Humanities: English, 2011-2012
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, Postcolonial 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 and visual studies, and environmental 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 is 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 website: www.haverford.edu/english.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English Kimberly Benston
Professor C. Stephen Finley
Associate Professor Rajeswari Mohan, Chair
Associate Professor Laura McGrane (on leave 2011-12)
Associate Professor Maud McInerney (on leave Spring 2012)
Associate Professor Gustavus Stadler
Associate Professor Christina Zwarg
Assistant Professor Debora Sherman
Visiting Lecturer Alice Boone
Visiting Assistant Professor Thomas Devaney
Visiting Assistant Professor Peter Gaffney
Visiting Assistant Professor Asali Solomon
English 298 and 299; 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.
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.
150 Introduction to Literary Analysis HU (Cross-listed in Writing Program)
Prerequisite: Open only to members of the first-year class as assigned by the Director of College Writing. (Satisfies the first year writing requirement.)
CREATIVE WRITING COURSES
291 Poetry Writing: A Practical Workshop HU
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. Submit Writing Sample to Department of English in Woodside Cottage by 05/31 at the latest. Typically offered every Fall.
292b Poetry Writing II–Contemporary Voices HU
English 292 is an advanced creative writing workshop focusing on poetry. Student work is the focus along with analysis of selected readings. Students will write poems each week (using a modeling method) and respond to the selected readings. Students are required to keep an online journal. A final portfolio of revised work is required. Prerequisite: Writing sample required for consideration. Submit writing sample to Department of English in Woodside Cottage. Typically offered every Spring.
293 Fiction Writing: From the Conventional to the Experimental HU
This course is an introduction to the techniques and strategies of fiction writing, with particular emphasis on the short story. Weekly reading assignments will include both anthologized stories and student-generated ones. Prerequisite: Writing sample required for consideration. Submit writing sample to Department of English in Woodside Cottage by 5/31. Typically offered every Fall.
294 Fiction Writing HU
An Advanced Fiction Workshop focusing on basic elements of fiction writing such as character development, dialogue, plot and prose style, special attention devoted to finding a form and distinctive voice, and to the process of revision and "finishing" a story Prerequisite: One fiction writing course or consent and submission of writing sample for consideration. Submit sample to course professor. Typically offered every Spring.
201 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales HU
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 (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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. This course satisfies the Introductory Emphasis Requirement for the major. Typically offered in alternate years.
210 Reading Poetry HU
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. Typically offered in alternate years.
211 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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; we will focus specifically on the aesthetic strategies that have come to be associated with this body of literature. This course satisfies the Introductory Emphasis Requirement for the major. Typically offered in alternate years.
212 The Bible and Literature HU
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
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". This course satisfies the Introductory Emphasis Requirement for the major. Typically offered in alternate years.
217 Humanimality: (Dis)Figurations of the Animal in the Shaping of Human Institutions HU (Cross-listed in Independent College Programs)
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. Typically offered in alternate years.
218 The Western Dramatic Tradition HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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). Typically offered in alternate years.
220 The Epic in English HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
An 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.
224 Early Modern Travel Narratives HU
An 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. This course satisfies the Introductory Emphasis Requirement for the major. Typically offered in alternate years.
225 Shakespeare: The Tragic and Beyond HU
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. This course satisfies the Introductory Emphasis Requirement for the major. Typically offered in alternate years.
241 Inventing the Novel HU
This course introduces a variety of prose narratives that shaped the emerging novel as a literary genre and a popular form of entertainment in the 18th century (1700s). Exploring the novel before it called itself by that name, we will consider the interplay between romance and history, memoir and letter in discussions about authorship, narrative structure, memory and time. Typically offered in alternate years.
243 Transatlantic Exchanges: Conversion & Revolution in Britain HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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
A reading of Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats, with attention to early/late works and to the interfiliation of theory and poetry. Offered occasionally.
253 English Poetry from Tennyson to Eliot HU
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. Typically offered in alternate years.
254 Pre-Raphaelites, Aesthetes and Decadents: Gender and Sexuality in 19th-century Literature HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
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. Offered occasionally.
257 British Topographies 1650-1914 HU
A study of the intersections of place, locality, topography, cartographies, gardening, self-canceling, ruin, remembrance and ecological crisis amid the historical and cultural construction of landscape. The course begins with Andrew Marvell's, "Upon Appleton House" and closes with Thomas Hardy. Typically offered in alternate years.
258 The Novel HU
This course is a survey of the British novel in the 20th century, during which radical transformations were wrought in conventions of realism, characterization, plot and narration. Texts include novels by Conrad, Woolf, Joyce, Greene, Carter, Fowles, Rushdie and McEwan. This course satisfies the Introductory Emphasis Requirement for the major. Typically offered in alternate years.
