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.
Writing With Writers
Supervised by a prominent writer, students will work on their own creative projects. The genre (prose fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) will change from year to 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.
Restoration & 18th Cnt Eng Lit
A survey of English literature and culture from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the creation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. Covers a wide range of literary genres such as Restoration drama, satiric poetry, the travel narrative, the periodical essay, and the novel. Examining the historical, social, political, and intellectual backgrounds for these texts, such as the declining influence of court culture, the construction of a colonial market economy, discourses of slavery and abolition, the reevaluation of traditional class hierarchies, and considerations of gender and marriage. Authors studied include: Rochester, Wycherley, Behn, Haywood, Aubin, Defoe, Pope, Swift, Fielding, Equiano, and others.
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 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.
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.