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English: 2009-2010

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Description

The English department offers courses in the literary traditions of the English-speaking world. The department aims to develop in its students the ability to respond to texts thoughtfully and critically, and to articulate those responses in clear and fluent English. In our curriculum, we seek to maintain a working balance between a commitment to the traditional canon of British and American literature and an expanding horizon of fresh concerns, including courses in African-American literature, Asian-American literature, South Asian literature, South African literature, Irish literature, gender and sexuality studies, and courses inflected by particular theoretical foci, such as performance theory, queer theory, post-colonial theory, trauma theory, media studies, and visual studies. This discipline prepares interested students for postgraduate work in English and other subjects; for advanced work in professional and business schools; and for service in government and social work.
English majors who plan to do post-graduate work should know that doctoral programs require a reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages.

Courses in English taken at Bryn Mawr College may be counted toward the Haverford English major. Students with interest and ability in creative writing may receive major credit for one semester of course work in such writing. Students who submit a portfolio of work, no later than the end of first term of their junior year, may be admitted to the creative writing “concentration,” which consists of three courses in creative writing, one of which may be the Senior Essay written for English 399b.

Up-to-date information about the English department’s activities and courses, including extended course descriptions and syllabi, is readily available, via the department’s home page on the Haverford College Web site: http://www.haverford.edu/english

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Faculty

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English Kimberly Benston
Professor C. Stephen Finley
Associate Professor Rajeswari Mohan
Associate Professor Maud McInerney, Chair
Associate Professor Gustavus Stadler, On Leave Fall '09
Associate Professor Christina Zwarg
Assistant Professor Laura McGrane
Assistant Professor Debora Sherman, On Leave Fall '09
Assistant Professor Theresa Tensuan
Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Devaney
Visiting Assistant Professor Rebecca Sheehan
Visiting Instructor Adrienne Miller

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Major Requirements

English 299a/b; English 399b; and seven additional courses in British, American, and Anglophone literature. The program must include at least two courses in literature written before 1800, at least two courses in British/Anglophone literature and at least two in American literature. Two courses must be taken at the 300 level. The department will give major credit for a semester course in a foreign literature in the original language or for Comparative Literature 200. Admission to the major requires completion of two courses at the 200 level by the end of the sophomore year; one of these must be an “introductory emphasis” course (a list of such courses will be issued each semester). English 150 may be presented in place of one 200-level course. Final evaluation of the major program will center on written work and oral examinations conducted in the context of the work for English 399b. No more than four major credits will be awarded for work done beyond the tri-college community, whether abroad or in the U.S.

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Requirements for Honors

Honors in English are awarded on the basis of performance in course work within the tri-college departments, the Senior Essay, and the oral examination conducted at the end of the senior year. High Honors are reserved for distinguished achievement in all three of these areas.

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Courses

CREATIVE WRITING COURSES

  • 150 Introduction to Literary Analysis HU (Cross-listed in Writing Program)
    R.Sheehan
    Prerequisite: Open only to first year students as assigned by the Director of College Writing. (Satisfies the first year writing requirement.)

  • 291 Poetry Writing: A Practical Workshop HU
    T.Devaney
    Students will write a poem a week, usually following an assignment that focuses on a particular strategy or form, from dramatic monologues to prose poems to sonnets. Students will present their work for discussion and friendly critique by the workshop, and will be encouraged to revise their work over the semester. There will be some in-class writing exercises but most writing will be done outside of class. Light reading assignments will include modern and contemporary as well as older poetry. There will also be a mini-session on the business of poetry. Prerequisite: Writing sample required for consideration.

    292 Poetry Writing II- Contemporary Voices HU
    Staff
    In this course, which is intended for both experienced and beginning writers, students will write a poem a week, often focusing on a specific strategy or form. The class will also read and discuss six books of varied styles and subject matters by contemporary poets: James Wright's The Branch Will Not Break W.S. Merwin's The Rain in the Trees, Louise Gluck's Wild Iris, Alice Notley's Mysteries of Small Houses, John Ashbery's Houseboat Days, and James Tate's Shroud of the Gnome. Prerequisite: Writing sample required for consideration.

