Fiction and Resistance
Explore the tradition of American protest literature and the ways fiction challenges traditional notions of history as a record of different times and places. Focus specifically on novels, films, plays, and poems that fictionalize history in order to represent and critique the present in which they are written. Readings may include works such as Tony Kushner's Angels in America, E.L. Doctorow's The Book of Daniel, Spike Lee's Son of Sam, and Adrienne Rich's A Long Conversation.
Addressing issues and questions specific to literary and cultural analysis and in the process exploring various interpretive strategies through which ideas of the literary and of literary study are engaged. The content and perspective of this course will vary according to instructor. Students will read primary theoretical texts, and will write about how theories of literature might inform ways of reading prose, poetry, drama, and/or film. By the end of the term, students should have a sense of how over the years critical debate has shaped the many practices of reading literature.
Art of Travel Writing
Introduction to history, society and culture of specific travel destination. Exploration of art of travel writing including reading and analyzing travel essays as models for their own writing. Required for students participating in travel writing May Experience in a given year.
Early Modern Drama
Major works from the golden age of English drama. Shakespeare and/or Shakespeare along with work by his contemporaries, Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, Middleton, Ford, and others.
Drama at Stratford-upon-Avon
Offered only as part of the fall term in the British Isles program. Study of the drama being performed in London and Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and others.
Trvl Stdy in the British Isles
Texts and culture in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Specific topics will change from year to year.
Shakespeare on Film
Study of Shakespeare's plays on film or in production if live performances occur during semester the course is taught. Shakespeare's written texts may be studied, but focus will be on the artistry of the cinema or theater in revealing Shakespeare for modern audiences
The plays of William Shakespeare studied primarily in their historical and theatrical contexts. Attention also paid to Shakespeare's role in producing modern cultural awareness in the English speaking world and beyond. Appropriate for majors and non-majors.
Mjr Fgrs in Erly Mdrn Eng Lit
Study of works written by major authors in the reigns of the Tudors and the Stuarts. Authors include: Sidney, Spenser, Wroth, Marlowe, Jonson, Milton, or the major lyric poets. Focus on major works in their entirety written by single authors except in the case of the lyric poets.
The influence of important classical and Renaissance European writers on the literature and drama of Shakespeare's England. Topics vary, but may include the impact of authors such as Dante, Ovid, Montaigne, Petrarch, and others on Donne, Herbert, Marlowe, Milton, Shakespeare, Spenser, and their peers.
Intrprtv Issues Erly Mdrn Lit
Study of key issues for understanding early modern British literature and its place in a history of ideas in the West. Topics include early modern literature in relation to the histories of science, individualism, gender and sexuality, privacy, literary criticism, authorship and/or the place of period texts in emerging theories of literature and history.
Three-part history and development of African American drama in the United States from its origins to the present moment. Part one explores the roots of African American drama and examines early stage images of black subjects, 19th century stage stereotypes of minstrelsy, and the initial achievements of the African Grove Theatre and early black playwrights. Part Two focuses on the Harlem Renaissance and the Harlem Unit of the Federal Theatre Project. Part Three examines major plays and playwrights from Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (1959) to the 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning production of Suzan Lori-Park's Topdog-Underdog.
Critical and Cultural Theory
Introduction to theoretical approaches to literature such as psychoanalysis, deconstruction, feminism, and postcolonial studies. Consideration of the ethics and politics of interpretation, the assumptions and practices informing theoretical work, and the relation between literature and theory. Readings include works of fiction, film, and texts by theorists such as Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, Zizek, Derrida, de Man, Butler, Cixous, Spivak, Bhabha.
Stage, Social Struggle, Theory
Exploration of the way the theatre and drama become sites for producing social discourses and institutions. Focusing on one or more key periods in world drama, students will study the interrelations of plays, theoretical formulations, and specific material conditions of performance.
Senior Seminar in English
Course topic changes with each offering.
Shakespeare in His Contexts
This course will engage various issues in the drama of Shakespeare. Rather than focus on genre or major v. minor plays, it will be fashioned around a particular group of ideas or topics that are relevant to understanding Shakespeare's plays and what it means to read them.
Typically, sex and sexuality define discrete, natural categories of being or identity. Instead of treating these as separate from other social and cultural issues, we will study how these concepts acquire meaning from their association with categories of knowledge (race, ethics, medicine, or science, for example) that are not primarily about sex. Works explored include philosophical texts, Disney films and fairy tales, documentaries and contemporary novels.
Issues in Women & Gender Stds
Focus on both classical and contemporary issues in Women's and Gender Studies. Survey of feminist theory and historical developments in the women's movement, it provides a foundation for the understanding of contemporary women's issues, including education, family, health, religion, economics and politics.
Introduction to Queer Theory
Study of Foucault, Butler, Sedgwick, Anzaldua, Edelman, Mercer and Ferguson among others to understand what it means to say that sexuality has a history and that it is socially constructed. Topics include the ways queer theory problematizes the connections among sex, gender, and sexuality; modern lesbian, gay, and transgendered movements; and anti-identitarian alternatives to normative sexual regimes.