging American FamiliesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHHemmeter,G.
ENGL B215-001Early Modern Crime Narratives: Vice, Villains, and LawSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWGordon,C.
ENGL B225-001Contemporary Life Writing: Form and TheorySemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWBryant,S.
ENGL B226-001PostmodernismSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHTratner,M.
ENGL B231-001Theorizing Affect, Watching TelevisionSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHBryant,S.
Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH
ENGL B250-001Methods of Literary StudySemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWGordon,C.
ENGL B250-002Methods of Literary StudySemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHHarford Vargas,J.
ENGL B274-001Ethnic Speculative FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-12:45 PM TEnglish House Lecture HallHarford Vargas,J.
ENGL B283-001Transnational WritingSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHBeard,L.
ENGL B291-001Networked Selfhood and the NovelSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWWythoff,G.
ENGL B293-001Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Medieval EcologiesSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHTaylor,J.
ENGL B302-001Moby DickSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MSchneider,B.
ENGL B314-001Troilus and CriseydeSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHTaylor,J.
ENGL B316-001Narrativity and Hip-HopSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWSullivan,M.
ENGL B336-001Topics in Film: Cinematic VoiceSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHBryant,S.
Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH
ENGL B388-001Contemporary African FictionSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WBeard,L.
ENGL B399-001Senior EssaySemester / 1
ARTW B159-001Introduction to Creative WritingSemester / 1LEC: 12:15 PM- 1:35 PM TTHEnglish House IIIMatthews,D.
ARTW B233-001Writing for Radio and PodcastSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WTorday,D.
ARTW B361-001Writing Poetry IISemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM WEnglish House IIIMatthews,D.
EALC B315-001Spirits, Saints, Snakes, Swords: Women in East Asian Literature & FilmSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:30 PM WKwa,S.
GERM B262-001Topics: Film and the German Literary ImaginationSemester / 1Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHBurri,M.
HART B112-001Art, Death, and the AfterlifeSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFShi,J.

2018-19 Catalog Data

ENGL B103 American Futures: Literatures of New World Fantasy
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ENGL B104 The Global Short Story
Fall 2018
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)

