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Summer 2022 Course Offerings

LIT 310 Literature for Young Readers
Professor Emily Meixner
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00am-12:15pm
May 23-June 10, 2022

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/WGS 376 Global Women Writers
Professor Laura Neuman
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5:00-7:45pm 
June 13-July 14, 2022
This class meets in the Remote Learning Format
Monday, 5:00-7:45 PM (asynchronous, online); Tuesday, 5:00-7:45 PM (synchronous, live in person meeting on campus); Thursday, 5:00-7:45 PM (synchronous, live meeting online)

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 317/ENGL 670 The Witch in Literature in Cornwall/Scotland
Dr. Michele Tarter
Study Abroad Course June 26-July 13

Come to Cornwall and Scotland to study the history and literature of Witches! This 4-credit hour course will begin in London, where we will see a Shakespearean play at the Globe Theatre, take a boat ride along the River Thames, and visit Universal Studios’ Harry Potter Tour!

Then launch with us to Scotland, where we will visit sites of witchcraft and local lore in not only Edinburgh (the place where the Harry Potter series was born) but also in the Highlands-ranging from magical Fairy Glens to Macbeth’s Cawdor Castle, a boat ride in search of the Loch Ness Monster, and an adventure to the Isle of Lewis’ Callanish Standing Stones Stay in Tintagel, by the Cornish Sea, where we will visit the world-renowned Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, visit Merlin’s Cave and King Arthur’s castle ruins, in addition to mystical holy wells and waterfalls.

Our last stop will be at Glastonbury’s magical Tor and Holy Chalice Well, along with a walk around Stonehenge. There are so many magical places to visit, so much history to learn, and so much literature about witches to analyze. Come join us!

For more Information check out the Center for Global Engagement’s website at:
Information sessions on Zoom- Monday, October 18th and Wednesday, November 3rd

LIT 374 American Literature to 1800
Dr. Michele Tarter
This class meets in the online learning format. Meetings at 10:00am-1:00pm on Monday May 23;  Tuesday, May 31; Thursday, June 9 

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 Seminar in Research and Theory: Dystopian Literature
Dr. Jean Graham
May 23- July 14, 2022 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-12:20pm

This seminar focuses on dystopian literature, especially those dystopian novels frequently taught at the secondary level.  As dystopian literature critiques society, this focus will enable us to concentrate on gender and other cultural approaches to literature.

** This is an 8 week course spanning over the Maymester Session 1 and Session 2