ENGL 492 Seminar in Literature and Language
Climate Change Fiction with Prof. Benjamin Bateman
This course focuses on representations of climate change in global contemporary literature. Readings might include novels and short stories by Barbara Kingsolver, Ian McEwan, Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, T. C. Boyle, Brian Kimberling, Mark Martin, and Jonathan Franzen.
Bodies of Work: Dickenson and Whitman with Prof. Andrew Knighton
This course focuses on the lives and works of the two most significant practitioners of nineteenth-century American poetry: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. Our focus will be on materiality, both in the way the names Dickinson and Whitman are assoicated with bodies of textual material that are fundamentally unstable and how bodies themselves are thematized in the work of these two poets.
ENGL 510 Proseminar in Literature
Literature as Difference with Prof. Lauri Ramey
This course will focus on poetry that has been categorized as unconventional, avant-garde, experimental, oppositional, “difficult,” “strange” or marginalized, and critical texts relevant to its production and evaluation. ( learn more)
ENGL 560 Seminar: British Literature
Modernism in and beyond the Local/Global, National/Post-National, Human/Post-Human with Prof. Hema Chari
This course will examine how certain canonical writers such as Rebecca West, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf have expanded the portrayals of their literary horizons to include local and global perspectives and show how such shifts allow us to nuance and historicize our understandings of Modernism and modernity. While this course will focus on some of the canonical works of modernists, the course will also concentrate on other literary contributions to modernism that challenged and re-wrote the Euro-American modernist visions of modernity. ( learn more)
ENGL 570 Seminar: American Literature
Chicana Literature with Prof. Linda Greenberg
This course examines the historical evolution and rise of Chicana literature from its late nineteenth century roots through the 1960s-70s Chicano/a movement and to the present.