    293 Fiction Writing: From the Conventional to the Experimental HU
    A.Miller
    This course invites students to read and write across a spectrum, starting with recognizably conventional short stories and heading into so-called "experimental" territory. We'll look at how traditional modes of story-telling have been both honored and disrupted by twentieth-century writers. Readings will feature such authors as Martin Amis, John Barth, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Robert Coover, Lorrie Moore, Tillie Olsen, and H.G. Wells. Students will perform their own experiments with plot structures, narrative stances, and linguistic strategies through the fashioning of two short-short pieces and two longer stories. Prerequisite: Writing sample required for consideration.

    294 Fiction Writing HU
    Staff
    This course invites students to explore how human subjectivity is evoked in fiction. We’ll read numerous short stories, as well as provocative essays on neuropsychology by such authors as William James and Oliver Sacks. Students will experiment with strategies for depicting mindscape in two short-short pieces and two longer stories. Enrollment limited to 15. Prerequisite: Writing sample required for consideration.

LITERATURE COURSES

  • 150 Introduction to Literary Analysis HU (Cross-listed in Writing Program)
    K.Benston, R.Sheehan, C.Zwarg
    Prerequisite: None. (Satisfies the freshman writing requirement.)

    201 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales HU
    M.McInerney
    Course devoted to close reading of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; secondary readings include critical approaches and brief excerpts from other medieval sources. Typically offered in alternate years.

    205 Legends of Arthur HU
    M.McInerney
    An exploration of the Arthurian legend, from its earliest versions to most recent retellings. The tradition of Arthurian tales is complex and various, combining Celtic and Christian mythologies. Sometimes called the "matter of Britain" the Arthurian narrative has been critical in establishing national and ethnic identities ever since the Middle Ages. Medieval notions of chivalry and courtly love also raise fascinating questions about the conflict between personal and private morality, and about the construction of both identity and gender. Prerequisite: Freshman Writing

    206 American Autobiography HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    T.Tensuan
    We will focus on 20th and 21st century life narratives that illuminate the generative tension between representations of individual subjects and the formulations of national identity, including issues surrounding the constitution of racial formations, the creation of gendered norms, the permutations of memory, and the practices of revision. Prerequisite: None - introductory emphasis course.

    210 Reading Poetry HU
    Staff
    Introduction to the most common types of poetry in English: narrative, dramatic, lyric. The working approach is that of close reading, often word by word, in order to investigate the poetic uses of rhythm and pattern; of sound and music; of appeals to the senses; of allusion to history, art, other literature; of connotation and denotation; and of metaphor.

    211 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    R.Mohan
    An introductory survey of English literature from regions that used to be part of the British Empire, focusing on topics such as the representation of first contact, the influence of western education and the English language, the effects of colonial violence, displacement, migration, and exile; consideration of specific aesthetic strategies that have come to be associated with this body of literature. Typically offered in alternate years.

    212 The Bible and Literature HU
    S.Finley
    A study of the Bible and its diverse genres, including legendary history, law, chronicle, psalm, love-song and dirge, prophecy, gospel, epistle, and eschatology. This study is accompanied by an extremely various collection of literary material, drawn from traditional and contemporary sources, and from several languages (including Hebrew), in order to illustrate the continued life of Biblical narrative and poetry. Typically offered in alternate years.

    213 Inventing (the) English HU
    M.McInerney
    An investigation of the evolution of both the English language and the concept of Englishness. This course will explore the literature of the British Isles ca. 1000-1500, including Anglo-Saxon, Welsh, Latin, Anglo-Norman and Middle English. We will consider the ways that Germanic, Celtic and Classical mythologies contribute to a sense of what it means to be "English," and also the impact of the Crusades and Crusade literature upon what it means to be "Western." Prerequisite: Freshman Writing

    217 Humanimality: (Dis)Figurations of the Animal in the Shaping of Human Institutions HU (Cross-listed in Independent College Programs)
    K.Benston
    An examination of how the animal, as both fact and image, functions in the construction and practice of human institutions. Conversations among historians, artists, anthropologists, philosophers, scientists, and jurists will guide exploration of animals' place in human culture's ongoing story.