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ENGL B106 Romance to Bromance
Not offered 2018-19
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
Spring 2019
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 2018-19
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
Fall 2018
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 B202 The Language of Loss: Mourning and Melancholia in Elegy
Not offered 2018-19
Elegy is the genre of poetry tasked with performing the work of mourning in the aftermath of profound loss. Elegies are crucial for our understanding of literary history because in addition to coping with individual loss they address larger themes and problems about literature, including what form mourning should take in verse. These poems range from meditating on the vision of someone dying to lamenting the loss of a fellow poet, and they take on excruciating subjects such as the loss of a child or coming to terms with the violent death of a beloved person. An elegy can be both intensely personal and political, forcing us to confront our own mortality and the grief of others. This course examines the rich history of this genre, starting with Elizabethans, including Ben Jonson's heartbreaking poem "On My First Son," and ending with Helen Macdonald's recent memoir, H is for Hawk, that connects her own personal grief with the glo bal ecological crisis. Our readings will address a wide array of social and cultural contexts from the problem of faith in the Victorian period to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s. We will also consider how the genre of elegy extends beyond poetic form to include narrative and memoir. Major elegies might include Milton's Lycidas, Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," Percy Shelley's Adonais, Alfred Lord Tennyson's In Memoriam, Donald Hall's Without, Joan Didion's In the Year of Magical Thinking, and Anne Carson's Nox. We will also engage shorter works by Shakespeare, John Donne, Anne Bradstreet, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Hardy, Anne Sexton, Claude McKay, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Theodore Roethke, John Berryman, Mark Doty, Li-Young Lee, Marilyn Hacker, and others. In addition to these primary texts, we will touch on theories of loss and mourning, including the work of Sigmund Freud and Judith Butler
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B203 Imagined Worlds: Utopia and Dystopia in Literature
Not offered 2018-19
When Thomas More coined the term "Utopia" in 1516, it meant both "good place" and "no place" - an ideal society, and an unreachable one. Since then, the term (as well as its opposite, dystopia) has been applied to representations of imagined worlds that hold a mirror up to our own. In this class, we'll read texts from the early modern period (Utopia, The Blazing World) through the present day (The Handmaid's Tale, The Hunger Games) that use invented societies to critique the 'real world.' We will pay particular attention to how descriptions of imagined places explore very real tensions around class, gender and racial identities. Do these texts offer a path to better worlds, or do such fantasies always remain out of reach?
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B205 Introduction to Film
Fall 2018
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 B207 Eating Empire: Food, Diaspora and Victorian Britain
Not offered 2018-19
This class will explore British culinary culture across the long nineteenth century, focusing on how food culture was used in the ordering and Othering of the world and its populations. Our lens is the relationship of food to nineteenth-century colonial and imperial discourse and we will analyze how food both traced and guided global networks of power, politics and trade. We will be particularly interested in theorizing the paradox that the trademark English comestibles - the sweet cup of tea, the curry - are colonial imports, and we will also construct a history of the industrialization of food that facilitated exportation. As we are tracing the flows of capital and foodstuffs, we will also consider the power of resisting food, by studying anti-saccharite abolitionist protests, hunger strikes and food adulteration campaigns. Organizing units will include sugar, chocolate, tea, spices. Texts will include slave narratives, nineteenth century cookbooks and colonial culinary memoirs, Thackeray's Vanity Fair, Stoker's Dracula, Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B208 Big Books of American Literature
Not offered 2018-19
This course focuses on the "big books" of mid-19th-century American literature, viewed through the lenses of contemporary theory and culture. Throughout the course, as we explore the role that classics play in the construction of our culture, we will consider American literature as an institutional apparatus, under debate and by no means settled. This will involve a certain amount of antidisciplinary work: interrogating books as naturalized objects, asking how they reproduce conventional categories and how we might re-imagine the cultural work they perform. We will look at the problems of exceptionalism as we examine traditional texts relationally, comparatively, and interactively.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B210 Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender
Not offered 2018-19
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 B211 The Lives of Nineteenth-Century Monsters
Not offered 2018-19
This course explores the centrality of monstrosity to the nineteenth-century British novel. Our work will involve placing these monsters in the tradition of the Gothic in order to understand the cultural, social, and literary metaphors they represent. In some cases, we will read about monsters with hideous bodies, but our work will also include reading about monstrosity that is kept hidden from view. To aid our work--and to provide adequate protection--we will read about the sublime, the uncanny, and the other topics that monstrosity veils and exposes such as gender and sexuality. Literary texts might include Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, James Hogg's The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, George Eliot's The Lifted Veil, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B212 Renaissance Erotic Poetry
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018-19
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 2019
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 B217 Narratives of Latinidad
Fall 2018
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 Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B220 Writing in Theory/Writing in Practice
Not offered 2018-19
This Praxis course is designed for students interested in teaching or tutoring writing at the high-school or college level. The course focuses on understanding the relationship between high school and college-level writing. Readings focus on the theory and pedagogy of writing, on literacy issues, and on writing culture.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B222 Monsters and Culture
