ENGLISH DEPARTMENT COURSE OFFERINGS: SPRING 2014 For more information, please visit the Department website. http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/english/courses/index.html Gateway Course ENG 1a Introduction to Literary Studies Thomas King MWTh 10-10:50 This course is designed to introduce students to basic skills and concepts needed for the study of Anglophone literature and culture. These include skills in close reading; identification and differentiation of major literary styles and periods; knowledge of basic critical terms; definition of genres. Usually offered every semester. Courses Pre-1800 ENG 13b Thinking About Shakespeare Martin Moraw MW 3:30-4:50 Explores Shakespearean drama, eighteenth and nineteenth century responses, and the larger questions raised in both. We will read five plays alongside texts by Voltaire, Lessing, Goethe, A.W. Schlegel, Hegel, Heine, Marx and others. The course investigates how influential modern ideas about art, culture, subjectivity, and history took shape in encounters with Shakespeare, and explores the ways in which his works simultaneously allow us to query these ideas. ENG 43a Major English Authors, Chaucer to Milton Michael Booth TF 9:30-10:50 A survey of major English authors from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance, including Chaucer, Wyatt, Spencer, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Sidney, Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Milton. No prior experience in medieval or Renaissance literature is required. ENG 103a Exploring the Self in 17th Century Poetry William Flesch TF 12:30-1:50 Examines the poetry of Donne and his contemporaries, including George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, and Andrew Marvell. These "metaphysical poets" will be read alongside critical accounts by Samuel Johnson, T. S. Eliot, and others. Courses Post-1800 ENG 35a Separated by a Common Language David Razor TF 9:30-10:50 Explores both the English and American fictional traditions. Although these traditions were specific, authors on both sides of the Atlantic were aware of each other and developed related concerns in distinct ways. This advanced course focuses on the 19th century novel to explore the strong and self-conscious connections that tie George Eliot's Adam Bede and Middlemarch to Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, and Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady. ENG 38a How to Be Human in the Mechanical Age: Organic Technologies in Science Fiction Erin Erhart TTh 5-6:20 A critical examination of contemporary and Victorian science fiction. Focuses on defining the roles science, technology, and nature in the depiction of the "human." Will feature technical and critical sources, fiction, and film. These include H.G. Wells, Norbert Wiener, Isaac Asimov, Katherine Hayles, Ray Bradbury, Octavia Butler and Philip Dick, among others. ENG 38b Race, Region, and Religion in the 20th-century South John Burt MW 3:30-4:50 Twentieth century fiction of the American South. Racial conflict, regional identity, religion, and modernization in fiction from both sides of the racial divide and from both sides of the gender line. Texts by Chestnutt, Faulkner, Warren, O'Connor, Gaines, McCarthy, and Ellison. ENG 55b Romanticism and the Supernatural Laura Quinney TTh 2-3:20 Study of Romantic poetry and prose about the Gothic and supernatural. What is at stake, psychologically and aesthetically, in the representation of supernatural seduction, temptation and desire? Figures include Prometheus, Faust, Frankenstein and the vampire, Christabel. Texts include Frankenstein and Northanger Abbey, as well as poetry by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Byron and Blake. ENG 130b Writing the American Self: American Autobiography from Ben Franklin to Dave Eggers Kathy Lawrence W 5-7:50 As a genre inextricably intertwined with individualism, autobiography has developed as an expression of American identity since the inception of the republic. Setting iconic personal narratives in the context of history and theories of life-writing, we will study works from Ben Franklin's autobiography and Frederick Douglass' "Narrative of the Life of a Slave" to Mary McCarthy's "Memoir of a Catholic Girlhood" and Dave Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius." ENG 145b Just Jane Austen: Gender, Susan Lanser Justice, and the Art of Fiction MWTh 1:00-1:50 Explores the novels of Jane Austen in historical context, with particular attention to the ways in which they engage ethical questions, address the economic and social implications of gender, and negotiate tensions between social justice and narrative form. ENG 147b 20th Century Bestsellers John Unsworth TTh 2-3:20 Bestselling fiction opens a window on publishing, narrative production, and popular culture in 20th-century America. Students will contribute five original research assignments on one bestseller to an online database; midterm and final exams are based on assigned reading. ENG 157a Contemporary Poetry Laura Quinney TF 11:00-12:20 An introduction to recent poetry in English, dealing with a wide range of poets, as well as striking and significant departures from the poetry of the past. Looks, where possible, at individual volumes by representative authors. Film/Media ENG 70a Magic Lanterns to Movies: The Origins of Narrative Film John Plotz TF 12:30-1:50 Explores the birth of moving pictures, from Edison and Lumiere's experiments to "Birth of a Nation" and "The Jazz Singer". Traces film's roots in the photographic experiments, visual spectacles and magical lanterns of late nineteenth-century France, England, and America, and its relationship to the era's literary experiments. Filmmakers include: Georges Melies, Abel Ganz, Sergei Eisentein, D W Griffiths, Charlie Chaplin. ENG 160a Digital Media and Culture Kyle Stevens MWTh 11-11:50 Studies the history and development of digital media, with an emphasis on modes of literature and entertainment. We will examine the digitial revolution's effect on such concepts as narrative, politics, aesthetics, identity, knowledge, and humanism. Theory ENG 151a Queer Studies Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman MWTh 10:00-10:50 Recommended preparation: An introductory course in gender/sexuality and/or a course in critical theory. Historical, literary, and theoretical perspectives on the construction and performance of