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CAS EN 566: Milton
Explores John Milton's prose and poetry in the context of both the seventeenth century and our current critical moment. Issues include religious liberty, gender, republicanism, genre, sexuality, slavery, friendship, English civil wars, ecocriticism, career anxiety, and changing ideas of reading.
CAS EN 568: Studies in British Literature
Topic for Spring 2015: Shakespeare and Film. Study of Shakespeare's tragedies, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, in multiple film versions of each play by such directors as Olivier, Welles, Nunn, Eyre, Branagh, Luhrmann, Taymor, and Kurosawa. Previous study of Shakespeare recommended.
CAS EN 571: Special Topics in American Literature
Topic for Fall 2012: American Poetry to 1860. An in-depth exploration of American poetry from its beginnings to the Civil War, unfolding according to historical principles and paying special attention to the cultural impacts of verse. Authors studied include Bradstreet, Taylor, Wheatley, Emerson, Poe, Harper, Whitman, and others.
CAS EN 572: Studies in American Literary Movements
Topic for Fall 2013: Transnational American Studies. Drawing on examples from literature, history, art, photography, and architecture, this course explores the global origins of American culture. Topics include the immigrant experience; tourism; internationalism; and cultural crossings between Japan and the US in the late nineteenth century. Also offered as CAS AM 501.
CAS EN 575: Studies in Literature and Gender
Topic for Fall 2012: Queer Literature and Film. An overview of same-sex attraction in literature from the Greeks to the present. Readings: Whitman, Dickinson, Radclyffe Hall, Wilde, Forster, Winterson, Hollinghurst, others. Queer identities in film from the silent period to the twenty-first century. Weekly screenings.
CAS EN 576: Studies in Literature and Gender
Topic for Spring 2013: Seventeenth-Century English Women Writers. Explores the fascinating world of war, sex, revolution, slavery and religion that was the English seventeenth century through the writings of women, including Halkett, Cavendish, Hutchinson, Philips, Behn, and others. Readings include exquisite poetry, hilarious plays, quirky romances and awe-inspiring pamphlets.
CAS EN 578: Studies in British Writers
Topic for Fall 2014: Virginia Woolf. A careful examination of one of the most enigmatic, challenging, and consistently astonishing writers of the modern era. Students read a thorough selection of Woolf's fiction and exploratory essays, while contemplating recurrent problems of subjectivity, experimentalism, metaphor, gender, and history.
CAS EN 579: Studies in American Writers
Topic for Fall 2014: Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson. Whitman and Dickinson as unruly eccentrics and as wholly representative nineteenth-century American writers, in the context of Emerson's call for a literature that embraces "the common." A course in cultural history and in close reading.
CAS EN 582: Studies in Modern Literature
Topic for Spring 2015: Joyce and After. Readings in transatlantic modernism (Irish, British, American) from 1922 forward. Joyce's Ulysses is central. Other readings from authors such as James Baldwin, Allison Bechdel, Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Bishop, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, and Virginia Woolf.
CAS EN 584: Studies in Literature and Ethnicity
Two topics are offered 2014/2015. Students may take one or both for credit. Topic for Fall 2014: Literature of the Migrant. A reading of eleven novels that all bear on human migrations. Besides examining major issues, the focus is on how these books were made. Some of the texts are translations, but most of them are written by American authors. Topic for Spring 2015: African American and Asian American Women Writers. Cross-cultural comparison of selected African American and Asian American women writers examines strategies by the "Other" to navigate cultural constructions of race, class, and gender. Attention to literary histories. Also offered as CAS AA 504.
CAS EN 585: Contemporary American Poetry
Tradition and innovation among post-WWII poets. Focus on individual volumes; may include: Plath, O'Hara, Ginsberg, Lowell, Bishop, Ashbery, Merrill, Simic, Hass, Glück, Komunyakaa.
CAS EN 587: Studies in African American Literature
Topic for Spring 2013: Literacy in African American Literature. Examines literacy in African American literature and in constructions and negotiations of racial identity and social contact. Historical topics include slavery, freedom, higher education, migration, gender, sexuality, and politics. Authors include Douglass, Jacobs, Washington, Du Bois, Wright, Lorde. Also offered as CAS AA 502 B1.
CAS EN 588: Studies in African American Literature
Topic for Spring 2015: Tracking Changes in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel: Negotiations of Genre and Gender. Readings of Slave Narratives and Neo Slave Narratives, and the Urban Novel. Authors include Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Walter Mosley. Also offered as CAS AA 502.
CAS EN 590: Studies in Comparative Literature
Topic for Fall 2014: Cultural Crossings with Asia in the US. Explores how the availability of English translations and other formative cultural encounters with Asia shaped the development of American literature. Readings include works by Franklin, Paine, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Whitman, Stein, Pound, Eliot, and Richard Wright.
CAS EN 593: Studies in Literature and the Arts
Topic for Fall 2014: The Coen Brothers. Intensive study of the Coen brothers' cinema, considered in relation to novels they adapted, films they re-made, and relevant genre writing. Topics: quirky wit, the death drive, character perversions. Weekly screenings.
CAS EN 594: Studies in Literature and the Arts
Two topics are offered 2013/2014. Students may register for one or both for credit. Topic for Fall 2013: Modernism: Text and Screen. Examines the multiple relays between the experiments of modernist literature and the (then) new art of film. Considers texts and films in which styles of writing are confused by, and bound up with, the act of seeing. Topic for Spring 2014: Dark Dreams: The Cinema of David Lynch. Intensive study of David Lynch's films, informed by readings in literature and Freudian psychoanalysis. Topics include: the logic of dreams, forms of evil, the death drive, and small-town America. Weekly screenings.
CAS EN 595: Studies in Literary Topics
Topic for Fall 2012: Language and Literature. Theories of language, meaning, signs, speech, and writing in relation to literary forms. What is language--and what is literary expression? Readings in theory include Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein, Derrida; and literary texts include works by Rousseau, Shelley, Woolf, and Beckett.