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Winter 2020 Course Offerings

LIT 374: American Lit to 1800
Blended Learning Course
Professor: Michele Tarter
In person meetings: Mondays, January 6, 13, and Thursday January 23 from 10am-1pm. 

There was so much happening in early America, and yet so very few people know about it. In the last few decades, scholars have unearthed tomes of manuscripts dating back to colonial times, and what they’ve found is both fascinating and disturbing. Join us as we look at life and culture in the colonies. We’ll begin with cross-cultural encounters, particularly when the Native American Indians welcomed European explorers and Puritan settlers to what is controversially called “The New World.” We’ll then turn to all forms of dissent literature evolving from this multicultural time period: Indian captivity narratives; witchcraft trial records; slave narratives; Quakers’ travel logs; women’s manuscript diaries and commonplace books; and female seduction novels at the heart of Revolutionary America. This body of material forms the foundation of any study on American culture, thought, and identity formation.

As a blended learning course, we will utilize many of the newly digitized manuscripts and primary resources from research libraries around the world. In person meetings: 1/6, 1/13 and 1/20 from 10am-1pm
***Since we do not have class on Monday, Jan. 20th (MLK Day), we will hold class on Thursday, Jan. 23th, 10AM-1PM***


LIT 388/HIS 354: Study Abroad in South Africa
Overseas Course
Professors: Mindi McMann and Matthew Bender
Travel Dates January 2-20, 2020
This program allows students to study the history and literature of Apartheid and post-Apartheid South Africa in two of its largest urban areas– Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is designed to give students an interdisciplinary background on the literature, history, and culture of South Africa. Being in the country provides students with the opportunity for experiential learning, and allows them to study the effects of legal and systemic segregation and oppression, as well as analyze how post-apartheid South Africa memorializes and narrates this history.
*Available as an Honors course
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