queer subjectivities. How do queer bodies and queer representations challenge heteronormativity? How might we imagine public spaces and queer citizenship? ENG 61b Philosophical Approaches to Film Theory William Flesch TTh 3:30-4:50 Studies a philosophical approach to film theory, examining both what philosophy has to say about film and what effects the existence and experience of film can have on philosophical thinking about reality, perception, judgment, and other minds. Multicultural Literature / World Anglophone ENG 167a Decolonizing Fictions Ulka Anjaria TF 11:00-12:20 An introduction to basic concepts in postcolonial studies using selected literary works from South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Specific themes covered include the colonial encounter; colonial education and the use of English; nationalism; gender, violence, and the body; and postcolonial diasporas. COML 117a Magical Realism and Modern Myth David Sherman MWTh 12-12:50 An exploration of magical realism, as well as the enduring importance of myth, in twentieth and twenty-first century fiction and film from the United States, Latin American, and beyond. authors include Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Salman Rushdie; films include Wings of Desire and Hero. Electives ENG 10b Poetry: A Basic Course John Burt MWTh 11-11:50 Designed as a first course for all persons interested in the subject. It is intended to be basic without being elementary. The subject matter will consist of poems of short and middle length in English from the earliest period to the present. Creative Writing Foundational Course ENG 10b Poetry: A Basic Course John Burt MWTh 11-11:50 Designed as a first course for all persons interested in the subject. It is intended to be basic without being elementary. The subject matter will consist of poems of short and middle length in English from the earliest period to the present. Creative Writing Courses Offered exclusively on a credit/no credit basis. Students will be selected after the submission of a sample of writing, preferably four to seven pages. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for submission formats and deadlines within registration periods. May be repeated for credit. This is an experiential learning course. ENG 109a Directed Writing: Poetry Elizabeth Bradfield W 2-4:50 A workshop for poets willing to explore and develop their craft through intense reading in current poetry, stylistic explorations of content, and imaginative stretching of forms. ENG 109b Directed Writing : Short Fiction Stephen McCauley M 2-4:50 A workshop for motivated students with a serious interest in pursuing writing. Student stories will be copied and distributed before each class meeting. Students' stories, as well as exemplary published short stories, will provide the occasion for textual criticism in class. ENG 119a Directed Writing: Fiction Stephen McCauley Th 2-4:50 An advanced fiction workshop for students primarily interested in the short story. Students are expected to compose and revise three stories, complete typed critiques of each other's work weekly, and discuss readings based on examples of various techniques. ENG 119b Directed Writing: Poetry Olga Broumas T 2-4:50 For those who wish to improve as poets while broadening their knowledge of poetry, through a wide spectrum of readings. Students' poems will be discussed in a "workshop" format with emphasis on revision. Remaining time will cover assigned readings and issues of craft. ENG 129a Writing Workshop Colin Channer W 5-7:50 Offered exclusively on a credit/no credit basis. Students will be selected after the submission of a sample of writing of no more than five pages. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for submission formats and deadlines within registration periods. Students will learn how to use a wide range of literary techniques to produce factual narratives drawn from their own perspectives and lives. Creative assignments and discussions will include the personal essay, the memoir essay and literary journalism. ENG 139b Intermediate Screenwriting Marc Weinberg T 6:30-9:20 Prerequisites: ENG 129b or ENG 79a. Offered exclusively on a credit/no credit basis. Students will be selected after the submission of a sample of writing of no more than five pages. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for submission formats and deadlines within registration periods. In this writing-intensive course, students build on screenwriting basics and delve more deeply into the creative process. Participants read and critique each other's work, study screenplays and view films, and submit original written material on a biweekly basis. At the conclusion of the course each student will have completed the first draft of a screenplay (100-120 pages). Graduate Courses Signature of dept. representative required for enrollment in all 200-level English courses. ENG 257b Modernism's Broken Worlds David Sherman M 2:00-4:50 Seminar on literary modernism as it imagines experiences of brokenness and reparation, involving questions of trauma, collective memory, secularization, and historical justice. Work by Woolf, Eliot, Joyce, Faulkner, Stein, Barnes, Beckett are studied, as well as theoretical writing by Benjamin, Adorno, Freud, and others. ENG 213a Milton Ramie Targoff T 2:00-4:50 Considers the writings of John Milton in terms of the revolutionary world of midseventeenth century England. We will focus on Milton's active engagement in political and religious controversy, as well as his extraordinary innovations as a poet. Works to be read include major poems and prose. ENG 230a Realism Ulka Anjaria F 2:00-4:50 An intensive study of literary realism. Students will trace how critics and authors have defined realism, and explore its vexed history in relation to naturalism and modernism. Readings will consider contemporary debates around peripheral realisms and the future of realism. GSAS 250c Rethinking the Age of Revolution Susan Lanser Th 5:00-7:50 and Jane Kamensky Note: This is a year-long course. It will meet every other week for two semesters. Studies the seismic political upheavals of the late eighteenth century, creating new nations, new understandings of rights, and new cultural practices. Focusing centrally on the American, French, and Haitian revolutions, this interdisciplinary faculty-grad seminar explores the multifaceted contours of the era and its aftermath.