Courses

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

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Fall 2022 ENGL

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
ENGL B104-001 The Global Short Story 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW English House II
In Person
Beard,L.
ENGL B201-001 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH English House II
In Person
Taylor,J.
ENGL B205-001 Introduction to Film 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH English House Lecture Hall
In Person
Dabashi,P.
ENGL B217-001 Narratives of Latinidad 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW English House Lecture Hall
In Person
Harford Vargas,J.
ENGL B250-001 Methods of Literary Study 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH English House Lecture Hall
In Person
Gordon,C.
ENGL B305-001 Early Modern Trans Studies 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH English House Lecture Hall
In Person
Gordon,C.
ENGL B306-001 Global Nineteenth-Century Literature 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW English House II
In Person
Romanow,J.
ENGL B337-001 Modernism and the Ordinary 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Dalton Hall 10
In Person
Shollenberger,J.
ENGL B363-001 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW English House III
In Person
Beard,L.
ENGL B398-001 Senior Seminar 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM M English House Lecture Hall
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B262-001 Playwriting I 1Semester / 1 LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM M Goodhart Hall A
In Person
Kempson,S.
ARTW B233-001 Writing for Radio and Podcast 1Semester / 1 LEC: 7:10 PM-10:00 PM M English House II
In Person
Seavy-Nesper,M.
ARTW B260-001 Writing Short Fiction I 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Old Library 118
In Person
Sheriff,S.
ARTW B261-001 Writing Poetry I 1Semester / 1 LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH English House I
In Person
Sheriff,S.
ARTW B265-001 Creative Nonfiction 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH English House I
In Person
Matthews,D.
ARTW B266-001 Screenwriting 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Russian Center Seminar Room
In Person
Torday,D., Torday,D.
Film Screening: 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM SU Carpenter Library 25
In Person
HART B205-001 Art, Death, and the Afterlife 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Carpenter Library 25
In Person
Shi,J., Teaching Assistant,T.
POLS B353-001 Politics and Fiction 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM W Old Library 118
In Person
Elkins,J.

Spring 2023 ENGL

Course Title Schedule/Units Meeting Type Times/Days Location / Instruction Mode Instr(s)
ENGL B103-001 American Futures: Literatures of New World Fantasy 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH In Person Schneider,B.
ENGL B212-001 Renaissance Erotic Poetry 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTH In Person Gordon,C.
ENGL B213-001 Global Cinema 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW In Person Dabashi,P.
ENGL B224-001 Distant Intimacies 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW In Person Shollenberger,J.
ENGL B250-001 Methods of Literary Study 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW In Person Harford Vargas,J.
ENGL B250-002 Methods of Literary Study 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH In Person Gordon,C.
ENGL B270-001 American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literatures, 1690-1935 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH In Person Schneider,B.
ENGL B283-001 Transnational Writing 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MW In Person Beard,L.
ENGL B295-001 Race and the Victorians 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH In Person Thomas,K.
ENGL B298-001 Jane Austen and British Romanticism 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW In Person Romanow,J.
ENGL B299-001 W.B. Yeats & Gwendolyn Brooks: Reading the Poetic Career 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW In Person Romanow,J.
ENGL B333-001 Lesbian Immortal 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH In Person Thomas,K.
ENGL B348-001 Medieval Childhoods 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH In Person Taylor,J.
ENGL B357-001 A Star is Born: Race, Gender, and Celebrity 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MW In Person Dabashi,P.
ENGL B379-001 The African Griot(te) 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MW In Person Beard,L.
ENGL B382-001 Speculative Futures, Alternative Worlds 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW In Person Harford Vargas,J.
ENGL B399-001 Senior Essay 1Semester / 1 In Person Dept. staff, TBA
FREN B213-001 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities 1Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH In Person Crucifix,E.

Fall 2023 ENGL

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

2022-23 Catalog Data: ENGL

ENGL B103 American Futures: Literatures of New World Fantasy

Spring 2023

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

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ENGL B104 The Global Short Story

Fall 2022

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

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B106 Romance to Bromance

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B107 Staging American Families

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B201 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales

Fall 2022

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.

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ENGL B202 Understanding Poetry

Not offered 2022-23

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."

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ENGL B204 Native Land, American Literatures, 1607-1899

