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  • CAS EN 383: Australian Literature
    A critical introduction to the literature of Australia, surveying an indicative selection of texts written in English since the arrival of the country's first non-Aboriginal inhabitants in 1788. Addresses the critical examination of that literature in terms of Australia's history, views of Australia as a physical entity, and perspectives on Australia's people.
  • CAS EN 387: Writing in Today’s Britain: Meet the Writer
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London Internship Program or the London History & Literature Program.
    Examines very recent texts of many genres in English, by new and experienced contemporary writers, in the contexts of literary history and the marketplace. Issues include freedom of speech, roles of literary agent and editor, literary integrity. Includes in-person meetings with writers.
  • CAS EN 388: Contemporary British Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London Internship Program.
    Survey of contemporary British writing, including novels, plays, and poetry. How writers engage with contemporary British issues such as class divide, immigration, and modern sexuality, as well as the shifting definitions or "literature" in contemporary Britain.
  • CAS EN 389: Fictional Forms
    Two topics are offered 2015/2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Topic for Fall 2015: The Gothic: Monsters, Myths, History. Survey of Gothic as a narrative form (by contrast with the realistic novel) with attention to history (as a Gothic narrative) and modern myths (Frankenstein's monster, vampire, zombie, cyborg). Nineteenth & twentieth-century fiction primarily, with an eye on today throughout. Topic for Spring 2016: Fables and Tales. Stories have designs on you. How the "grammar" of storytelling shapes meaning in stories from Aesop's Fables, The Arabian Nights, the Grimms' Household Tales, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Boccaccio's Decameron, and some contemporary sources.
  • CAS EN 391: Research Seminar in the Literature of London
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London History & Literature Programme.
    Aims to give an informed sense of the variety of ways to pursue interpretation and evaluation of literary texts. Individual tutorials guide students in developing a major research project on a topic related to the literature of London.
  • CAS EN 392: Modern Irish Literature
    Survey of Irish literature from the late nineteenth-century literary revival to the present. Authors include Yeats, Lady Gregory, Douglas Hyde, J.M. Synge, Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Roddy Doyle. Emphasis on literature's role in fashioning national identities; the writer as social critic.
  • CAS EN 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
  • CAS EN 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
  • CAS EN 404: Literary Criticism I
    A historical survey of western literary-critical standards from the earliest surviving formulations in classical Athens to the dawn of the twentieth century, with particular attention to the shifting cultural contexts that shape this development.
  • CAS EN 405: Advanced Writing of Fiction
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom two or three short stories must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    The writing of short stories and perhaps longer fiction. Manuscripts read and discussed in class. Individual conferences.
  • CAS EN 406: Literary Criticism II
    Survey of literary critical perspectives and trends in humanistic theory relevant to literary interpretation from the middle of the twentieth century onward, including formalism, structuralism, post-structuralism, gender studies, new historicism, and post-colonial studies. Frequent writing assignments of varying length.
  • CAS EN 463: Hamlet/Macbeth: Appropriation and Performance
    Analysis of these plays through historical context, performance histories, and contemporary dramatic and prose appropriations. Theoretical considerations of adaptation and appropriation, including such topics as intertextuality, performance as interpretation, cultural politics, canon formation, and the global marketplace of culture.
  • CAS EN 465: Critical Studies in Literature and Society
    Topic for Fall 2015: Modernity/Shakespeare/Film. Filmed adaptations of Shakespeare in contrasting "Renaissance" and contemporary styles. How is the past imagined? What are the functions of nostalgia? How is modernity represented? Plays read alongside multiple films as well as theories of performance, reception, and visual pleasure. Also offered as CAS CI 465.
  • CAS EN 468: Critical Studies in British Literature
    Topic for Fall 2014: Humanism & Novel. Instead of following the history of the novel from the eighteenth century forward, this course looks backward, tracing the modern novel (Defoe, Haywood, Fielding, Richardson, Sterne, and Austen) back to Renaissance and early modern Humanism and the Deist movement.
  • CAS EN 472: Critical Studies in American Literary Movements
    Topic for Spring 2015: Transnational Modernism. Explores how internationalization shaped the emergence of modernism in fiction, poetry, and visual art in the U.S. and Caribbean. Close analysis of texts informed by theories of cosmopolitanism, translation, vernacular and print culture, primitivism, creolization, world history, and transpacific exchange.
  • CAS EN 474: Critical Studies in Literary Genres
    Topic for Spring 2014: Genre Theory. Genre as a category of literary and discursive analysis; selected theories of two exemplary literary genres, poetry and the novel; major 20th- and 21st-century theories of genre from "neoclassical" classificatory approaches through rhetorical genre studies and activity theory.
  • CAS EN 475: Critical Studies in Literature and Gender
    Topic for Spring 2016: Early Modern Women Authors. A survey of European women writers from the 1400s to the early 1600s, and of the modern critical thinking that has redefined their literary-historical importance. Christine de Pizan, Theresa of Avila, Marguerite de Navarre, Gaspara Stampa, Elizabeth I, and others.
  • CAS EN 476: Critical Studies in Literature and Gender
    Topic for Spring 2015: Sex, Gender, and the Body in Medieval Literature. Focusing on the medieval era, this course explores the history of sexuality and gendered identities, as well as sexuality's radical potential to disrupt and transform bodies and selves over time. Medieval literature, alongside critical readings in gender and sexuality studies.
  • CAS EN 480: Critical Studies in American Writers
    Topic for Fall 2014: Pragmatism and Literature. Major American authors (including Emerson, Dickinson, Henry James, Crane, Du Bois, and Frost) read in relation to classical pragmatist philosophers such as William James, Peirce, Dewey, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • CAS EN 482: Critical Studies in Modern Literature
    Topic for Fall 2015: Approaches to the Postcolonial Novel. Modern stories from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. An introduction to historical background and critical approaches to the works of authors such as Amos Tutuola, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Jean Rhys, Salman Rushdie, and Daniyal Mueenudin.