    218 The Western Dramatic Tradition HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    K.Benston
    An investigation of Western drama through close study of major representative plays. Evolving notions of the dramatic event, from classical to modern and "post-modern" theaters, will be examined in relation to developing ideas of heroism, destiny, social structure, linguistic power, and theatricality itself. Emphasis will be placed on both thematic and structural problems of "play" and on the relation of the text to consequences of performance (e.g., acting, stagecraft, and audience response). In addition, we will read theoretical and cultural reflections on theater and the "performative" by such writers as Plato, Aristotle, Pico, Gosson, d'Aubignac, Nietzsche, and Foucault. Typically offered in alternate years.

    220 The Epic in English HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    M.McInerney
    An "introductory emphasis" exploration of the long narrative poems that shape the epic tradition in anglophone literature. Readings in classical epic and medieval epic, Milton, Romantic epics and the modern aftermath of epic.

    225 Shakespeare: The Tragic and Beyond HU
    K.Benston
    An "introductory emphasis" study of the major tragedies and related histories, comedies, and romances, with special reference to the evolution of dramatic form, poetic style, characterization, and ideology as they are shaped by Shakespeare's persistent experimentation with dramas of extravagant will, desire, tyranny, skepticism, and death. Particular attention will be paid to key scenes in an effort to assess both Shakespeare's response to contemporary literary and cultural concerns and the internal reformation of his own craft Typically offered in alternate years.

    240 As the World Turned: Milton and Early Modern Revolutions HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    D.Sedley
    A study of John Milton's major poems and prose in their historical contexts, with particular attention to Milton's engagements with aesthetic, scientific, and political inventions of the seventeenth century. Prerequisite: Freshman Writing

    241 Inventing the Novel HU
    L.McGrane
    Poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction prose of the Restoration and 18th century. Topic to be announced.

    243 Trans-Atlantic Exchanges: Conversion & Revolution in Britain HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
    L.McGrane
    This course examines religious, domestic and political literature that defined a Trans-Atlantic model of print culture in 18th-century Britain and America. Emphasis on journal/newspaper reviews and comparative notions of literary, sexual, national, and racial identities. Typically offered in alternate years.

    252 Romantic Poetry and Criticism HU
    S.Finley
    A reading of Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, with attention to early/late works and to the interfiliation of theory and poetry.

    253 English Poetry from Tennyson to Eliot HU
    S.Finley
    A study of Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Dickinson, Hopkins, Hardy, Owen, and Eliot, from In Memoriam (1850) to Little Gidding (1942). The course strives to subvert the convenient opposition of Victorian/modern, focusing upon the poet's role in mediating/exposing the social order, the relation between poetry, catastrophe, and traumatic memory, and the structuring modalities of lyric and elegy.

    254 Pre-Raphaelites, Aesthetes and Decadents: Gender and Sexuality in 19th-century Literature HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    D.Sherman
    This course looks at the deliberately subversive in Victorian cultural practice which recalibrates issues of gender and sexuality, and through which, in the work of Wilde and others, structures of desire are interrogated, denied and reinvented, reconfiguring both a politics of gender and the practice of art. Typically offered in alternate years.

    257 British Topographies 1650-1914 HU
    S.Finley
    A study of the intersections of place, locality, topography, cartographies, gardening, self-mapping, self-canceling, ruin, remembrance, and trauma, amid the historical and cultural construction of landscape.

    258 The Novel HU
    R.Mohan
    The course examines the British novel as a form crucially developed from the latter part of the eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth and thus subject to and implicated in the larger social transformation of largely agrarian communities into the "modern" industrial, and latterly imperial, Britain. Readings in Richardson, Austen, C. Bronte, Mary Shelley, Dickens, Lukacs, Bahktin, and Said.

