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Summer 2020 Course Offerings

LIT 374-01 American Literature to 1800
Dr. Michele Tarter
May 26-June 10, 2020
This class meets in the blended learning format. 

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.
Maymester:  In person class meeting dates are on Tuesday May 26, Tuesday June 2, and Thursday June 11.

 

LIT 251-01 British Literature to 1700
Dr. Jean Graham
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-1:45pm
June 15-July 16, 2020

In this course, students take a close look at specific literary techniques and genres, and at aspects of British culture, in selected examples of pre-1660 British literature.  The course is designed to engage students in the analysis and interpretation of texts in their diverse historical, aesthetic, cultural, and theoretical contexts; and to lead to an understanding and appreciation of the development of literary traditions, cultural values, modes of thought, and uses of language.

 

LIT 316-01 Global Women Writers
Dr. Jo Carney
June 15-July 16 2020
This course meets in the blended learning format
This course will explore various literatures from around the world, encouraging students to examine the politics of gender, culture, and nation as well as the intersections of those systems of power.  In exploring everything from arranged marriages to women in war, Global Women Writers will provide students – especially those students who have spent much of their lives within the borders of the U.S. – with one of the most challenging and rewarding courses of their college career.  Common themes include feminist politics, post- and neo-colonialisms, reproductive rights, translation, globalization, and activism.

 

LIT 499 Seminar in Research and Theory: Narrative Theory
Dr. Felicia Jean Steele
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-12:20pm
June 15-August 6, 2020
*Please note this course meets for an extended semester*

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 may include: Henry Roth, Call it Sleep; Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace; David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas; Alan Moore, Watchmen; Toni Morrison, Home; and Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

 

Graduate Level Summer Courses 

 

ENGL 650 Early American Literature: American Literature to 1800
Dr. Michele Tarter
May 26-June 10, 2020
This class meets in the blended learning format and is cross listed with LIT 374-01

 

ENGL 670-01 Studies in Literature: Seminar in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Dr. Emily Meixner
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00pm-7:30pm
June 15-July 16, 2020

This course will examine trends in the growing body of scholarship about children’s and young adult literature. From close readings to popular “radical histories” to theoretical explorations of “the dark fantastic,” students will have a chance to survey the current scholarly landscape — and contribute to it.  Although we will be reading a few middle grade and young adult exemplars, our primary focus will be the scholarship itself: its subjects, its methods, its politics, and its impact.

 

ENGL 670-02 Studies in Literature: Ecofeminism and the Contemporary Novel
Dr. Jo Carney
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00pm-7:30pm
June 20-August 21, 2020

The theoretical grounding for this seminar is ecofeminism, an approach that asks us to explore the intersection between environmentalism and gender criticism. Through this lens, we will read several recent novels that highlight these connections, including Kristen Arnett¿s Mostly Dead Things; Oyinkan Braithwaite¿s My Sister, the Serial Killer; Han Kang¿s The Vegetarian; Sophie Mackinstosh¿s The Water Cure; and Sarah Moss¿s Ghost Wall,along with recent works of short fiction, poetry, and essays.

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