Not offered 2018-19
"Every age embraces the vampire it needs and, at the same time, gets the vampire it deserves"--so claims Nina Auerbach's Our Vampires, Ourselves. This course explores why we might need and deserve the vampires and other monstrous creatures that have captured the popular imagination. We will focus on the long reach of iconic nineteenth-century British monsters--Frankenstein and his creature, Dracula and other vampires, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde--that caused a sensation in their time and continue to grip us today. We will follow their transformations from Romantic and Victorian origins to recent reworkings in film and television shows, such as Donnie Darko, The Matrix, and True Blood. Tracing how such monsters shift shapes and meanings, we will consider what popular monsters can tell us about a particular culture's anxieties and desires.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B225 Contemporary Life Writing: Form and Theory
Spring 2019
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 2019
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 Poverty and Precarious Lives on Screen
Not offered 2018-19
The cinema and the mainstream film industry have been well suited to depicting glamour, opulence, and wealth. But what about the widespread condition of being poor and living on the brink of being even worse off? In this course, we will explore cinematic depictions of poverty and inequality to ask whether and how films can go beyond romanticizing poverty or merely rehearsing rags-to-riches narratives. How does the awareness of poverty shape aesthetic form in film? What are the social and political implications of how cinema treats the condition of being poor? Subtopics will include: the Great Depression and Hollywood; social realism and fantasies of escape; representing labor in late capitalism; global inequality and a "world" cinema; and precarity in the 21st-century U.S. Film will include Gold Diggers of 1933, Sullivan's Travels, Ratcatcher, Slumdog Millionaire, Wendy and Lucy, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B228 Silence: The Rhetorics of Class, Gender, Culture, Religion
Not offered 2018-19
This course will consider silence as a rhetorical art and political act, an imaginative space and expressive power that can serve many functions, including that of opening new possibilities among us. We will share our own experiences of silence, re-thinking them through the lenses of how it is explained in philosophy, enacted in classrooms and performed by various genders, cultures, and religions.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B229 Movies and Mass Politics
Not offered 2018-19
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 Topics in American Drama
Not offered 2018-19
Considers American plays of the 20th century, reading major playwrights of the canon alongside other dramatists who were less often read and produced. Will also study later 20th century dramatists whose plays both develop and resist the complex foundation established by canonical American playwrights and how American drama reflects and responds to cultural and political shifts. Considers how modern American identity has been constructed through dramatic performance, considering both written and performed versions of these plays.
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ENGL B231 Theorizing Affect, Watching Television
Spring 2019
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 B232 Pirates in the Popular Imagination
Not offered 2018-19
This course will explore popular representations of pirates from the seventeenth century to the present, in memoirs, first-hand and fictional accounts (including children's literature), and films. The context will be global, with an emphasis on the transatlantic world. Topics will include slavery, gender/sexuality, captivity, class/status, race, and imperialism/colonialism.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B233 Spenser and Milton
Not offered 2018-19
The course is equally divided between Spenser's Faerie Queene and Milton's Paradise Lost, with additional short readings from each poet's other work.
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ENGL B234 Postcolonial Literature in English
Not offered 2018-19
This course will survey a broad range of novels and poems written while countries were breaking free of British colonial rule. Readings will also include cultural theorists interested in defining literary issues that arise from the postcolonial situation.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B236 Latina/o Culture and the Art of Migration
Fall 2018
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 Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B239 African American Poetry
Not offered 2018-19
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 Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B240 Wit and Witness: English Literature 1660-1744
Not offered 2018-19
The rise of new literary genres and the contemporary efforts to find new definitions of heroism and wit, good taste and good manners, sin and salvation, individual identity and social responsibility, and the pressure exerted by changing social, intellectual and political contexts of literature. Readings from Defoe, Dryden, early feminist writers, Pope, Restoration dramatists and Swift.
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ENGL B242 Historical Introduction to English Poetry I
Not offered 2018-19
This course traces the development of English poetry from 1360 to 1700, emphasizing forms, themes, and conventions that have become part of the continuing vocabulary of poetry, and exploring the strengths and limitations of different strategies of interpretation. Featured poets: Chaucer, Jonson, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.
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ENGL B243 Historical Introduction to English Poetry II
Not offered 2018-19
The development of English poetry from 1700 to the present. This course is a continuation of ENGL 242 but can be taken independently. Featured poets: Wordsworth, Browning, Christina Rossetti, Yeats, Heaney, Walcott.
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ENGL B244 Unsettling Literacy
Not offered 2018-19
These two linked courses, co-designed by teachers in the Education Program and English Department, offer the Bi-Co alongside three placement sites-- a correctional facility, a re-entry program, and a youth art and advocacy project--as comparative contexts for experiences and reflections on the meanings of "literacy": What gives us access, to texts and selves? What are the outcomes of such educational processes? Do we imagine "learning our letters," in Frederick Douglas's words, as providing "the pathway from slavery to freedom," and/or (as claimed by a contemporary criminologist) as "training good workers for a problematic system"? How might "literacy" take on different meanings in different contexts? Does it enable learners to fill roles in stratified, normalizing institutions, and/or give us increased leeway in living our lives--perhaps even opening up what educator Jean Anyon calls "radical possibilities"? Placements will involve a weekly off-campus commitment of 3-4 hours. For more info, see https://serendip.brynmawr.edu/oneworld/unsettling-literacies/unsettling-...