    260 In the American Grain: Traditions in North American Literature HU
    C.Zwarg
    The course conceptualizes American literature as a comparative literature whose traditions emerged from certain inalienable forces released as English became the dominant political language of North America. Theories of translation and language. Readings in Derrida, Certeau, Barthes, Shakespeare, Cabeza de Vaca, Behn, Rowlandson, Mather, Wheatly, Equiano, Franklin, Goethe, Nat Turner, Poe. The course concludes with a review of the drifting, searching world aboard Melville's Pequod in Moby-Dick. Typically offered in alternate years.

    261 American Literature 1865-1914 HU
    G.Stadler
    An introduction to American fiction of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with emphasis on the literary response to historical developments such as the transformation of private life, the rise of technological society, and the intensification of racial and class conflict.

    262 The American Moderns 1915-1950 HU
    R.Sheehan
    Selected readings in poetry, fiction, and/or drama. Readings include Pound, Eliot, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Barnes, West, Stevens, Toomer, Williams, Crane, Warren, and Kerouac.

    263 19th Century American Women's Narrative HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    G.Stadler
    This course examines narrative writing by women in the United States from its inception to the early 20th century. Its primary focus is writing by women which has conceptualized alternative visions of the nation and its history.

    265 African American Literature HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    K.Benston
    Introduction to the study of literature written by African-American writers and the criticism of the literature in its different stages of development.

    266 A Sense of Place HU
    S.Finley
    This course examines poetry and non-fiction writing about place in the work of American writers from Thoreau (Walden) to such recent writers as Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), John Elder (Reading the Mountains of Home), and Gary Snyder (The Practice of the Wild).

    269 Another Country: Queer Sexualities in the American Novel HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    G.Stadler
    An examination of non-normative sexualities and gender identifications as the driving thematic and formal force in a series of U. S. novels, mostly canonical and mostly 19th-century. Prerequisite: 150L or a 200-level course in English, or consent.

    270 Portraits in Black: The Influence of an Emergent African-American Culture HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    C.Zwarg
    Tools of literary history used to examine the influence of African-American culture in the United States. Focus on the literary events of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Emphasis on the authority of African-American culture for U.S. fictions of democracy.

    272 Introduction to Film: Form, History, Theory HU
    R.Sheehan
    This course aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to film. Structurally, it will trace film's historical trajectory beginning with its invention as a technology, a look at early cinema as well as an exploration of film's prototypes. The course concludes with an exploration of film's reinvention as an apparatus in the age of digital filmmaking, a reinvention augured by contestations to the studio in avant-garde and experimental film forms. Prerequisite: Freshman Writing or permission.

    273 Modern British Literature HU
    R.Mohan
    An exploration of literary modernism in Britain through analysis of fiction, criticism, and aesthetic manifestos in their historical contexts.

    274 Modern Irish Literature HU
    D.Sherman
    Irish literature from Swift to O'Brien and Heaney. The course considers this literature as the politically articulate inscription of complex and multiple intersections of history, class and culture. Throughout the course, Irish history, particularly the Famine, (re)appears as an episode of trauma, historical memory and literary investment.

    275 Thinking Globally, Writing Locally HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    R.Mohan
    The course will examine the ways the global circulation of people, ideas, languages, and literary and cultural forms brought about by colonialism, decolonization, and immigration shape specific Anglophone literary traditions.

    276 Literature and Politics of South African Apartheid HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
    L.McGrane
    This course explores the history and historiography of South African apartheid from its inception in 1948 to its democratic overthrow in 1994. We will consider the interplay between complex definitions of race, gender, nation and difference in novels, plays, and poetry written during the apartheid years. We will also discuss the tension between an ethics and aesthetics of literary production in a time of political oppression. What would it mean for one to write an apolitical text in a cultural space rife with racial and social tensions? Authors will include Nadine Gordimer, Alan Paton, J.M. Coetzee, Bessie Head, and Alex La Guma. Typically offered in alternate years.

