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2019 Summer Course Offerings

ENGL 650: American Literature to 1800

Professor: Dr. Michele Tarter

This is a blended learning course. In person meetings will take place Monday from 10:00am-1:00pm. This course runs during the Maymester: May 28, 2019 to June 14, 2019

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire a broad-based, foundational knowledge and understanding of early American literature. Emphasis will be placed on formulating a coherent understanding of the texts, contexts, concerns, and problematics which influenced American literature before 1865 and which continue to structure interpretations of the period.


ENGL 670: The Contemporary Short Story

Professor: Dr. Jo Carney

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (6/17/2019 – 7/18/2019)

5pm to 7:30pm

Many of the most interesting voices in our current literary landscape are practitioners of short fiction. In this seminar we will explore the style and substance of a variety of short stories, a genre that has moved far beyond the maximalism v. minimalism and realism v. postmodernism divides of the late 20th century. We will begin with Donald Barthelme and Raymond Carver and then look at how the short story by writers today—including Chimamanda Adichie, Lydia Davis, Edward P. Jones, Ben Marcus, Karen Russell, and George Saunders—respond to earlier traditions.


ENGL 611: Medieval Literature

Professor: Dr. Felicia Steele

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday (7/22/2019 – 8/22/2019)

5pm to 7:30pm

In this course, we will read, analyze, and discuss literary and cultural texts from some of the major genres from this period from England, France, and Iceland: the saint’s life, the mystical treatise, the national or dynastic epic, the romance, the fable, the ars amatoria, the saga, and the fabliau. We will focus not only on generic character, but also on the presentation of women within those genres. To that end, we will read works written by women and about women, all
the while trying to determine to what degree these works were written for women.