Not offered 2022-23

This course will explore Anglophone narratives by white and Indigenous writers, between the arrival of the British in Jamestown and the Philippine-American War. We will examine narratives of conquest that understand colonial and US expansion across Indigenous lands as "manifest destiny," and narratives of resistance that understand the same history as imperial conquest and genocide. It took a lot of storytelling, a lot of literary labor, to invent a destiny and to make it manifest on landscapes, peoples and nations. This class asks how certain ingredients of the master-narrative of colonial expansion and the American "wild west" - bloodthirsty, sexually dangerous tribal people, violent white outlaws, hard-working normative white families, empty landscapes, easy money - came to be essential to the American myth. And how were those stories resisted and rewritten even as they were being formed? Ultimately, we will interrogate the so-called "frontier," exposing it as a vastly diverse network of Native-, African- Asian- and Euro-American peoples whose landscapes were already inhabited, already historied, already multinational. Materials examined may include early Indigenous narratives and anonymous writings by white and Indigenous people, and texts and narratives by John Smith, William Bradford, Mary Rowlandson, Tituba (Carib), Samson Occom (Mohegan), William Appess (Pequot), Lydia Maria Child, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, James Fennimore Cooper, Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (Ojibwe), Mary Jemison (Seneca), Black Hawk (Sauk), John Rollin Ridge (Cherokee), Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (Paiute), Wovoka (Paiute), Stephen Crane, Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Environmental Studies

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ENGL B205 Introduction to Film

Fall 2022

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 2022-23

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 B210 Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender

Not offered 2022-23

Readings chosen to highlight the construction and performance of gender identity during the period from 1550 to 1650 and the ways in which the gender anxieties of 16th- and 17th-century men and women differ from, yet speak to, our own. Texts will include plays, poems, prose fiction, diaries, and polemical writing of the period.

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B212 Renaissance Erotic Poetry

Spring 2023

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 B213 Global Cinema

Spring 2023

This course introduces students to one possible history of global cinema. We will discuss and analyze a variety of filmmakers and film movements from around the world. Students will be exposed to the discipline of film studies as it is specifically related to the cinema of East Asia, South Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. We will study these works with special emphasis on film language, aesthetics, and politics, as well as film style and genre. Along the way, we will explore a number of key terms and concepts, including colonialism, postcolonialism, form, realism, surrealism, futurism, orientalism, modernity, postmodernity, hegemony, the subaltern, and globalization. Filmmakers will include, among others, Wong Kar-wai, Satyajit Ray, Shirin Neshat, Fernando Mereilles, Agnès Varda, and Werner Herzog.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Film Studies

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ENGL B215 Early Modern Crime Narratives: Vice, Villains, and Law

Not offered 2022-23

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

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B216 Narrativity and Hip Hop

Not offered 2022-23

This course explores narrative and poetic forms and themes in hip-hop culture. Through close, intensive analysis of hip-hop lyrics, as well as audiovisual performance and visual art, we will consider how rappers and hip-hop artists from the late twentieth century onward have used the form to extend, further, and complicate key concerns of literature in general, and African American and African Diaspora literature in particular. We will explore key texts in hip hop from the late 1970s to the current moment. Reading these texts alongside short fiction by writers such as Gayl Jones, Octavia Butler, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Victor LaValle, Kiese Laymon, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Regina Bradley and others, we will consider how themes of socioeconomic mobility, gender and sexuality, queer and feminist critique, and intersectional political engagement animate artists' narrative and poetic strategies across genre and media. Written work will include regular in-class presentations, short creative assignments, three short papers, and a final project. As a part of the Philly program, the course will take place in Center City, Philadelphia. Along with course readings, we will engage directly with writers, artists, and events that help shape Philadelphia's vibrant hip-hop and literature scene. For additional information see the program's website https://www.brynmawr.edu/philly-program

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Africana Studies

Counts Toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad

Fall 2022

This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as struggles for social justice, the damaging effects of machismo and racial hierarchies, the politics of Spanglish, and the affective experience of migration. By analyzing a range of cultural production, including novels, poetry, testimonial narratives, films, activist art, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinidad in the Americas.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Africana Studies

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

Counts Toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

Counts Toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B220 Writing in Theory/Writing in Practice

Not offered 2022-23

This Praxis course is designed for students interested in teaching or tutoring writing at the high-school or college level. The course focuses on current theories of rhetoric and composition, theories of writing and learning, writing pedagogy, and literacy issues. Students will get hands-on experience with curriculum design and lesson planning, strategies for classroom teaching and individual instruction, and will develop digital projects related to multilingual writing and plagiarism. The Praxis components of the course are primarily project-based, but we may also make one or two group visits to local sites where writing is taught.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Praxis Program

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ENGL B222 "Afro-Futurism"

Not offered 2022-23

The study of "Afro-Futurism" is the cultural, artistic, and political exploration of African and diasporan visions and critiques of the past, present and future. It presents worlds inflected by the ancient conjurations of African forebears, chattel slaves, and free African Americans from the 19th to the 21st century. The supranatural worlds of Afro-Futurism brings into sharp focus the laws of both nature and society. It has given birth to a revision of the science fiction and fantasy genres by writers such as Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Tomi Adeyeni, and Deji Bryce Olukotun. Prerequisites: Contemporary enrollment in or completion of the Emily Balch Seminar, its Haverford equivalent, or College permission to bypass either.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B224 Distant Intimacies

Spring 2023

"How close is too close?" has been a key question during the covid-19 pandemic. It's also a question that philosophers, writers, and theorists have posed throughout the twentieth century to think through what it means to live together, form communities, and imagine an ethical world. This course will explore ideas of distance and proximity in twentieth-century literature and theory, with a focus on queer theories of the social world, exile/belonging, friendship, temporality, and affect. Among the questions we will ask are: What are the conditions of intimacy? What (queer) forms can intimacy take? Where and when do intimate bonds require distance, even absence? Additional topics include virtual and diasporic intimacies, poets in correspondence, and ecocritical approaches to living together.

