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Summer 2021 Course Offerings

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 374-01 American Literature to 1800
Dr. Michele Tarter
May 24- June 11, 2021
This class meets in the online learning format. Virtual Meetings Tuesday May 25;  Friday, June 4; 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.


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?