260 In the American Grain: Traditions in North American Literature HU
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, Shakespeare, Cabeza de Vaca, Behn, Rowlandson, Mather, Wheatly, Equiano, Franklin, Nat Turner and Poe. The course concludes with a review of the drifting, searching, world aboard Melville's Pequod in Moby-Dick. This course satisfies pre-1800 requirement. Typically offered in alternate years.
261 American Literature 1865-1914 HU
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. Offered occasionally.
262 The American Moderns 1915-1950 HU
Selected readings in poetry, fiction and/or drama. Readings include Pound, Eliot, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Barnes, West, Stevens, Toomer, Williams, Crane, Warren and Kerouac. Offered occasionally.
265 African American Literature HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
This course is an exploration of African American satire, focusing on fiction. While continually developing and refining our definition of satire, we will situate satire by black artists in a broader American tradition. Offered occasionally.
269 Another Country: Queer Sexualities in the American Novel HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
An examination of non-normative sexualities and gender identifications as the guiding 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. Offered occasionally.
270 Portraits in Black: The Influence of an Emergent African-American Culture HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
Tools of literary history used to examine the influence of African-American culture in the United States. Focus on the literary events of the 19th and early 20th century. Emphasis on the authority of African-American culture for U.S. fictions of democracy. This course satisfies the Introductory Emphasis Requirement for the major. Typically offered in alternate years.
272 Introduction to Film: Form, History, Theory HU
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. Offered occasionally.
273 Modern British Literature HU
An exploration of literary modernism in Britain through analysis of fiction, criticism and aesthetic manifestos in their historical contexts. Typically offered in alternate years.
274 Modern Irish Literature HU
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. This course satisfies the Introductory Emphasis Requirement for the major. Offered occasionally.
275 Thinking Globally, Writing Locally HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
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. Offered occasionally.
276 Literature and Politics of South African Apartheid HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
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)
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 Moore, Jordan, Gaitskill, Barry, Rankine, Parks, Ng, Morrison, etc. Typically offered in alternate years.
279 Asian American Literature HU
Works by Kingston, Li-Young Lee, Minatoya, Chang Rae Lee, and Hagedorn. The course considers this body of work in relation (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)
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. Offered occasionally.
282 An Energy of Profusion, An Energy of Line: The Modernist Movement, 1900-1920 HU
This course considers modernism as a collective enterprise self-conscious and deliberate in the earlier part of the 20th century that took various forms in art, literature and architecture. Readings are grouped around Joyce's Ulysses, Cubist painting and modernist architecture, and are comprised of both contemporary and critical prose, poetry, philosophic, political and aesthetic manifestos. Offered occasionally.
285 Disabilities: Autobiography, Education, and Theory HU
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. Offered occasionally.
289 Contemporary Poetry HU
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. Offered occasionally.
298 Junior Seminar I HU
S. Finley, C.Zwarg
Junior seminar comprises of a two-part sequence that, through class readings, discussion and writing tutorials, engage students in a study of (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. Typically offered every Fall.
299 Junior Seminar II HU
S. Finley, G.Stadler
Part II of the sequence focuses on narrative and its theorization and criticism. Readings include George Eliot's Middlemarch, stories by Henry James and Edgar Allen Poe and James Joyce's Ulysses. Prerequisite: English 298. Typically offered every Spring.
399 Senior Conference HU
Students work closely with a faculty consultant over the course of their senior year in the research and writing of a 25-30 page essay or a piece of creative writing accompanied by a critical preface (for the creative writing concentration). The course culminates in an hour-long oral examination that covers the thesis and coursework done for the major. Prerequisite: Senior Majors only. Typically offered every Spring.
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 Middle English: Sex & Gender in the Middle Ages HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies
This seminar will examine the construction and representation of sex and gender in the Middle Ages. Our focus will be on medieval texts (polemic, drama, lyric, narrative, autobiography), but we will accompany these primary readings with secondary readings in feminist and queer theory and the history of the body, as well a couple of contemporary novels which revise or reread medieval texts and ideas.
302 Speaking in Tongues HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
This course proposes to speak the unspeakable, to map the curious congruencies and disjunctions between mystical, aesthetic and philosophical modes of transcendence.
318 The Western Dramatic Tradition HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
An investigation of dramatic form, principally in the genre of tragedy, from Aeschylus to Beckett, read alongside theoretical and cultural reflections on theater and the "performative" by such writers as Plato, Aristotle, Pico, Gosson, d"Aubignac, Nietzsche and Foucault. Offered occasionally.
325 Advanced Shakespeare HU
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 and postcolonial studies). Typically offered in alternate years.
