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Summer 2017 Course Offerings

Mini Session-May 2017:
 May 22, 2017 to June 9, 2017
LIT 310 Literature for Young Readers
Instructor: Emily Mexiner

Class Meetings: M, T, W, R 9:00am-12:15pm

An introduction to Young Adult literature.  In this class you will become familiar with works by a diverse set of widely-read YA authors, read across genres (fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction and graphic novels), and discuss and analyze young adult texts using various theoretical perspectives.  Additionally, the course will introduce you to the growing body of critical research being written about literature for young adults.  
LIT 317/WGS 317/ENGL 670 The Witch in Literature 

Instructor: Michele Tarter
Class Meetings: M,T,W,R 10:00am-1:15pm
Travel to Salem, MA  TBA

The witch has been a figure in literary history since the beginning of time. Who is she, and what does she embody? Who creates her, and to what end? This course will explore the socio-historical constructions of this figure and trace her through a wide spectrum of literary texts, including legal and historical treatises, fairy tales, short stories, drama, film, children’s literature, poetry, and even cartoons. Because this course is being offered during Maymester, we will have the enhanced learning opportunity of traveling to Salem, Massachusetts for 4 days, where we will conduct archival research of the 1692 witch hunt, in addition to visiting many museums and living history programs. Ultimately, through our in-depth and on-site study of witch hunts and literary recreations of this figure, we will analyze the cultures which have persisted in creating, recreating, and reviving this timeless, powerful, and equally feared character throughout the ages.

This course fulfills the following requirements: Liberal Learning GENDER requirement; Religious Studies Minor elective; Women’s and Gender Studies elective; and English elective.

This course is available for Graduate Credit, by permission of the professor and the Graduate Coordinator for ENGL 670.


LIT 233 World Drama
Summer 2017
Professor Lincoln Konkle
Blended Learning Course
May 30-July 6
(In Person Meetings Every Thursday from 5-8pm)

LIT 233 World Drama counts for Literary History under the English major; for Literary, Visual and Performing Arts under Liberal Learning Domains; and for Global under Liberal Learning Civic Responsibilities. This summer course will be taught in a blended learning format that combines face-to-face learning sessions on campus with asynchronous off-campus learning activities, some of them online. This format provides you with the opportunity to live and work at home while completing the course. We will meet in a classroom once per week. In addition, during each week of the course you will complete assigned outside-class activities, for which you will need to have daily access to the internet. The advantage of the blended learning format is that you can make progress on your assignments and readings in a location and at times that are most convenient for you. 

Summer Session 1
June 12, 2017 to July 13, 2017


LIT 316/WGS 376: Global Women Writers (GE,GL)
Instructor: Jo Carney
Class Meetings: In person meetings M 2:00-4:50pm This course is a blended learning course.

This course will explore fiction and poetry by women writing from a variety of cultural and geographical perspectives. The course challenges conventional notions that male authors write about the “large and public” while women authors write about the “small, personal, and domestic”: in the works we will read, the personal and the political often intersect. The readings will also complicate preconceived views of various cultural experiences. We will read works by several significant contemporary authors, including Chimamanda Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yiyun Li, and Ludmilla Petrushevskya. **Fulfills liberal learning requirements for Gender and Global.

Graduate Courses:
ENGL 510: Structure of English – The Politics of Standard English
Instructor:  Felicia Steele

Class Meetings: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (6/12/17 – 7/13/17)
5pm to 7:30pm

This course examines the ways in which Standard English usage has become a site for ideological conflict in American and British culture; in addition, students will explore current linguistic and pedagogical approaches to English and its dialects. By the end of the course, students will understand and have a vocabulary to describe the grammatical features of English and the ideological and cultural foundations of current discussions of grammar, usage, and mechanics. Students will also learn to formulate actionable research related to language and composition instruction.


ENGL 554: Seminar in Prose Fiction – The Contemporary Short Story
Instructor: Jo Carney

Class Meetings: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (7/14/17 – 8/20/17)
5pm to 7:30pm

Many of the most interesting voices in our current literary landscape are practitioners of short fiction:  Chimamanda Adichie, Lydia Davis, Nathan Englander, Edward P. Jones, Ben Marcus, David Means, Karen Russell, George Saunders, among several others.In this seminar we will explore the style and substance of a variety of recent short stories, a genre that has moved far beyond the maximalism v. minimalism divide of the late 20th century.  Realism, magical realism, fabulism, absurdism, slipstream, mainstream, fairy tale, flash fiction, gothic: we will explore how the contemporary short story both exhibits and subverts categorization.

Study Abroad:

LIT 370: “Literary Landscapes” — Harlaxton/England and Italy, France, and Spain

(1 unit – 4 credits, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts)
Come with us and bring literature to life! (Visit 4 Countries in 3 weeks!)Would you like to live in a castle set in the English countryside – where we will have class in the Gold Room, enjoy High Tea in the Conservatory, and have a formal banquet in the Great Hall? We will also travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and London in England; then onto Europe, where we will study Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Verona, Italy; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night on the French Riviera; and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in Pamplona, Spain. No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)Dates: June 19 – July 11, 2016
4 countries in 3 weeks! Come and live in a castle!!!!
Hurry and sign up fast–spots are going quickly!

LIT 370: The Magic of Archival Research in Cornwall
(1 unit – 4 credits, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts)

Would you like to travel back in time to the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table? Or have class in Merlin’s Cave, walk in medieval Druid forests, and visit ancient stone circles and holy wells? And, most importantly, conduct archival research in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, learning about the earliest healers, spells, and magic? Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime class in Cornwall, England this summer!   No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

Dates: July 10 – 28, 2017