    278 Contemporary Women Writers HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    T.Tensuan
    Readings in novels, short fiction, poetry, and some non-fictional prose by contemporary women writers. A study of the interrelations between literature written by female authors and the questions, concerns, and debates that characterize contemporary feminist theory. Readings in Hurston, Woolf, Winterson, Lorde, leGuin, Atwood, Erdich, Bambara, Yamanaka, and Cisneros.

    279 Asian American Literature HU
    T.Tensuan
    Works by Kingston, Li-Young Lee, Minatoya, Chang Rae Lee, and Hagedorn. The course considers this body of work in relationship (cultural convergences, literary inheritances, thematic ties) to other canonical American literature: Whitman, Henry Adams, Chandler, and Dos Passos.

    281 Fictions of Empire HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
    R.Mohan
    A study of representative texts from the 18th century to the present which deal with the British colonial encounter. Readings in Defoe, Behn, Haggard, Kipling, Conrad, Forster, Dinesen, Cary, Coetzee, and Achebe.

    285 Disabilities: Autobiography, Education, and Theory HU
    S.Finley
    Contemporary autobiographies of disability, placed in four key contexts: literary history and genre, academic disability studies, rehabilitation sciences, and the American educational system as it has been shaped by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Typically offered in alternate years.

    286 Arts of the Possible: Literature and Social Justice Movements HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies)
    T.Tensuan
    We will examine memoirs, essays, and poetry by American writer/activists whose works illuminate the formation of -- and tensions between -- civil rights struggles, peace movements, feminist organizing, and LGBT movements. Readings include Baldwin, Rukeyser, King, Rich, Malcolm X, Lorde, Moraga and Stringfellow.

    289 Contemporary Poetry HU
    Staff
    Ostensibly a survey of American avant-garde poetry from 1950 to the present. This course will endeavor to examine the ways in which poetry since WWII has undertaken the task of redefining itself, and in the process also sought to redefine its relation to politics, to tradition and history, and more importantly to language.

    290 History of Literary Theory: Plato to Shelley HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Classical Studies)
    D.Roberts/R.Germany
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Typically offered in alternate years.

    295 Interpretation and the Other: Meaning, Understanding and Alterity HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Philosophy and Religion)
    D.Dawson, S.Finley

    Offered occasionally.

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CORE COURSES

  • 299 Junior Seminar HU
    S.Finley
    Two-semester, year-long seminar, required of all English majors. Through class readings and discussion, and writing tutorials, students are expected to engage (1) a series of texts representing the range and diversity of the historical tradition in British and American literature, and (2) critical theory and practice as it has been influenced by hermeneutics, feminism, psychology, semiology, sociology, and the study of cultural representation, and as it reflects the methods of literary criticism.

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TOPICS COURSES

The prerequisite for all 300-level topics courses is two courses in English at the 200 level or permission of instructor, unless otherwise indicated. Courses vary from year to year and include the following:

301 Topics in Medieval English Literature HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
M.McInerney

302 Speaking in Tongues HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
M.McInerney
This course proposes to speak the unspeakable, to map the curious congruencies and disjunctions between mystical, aesthetic and philosophical modes of transcendence.

323 Shakespeare's Contemporaries HU
W.Spates

325 Advanced Shakespeare HU
K.Benston
Interactions among historical, psychological, and theatrical interests in the development of Shakespeare's vision will be explored alongside theoretical readings from various critical traditions (including cultural history, psychoanalysis, feminism, (post)structuralism, performance studies, & postcolonial studies).