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ENGL B226 Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary Poetry

Not offered 2022-23

To move from Modernism to Postmodernism and on to what we call Contemporary poetry is to discover how blurry the lines between these "movements" and how fascinating the intersections between texts from each period. In this course, we will study a variety of poems, paying close attention to various elements of craft such as imagery, line, rhythm, meter, syntax, voice, and form, beginning with the assumption that the best way we get a feeling for the sound and movement of poetry is by immersing ourselves in it. We will read well-known writers who emerged during the Modern era (Eliot, Pound, William Carlos Williams, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Yeats, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore), as well as postmodern (John Ashbery, Susan Howe, Laurence Ferlinghetti) and contemporary poets (Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, Jorie Graham, Louise Gluck, and Natasha Trethewey, among others). Close attention to the language of each poem will ground our discussions and our written assessments of these poets.

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ENGL B227 Writing Love in the African Diaspora

Not offered 2022-23

This course explores how various forms of love are imagined in contemporary writing of the African Diaspora. From parent-child affections, to romance and marriage, to the closeness between friends, "love" is a central theme in literature and a crucial part of how we define humanity. Focusing on contemporary texts such as Justin Torres's We the Animals, Mariama Bâ's So Long a Letter, Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy, Dee Rees's Pariah, Toni Morrison's Love, and the works of poets and lyricists including Yusef Komunyakaa, Warsan Shire, Messy Maya, and Cardi B, we will consider how various forms of intimacy are written and read in the African Diaspora. We will read these works alongside key short works from earlier moments in Afrodiasporic literature, as well as theoretical and critical texts in Diaspora feminism, sexuality studies, affect theory, and queer theory to consider several questions: What do literary love relationships reveal about cultural notions of gender, sexuality, class, (dis)ability, embodiment and spirituality? How are intimacy and human connection evoked differently through magic realism, experimentalism, and other Diasporic poetic and aesthetic techniques? What forms and media do black artists use to evoke the love of place, nation and home? What visions of love do these black writers develop, and how do such visions impact how freedom is imagined in Afrodiasporic literature?

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Africana Studies

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ENGL B230 Disabled Women's Life Writing

Not offered 2022-23

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

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ENGL B231 Theorizing Affect, Watching Television

Not offered 2022-23

This course examines television through the lens of affect theory. Within humanities scholarship, the turn toward affect has offered new ways to study the cultural, economic, and political functions of literature and art. In our wider cultural moment, television programming has become a source of shared fascination. The course will pair readings from affect studies (by scholars such as Lauren Berlant and Sianne Ngai) with select examples of television shows (including Black Mirror, Mad Men, and The Wire). We will also read scholarly and public writing about television and consider the interplay between cultural feelings and televisual forms such as seriality, situation comedy, and bottle episodes.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

Counts Toward Film Studies

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ENGL B236 Latina/o Culture and the Art of Migration

Not offered 2022-23

Gloria Anzaldúa has famously described the U.S.-Mexico border as an open wound and the border culture that arises from this fraught site as a third country. This course will explore how Chicana/os and Latina/os creatively represent different kinds of migrations across geo-political borders and between cultural traditions to forge transnational identities and communities. We will use cultural production as a lens for understanding how citizenship status, class, gender, race, and language shape the experiences of Latin American migrants and their Latina/o children. We will also analyze alternative metaphors and discourses of resistance that challenge anti-immigrant rhetoric and reimagine the place of undocumented migrants and Latina/os in contemporary U.S. society. Over the course of the semester, we will probe the role that literature, art, film, and music can play in the struggle for migrants' rights and minority civil rights, querying how the imagination and aesthetics can contribute to social justice. We will examine a number of different genres, as well as read and apply key theoretical texts on the borderlands and undocumented migration.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Africana Studies

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

Counts Toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B237 Cultural Memory and State-Sanctioned Violence in Latinx Literature

Not offered 2022-23

This course examines how Latinx literature grapples with state-sanctioned violence, cultural memory, and struggles for justice in the Americas. Attending to the histories of dictatorship and civil war in Central and South America, we will focus on a range of genres--including novels, memoir, poetry, film, and murals--to explore how memory and the imagination can contest state-sanctioned violence, how torture and disappearances haunt the present, how hetereopatriarchal and white supremacist discourses are embedded in authoritarian regimes, and how U.S. imperialism has impacted undocumented migration. Throughout the course we will analyze the various creative techniques Latinx cultural producers use to resist violence and imagine justice.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

Counts Toward Latin American, Iberian, and Latinx Studies

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ENGL B241 God in America: Literatures 1620-1865

