S.I. UNDERGRADUATE FLYER
ENG. 1100C: Literature in a Global Context (10408)
Dr. Stephen Paul Miller
From Basho to Naguib Mahfouz and illuminating works by writers from nations that President Donald J. Trump’s recent presidential executive orders would ban from entering the United States, student will engage with literature in a global context.
ENG. 1100C: Literature in a Global Context (13523)
TF 1:50 – 3:15 PM
Dr. Chiara Cillerai
In this course we will examine the way in which representations of Italy, and of Rome in particular, have often offered American authors a way to reflect on their own communities and culture. Our semester-long course will focus on the ways in which nineteenth-century American authors used Rome and its history to reflect on their own present and past, in view of their own country’s civil turmoil, emerging national identity, and the religious and philosophical discourses that formed them. We will begin the course by examining the twentieth-century film Roman Holiday (1953) whose plot has its roots in nineteenth-century perceptions of, and fantasies about, the city and its contemporary and classical cultures. We will then go back to earlier texts beginning with Hawthorne’s Marble Faun, and those of contemporary writers such as Thoreau and Emerson, Henry James’ novella “Daisy Miller,” and Edith Wharton’s short stories such as “American Fever,” among others. The course will establish the context for the Global Passport Course in Rome. During that week, the class will return to some of the readings done during the semester in order to further their understanding of the cultural dialogues that these texts perform in view of the students’ own experience in Rome.
Hon. 2150C: Literature in the Global Context (10645)
Courtship, Children, and Tradition
TF 12:15 – 1:40 PM
Dr. Brian Lockey
In this course, we will consider how the traditions of courtship, romance, and marriage have transformed over the past four centuries, and we will consider a number of prominent works of literature as the lens through which we may view historical change. We will entertain the following questions as we read: to what extent are courtship rituals and traditions determined by biological factors and to what degree are they determined by cultural forces? To what extent have traditional courtship and marriage rituals empowered men and to what degree have they empowered women? How has the so-called “Sexual Revolution” transformed or even eliminated traditional courtship rituals, and what has the overall effect been of such dramatic historical transformation? How have perspectives on the rearing of children transformed throughout the centuries and what effect has this transformation had on Western life in general? We will attempt to address these and other questions as we read five works of fiction during the course of the semester.
ENG. 2300: Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory (11837)
Introduction to Literary and Cultural Criticism
MR 12:15 – 1:40 PM
Dr. Melissa Mowry
“Not your parents’ Literary Theory.” Literary Theory became a powerful cultural force in the period following WWII, when it defined the way we understood meaning, authority, and identity for Euro-American culture. While some scholars have lamented the “death of theory” and observed that we now operated in a “post-critical” vacuum that is emphatically NOT the case. In fact, criticism is broader, more meaningful and more relevant than it has ever been, touching on the meaning of community, the environment, dissent and power in ways that help us understand both what we’re experiencing in culture now as well as how we might make a better future. In this class we will ground ourselves in the theory and thought of the post-war era, but also look closely at what literary theory has to say about the way we read, how we understand evidence and history, and the way those things bind us together to form communities. Discussion is likely to involve both literary texts from the past as well as current events. Rousing discussion are expected daily.
ENG. 3240: Romantic Literature (15176)
Uncovering the Past, Establishing the Tradition
TF 10:40 – 12:05 PM
Dr. Brian Lockey
During the Romantic period—roughly the 1780’s to the 1820’s, poets and novelists became conscious, as never before, of the weight of their own tradition. The Romantic poets were conscious that a tradition of English poetry existed, going back to the medieval period, and they sought both to imitate and surpass their forbearers. In this course, we will consider Romanticism as a period in which writers alternatively modelled their poetry on works of the past and rebelled against tradition. Additionally, we will seek to assess the continuing popularity of the Romantic imagination and its relevance to characteristic modes of subjective experience in the 21st century world. We will consider such topics as: nature and the imagination in a time marked by the industrial revolution and political unrest; the urgency romantic poets and their contemporaries felt in their quest to affirm a core set of transcendent values—including freedom, personhood, immortality; the experience of history in a time of extraordinary change; the role of art and the artist in the new political world forged by the French revolution; gender and “sensibility.” In the first part of this course, we will read some influential works by poets from the Renaissance period including William Shakespeare and John Milton. Then we will consider how such poets and novelists as Sir Walter Scott, Blake, Coleridge, Byron, and Keats responded to these earlier writers.
ENG. 3590: Literature & The Other Arts (13525)
W 1:50 – 4:40 PM
Dr. Stephen Paul Miller
This course encourages interdisciplinary thinking. Considering history as an “art,” we will read history alongside contemporary fiction by Eugene Lim and others, poetry by poets such as John Ashbery and Adrienne Rich, contemporary drama by Paula Vogel, Spalding Gray, and others. In addition we will discuss several films and visual arts movements, such as Magical Realism.
ENG. 3710: Intro to Creative Writing (13524 )
*COUNTS FOR WRITING MINOR*
W 10:40 – 1:30 PM
Dr. Stephen Paul Miller
This course asks you to use your imagination, memory, perceptions, and sensitivities to write creatively in all creative forms. We will use models in several genres, in addition to techniques such as focused and unfocused free-writing and many different prompts to unlock your creativity and ability to convey the breadth and depth of you inner and outer experiences.
*WITH PERMISSION OF CHAIR ONLY*
ENG. 4903: Internship in English (70977) 3 CREDITS
ENG. 4906: Internship in English (75024) 6 CREDITS
ENG. 4953: Independent Study (12026)
ENG. 4953: Independent Study (12263)
ENG. 4953: Independent Study (12770)