Texts and Meaning
An introduction to the study of the structures and methods by which texts create and convey meaning. Texts and approaches will be determined by individual instructors, but all emphasize reflective, critical reading, as well as text-centered discussions and written assignments.
Global Novel Since 1960
The contemporary novel from the British Isles, the Caribbean, Canada, Australia, South Asia, and Africa. Focus on postmodernism, postcolonialism, and transnationalism from 1960 to the present. The writers studied include: Naipaul, Rushdie, Ondaatje, Emecheta, Gordimer, McEwan, Atwood, Carey, and Kincaid. Readings will include theory and criticism.
Stds in Cntmp American Lit
Readings in American literature from 1950 to the present, with emphasis on what might make this recent writing different from what came before, or 147postmodern148 in terms of aesthetics and cultural context. May address fiction, drama and poetry or concentrate on a single genre.
Slave Narrative to Slave Novel
Consideration of the traditional Black Atlantic 18th, 19th, and 20th century slave narratives and novels, including authors such as Douglass, Equiano, and Butler, among others. Texts critique historiographies, ideologies, and models of interpretation that subjected African American cultural production and black identity to second-class citizenship. Examine the relationship between memory, writing, and historical representation and the production of hierarchical categories in the construction of racial, sexual, and gender differences. Texts engage the challenges of formal genre presented by the slave novel's reinvention of the traditional slave narrative.
Reading across Caribbean literatures, cultures, languages, and theories which organize the region,exploring the ways in which cosmopolitanisms shape the literary and cultural productions of the Caribbean. Attention paid to the ways cultural hybridity emerges against the persistence of a mythological cultural and national homogeneity. Authors might include William Shakespeare, Charlotte Bronte, Michelle Cliff, Junot Diaz, Christina Diaz, Jamaica Kincaid, Earl Lovelace, and Jean Rhys.
Senior Seminar in English
Course topic changes with each offering.
Art, Literature & Civil Rights
Exploration of the cultural, historical, and literary significance of the American civil rights movement. Course texts feature works of literature and history as well as the popular music, artistic productions, and public speeches that galvanized a national movement. We will extend our study to examine contemporary representations of this era as well.
Catapulted through Time
Whether pulled back into the past or projected into the future, time travelers appear throughout works of fiction and popular culture. Students will investigate representations in literature, television, film, and radio broadcasts, and will experience time travel" through weekly visits to historic house museums