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B247 Shakespeare's Teenagers
Not offered 2018-19
There was no such thing as a teenager in Shakespeare's England; the word doesn't enter the English language until the 20th century. Yet present-day writers and filmmakers often cast Shakespeare's young adults as teenaged characters, using adaptations to tell the story of today's teens coming of age. In this course, we'll study several Shakespeare plays and current versions them, including film, fiction, music and even a production of Romeo and Juliet conducted entirely over Twitter. Why do so many artists choose to represent present-day teen culture through Shakespeare? And can the notion of a "teen" protagonist productively be applied to Shakespeare's plays?
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ENGL B249 Love and Madness in Victorian Poetry
Not offered 2018-19
We commonly associate Victorian Britain with great works of fiction by writers such as Charles Dickens and Charlotte Brontë. However, the development of Victorian poetry over the same period of time, roughly 1830-1901, is a frequently overlooked site of immense creativity. This course will cover a broad array of topics from the Victorian Poetess to the Pre-Raphaelite School with a particular emphasis on the innovation of the dramatic monologue. Unlike the Romantic lyric, the dramatic monologue enables us to hear directly from a diversity of speakers who are frequently lovesick and mad. From murderers to narcissistic painters, the dramatic monologue represents the nuances of human thought that surface in language. Readings will include texts by Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, George Meredith, Matthew Arnold, Augusta Webster, Amy Levy, and Oscar Wilde.
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ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study
Fall 2018, Spring 2019
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 before their senior year.
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ENGL B252 Disability Studies; Disability Stories
Not offered 2018-19
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.
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ENGL B255 Food and the Transnational City
Not offered 2018-19
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 B260 Origin Stories: Human Perspectives on Beginnings
Not offered 2018-19
This course is part of the "Origin Stories" 360. It will begin with an examination of "Western" origin stories and philsosophies of progress and history, with the intention of both historicizing and "making strange" the cultural inheritances most prevalent in Europe and post-contact North America. We will then turn to an in-depth analysis of the Diné Bahane', or "Story of the People," the creation cycle of the Navajo, focusing attention on a geographically specific and temporally non-linear philosophy of origin and continuity. We will conclude with a series of contemporary Science Fiction and Fantasy engagements with the problem of origin, asking how we continue to reinvent our beginnings, and why. Throughout the course we will turn our attention to origin stories from various parts of the world that might specifically illuminate the science in the other two courses.
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ENGL B262 Survey in African American Literature
Section 001 (Spring 2018): 19th Century African American Narrative
Not offered 2018-19
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 B267 The Romantic Imagination
Not offered 2018-19
Many of our contemporary ideas about both the imagination and the power of art to change the world originate from British Romantic literature. These ideas developed in a short but intensely creative period of literary and cultural history spanning from the 1790s to the 1820s. This is an age of political upheaval, scientific discovery, and social revolution. We will foreground our discussion of these radical transformations in art and politics by reading the prose of Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, and William Godwin. We will then examine the rise of Romanticism in the poetry of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge by focusing on their groundbreaking text _Lyrical Ballads_. We will use this poetry to define the power of what these writers called the "imagination." The course will then turn toward the later Romantics, who responded to these artistic and political ideals in surprising ways. Readings may include Percy By sshe Shelley's _The Cenci_, John Keats's Odes, and Lord Byron's _Childe Harold's Pilgrimage_. Our study of verse will be complemented by fiction writers of the period such as Jane Austen and Mary Shelley. An assortment of critical texts will enable us to situate these works in their cultural, social, and literary contexts.
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ENGL B269 Medieval Bodies
Fall 2018
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 2018-19
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 B271 Transatlantic Childhoods in the 19th Century
Fall 2018
This class explores what we can see anew when we juxtapose American and British experiences of, and responses to, emergent ideas and ideals of childhood in the child-obsessed nineteenth century. After setting up key eighteenth-century concepts and contexts for what French historian Philippe Ariès called the "invention of childhood," we'll explore the ways in which children came to be defined between 1800 and 1900, in relation to such categories as law, labor, education, sex, play, and psychology, through examinations of both "literary" works and texts and artifacts from a range of other discourses and spheres. We'll move between American and British examples, aiming to track the commonalities at work in the two nations and the effects of marked structural differences. Here we'll be especially attentive to chattel slavery in the U.S., and to the relations, and non-relations, between the racialized notions of childhood produced in this country and those which arise out of Britain's sharply stratified class landscape. If race and class are produced differently, we'll also consider the degree to which British and American histories and representations of boyhood and girlhood converge and diverge across the period. We'll close with reflections on the ways in which a range of literary genres on the cusp of modernism form themselves in and through the new discourses of childhood and evolving figures of the child.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Child and Family Studies

