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GRS EN 717: Before Class: Early Modern Distinctions
The symbolic violence of social distinctions (gender, wealth, religion, race, occupation, learning, birth, accent, etc. etc.) among Elizabethans. Tudor-Stuart works, high and low genres from humanist philosophy to Shakespearean drama, libels, graffiti, court transcripts; social theory from Castiglione to Bourdieu.
GRS EN 720: Conflict and Representation in Jacobean Culture
This seminar considers the representation of social/political conflicts in the Jacobean period (1603-1625),organized around topics of sovereignty, patronage, witchcraft, gender, and the marketplace. Texts include: Macbeth, The Revenger's Tragedy, The Alchemist, King James's writings, poetry of Jonson and Donne.
GRS EN 724: Old Age in Early Modern Literature
An introduction to the discipline and practice of "literary gerontology" or age studies through a survey of Elizabethan and Jacobean representations of late life. Attention to relevant classical and continental resources as well as modern critical contexts.
GRS EN 727: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Poetry
Major concentration on Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson. Students may choose other poets from a list including Davenant, Marvell, Cowley, Philips, Behn, Wilmot, Killigrew, Prior, Finch, Montagu, Addison, Gray, Collins, Smart, Seward.
GRS EN 730: Modern Long Poem
The long poem as sequence, notebook, atypical research, non-novel, nearly genreless book: excerpts and sometimes whole works by Crane, Williams, Stein, Pound, Loy, Auden, Prince, Zukofsky, Olson, Hill, Howe, and others, American and British.
GRS EN 732: The Literature of Atlantic Modernity, 1700-1900
A theoretical and historical examination of transatlantic literature, with a focus on capitalism, aesthetics, and print culture. Readings in Marx, Weber, Raymond Williams, Benedict Anderson, Paul Gilroy, Defoe, Franklin, Wheatley, Equiano, Wordsworth, Austen, Irving, Bronte, Melville, and James.
GRS EN 735: The Satanic School: Byron and the Shelleys Unbound
The work of the "Satanic School" of writers--Byron, Percy Shelley, and Mary Shelley--during their collaborative post-Waterloo period. Readings include the major shorter works as well as Prometheus Unbound, Frankenstein, and portions of Childe Harold and Don Juan.
GRS EN 741: Money and Marriage in American Fiction, 1796-1925
Marriage as literary plot, legal contract, market commodity, sexual arrangement, gendered constraint, in American fiction from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, with background readings in law, economics, history, criticism. Authors include Foster, Phelps, Howells, Hopkins, Wharton, James, Fitzgerald.
GRS EN 742: Knowing and Judging
What is the status of aesthetic and interpretive claims? Are they rational, cognitive, or calculative? Are they expressions of preference, emotion, ideology, wisdom? Readings in aesthetics from Kant onwards, including Cavell, Fried, Gadamer, Sontag, Jameson, affect theory, Digital Humanities.
GRS EN 745: Accounting for Literature in 19th-Century America and Britain
What happens to literature with the rise of mass print culture, quantitative science, bureaucracy, and facticity? Poe, Dickens, Melville, Thoreau, Whitman, Browning, Henry James, and Wilkie Collins. Historical methods, plus some information theory, philosophy of science, and digital humanities tools.
GRS EN 753: Race and Cosmopolitanism in American Literature, 1875-1975
Race (alongside culture and class) in literary approaches to cosmopolitanism from Henry James to James Baldwin. American writers grappling with national belonging, global citizenship, affiliation and alienation. Readings include Douglass, Wharton, Locke, Fauset, Stein, and recent theories of cosmopolitanism.
GRS EN 754: 1950's America
This course moves beyond Consumption, Cold War, and Conformity, to explore the 1950's as a decade of cultural and political ferment, when original works of literature, film, and social theory--Lolita, Catcher in the Rye, Invisible Man, films of Marlon Brando, books by de Beauvoir, Arendt, Mills, Riesman--reached wide audiences.
GRS EN 766: Milton Now
Explores Milton's work and the current formation of "Milton studies," focusing on four interrelated topics: modes of reading, historicism, secularism, and gender and sexuality. Asks how and why we read Milton now, engaging conversations about the fate of the humanities.
GRS EN 771: The Novel in Theory and History
An inquiry into the state of novel theory today and the problem of accounting for the emergence of prose fiction in male and female, Christian and non-Christian, Western and Eastern, Neoclassical and Enlightenment authors between 1650 and 1800.
GRS EN 778: Succession and Early Modern Tragedy
Early modern stagings of the logic and tragedy of succession. Readings include historical texts on Tudor- Stuart succession crises, several Shakespeare plays (incl. Lear, Macbeth), less canonical plays (Spanish Tragedy, Massacre at Paris), and contemporary letters (Queen Elizabeth, Arbella Stuart).
GRS EN 782: Faulkner in Context
Faulkner's fiction as works that reflect, absorb, engage, and help constitute the discursive environments of his time. Faulkner as modernist wrestling with new technologies; regionalist in a globalized world; ex- colonial writer; agrarian critic of modern capitalism; chronicler of environmental degradation.
GRS EN 783: Modernist Gothic
Readings from Dorian Gray through Endgame, by such authors as Stoker, Conrad, Woolf, Barnes, Faulkner, Capote, Ellison, and Morrison, in relation to nineteenth-century precursors, contemporary emanations, monsters as myth, and conceptual framings from Arendt and Levi-Strauss through the posthuman. This is the same course listed as GRS EN 843 in the 2014/2015 GRS Bulletin.
GRS EN 786: Caribbean Provocations
Significant texts from the Anglophone Caribbean from 1912 to the present, challenging to read and to theorize. Locally inspired innovations in form, language, and perspective across genres. Likely authors: Naipaul, Harris, Kincaid, Walcott, Antoni, McKay, Goodison, Morris, Roach, Brathwaite, Johnson.
GRS EN 788: Transnational Modernism
This interdisciplinary course explores how globalization shaped the emergence of modernist styles in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Topics include transatlantic migration; the effects of mobilization and world war; the rise of black internationalism; and modernist indebtedness to Asian cultures.
GRS EN 792: Introduction to Recent Critical Theory and Method
A selective study of recent literary theory and criticism, with emphasis on comparison of critical frameworks and methodologies. Topics may include formalism, structuralism, deconstruction, Marxism, New Historicism, gender theory, speech acts, and post-colonialism. Fulfills the graduate requirement in literary theory.