343 Transatlantic Exchanges: Anatomies of Conversion and Revolution in Britain and Early America HU
L.McGrane
An exploration of political, philosophical, and popular literature that defined a Trans-Atlantic model of print culture in 18th-century Britain and America. Emphasis on comparative notions of literary, gender, national, and racial identities in interdisciplinary context

346 Topics in 18th-century Literature HU
L.McGrane
Relying on recent theories of body, voice, and history, this course examines the agonistic relationship between the enlightened and irrational, written and spoken, scientific and magical in high and low cultural productions of the period, exploring the darker side of 18th-century visual and literary culture.

347 Spectacle & Spectatorship in 18th c. London HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
L.McGrane

352 Romanticism and Theory HU
S.Finley
This seminar will begin by posing a series of fundamental questions about romantic poems, beginning with Heidegger’s essay of 1946, “What Are Poets For?” Readings in the course will be drawn from five principal romantic careers: Blake, Wordsworth, Mary and Percy Shelley, and Keats.

353 Poverty and Its Representation in 19th-century Britain HU
S.Finley
A study of the "street-folk" and working poor of the 1840's and 1850's, in social documents, novels, and radical critique.

354 Remembrance and Mourning: Literature of the Great War HU
S.Finley
This course follows the responses of literature to the personal, historical, and spiritual catastrophe of the Great War, 1914-1918. Our theoretical center will be the study of the processes of traumatic memory.

356 Topics in Autobiography HU
S.Finley

361 Topics in African-American Literature HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
K.Benston

362 Topics in American Literature HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
G.Stadler

363 Topics in American Literature HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
C.Zwarg

364 After Mastery: Trauma, Reconstruction, and the Literary Event HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
C.Zwarg
This course will expose students to recent trauma theory and the segregated traditions of literary history. Thinking about trauma theory before and after Freud, we will look again at authors attempting to bring together (and sometimes keep apart) cultural traditions irrupting into literary form throughout the 19th and early 20th century.

365 Topics in American Literature: How to Do Things With Books: Literature, Performance, Pedagogy HU
G.Stadler
This course examines fiction, poetry, and criticism by a series of 19th-century American writers who have positioned the encounter between reader and text as an act or event with unpredictable effects. A central focus is these texts' notion of pedagogy: framing our reading through contemporary theory, we will ask how literature teaches, what it teaches, how you come to believe that you've been taught something, or that you've not been taught something.

367 The Poems of Our Climate: Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams HU
Staff

368 Topics in Amer. Lit.: Graphic Novels HU
T.Tensuan

371 Writing, Sound, and Modernity HU
G.Stadler
A textual, cultural, and historical study of transforming ideas about writing, sound, and their relationship to one another. The course's focus will be the United States of the late-19th and early-20th centuries, but will also include relevant British and Continental works. Frames of study will include dialect literature, poetics and orality, urbanization, technologies of reproduction, theory and philosophy of cognition.

372 Topics in Irish Literature: Joyce/Beckett HU
D.Sherman
Looks at the work of these two major figures as epitomizing an Irish rhetoric in post-colonial reading which "enacts a movement that begins in aphasia and ends in eloquence" [Seamus Deane], in this case in a comprehensive reading of Joyce in the most prolix of texts, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, and Beckett, where texts seemingly court in silence their own undoing.

373 Modernist Narratives

377 Problems in Postcolonial Literature HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
R.Mohan
The decisive role that Fanon attributes to violence in the colonial context has had an inexorable afterlife in postcolonial societies. Course texts explore this dialectic of violation and violence, but they present it as a mutating, complex phenomenon, drawing its energies from multiple histories and traditions that are not always centered on the colonial experience.

380 Violence in Contemporary American Literature HU
T.Tensuan
We will be looking at works that situate acts of violence as part of ongoing narratives of oppression, exploitation, and dispossession. How do scenes of violence illustrate sites of cultural conflict and transformation?

381 Textual Politics: Marxism, Feminism, and the Deconstruction HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
R.Mohan

382 On the Sublime HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
D.Sherman
A study of the literature of the sublime as, variously, a crisis of representation or the shattering of forms of knowledge; temporal and spatial disruption raised to a metaphysics of place and person; a deeply gendered and problematic poetics of (male) desire; a psychological structuring of the traumatic encounter with the Other; a recuperative gesture in a poetics of memory.

