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Summer 2021 Course Offerings

LIT 230 The Classical Tradition
Dr. Glenn Steinberg
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:00-4:45pm
June 14-July 15, 2021

Introduces students to a literary tradition that originates in the classical period. The course will put readings into literary and historical context by focusing on a pivotal literary moment or text. The course will explore literary and historical relations – the textual “ancestors” and “progeny” that make up the particular classical tradition under consideration, as well as the surrounding philological, social, and political contexts of the selected pivotal moment in that tradition. The course will also draw upon at least two distinct cultures, at least one of which must be classical.

LIT 310-01: Literature for Younger Readers
Dr. Emily Meixner
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-12:45pm
May 24- June 11, 2021
This class meets in the Remote Learning Format

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 316-01/WGS 376-01 Global Women Writers
Professor Laura Neuman
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00-7:45pm 
June 14-July 15, 2021
This class meets in the Remote 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 374-01 American Literature to 1800
Dr. Michele Tarter
May 24- June 11, 2021
This class meets in the online learning format. Virtual Meetings Monday May 24;  Tuesday, June 1; Thursday, June 10

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 online learning course, we will utilize many of the newly digitized manuscripts and primary resources from research libraries around the world.

LIT 499-01 Seminar in Research and Theory: Narrative Theory

Dr. Felicia Jean Steele
June 14-August 8, 2021
*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.

ENGL 670-01 Studies in Literature

Dr. Jo Carney
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00-7:30pm
June 14-July 15, 2021

ENGL 670-02 Studies in Literature: Literature and Science 

Dr. Mindi McMann
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00-7:30pm
July 19-August 19, 2021

This graduate seminar explores the intersections of science and literature, focusing specifically on how we tell stories about science, human (and other) bodies, our environment, 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? What are the ethics of science, as viewed through a literary lens?


Summer Abroad- Cornwall–

Come to Cornwall and study the history and literature about Witches! Stay in Tintagel, by the Cornish Sea, and try doing some groundbreaking archival research in the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. This 4–credit hour course will take you to places you have never been before: Merlin‘s Cave, King Arthur‘s Castle, Stonehenge, the Holy Chalice Well of Glastonbury, and the artists‘ colony of St. Ives. We will also hike up to St. Nectan‘s Glen, the magical waterfall where King Arthur‘s knights went for blessing before their search for the Holy Grail. Other exciting excursions include a trip to Kindred Spirits, where you will try the ancient healing practice of dowsing for water, archery, and have a BBQ by the campfire with live music. At the end of our journey, we will visit Shakespeare‘s Stratford–upon–Avon to see a play about witches, and then spend a night in London before departing for home.