343 Transatlantic Exchanges: Anatomies of Conversion and Revolution in Britain and Early America HU
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. Typically offered in alternate years.
346 Topics in 18th-century Literature: Virginia Woolf's Eighteenth Century HU
An investigation of women's writing in the 18th century through the lens of Virginia Woolf's account, in A Room of One's Own, of the institutional restriction, repression and failure that dogged women's literary output. Offered occasionally.
347 Spectacle & Spectatorship in 18thc. London HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
This course explores the act of seeing and the status of the seen in 18th-century British literature and culture. In a burgeoning London, readers and viewers understood faces, clothing, even postures as meaningful texts. Relying on theorists of the imagination and the visual, we will examine both the pleasures and the more troubling implications of visual culture in 18th-century British literature (drama, poetry, novel and popular culture). Typically offered in alternate years.
352 Romanticism and Theory HU
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
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
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 Studies in American Environment and Place HU
This course examines the intersection of four principal areas of concern: 1) self-identity or person, as shaped and marked by 2) dwelling in place; 3) how person and place express the cultural and national programs of the American 19th and 20th centuries; and 4) how all of these depend upon the ecological vitality of the material environment. Readings in American environmental history, and from Thoreau, MacLean, Snyder, Dillard, Ammons, Least Heat Moon, Cronon E. O. Wilson. Typically offered in alternate years.
361 Topics in African-American Literature HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies)
362 Topics in American Literature HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
363 Topics in American Literature HU (Cross-listed in African and Africana Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Martyr, fanatic, hero, revolutionary, terrorist, sage? Who was John Brown and what did he come to represent for our culture? This course will use the spectacular life and death of John Brown to examine a common set of interests in a diverse set of texts produced both before and after the Civil War. These interests include the place of violence in the cause of liberty, the relationship of aesthetic value to changing social and political claims, the role of race and gender in the construction of divergent cultural narratives and memories.
364 After Mastery: Trauma, Reconstruction, and the Literary Event HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
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
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. Offered occasionally.
371 Writing, Sound, and Modernity HU
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. Offered occasionally.
372 Topics in Irish Literature: Joyce/Beckett HU
Looks at the work of these two major figures as epitomizing an Irish rhetoric in postcolonial reading that "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. Typically offered in alternate years.
373 Modernist Narratives HU
A study of the historical, aesthetic and epistemological implications of literary modernism in Britain. The course explores narrative strategies writers such as Conrad, Ford, Joyce, Woolf, Bowen, West, Rhys and Durrell devised to bring coherence and resolution to the experience of crisis and fragmentation associated with modernity. Typically offered in alternate years.
377 Problems in Postcolonial Literature: Violence, Terror, and Identity HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
An examination of the rhetorical and narrative strategies adopted by postcolonial texts as they negotiate the aesthetic challenges and political complexities of representing violence and terror. Working with fiction, non-fiction and film, the course will explore the different effects of realism, magical realism, surrealism and the grotesque as modes of representation. Typically offered in alternate years.
381 Textual Politics: Marxism, Feminism, and the Deconstruction HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies)
382 On the Sublime HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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. Offered occasionally.
383 Topics in American Literature:The Influence of Henry James, or the Lessons of the Master HU (Cross-listed in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
A reading of the major works in their subtle and ambiguous moral and political economies of desire.
385 Apocalyptic Literature HU
This course will center on readings of John, Langland, Dante and Blake, but will require the reading of images as well as texts. This may include (but will not be limited to) medieval manuscript illuminations in illustration of the Apocalypse of John, medieval and early modern allegorical paintings, and Blake's Illuminations.
388 Problems in Narrative: Obsession, Trauma, Hysteria, Oblivion, Bliss HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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. Offered occasionally.
389 Problems in Poetics: The Interpretation of Lyric HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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. Typically offered in alternate years.
390 The Celtic Fringe: Irish, Scots and Welsh Poetry 1747-2009 HU
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, Carol-Ann Duffy, Kathleen Jamie, Tom Leonard and Gwyneth Lewis. 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.
480 Independent Study HU
COURSES OFFERED IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS CROSS-LISTED IN ENGLISH
240 As the World Turned: Milton and Early Modern Revolutions HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature)
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 17th century. Prerequisite: Freshman Writing. Offered occasionally.
290 History of Literary Theory: Plato to Shelley HU (Cross-listed in Comparative Literature and Classical Studies)
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Typically offered in alternate years.
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
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
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 and Predicates
ARTW 262 Playwriting I
ARTW 264 Feature Journalism
ARTW 265 Creative Nonfiction
ARTW 266 Screenwriting
ARTW 382 Poetry Master Class