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ENGL B272 Queer of Color Critique
Not offered 2018-19
Queer of color critique (QoCC) is a mode of criticism with roots in women of color feminism, post-structuralism, critical race theory, and queer studies. QoCC focuses on "intersectional" analyses. That is, QoCC seeks to integrate studies of race, sexuality, gender, class, and nationalism, and to show how these categories are co-constitutive. In so doing, QoCC contends that a focus on gay rights or reliance on academic discourse is too narrow. QoCC therefore addresses a wide set of issues from beauty standards to terrorism and questions the very idea of "normal." This course introduces students to the ideas of QoCC through key literary and film texts.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B274 Ethnic Speculative Fiction
Spring 2019
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 Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature
Not offered 2018-19
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 B283 Transnational Writing
Spring 2019
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 B290 Modernisms
Not offered 2018-19
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
Spring 2019
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.
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ENGL B293 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Medieval Ecologies
Spring 2019
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 B296 Introduction to Medieval Drama
Not offered 2018-19
Introduces students to the major types of dramatic production in the Middle Ages: mystery plays, morality plays, and miracle plays. Also examines early Protestant political drama know as "interludes" and the translation of medieval plays into contemporary films and novellas. Explores the construction of local communities around professional acting and production guilds, different strategies of performance, and the relationship between the medieval dramatic stage and other kinds of "stages."
Critical Interpretation (CI)
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ENGL B301 Women on Top: Gender and Power in Renaissance Drama
Not offered 2018-19
From virtuous queens to scheming adulteresses and cross-dressed "Roaring Girls," powerful female characters are at the center of a number of Renaissance plays. This class will explore how playwrights such as Shakespeare, Webster and Dekker represent both fantasies and anxieties about tough women who take charge of their destinies. We will read these plays first in the context of the historical position of women in early modern England, and then turn to gender theory (e.g. Butler, Sedgwick, Rubin) to examine constructions of gender identity and female agency.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B302 Moby Dick
Spring 2019
"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 a nd 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 B304 Feeling Romantic, Feeling Victorian
Not offered 2018-19
This course considers the rich array of feelings--ranging from happiness and sympathy to anger and shame--that shape Romantic and Victorian novels. In nineteenth-century Britain, sympathy for others was both a social ideal and a major justification for novel reading, and a similar pursuit of compassion continues today, contributing to our current investments in reading the literary classics. But, in such novels, what other feelings cluster around compassion, complicating it? What good can come of feeling bad? What are the potential benefits of feeling dissatisfied, divisive, or disconnected? Novels by Mary Shelley, the Brontës, and others will be placed in dialogue with recent debates, especially within feminist and queer studies, on the value of mixed feelings.

