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Summer 2018 Course Offerings

Summer Session Offerings:


LIT 310 Literature for Young Readers
Instructor: Emily Mexiner
May 21 to June 8, 2018
 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: The Witch in Literature
Instructor: Michele Tarter-Maymester
May 22 to June 9 2018
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.

Session 1-2

LIT 499: Narrative Theory
Instructor: Felicia Steele
Class Meetings: MTR- 11-12:20
Session 1-2- May 22- July 13 (Please Note this section spans across 2 summer sessions)

This section will examine novels and post-novels that exemplify, complicate, or challenge two of Mikhail Bakhtin’s central contributions to narrative theory: heteroglossia and the chronotope. In addition to seminal texts in narrative theory, we will read novels (and texts that resist that label) that often manipulate dialects, narrative voices, perspectives, genres, or media. Our readings will include: Henry Roth, Diving Rock on the Hudson; Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace; David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas; Alan Moore, Watchmen; and Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad.


Session 1

LIT 233 World Drama
Instructor: Lincoln Konkle Class meetings: Blended Learning format June 6-July 12th
In person meetings Thursday 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. 


LIT 316/WGS 376: Global Women Writers
Instructor: Jo Carney
Class meetings:  June 12-July 13  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.


ENGL 597: Special Topics in English — From Renaissance to Postmodern: The Fairy Tale Genre
Instructor: Jo Carney
Class meetings: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (06/11/2018-07/12/2018) 5PM – 7:30 PM

Most people today are familiar with fairy tales through cultural osmosis or a Disney experience, but few have actually read these foundational narratives. Furthermore, the tales with which most people are familiar only represent a small segment of the fairy tale canon: there is a rich, varied tradition of the adult literary fairy tale that comprises writers from Renaissance Italy, the French women salon milieu of 17th-century France, and the folklore movement of the German Romantic period. Works by Giambattista Basile, Marie-Catherine D’Aulnoy, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Oscar Wilde, and others have in turn been transformed by contemporary and postmodern writers, such as Margaret Atwood, Donald Barthelme, Angela Carter, Robert Coover, and Michael Cunningham. We will consider the  culturally influential and often damaging fairy tale tradition through a variety of theoretical lenses.


Session 2

Canceled-LIT 376- US Literature Since 1900
Instructor: David Blake
Class Meetings: Session 2 June 12-July 13 Meetings: M, T, R from 11am-2pm


ENGL 670: Studies in Literature — Science and Literature
Instructor:  Mindi McMann
Class Meetings: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (07/16/2018 – 08/16/2018) 5 PM – 7:30 PM

This graduate seminar explores the intersections of science and literature, focusing specifically on how we tell stories about science, human (and other) bodies, and biotechnology. Some questions we will consider are: What can fiction tell us about how we understand science and technology? How does science affect our understandings of subjectivity and what constitutes a person? What role does the body play in our understandings of science, and how do these new understandings impact how we tell stories about those bodies and their role in our society? What may separate distinctly human experiences from the experiences of others deemed less than human often by both literary and scientific discourses? To begin answering these questions, we will read theorists such as Donna Harroway and Bruno Latour, and authors such as Zadie Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Amitav Ghosh. 


Study Abroad

LIT 370: Literary Landscapes/Harlaxton
Instructor: Michele Tarter Class meetings- study abroad summer session 2 June 12 to July 13

Harlaxton/England and Italy, France, and Spain- LIT 370/ENGL 670: Special Topics: “Literary Landscapes”

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 travel to the seaside village of Whitby in England, and then take on Europe, studying Bram Stoker’s Dracula in Budapest, Hungary; Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl in Krakow, Poland; and Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in Prague, Czech Republic. Come with us and bring literature to life!

(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!