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Summer 2018

ENGL 597: Special Topics in English — From Renaissance to Postmodern: The Fairy Tale Genre

Dr. Jo Carney

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (06/11/2018-07/12/2018)

5PM – 7:30 PM

Most people today are familiar with fairy tales through cultural osmosis or a Disney experience, but few have actually read these foundational narratives. Furthermore, the tales with which most people are familiar only represent a small segment of the fairy tale canon: there is a rich, varied tradition of the adult literary fairy tale that comprises writers from Renaissance Italy, the French women salon milieu of 17th-century France, and the folklore movement of the German Romantic period. Works by Giambattista Basile, Marie-Catherine D’Aulnoy, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Oscar Wilde, and others have in turn been transformed by contemporary and postmodern writers, such as Margaret Atwood, Donald Barthelme, Angela Carter, Robert Coover, and Michael Cunningham. We will consider the  culturally influential and often damaging fairy tale tradition through a variety of theoretical lenses.

 

ENGL 670: Studies in Literature — Science and Literature

Dr. Mindi McMann

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (07/16/2018 – 08/16/2018)

5 PM – 7:30 PM

This graduate seminar explores the intersections of science and literature, focusing specifically on how we tell stories about science, human (and other) bodies, and biotechnology. Some questions we will consider are: What can fiction tell us about how we understand science and technology? How does science affect our understandings of subjectivity and what constitutes a person? What role does the body play in our understandings of science, and how do these new understandings impact how we tell stories about those bodies and their role in our society? What may separate distinctly human experiences from the experiences of others deemed less than human often by both literary and scientific discourses? To begin answering these questions, we will read theorists such as Donna Harroway and Bruno Latour, and authors such as Zadie Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Amitav Ghosh. 

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