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College of Arts & Sciences

Creative Writing

Introduction to Creative Writing

CAS EN 202

An introduction to writing in various genres: poetry, fiction, plays, and/or creative non-fiction. Students' work discussed in class. Designed mainly for beginners in creative writing, although all skill levels are welcome. Does not give concentration credit. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 30)

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Writing Nonfiction: True Stories Well Told

CAS EN 301

Students write nonfiction pieces for critique and learn principles of narrative through readings. Focus is on writing about people, place, events, one's personal history, among other subjects. Individual conferences with the instructor. For writers of all experience levels. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Writing of Fiction

CAS EN 305

Students should submit a piece of short fiction for the instructor to review before classes begin. Stories or excerpts of 5-10 pages will suffice. The writing of short stories and perhaps longer fiction discussed in a workshop setting. Includes one-on-one meetings to discuss student work. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Literature

Reading Modern Literature

CAS EN 125

Introduces key concepts for understanding major developments in modern literature. Readings in poetry, drama, and fiction from varying traditions, designed to motivate an interest in some of the most engaging, and challenging, works of our time. Topics vary by instructor. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Seminar in Literature

CAS EN 220

Topic for Summer 2016: The Boundaries of Life. How do writers create distinctions between lifeless matter and living beings in fictional worlds made out of nothing but marks on a page? And how can we understand matter to either lose or acquire life and sentience? In Fun Home, Alison Bechdel spends large parts of her childhood helping her father in a funeral home. Thomas Hardy marvels at noisy finches who, only a year before were "only particles of grain, /And earth and air and rain." Looking at biological and philosophical definitions of life, this course explores the mysterious transformation that happens when a baby leaps naked into the "dangerous world," or King Lear's daughter suddenly has "no breath at all." How does a writer distinguish between the shearing of a panting sheep and the skinning of a dead lamb? This course tracks the contrasts writers set up between sensitive, receptive surfaces and the inanimate world. Authors include Shakespeare, Dickens, Hopkins, Darwin, Hardy, and Bechdel. Satisfies CAS WR 150 requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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British Literature I

CAS EN 322

Prereq: (CAS EN 220 & CAS EN 221). Literature from the beginnings to the Restoration. Includes works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and others. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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British Literature II

CAS EN 323

Prereq: (CAS EN 322). Literature from the Restoration to the end of the nineteenth century. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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Shakespeare I

CAS EN 363

Six plays chosen from the following: Richard II, Henry IV (Part I), Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Shakespeare II

CAS EN 364

Six or seven plays chosen from the following: Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, and The Tempest. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Introduction to African American Women Writers

CAS EN 370

Topic for Summer 2016: Toni Morrison's American Times. Examines four of the Nobel Laureate's novels, using primary and secondary materials to construct historical contexts and critical perspectives. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Detective Fiction

CAS EN 373

A survey of crime and detective fiction from the late 18th to the late 20th centuries, in the British and American traditions. Reading, discussion, exams, and written work focus on masters of the genre, including Poe, Doyle, Christie, Sayers, Hammett, Chandler, and Cain. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Critical Studies in Literature and Gender

CAS EN 476

Topic for Summer 2016: Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Introduces major movements and texts in gender and sexuality studies central to literary studies. Sub-topics include identity, race, nationhood, family, erotics, representation and digital media, public/private spheres, and literary forms. Readings include theoretical works (feminist, queer, transgender, etc.), novels, graphic novels, and films. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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American Literature I

CAS EN 533

A survey of American literature from its (contested) beginnings through the mid-nineteenth century. Focuses on fiction, poetry, and autobiography from major authors (including Melville, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Whitman, Douglass, and Thoreau). Also briefly encounters other genres such as sermons, essays, and exploration narratives. Among our lines of inquiry are these: How do political and philosophical questions shape literary forms and styles (and vice-versa)? How do authors write themselves into (and out of) literary traditions, particularly in matters of influence? And how do the roots (and routes) of early American literature continue on in twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. literature? 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Contemporary American Fiction

CAS EN 547

Study of contemporary authors who cross genres of fiction and non-fiction. Authors may include Maxine Hong Kingston, Sherman Alexie, David Foster Wallace, and Toni Morrison. Topics may include postmodernism, memory, trauma, empathy, all in the context of questions about the relation of narrative to history. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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Studies in Literary Topics

CAS EN 596

Topic for Summer 2016: Linguistic Approaches to Literature. Practical linguistic analysis of a range of English literary texts from the sixteenth century to the present. Cultivates a fundamental skill: how to identify and describe language structures and relate them to interpretation. Considers poetic styles of Swift, Wordsworth, and Hardy, and the prose styles of Woolf, Lawrence, and Fitzgerald (among others). 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 6-August 10)

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Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Literature

Critical Studies in Literature and Gender

GRS EN 676

Topic for Summer 2016: Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Introduces major movements and texts in gender and sexuality studies central to literary studies. Sub-topics include identity, race, nationhood, family, erotics, representation and digital media, public/private spheres, and literary forms. Readings include theoretical works (feminist, queer, transgender, etc.), novels, graphic novels, and films. 4 cr. Tuition: $5928

Summer 1 (May 23-June 29)

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