Not offered 2022-23

This course proposes that to understand American literature, we must understand American Protestantism. Only a century after Martin Luther nailed his theses to a German church door, the Mayflower disgorged its radical separatist passengers into "a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men," aka Cape Cod, where they set up the social and religious experiment remembered as "Puritanism." Their colony would become, they promised, a "City on a Hill." Many other sects followed, and soon those who came for other reasons encountered a Protestant battle over America in full swing. On the one hand, Protestant challenges to social, racial, gender and political hierarchy promised unimaginable freedoms and inspired radical social change; on the other hand, Protestant arguments underwrote slavery and settler-colonial violence, gender oppression, and ecological devastation. This course begins with the Puritans, ends with the Civil War, and examines literature by white, Black and Indigenous writers grappling, from inside and outside of faith, with the question of how to live in and change God's America.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ENGL B244 Post-1945 American Literature: Identity Poetics

Not offered 2022-23

This course explores the intersections of experimental literature, defined by its suspicion of an authoritative subject, and "identity politics," a concept introduced by the Black feminist Combahee River Collective in 1977. Paying particular attention to the work of Black, queer, and lesbian writers and poets, we will examine how identity is made and reimagined through specific formal choices in a literary text; and we will trace the shifting fortunes of "identity" as a critical lens for literary study. What are the uses of identity, now, in representing shared as well as singular experiences of marginalization? Likely writers and poets include: James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, John Keene, Maxine Hong Kingston, Audre Lorde, Eileen Myles, and Harryette Mullen.

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Counts Toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ENGL B246 The Global Middle Ages

Not offered 2022-23

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

Critical Interpretation (CI)

Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ENGL B248 Theorizing Everyday Life

Not offered 2022-23

The everyday is an important concept in critical cultural theory. At the same time, it is imagined to exceed academic description, providing a window onto the messiness of concrete, lived experience. In this course, we explore a range of theories of everyday life, culled from literary studies, anthropology, Black studies, feminist theory, and affect theory, in order to understand the stakes of paying attention to the familiar, the mundane, and the unnoticed. Why is the everyday so fascinating to novelists and poets? How can we understand extreme political, social, and environmental conditions as embedded in the everyday? What forms and genres of writing does the everyday demand? Students will have the chance to experiment with forms of everyday life-writing, including the inventory, the project poem, and the kitchen-table conversation.

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ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study

Fall 2022, Spring 2023

We will explore the power of language in a variety of linguistic, historical, disciplinary, social, and cultural contexts, focusing on the power of the written word to provide a foundational basis for the critical and creative analysis of literary studies. This course will help to broaden our ideas of what texts and language accomplish socially, historically, and aesthetically. Students will thus refine their faculties of reading closely, writing incisively and passionately, asking productive questions, producing their own compelling interpretations, and listening to the insights offered by others. Prerequisite: One English course or permission of instructor. English Majors and Minors must take this class before their senior year. Not appropriate for freshmen.

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ENGL B254 Female Subjects: American Literature 1750-1900

Not offered 2022-23

This course explores the subject, subjection, and subjectivity of women and female sexualities in U.S. literatures between the signing of the Constitution and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. While the representation of women in fiction grew and the number of female authors soared, the culture found itself at pains to define the appropriate moments for female speech and silence, action and passivity. We will engage a variety of pre-suffrage literatures that place women at the nexus of national narratives of slavery and freedom, foreignness and domesticity, wealth and power, masculinity and citizenship, and sex and race "purity."

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ENGL B261 Colonizing Girlhoods: L.M.Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilde

Not offered 2022-23

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

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ENGL B262 Survey in African American Literature

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B270 American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literatures, 1690-1935

Spring 2023

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.

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ENGL B271 Transatlantic Childhoods in the 19th Century

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B275 Queer American Poetry

Not offered 2022-23

What does poetry have to say about the history of sexuality? How do queer voices, expansively defined, disrupt poetic norms and forms? How has poetry been congenial to the project of imagining and making queer communities, queer spaces, and even queer worlds? In this course, we survey the work of queer American poets from the late nineteenth century to the present, as we touch on major topics in the history of sexuality, queer studies, and American cultural history. This course provides an overview of American poetry as well as an introduction to queer studies concepts and frameworks; no prior experience with these fields is necessary.

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ENGL B277 Speculative Futures, Alternative Worlds

Not offered 2022-23

Just as colonization is an act of speculative fiction, imagining and violently imposing a different world, so too does decolonization rely on the power of imagination. This course will explore how Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and Asian American cultural producers deploy speculative fiction to interrogate white supremacy and imperialism and to imagine decolonial futures. We will analyze representations of racism, settler colonialism, heteropatriarchy, environmental destruction, and anti-immigrant discrimination in works by writers, filmmakers, and artists such as Octavia Butler, Sabrina Vourvoulias, N.K. Jemison, Ken Liu, Alex Rivera, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, as well as anthologies such as Walking the Clouds and Nets for Snaring the Sun. In doing so, we will probe the role that literature, film, and graphic narratives can play in decolonizing knowledge. Students will be also introduced to key theoretical concepts such as modernity/coloniality; ethnic futurisms (Afro-Futurism, Latinxfuturism, Indigenous Futurism, etc.); marvelous realism; survivance, and social death that will help them unpack the critical work accomplished by genre fiction and query the ways in which the aesthetic imagination can contribute to social justice.