383 Topics in American Literature HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
T.Tensuan

385 Apocalyptic Literature: Visions of the End HU
M.McInerney
This course questions the connections between mythology and eschatology, vision and violence, prophecy and poetry, memory and millennialism. Centered on readings of John, Langland, Dante and Blake, it will require the reading of images as well as texts, including medieval manuscript illuminations, allegorical paintings, and Blake's Illuminations.

388 Problems in Narrative: Obsession, Trauma, Hysteria, Oblivion, Bliss HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
K.Benston
An inquiry into narrative process via scrutiny of moments, styles, themes, and perspectives that threaten to subvert, disable, or radically transform the very forms in which they appear. Texts for thus scrutinizing narrative and its internal transgressions will include novels, short-stories, films, plays, paintings, and theoretical ruminations.

389 Problems in Poetics: The Interpretation of Lyric HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
K.Benston
An examination of theoretical issues and presentational strategies in various verse structures from Ovid to Bishop. Close readings of strategically grouped texts explore the interplay of convention and innovation with close attention to rhetorics of desire, external and internal form, and recurrent lyric figures, tropes, and topoi.

390 The Celtic Fringe: Irish, Scots and Welsh poetry 1747-2009 HU
M.McInerney
Readings in the English-language poetry of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. This course will explore works by Dylan Thomas, W.B. Yeats, Hugh MacDiarmaid and Seamus Heaney, as well as those of more recent poets such as Paul Muldoon, Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, Menna Elfyn and Leontia Flynn. Special attention will be paid to the roots of contemporary Welsh, Irish and Scottish poetics in the native traditions of the Celtic languages and to the contribution of these poems to post-colonial discourse.

399 Senior Conference HU
M.McInerney

480 Independent Study HU
K.Benston

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COURSES OFFERED AT BRYN MAWR COLLEGE

  • 201 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
    202 Understanding Poetry
    205 Introduction to Film
    210 Renaissance Lit: Performance of Gender
    220 Teaching of Writing
    223 The Story of Evolution and the Evolution of Stories: Exploring Diversity
    225 Shakespeare I
    229 Movies and Mass Politics
    231 Modernism in Anglo-American Poetry
    232 Voices in and out of School: American Poetry Since WWII
    233 Spenser and Milton
    234 Postcolonial Literature in English
    240 Readings in English Literature 1660-1744
    242 Historical Introduction to English Poetry
    243 Historical Introduction to English Poetry
    250 Methods of Literary Study
    253 Romanticism
    254 Female Subjects: American Literature Before the Vote
    259 Victorian Literature and Culture
    263 Toni Morrison & the Art of Narrative Conjure
    269 Vile Bodies in Medieval Literature
    277 Nabokov
    279 Modern African Fiction
    284 Women Poets: Giving Eurydice a Voice
    288 The Novel
    293 Critical Feminist Studies
    309 Reverberations: Native American Literature
    310 Victorian Media
    322 Love and Money
    324 Topics in Shakespeare: Shakespeare on Film
    329 Screen Melodrama
    334 Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema
    354 Virginia Woolf
    355 Performance Theory
    360 Women & Law in the Middle Ages
    361 Transformation of the Sonnet: Petrarch to Marilyn Hacker
    362 African American Literature
    374 Experimental Poetry
    379 The African Griot(te)
    385 Problems in Satire
    387 Allegory: Theory & Practice
    398 Senior Seminar
    ARTW 159 Introduction to Creative Writing
    ARTW 231 Poetry as Performance
    ARTW 260 Writing Short Fiction I
    ARTW 261 Writing Poetry: Subjects & Predicates
    ARTW 262 Playwriting I
    ARTW 264 Feature Journalism
    ARTW 265 Creative Nonfiction
    ARTW 266 Screenwriting
    ARTW 382 Poetry Master Class