|529 A||Victorian Posthumanism||Taylor||MW 9:30-11:20|
The Victorian age saw a radical unsettling of the idea of “man” that had been developed as a central element of humanism and Enlightenment philosophy. This occurred perhaps most famously in the development of evolutionary theory (both pre- and post-Darwin) that articulated the human as an evolved and evolving organism, with accordant implications for the status of race, gender, class, urbanization, and empire. However, similar changes are also evident in the increasing importance (and power) of machines (the railroad, steamship, etc.), information technology such as the telegraph, phonograph and telephone, changes in print culture and legal structures, and developments across a range of scientific disciplines from geology and physics to epidemiology and statistics. In the process, the Victorian era offers a means to trace the prehistory of contemporary discussions of posthumanism and theoretical developments in related arenas such as animal studies, ecocriticism, disability studies.
In this course, we will trace these intersections and explore their effect on (and borrowing from) the literature of the period by reading works by authors like Charles Dickens, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and George Eliot alongside excerpts from the writings of Victorian scientists and social theorists like Charles Lyell, Robert Chambers, Charles Darwin, Harriet Martineau, Charles Baggage, Ada Lovelace, John Ruskin, Herbert Spencer, and James Clerk Maxwell. We will juxtapose this material with recent writing on posthumanism by theorists such as Bruno Latour, Michel Serres, and N. Katherine Hayles.
|531 A||The Early American Republic of Letters||Shields||T Th 1:30-3:20|
This introductory survey of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century American literature will explore the roles that print culture played in the consolidation of American identity. While some American writers embraced the disinterested pursuit of knowledge, seeking to create a literary sphere divorced from politics and personality, others aimed to develop a distinctive national literature marked both by its style and its subjects. Both of these projects, although seemingly at odds with each other, involved responding either implicitly or explicitly to works by British writers, which dominated the literary market in the American colonies and early republic. As we read a variety of texts—including autobiographies by Benjamin Franklin, Samson Occom, and Olaudah Equiano, novels by Charles Brockden Brown and Susanna Rowson, and poetry by Philip Freneau and Lydia Sigourney-- we will question how eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century American writers understood the relationships between literary and political representation in their formative nation.
|533 A||Intro to American Modernisms||Kaup||T Th 3:30-5:20|
A graduate survey of (the period of) American literary modernisms (1900 to WW II), placing representative works in relation to literary culture and social context. Topics covered include nationalism, migration, race, gender, and the impact of the visual arts on literary modernism, as well as the relation between modernity/ modernization (social, economic, and technological transformation) and modernism (revolution in literary style): to what extent is modernism the emblematic modern style? If this is the case, what motivates the persistence of “obsolete” styles (such as realism) during the so-called modernist period? The course will consider concept such as the non-synchronicity of the contemporaneous (Bloch), the idea of alternative modernities, and the significance of location/space as well as history.
|535 A||American Culture & Criticism||Simpson||T Th 9:30-11:20|
|537 A||American Fictions of Violence (w/Engl 452)||Schloss||MW 10:30-12:20|
|544 A||Hispanic Women Writers (w/C. Lit 596 & GWSS 590)||Steele||MW 11:30-1:20|
|550 A||Literature & Love, East & West (w/C. Lit 570 & Slav 490)||Crnkovic||MW 12:30-2:20|
|555 A||Feminist Theory||Cherniavsky||MW 1:30-3:20|
|556 A||Ethics of Globalization||Reddy||MW 3:30-5:20|
|556 B||Race, Sex & Transgression in Contemporary Black Lit (w/C. Lit 535A)||Chude-Sokei||T Th 11:30-1:20|
English 556B: Race, Sex and Transgression in Contemporary African-American Literatures.
Despite being enshrined and canonized for postures of resistance and its counter-hegemonic poetics and politics, much African-American thought and writing has also functioned to police its own borders, often in the name of racial solidarity. This self-policing has often manifest in a silent but authoritative control over appropriate notions of narrative form, ideological content and, most notably, terms of sexuality, desire and intimacy. In this class we will engage “outlaw” works that emphasize intra-racial tactics of representation and the tensions around appropriate racial representation and cultural/social definition. As such, the class will focus on writers and critics who go as much against the grain of conventional black thought and politics as they engage race, racism, history and culture in largely sexual terms. We will also be working through critics deeply engaged in theorizing sex, race, stereotype and violence.
A word of caution: for those students for whom extreme representations of race, sex and violence could be disturbing, and for whom unconventional political issues and conceptual framing might be hard to take, this course may not be for you.
Let me know if there are any issues or problems.
|556 C||Reading Affect (w/C. Lit 535B)||Woodward||MW 9:30-11:20|
|563 A||Research Methods in Language & Rhetoric: Corpus Methodologies||Dillon||T Th 3:30-5:20|
|564 A||Current Rhetorical Theory: Material Rhetorics||Rai||T Th 11:301:20|
|570 A||Practicum in TESOL||Sandhu||F 10:30-12:20|
|576 A||Testing & Evaluation of ESOL||Harshbarger||MW 10:30-12:20|
|578 A||Colloquium in TESOL||Motha||T Th 10:30-12:20|
|584 A||Adanced Fiction Workshop||Sonenberg||MW 11:30-1:20|
|585 A||Advanced Poetry Workshop||Triplett||T 4:00-7:40|
|593 A||Textual Studies: Oral Scribal Texts (w/C. Lit 593B)||Remley||MW 11:30-1:20|