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ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B281 Rethinking the Golden Age of Children's Literature

Not offered 2022-23

Scholars often call the period between the 1850s and the 1910s the "Golden Age" of children's literature--an age producing such childhood stalwarts as Little Women, The Secret Garden, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Peter and Wendy. This class will offer an introduction to the critical study of Golden Age children's literature, while also asking that we rethink this age in two principal respects. Making use of the extensive holdings of the Ellery Yale Wood Collection of children's books, we will begin by questioning how the canon of children's literature came to be formed by studying established "classics" alongside children's books by contemporaneous (though traditionally "adult") writers such as Langston Hughes, Ann Petry, W.E.B. Dubois, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Moreover, we will examine a recent critical turn in childhood studies that re-evaluates older notions of children's relationships to agency and identity.

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ENGL B283 Transnational Writing

Spring 2023

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."

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ENGL B286 "A Strange, Uncoupled Couple": Whitman and Dickinson

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

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ENGL B289 Topics in the Ellery Yale Wood Collection

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course built around current strengths in the Ellery Yale Wood children's book collection of Special Collections. Course content varies from semester to semester.

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ENGL B290 Modernisms

Not offered 2022-23

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 B293 Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Medieval Ecologies

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B295 Race and the Victorians

Spring 2023

The Victorian period is often misconceived as the whitest of literary eras. This course rereads Victorian narratives as deeply entangled with and respondent to slavery and invested in and constitutive of racializing systems that still inform the world today. We will ask how writers, thinkers, and subjects of the British nineteenth century theorised race and nation. We will pay particular attention to intersections of racial thinking with class, gender and imperialism. Texts will include domestic novels, slave narratives, abolitionist poetry and prose, travelogues, and colonial policy documents. A key goal of the course will be challenging the notion that Victorian society was white, homogenous and uniformly imperialist; we will engage the writing of Black and Brown Britons, and others who took anti-colonial stands. We will also engage contemporary theory that helps us deal with the limits of both canon and archive.

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ENGL B298 Jane Austen and British Romanticism

Spring 2023

Jane Austen wrote in revolutionary times of war, slavery, and massive social upheaval. Yet her novels are sometimes treated as "timeless" texts existing in their own separate world. This course considers Austen in her literary and historical contexts, reading several of her novels alongside a range of poets, writers, and philosophers associated with British Romanticism who are more typically interpreted in terms of political radicalism and cultural change. We will ask what changes about Austen's novels when they are read in this context, and how focusing on Austen changes how we might characterize the British Romantic movement.

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ENGL B299 W.B. Yeats & Gwendolyn Brooks: Reading the Poetic Career

Spring 2023

W.B. Yeats and Gwendolyn Brooks were both radical, experimental poets whose careers included multiple important phases, each marked by its own political and aesthetic commitments. Focusing on just two writers in depth allows for serious consideration of how and why their work changed over the course of their lives, and of what it means to read such diverse bodies of work "as a whole." What changes when we focus not just on an individual poem or book but on a poet's entire career? And what might each of these two very different poetic careers teach us about the other? We will consider the thematic and technical developments and relationships between Yeats and Brooks as well as reading about the important cultural contexts and movements that shaped them, including the Irish Literary Revival and the Black Arts Movement, the struggles for Irish independence and American Civil Rights, mysticism, feminism, Black Power, internationalism, and literary Modernism.

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ENGL B302 Moby Dick

Not offered 2022-23

"It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me," Ishmael muses as he tries to understand the monomaniacal hunt that drives Captain Ahab and his crew of whalers of every race and creed to their watery doom. Herman Melville's 1851 Moby Dick and historical and critical materials surrounding it, will be the entire subject of this course. An allegory of a nation charging toward Civil War, a nation founded on ideals of freedom and equality, but built on capitalist expansion, white supremacy, slavery and genocide, Moby Dick is hailed by many (and many who have never read it) as "The Great American Novel." But which America, whose America? Written for the generation that would fight the Civil War, how does this novel continue to describe America, today? By turns comic, tragic, epic, mundane, thuddingly literal and gorgeously spiritual and metaphysical, the novel rewards both intricate close reading and intense historical and critical analysis. We will take up questions of race, gender and sexuality, colonialism, the animal and the human, the oceanic, freedom, individuality, totalitarianism, capitalism, nation and belonging. Students will write a midterm and a final research paper.

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ENGL B305 Early Modern Trans Studies

Fall 2022

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.

