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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 Fall 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 588: Studies in African American Literature
Topic for Spring 2016: 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 592: Studies in Literature and Society
Topic for Spring 2013: Elizabethan Prodigals. Lives and works of the bad-boy writers whose violations of social and literary restraints shaped early modern literature and anticipated modern notions of artistic alienation: Kyd, Greene, Marlowe, Nashe, Jonson, and others.
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.