Literary Studies Course Offerings, Spring 2017

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ENLS 200.01 Ways of Reading (MWF 3-3:52 p.m.) Professor Schweizer
What is an author? What is literature? What is meaning? What is culture? Why do literary texts need to be interpreted? Is realism good? Why is poetry difficult? Do we speak or are we spoken? Is language gendered? Does literature liberate us? From what? ARHC EGHU

ENLS 203.01 Introductory Topics in Literary Race Studies (MWF 11-11:52 a.m.) Professor Hong
Topic: Race, Law, and American Literature ARHC

ENLS 203.02 Introductory Topics in Literary Race Studies (WF 3-4:22 p.m.) Professor Ponnuswami
Topic: Multiethnic American Drama. Focusing on plays, literary and theatrical movements, and performance theories, in the context of contemporary American racial and cultural politics. ARHC W2

ENLS 207.01 American Romanticism (MWF 10-10:52 a.m.) Professor Morris
Celebrate Diversity, Question Authority. AHLG ARHC DUSC EGHU

ENLS 214.01 US Latino/a Literature…From the Barrio: The Politics of US Latino/a Lit (MWF 11-11:52 a.m.) Professor Machado
This course explores how fiction, poetry, and drama written in English by Latinos/as in the United States imagines the history of the NYC metro-area barrio. AHLG ARHC DUSC

ENLS 216.01 American Poetry (TR 8-9:22 a.m.) Professor Morris

ENLS 216.02 American Poetry (TR 9:30-10:52 a.m.) Professor Morris
Poetry, Diversity, Pain, and Joy — “If it ain’t a pleasure, It ain’t a poem” AHLG ARHC DUSC EGHU

ENLS 218.01 Studies in Children’s Lit (MWF 2-2:52 p.m.) Professor Peterson
We will discover the ways in which the genre, through literature and film, can serve to comment on the values and concerns of the society in which the stories for children were produced. AHLG ARHC EGHU

ENLS 221.01 Intro to African American Literature…The Harlem Renaissance (TR 9:30-10:52 a.m.) Professor Dalleo
When African Americans are treated as second-class citizens and targets of intense race-based violence, what can literature do? Study the Harlem Renaissance to learn how writers from the 1920s and 1930s answered that question. AHLG ARHC DUSC EGHU W2

ENLS 222.01 Ethnic Comedy (TR 1-2:22 p.m.) Professor Ponnuswami ARHC DUSC

ENLS 223.01 Questioning the Post-Racial (MWF 10-10:52 a.m.) Professor Stewart
The notion of the “post-racial” existed in American political discourse long before President Obama’s election. As the nation looks toward its next presidential administration, we must ask ourselves: is the “post-racial” a goal worth aspiring to? Was it ever” ARHC

ENLS 228.01 Gender & Sexuality in America (MW 8:30-9:52 a.m.) Professor Carr
Explores contemporary American literature in relation to current topics in gender studies, such as how sexual identities are formed, recent changes in how femininities and masculinities are articulated, gendered images in media, and other issues. GLBT texts are at the center of analysis, with representation of diverse American cultures. AHLG ARHC DUSC EGHU

ENLS 245.01 Terror With a Human Face (TR 2:30-3:52 p.m.) Professor Siewers
Tens of millions perished in the name of utopian idealism that went awry. Writers helped lead the resistance through literary journalism, satire, memoir, and dystopian fiction. But when social justice went wrong, was the pen mightier than the sword? AHLG ARHC EGHU GBCC W2

ENLS 251.01 Early History of the Book in England (MWF 10-10:52 a.m.) Professor Lecky
The Joy of Not Reading: Book History from Beowulf to Blake. ARHC EGHU

ENLS 257.01 Shakespeare (MWF 1-1:52 p.m.) Professor Peterson

ENLS 270.01 Fatal Attractions in 19th Century Lit (MWF 2-2:52 p.m.) Professor McDayter
What does it mean to create a calculated life of uncertainty? Come study the subtle art of deferral. ARHC EGHU

ENLS 286.01 The Modern Novel (MWF 2-2:52 p.m.) Professor Rickard

ENLS 288.01 The Nobel Prize and World Lit (TR 1-2:22 p.m.) Professor Dalleo
Over the past thirty years, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to English-language writers from Africa and the Caribbean more often than from England and the United States. What kinds of writers does the prize reward? What does this tell us about literature today? AHLG ARHC EGHU GBCC

ENLS 290.01 The Black Body Reconsidered (W 7-9:52 p.m.) Professor Gillespie
Do black lives matter?? Let’s talk about it. ARHC DUSC EGHU W2

ENLS 290.02 Literature of the Holocaust (MW 8:30-9:52 a.m.) Professor Schweizer
To remember is to resist. ARHC EGHU

ENLS 321.01 Alternative African America (TR 9:30-10:52 a.m.) Professor Stewart
What does it mean to be an African American novelist (not an athlete, entertainer, or criminal) in the 21stcentury? ARHC EGHU

ENLS 341.01 The Hidden God of Nature: Christian Ecopoetics from Dante to Dostoevsky. (W 3-4:22 p.m.) Professor Siewers.
Chaucer and Dostoevsky, together at last. A Great Books experience looking at how literature can enrich our sense of Nature, through The Canterbury Tales and The Brothers Karamazov. ARHC AHLG ENVC EGHU W2.

ENLS 350.01 Milton Seminar (T 1-3:52 p.m.) Professor Lecky
Satan rules … in Milton’s Paradise Lost. ARHC EGHU

ENLS 370.01 Literature of Flirtation (R 1-3:52 p.m.) Professor McDayter
“If our descriptions of sexuality are tyrannized by various stories of committed purpose- sex as reproduction, sex as heterosexual intercourse, sex as intimacy- flirtation puts in disarray our sense of an ending…” Adam Phillips, On Flirtation ARHC EGHU W2


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