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ENGL B306 Global Nineteenth-Century Literature

Fall 2022

The nineteenth century has been called the first global century. New technologies transformed international communication and transportation, while wars of imperial conquest reshaped global politics. More translations--and more books in general--were published, and were circulated more widely, than ever before. Literary traditions from around the planet came into newly constant contact. This class will engage with a broad cross-section of literary works, some originally in English and others in translation, from six continents and many genres. We will analyze how networks of travel, exchange, influence, and circulation affected nineteenth-century writing and, in turn, how writers used literature to think about those issues. We will therefore pay particular attention to issues that shaped nineteenth-century culture in specifically transnational ways: empire, slavery, gender, industrialization, and nationhood.

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ENGL B310 Confessional Poetry

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B315 Reading Childhood Through the Brontës

Not offered 2022-23

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

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ENGL B317 Materializing Disability: Text and Technology

Not offered 2022-23

Early disability activists, a group that was composed primarily wheelchair users, named the built environment--including curbs and flights of steps--as the cause of their disablement. People are not inherently disabled, they argued, but inaccessible spaces--or poorly conceived material environments--limit their mobility. Because we will be studying literature, we will turn our attention to the built environment of texts and imagine how the written word both enables and disables people with disabilities. When disabled people are unable to write or communicate by conventional means, what new writing practices do they imagine? What technologies might they rely on? From braille and talking books to American Sign Language poetry and screen-reader technology, disabled people have adapted texts to suit their needs while challenging what constitutes language. The course begins in the mid nineteenth century when Lennard Davis argues that disability emerges as a key concept in U.S. culture and proceeds through the mid twentieth-century civil rights movement when disabled people began to frame disability as a social identity. The course will travel across book history, technology, editorial theory, poetry, and performance to consider disability as a material and textual phenomenon. (Note: at the end of the term, students will design their own "edition" of a text with accessibility as the guiding force behind its design).

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ENGL B319 U.S. Literary Modernism and Technology

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The period between 1900 and 1945 is categorized as the heyday of American modernism, an era that occasioned prolific literary production and divisions between "low" and "high" culture. This course is organized around technological developments, which led to authorial experimentations with literary form and an emphasis on subjective experience. Taking seriously William Carlos Williams's assertion that a poem is "a small... machine made out of words," we will explore how literature takes up technology--trains, automobiles, typewriters, phonographs, and radios--as a thematic for exploring human perception and will. Tentative texts include: Hart Crane's The Bridge, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, Henry James's In the Cage, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and John Dos Passos's The 42nd Parallel.

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ENGL B321 Metropolitan Forms and Fictions

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

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ENGL B322 Love and Money

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We like to think that money should not influence love, but there are surprising relationships between what most people value in romantic relationships and what those same people think is most valuable economically. And what people value most changes over history as as result of broad social changes. So this course will examine similarities in various eras between love stories and economic treatises. We will begin with Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare's sonnets in relation to mercantilism and colonialism, then proceed through Jane Eyre and Goblin Market in relation to industrial capitalism, then look at some modernist poems in relation to deficit spending and the need to stimulate demand, and end with Hollywood movies and the recent economics that values information and virtual copies more than anything physical.

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ENGL B333 Lesbian Immortal

Spring 2023

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

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This course will explore recent "materialist" approaches to literature which reject the notion that what is human is better than what is non-human. Generally what supposedly makes humans valuable is the mind, so we will look at works that treat the mind as just another body part. We will also read some critical theory that explains how valuing the mind over the body, the human over the animal, has been used to support racism, sexism, and colonialism--and has led to the destruction of the ecological system. The course will include both works that present the social, political, and biological horrors resulting from the separation of the non-human from the human, and works that imagine humans merging with nature. The reading in the course will include selections from books of "materialist" theory (such as Jane Bennett's Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things), novels (Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden; Virginia Woolf, The Waves; Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis), nonfiction (Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), and movies (Ousmane Sembene, Xala).

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ENGL B336 Topics in Film

Section 001 (Fall 2021): Cinematic Voice

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course and description varies according to the topic.

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ENGL B337 Modernism and the Ordinary

Fall 2022

Modernism is consistently aligned with innovation: making things new and making things strange. Yet modernist writing is preoccupied with habit, repetition, sameness, boredom, and the banal--with "things happening, normally, all the time," as Virginia Woolf once put it. This course explores the modernist fascination with the ordinary, from the objects in a kitchen to the rhythms of a day. Our primary task will be to understand the stakes of paying attention to the ordinary world for queer and women modernist writers, whose work reveals the ordinary as a site of deep ambivalence as well as possibility. Likely authors include: Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Marianne Moore, and Jean Rhys.

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ENGL B342 The Queer Middle Ages

Not offered 2022-23

This course examines medieval queer history, focusing on literary depictions of non-normative sexual identities and expressions. From monastic vows of celibacy to same-sex erotic love, from constructions of female virginity to trans identity, the Middle Ages conceptualized sexuality in a range of ways and with a range of attached assumptions and anxieties. Readings will include chivalric romance, rules for monks, cross-dressing saints' lives, and legal tracts worried about unmarried women.