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ENGL B305 Early Modern Trans Studies
Fall 2018
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
Fall 2018
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.

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ENGL B308 Islam and Europe in Premodern Literature
Not offered 2018-19
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 B309 Native American Literature
Not offered 2018-19
This course focuses on late-20th-century Native literatures that attempt to remember and redress earlier histories of dispersal and genocide. We will ask how various writers with different tribal affiliations engage in discourses of humor, memory, repetition, and cultural performance to refuse, rework, or lampoon inherited constructions of the "Indian" and "Indian" history and culture. We will read fiction, film, and contemporary critical approaches to Native literatures alongside much earlier texts, including oral histories, political speeches, law, and autobiography. Readings may include works by Sherman Alexie, Diane Glancy, Thomas King, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Gerald Vizenor.

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ENGL B310 Confessional Poetry
Not offered 2018-19
Poetry written since 1950 that deploys an autobiographical subject to engage with the psychological and political dynamics of family life and with states of psychic extremity and mental illness. Poets will include Lowell, Ginsberg, Sexton, and Plath. The impact of this`movement' on late twentieth century American poetry will also receive attention. A prior course in poetry is desirable but not required.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B312 The Pencil of Nature: Victorian Literature and Photography
Not offered 2018-19
This seminar examines the complex and mutually-informing relationship between Victorian literature and photography. For example, to what extent is the realist novel indebted to photography's invention, or alternatively, how has the novel shaped photography? To approach questions of this magnitude, the course is divided into a series of foundational thematic units that examine works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We begin by thinking about the history of photography in several key texts by Susan Sontag, Carol Mavor, Roland Barthes, and Walter Benjamin. After we develop a vocabulary to discuss the medium's history, we turn to its conception and how photography stems from the literature of Romanticism. This grounding in photography's early language will help us to read fiction and poetry of the 1830s and 1840s. Other units will address photography's role in constructing visions of the city, the use of photography in the Victorian culture of mourning, the ways in which the photograph can engender desire, the influence of photography on Pre-Raphaelite artists, and the sensationalism of Victorian crime depicted in photographs and stories.

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ENGL B314 Troilus and Criseyde
Spring 2019
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 B316 Narrativity and Hip-Hop
Spring 2019
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.

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ENGL B320 Black Feminist Literature
Fall 2018
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 Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies

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ENGL B324 Topics in Shakespeare:
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Global Shakespeare
Not offered 2018-19
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 B326 Topics in Renaissance Literature
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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ENGL B330 Sidekicks: Natives in the American Literary Canon from Crusoe to Moby Dick
Not offered 2018-19
How have written Indians -- the Tontos, Fridays, Pocahontases and Queequegs of the American canon -- been adopted, mimicked, performed and undermined by Native American authors? This course will examine how canonical and counter-canonical texts invent and reinvent the place of the Indian across the continuing literary "discovery" of America from 1620 to the present. Readings include The Last of the Mohicans, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe. Critical texts, research presentations, written assignments and intensive seminar discussion will address questions of cultural sovereignty, mimesis, literacy versus orality, literary hybridity, intertextuality and citation.

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ENGL B333 Lesbian Immortal
Not offered 2018-19
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.
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ENGL B335 Beyond the Human
Not offered 2018-19
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 (Spring 2018): Cinematic Voice
Section 001 (Spring 2019): Cinematic Voice
Spring 2019
This is a topics course and description varies according to the topic.
Current topic description: If film is primarily a visual medium, the integration of sound permanently changed the form. In this course, we will attend to the voice as a centrally important component of film sound. We will examine the ways voice has changed the cinema and the ways cinema has changed the voice. Topics include: the transition from silent to sound film; how voice is racialized and gendered in Hollywood film; the ways that filmmakers link voice to image, and why they matter aesthetically and politically; interiority and exteriority; and the possibility of non-human voice. The syllabus pairs a range of films with various theories relating to the concept of voice.

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ENGL B338 Literate Images--Literature and Visual Culture
Not offered 2018-19
This course examines the complex and mutually-informing relationship between literature and images, especially in the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. We will read broadly in visual culture to elucidate not only written texts, but also photographs, films, paintings, and graphic narratives. We will also consider images that are invisible or that cannot otherwise be seen. Our investigation will begin with questions that are both imaginative and ethical: How does a Victorian poem help us to understand the photographs taken by a contemporary serial killer? What can we see in the literary description of an image that cannot be seen in the image itself? Should we look at the last moments of a human life? The syllabus is divided into a series of foundational thematic units. We will begin the semester thinking about sight and how to look at an image in terms of narrative. To this end, we will read an account written by an art model who describes her experience of posing nude, a narrative that will inform our work with Laura Mulvey's influential essay, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema." This theoretical grounding in the gaze and its troubling power will help us to confront Robert Browning's dramatic monologues read with and against photographs taken by criminals. Our next unit will focus on definitions of reality and objectivity in images and narrative accounts of the Holocaust. Readings might include Primo Levi's The Drowned and the Saved, Art Spiegelman's Maus, Marianne Hirsch's The Generation of Postmemory, Susan Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others, and Georges Didi-Huberman's Images in Spite of All. We then consider the problem of representation by drawing on the tradition of poetic ekphrasis to think about visualizing art in literature by John Keats, P. B. Shelley, W. H. Auden, Adam Kirsch, and Natasha Trethewey. Our next unit takes us into the media of reproduction, and we read Walter Benjamin and Roland Barthes along with a novel by W. G. Sebald. Our discussion continues as we address spectacle, surveillance, and consumption in the imagery and literature created in the aftermath of September 11th, including Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers, W. J .T. Mitchell's Cloning Terror, Jonathan Crary's 24/7, and Judith Butler's Precarious Life. Our final unit takes us back to the foundation of the course--the relationship between art and illusion--that we find in Paul Auster's novel, The Book of Illusions, and E. H. Gombrich

