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Summer 2015 LIT Course Offerings



  • LIT 310-01: Literature for Younger Readers – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am – 12:45 pm – Emily Meixner  

 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.    


Summer Session A (First Five Week)

  • LIT 316/WGS 376:  Global Women Writers – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 – 5:00 pm – Jo Carney                                                                       

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.


  • LIT 375-01: U.S. Literature 1800 – 1900 — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00 – 7:45 pm – Professor Bernard Bearer –                             

An examination of American literary culture beginning with the early national and antebellum periods and ending with the Civil War and the age of realism.   Readings in the classic authors that created an American literature, including Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Crane, Whitman, and Twain. **Fulfills Literary History requirement


Summer Session B (Second Five Week)

  • LIT 233-01: World Drama — Blended Learning, Thursday 5:00pm – 8:00pm – Dr. Lincoln Konkle

Immerses students in the study of plays from the classical to contemporary periods as literary texts. Readings, lecture, discussion, and papers also examine aspects of theatrical production, thus providing a broad background in the theory, history, structure, terminology, conventions, and subgenres of drama and theatre. Emphasis is on Western drama but examples of non-Western comedy and tragedy are included. **Fulfills Literary History requirement

  • CWR 206-01: Creative Writing — Professor Vincent Czyz – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-2:00pm

Required foundation course for Creative Writing minors and an elective in the English major.  Students write and revise their own work, improving their craft through writing exercises and by discussing the writing of both published writers and their classmates.  The primary focus is on fiction and poetry.


Summer 2015 Study Abroad Opportunities for Undergraduate Credit

  •  LIT 370-02: Special Topics: “The Magic of Archival Research” — Cornwall, England,  Dr. Michele Lise Tarter
    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 stone circles and holy wells?  And, most importantly, conduct archival research in the Museum of Witchcraft, learning about the earliest healers and spells and magic?  Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime class in Cornwall, England this summer 2014.  We will live in a Bed & Breakfast, eat delicious full Cornish breakfasts each morning, and visit some of the most beautiful sites in all the world!  This special topics course will conduct groundbreaking archival research at the world-renowned Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, England. Working with primary manuscripts that have never been studied before, students (graduate and undergraduate) will consider the many ways that these materials can be archived, analyzed, and understood in the broader cultural context of witchcraft today. While living in Tintagel, set on the rocky cliffs by the Cornish sea and right atop Merlin’s cave, students will read and explore the history and narratives of witchcraft across the ages, with particular focus on Arthurian legends which attempted to bring together the pagan and Christian worlds.
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    This course may also be taken for graduate credit as a LIT 670. For more information, click here.
  • LIT 370-01: Special Topics: “Literary Landscapes” — Transylvania & England,  Dr. Michele Lise Tarter
    Are you fascinated by vampires?  Have you ever dared to go to Transylvania? Come with us to Transylvania and follow the Literary Footsteps of Dracula!  We will fly to Bucharest, Transylvania and spend 8 days following Dracula’s literary trail: we’ll stay in his magnificent castle on the Borgo Pass, visit ancient monasteries and fortresses, eat vampire menus by candlelight and hear legendary tales around campfires! Then we’ll fly to London and go directly to Whitby, a quaint seaside fishing village where author Bram Stoker once lived, and see where Dracula entered England.  Next we’ll go and live in Harlaxton– the British castle we call “home.”  We’ll do many wonderful things there, including a High Tea, a formal Ball, and a trip to Charlotte Bronte’s home and misty moors (after reading  Jane Eyre). Our 3-week study abroad class will culminate in Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, where we will stay and see 2 plays, in addition to visiting the bard’s home and favorite haunts. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime literary adventure: June 8-29, 2014.
    For more information, go to:
    This course may also be taken for graduate credit as a LIT 670. For more information, click here.


  • For more information on these Study Abroad Summer 2015 Courses, please contact Dr. Michele Tarter at
  • To sign up for any of these Study Abroad Summer 2015 Courses, please contact The Center for Global Engagement, Green Hall 111.