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ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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ENGL B348 Medieval Childhoods

Spring 2023

This course examines childhood and adolescence in the Middle Ages, exploring both texts for children and those that portray childhood. We will consider adolescent sexuality, royal primogeniture, childhood education and apprenticeship, and theologies of infancy. Readings will include lullabies; early educational texts; nativity plays; chivalric training guides; poetry written by children; and instructional manuals for toys.

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ENGL B354 Virginia Woolf

Not offered 2022-23

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 B357 A Star is Born: Race, Gender, and Celebrity

Spring 2023

This course will explore the concept of celebrity in cinema and cinematic culture from the standpoint of race and gender. Focusing on, but not limiting ourselves to, the classical Hollywood cinema (about the 1910s to the 1960s), we will approach the topic of stardom from theoretical and institutional perspectives. We will quickly discover that the study of celebrity opens out onto broad questions about the distinction between art and reality. What is the distinction, for instance, between a person and a character? What is it about celebrities that makes this question especially salient? What are we doing, precisely, when we identify with a character on screen, and, moreover, when that character is played by someone extremely famous? What are the racial, sexual, and gendered performances that go into the construction of celebrity? What political operations are at work in the formal construction of identification? Under what circumstances is identification something to be complicated, challenged, or avoided altogether? Celebrity also seems to hold within it the promise of its own demise. The extremely famous, for instance, are susceptible to infamy--or worse, irrelevance. How do race, gender, and sexuality intersect with fame's fundamental fragility, the way that celebrity seems to court obsolescence? We will examine these and other questions by way of classical and contemporary stars such as Josephine Baker, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Anna May Wong, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga.

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ENGL B358 Gertrude Stein: Difficult Genius

Not offered 2022-23

As a radical modernist writer, theorist of language, and self-styled "genius," Stein looms large in literary history. In this course, it is our task to read (and enjoy!) Stein's difficult, genre-breaking writing. We will study Stein's eclectic body of work, which spans the first half of the twentieth century (and two world wars, Stein's move to Paris, a lesbian marriage, shifting ideas about gender and sexuality), against its cultural backdrop. Among the questions we will ask are: How does Stein's work redefine reading? What are the politics of "radical" and "experimental" language use? What is a queer text? What is a genius?

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ENGL B359 Dead Presidents

Not offered 2022-23

Framed by the extravagant funerals of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, this course explores the cultural importance of the figure of the President and the Presidential body, and of the 19th-century preoccupations with death and mourning, in the U.S. cultural imaginary from the Revolutionary movement through the Civil War.

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ENGL B363 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure

Fall 2022

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.

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ENGL B374 African-American Childhoods

Not offered 2022-23

This course explores the literatures of African-American childhood from the late nineteenth century until the present day. We will explore "classic" works of children's literature by authors such as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ann Petry, Walter Dean Myers, Virginia Hamilton, Jacqueline Woodson, James Baldwin, Paule Marshall, June Jordan, Angie Thomas and others-- alongside artifacts from a range of other spheres such as textbooks, chapbooks, and the overall rise of a new child-centered periodical culture at the turn of the twentieth century. We will pay especial attention to the ways in which the intertwined categories of literacy and property have shaped racialized notions of childhood in the United States. In addition to close textual analysis, we will engage with major theoretical works in the field of childhood and identity studies, while also investigating firsthand what can be learned via the physical examination of children's books held in Bryn Mawr's Ellery Yale Wood Collection.

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ENGL B379 The African Griot(te)

Spring 2023

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.

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ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B382 Speculative Futures, Alternative Worlds

Spring 2023

Just as colonization is an act of speculative fiction, imagining and violently imposing a different world, so too does decolonization rely on the power of imagination. This course will explore how Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and Asian American cultural producers deploy speculative fiction to interrogate white supremacy and imperialism and to imagine decolonial futures. We will analyze representations of racism, settler colonialism, heteropatriarchy, environmental destruction, and anti-immigrant discrimination in works by writers, filmmakers, and artists such as Octavia Butler, Sabrina Vourvoulias, N.K. Jemison, Ken Liu, Alex Rivera, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, as well as anthologies such as Walking the Clouds and Nets for Snaring the Sun. In doing so, we will probe the role that literature, film, and graphic narratives can play in decolonizing knowledge. Students will be also introduced to key theoretical concepts such as modernity/coloniality; ethnic futurisms (Afro-Futurism, Latinxfuturism, Indigenous Futurism, etc.); marvelous realism; survivance, and social death that will help them unpack the critical work accomplished by genre fiction and query the ways in which the aesthetic imagination can contribute to social justice.

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ENGL B388 Contemporary African Fiction

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ENGL B390 Medieval Race

Not offered 2022-23

Examines how late medieval writers understood racial, cultural, and ethnic differences, exploring how "race" can be understood as multiple systems of power that link together cultural and religious identities, the body, and performance. Focuses on medieval vocabularies and depictions of racial and cultural difference, community-formation, and "foreignness."