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ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
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ENGL B354 Virginia Woolf
Not offered 2018-19
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.
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ENGL B355 Performance Studies
Not offered 2018-19
Introduces students to the field of performance studies, a multidisciplinary species of cultural studies which theorizes human actions as performances that both construct and resist cultural norms of race, gender, and sexuality. The course will explore "performativity" in everyday life as well as in the performing arts, and will include multiple viewings of dance and theater both on- and off-campus. In addition, we will consider the performative aspects of film and video productions.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
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ENGL B359 Dead Presidents
Not offered 2018-19
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 B361 Literature of Dissent
Not offered 2018-19
This course examines literary and historical texts engaged with the social, political, and religious upheavals in late medieval England, including the Black Death, the Hundred Years War, the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, the tyranny and deposition of Richard II, and religious repression. In doing so, this course asks students to think about relationships between literary production and political resistance, legal threat, and social change. In what ways can literature formulate and foment social dissent? How does literature comment on contemporary political, religious, or social controversies? What literary opportunities and forms emerged from the peculiar instability of this period? Suggested Preparation: At least one 200-level English or literature course.

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ENGL B362 African American Literature: Hypercanonical Codes
Not offered 2018-19
Intensive study of six 18th-21st century hypercanonical African American written and visual texts (and critical responses) with specific attention to the tradition's long use of speaking in code and in multiple registers simultaneously. Focus on language as a tool of opacity as well as transparency, translation, transliteration, invention and resistance. Previous reading required.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B363 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
Fall 2018
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 B364 Slum Fiction: From Dickens to The Wire
Not offered 2018-19
David Simon's acclaimed television show The Wire has repeatedly been related to the Victorian novel. This course links Victorian London and 20th-century Baltimore by studying: literary relations between Dickens and Poe; slum writing; the rise of the state institution; a genealogy of serial fiction from the nineteenth century novel to television drama.

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ENGL B367 Asian American Film Video and New Media
Not offered 2018-19
The course explores the role of pleasure in the production, reception, and performance of Asian American identities in film, video, and the internet, taking as its focus the sexual representation of Asian Americans in works produced by Asian American artists from 1915 to present. In several units of the course, we will study graphic sexual representations, including pornographic images and sex acts some may find objectionable. Students should be prepared to engage analytically with all class material. To maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and solidarity among the participants in the class, no auditors will be allowed.
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
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ENGL B375 Sex on Screens
Not offered 2018-19
This course will provide a historical and theoretical overview of the ways moving image sex acts have been represented on screen, from early cinema's silent film loops to today's celebrity sex tapes. We will examine the ideological operations of sex in the cinema and aim to comprehend the multifarious ways viewers, filmmakers, critics, and scholars respond to dominant conceptions of sex-sexuality through alternative cinematic production and critical scholarship. Units include: stag movies, the Production Code and ratings system, European art cinema, sex ed, underground and the avant-garde, cult / sexploitation / blaxploitation, sexual revolution, hard core, women's cinema, home video, queer cinema, HIV/AIDS, the digital revolution, feminist porn, and the Internet. Prerequisites: HART / COML B110: Identification in the Cinema; or ENGL / HART 205: Introduction to Film; or ENGL B299 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the Present.
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ENGL B377 James Joyce
Fall 2018
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)
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Women Writing Southern Africa
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
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ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature
Not offered 2018-19
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
Spring 2019
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 2018-19
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 B425 Praxis III: Independent Study
Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
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ARTT B356 Endgames: Theater of Samuel Beckett
Not offered 2018-19
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 2019
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
Spring 2019
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 2018
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
Fall 2018
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 2018
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 2018-19
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 News and Feature Writing
Fall 2018
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
Not offered 2018-19
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 B269 Writing for Children
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018
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
Spring 2019
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 B362 Playwriting II
Not offered 2018-19
This course challenges students of playwriting to further develop their unique voices and improve their technical skills in writing for the stage. We will examine how great playwrights captivate a live audience through their mastery of character, story and structure. Through a combination of weekly reading assignments, playwriting exercises, theater explorations, artist-driven feedback, and discussions of craft, this class will facilitate each student's completion of an original, full-length play. Prerequisite: ARTW 262; or suitable experience in directing, acting or playwriting; or submission of a work sample of 10 pages of dialogue. All students must complete the Creative Writing preregistration questionnaire during preregistration to be considered for the course.

