Fiction and Resistance
The tradition of American protest literature, and in particular historical fictions, novels, films, plays, and poems that fictionalize history in order to represent and critique the present in which they are written. In addition to studying fictional literatures, we will also explore the ways fiction challenges traditional notions of history as a record of different times and places. Readings may include works such as Tony Kushner's Angels in America, Susan-Lori Parks, The America Play, OR David Henry Hwang's M.Butterfly (plays): E.L.Doctorow's The Book of Daniel, Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo, OR David Leavitt's The Two Hotel Francforts (novels); Elia Kazan's Gentlemen's Agreement, Spike Lee's Son of Sam, OR Tom Kalin's Swoon (films); and Allen Ginsburg's Howl" OR Adrienne Rich's "A Long Conversation" (poems). "
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.
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
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.
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.
Senior Seminar in English
Course topic changes with each offering.
Shakespeare in His Contexts
A study of Shakespeare in context of the cultural and historical texts that shape his plays and poems. Course focuses on particular themes in understanding Shakespeare's plays as part of the historical discourse of early England and Europe.
Issues in Shakespearean Drama
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.