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ENGL B398 Senior Seminar

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

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ENGL B399 Senior Essay

Supervised independent writing project required of all English majors. Students must successfully complete ENGL 398 (Senior Conference) and have their Senior Essay prospectus approved by the department before they enroll in ENGL 399.

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ENGL B403 Supervised Work

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

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ENGL B403 Supervised Work

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

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ARTT B262 Playwriting I

Fall 2022

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.

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ARTW B159 Introduction to Creative Writing

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ARTW B233 Writing for Radio and Podcast

Fall 2022

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.

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ARTW B260 Writing Short Fiction I

Fall 2022

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.

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ARTW B261 Writing Poetry I

Fall 2022

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.

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ARTW B262 Playwriting I

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ARTW B264 Long Form Journalism.

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ARTW B265 Creative Nonfiction

Fall 2022

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.

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ARTW B266 Screenwriting

Fall 2022

An introduction to screenwriting. Issues basic to the art of storytelling in film will be addressed and analyzed: character, dramatic structure, theme, setting, image, sound. The course focuses on the film adaptation; readings include novels, screenplays, and short stories. Films adapted from the readings will be screened. In the course of the semester, students will be expected to outline and complete the first act of an adapted screenplay of their own.

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ARTW B269 Writing for Children

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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ARTW B360 Writing Short Fiction II

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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

Not offered 2022-23

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 2022-23

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 2022-23

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 2022-23

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.

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EALC B240 Topics in Chinese Film

Section 001 (Spring 2022): Films of Wong Kar-Wai

Not offered 2022-23

This is a topics course. Course content varies.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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EALC B310 Advanced Readings in the Graphic Narrative

Not offered 2022-23

This advanced seminar focuses on critical and theoretical approaches to the graphic novel. In the past several decades, a genre of "auteur comics" has emerged from the medium that are highly literary with a deep engagement between form and meaning. This seminar focuses on weekly close readings of such graphic novels with rigorous analysis of form and content. Primary text readings are supplemented with readings from literary theory, visual studies, and philosophy. Participants are expected to be comfortable with the application of literary critical theory and visual studies theory to texts. There are no prerequisites for the course, but due to the quantity and complexity of the reading material, some background in literary study is necessary. Students interested in taking this course in fulfillment of a major requirement in Comparative Literature or East Asian Languages and Cultures will need to discuss with me prior to enrollment. Preference given to students who have taken EALC B255. This semester (Spring 2021) we will explore theories of narrative in the context of the graphic narrative. Students will read and view primary texts, supplemented by theoretical readings, that engage questions of how subjects develop through unconventional notions of "travel" in time, space, or both. THIS COURSE IS OFFERED AS PART OF A 360

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EALC B345 Topics in East Asian Culture

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities

Spring 2023

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.

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HART B170 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the present

Not offered 2022-23

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. This course was formerly numbered HART B299; students who previously completed HART B299 may not repeat this course.

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Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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HART B205 Art, Death, and the Afterlife

Fall 2022

This course is writing intensive. 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. Prerequisite: one course in History of Art at the 100-level or permission of the instructor. Enrollment preference given to majors and minors in History of Art. This course was formerly numbered HART B112; students who previously completed HART B112 may not repeat this course.

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities

Not offered 2022-23

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.

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POLS B353 Politics and Fiction

Fall 2022

This course explores relations of politics and fiction from two directions and using two kinds of texts. The greater part of the course will be concerned with "political fiction" in a broad sense of that term: here we will explore some works of (mostly) contemporary literature and film that reflect on such themes as: authority, governance, bureaucracy, totalitarianism and pluralism, the relation of public and private, and the politics of truth and narrative. Secondly, drawing on non-fictional texts, we will take up some related questions of "fictional politics." Here, our concerns will be with the role of political myth generally, but more specifically with the particular "fictionality" of contemporary politics. Authors may include Milan Kundera, Václav Havel, Franz Kafka, Kenzaburo Oe, Jorge Luis Borges, Jane Campion, Akira Kurosawa, Joan Didion, and Hannah Arendt. Prerequisite: One lower-division course in Political Theory, Philosophy, English, or Comparative Literature, or consent of instructor.

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RUSS B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945

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This is a topics course. Course content varies.

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RUSS B277 Nabokov in Translation

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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.

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SPAN B332 Novelas de las Américas

Not offered 2022-23

What do we gain by reading a Latin American or a US novel as "American" in the continental sense? What do we learn by comparing novels from "this" America to classics of the "other" Americas? Can we find through this Panamericanist perspective common aesthetics, interests, conflicts? In this course we will explore these questions by connecting and comparing major US novels with Latin American classics of the 20th and 21st century. We will read these works in clusters to illuminate aesthetic, political and cultural resonances and affinities. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.

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Department of Literatures in English

English House
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-5306

Bryn Thompson, Administrative Assistant
bthompson@brynmawr.edu