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ARTW B364 Longer Fictional Forms
Not offered 2018-19
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 2018-19
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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EALC B240 Topics in Chinese Film
Section 001 (Spring 2018): The Films of Wong Kar-wai
Not offered 2018-19
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
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EALC B255 Understanding Comics: Introduction to Reading the Graphic No
Not offered 2018-19
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
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EALC B315 Spirits, Saints, Snakes, Swords: Women in East Asian Literature & Film
Spring 2019
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
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EALC B345 Topics in East Asian Culture
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Food and Power
Fall 2018
This is a topics course. Course contents vary.
Current topic description: This semester we will explore the connections between what we eat and how we define ourselves in the context of global culture. This interdisciplinary course draws from materials and methods in literature, film, visual and cultural studies, history, semiotics, anthropology, and translation studies. Students engage in critical and creative assignments throughout the semester will make use of our accessibility to Chinatown for some assignments.

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EDUC B244 Unsettling Literacy: Praxis
Not offered 2018-19
These two linked courses, co-designed by teachers in the Education Program and English Department, offer the Bi-Co alongside three placement sites-- a correctional facility, a re-entry program, and a youth art and advocacy project--as comparative contexts for experiences and reflections on the meanings of "literacy": What gives us access, to texts and selves? What are the outcomes of such educational processes? Do we imagine "learning our letters," in Frederick Douglas's words, as providing "the pathway from slavery to freedom," and/or (as claimed by a contemporary criminologist) as "training good workers for a problematic system"? How might "literacy" take on different meanings in different contexts? Does it enable learners to fill roles in stratified, normalizing institutions, and/or give us increased leeway in living our lives--perhaps even opening up what educator Jean Anyon calls "radical possibilities"? Placements will involve a weekly off-campus commitment of 3-4 hours. For more info, see https://serendip.brynmawr.edu/oneworld/unsettling-literacies/unsettling-...
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2018-19
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
Spring 2019
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: Taught in German, this course explores two cinematic Viennas: the mythmaking fantasy of the Habsburg empire, with its "fin-de-siècle Vienna," and the city of today, a place marked by competing visions of national identity, gender, culture and politics. We will study the "Wien-Film" and "Jewish Vienna" as well as recent attempts by Barbara Albert, Michael Haneke, Jessica Hausner, and others to redefine Vienna's significance within contemporary Europe.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
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HART B112 Art, Death, and the Afterlife
Spring 2019
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 2018-19
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)
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HART B306 Film Theory
Not offered 2018-19
An introduction to major developments in film theory and criticism. Topics covered include: the specificity of film form; cinematic realism; the cinematic "author"; the politics and ideology of cinema; the relation between cinema and language; spectatorship, identification, and subjectivity; archival and historical problems in film studies; the relation between film studies and other disciplines of aesthetic and social criticism. Each week of the syllabus pairs critical writing(s) on a central principle of film analysis with a cinematic example. Class will be divided between discussion of critical texts and attempts to apply them to a primary cinematic text. Prerequisite: A course in Film Studies (HART B110, HART B299, ENGL B205, or the equivalent from another college by permission of instructor).
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies
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HART B334 Topics in Film Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Transitional Objects: Between Old and New Media
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
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.
Current topic description: 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
Not offered 2018-19
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
Not offered 2018-19
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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