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3000 Critical Practices and Processes in Literary Studies

  • 101 TTH 11:00-12:15 Professor Leah Flack
  • 102 TTH 9:30-10:45 Professor Leah Flack

    Course Title: Language, Traps, and Liberation

    Course Description: “Denmark’s a prison,” Prince Hamlet once remarked, but Shakespeare’s play helps us see that its title character is trapped not only by his uncle, Denmark’s king, but also by his own mind and language. In this course, we will explore the ways in which language can serve as a vehicle of entrapment and liberation.  We will read a range of poems, plays, and fiction by authors such as Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Ellison, Samuel Beckett, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Elizabeth Bishop, Kazuo Ishiguro, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Marilynne Robinson in order to probe the ways that language can serve as a rich, conflicted, and transformative medium.  Because this course is designed to introduce and welcome students to the English major, it will prepare them to read critically, think expansively, and write vividly. To prepare them for work in their upper-division courses, this course will introduce students to the kinds of questions that have animated literary studies in the past few decades and teach them how to write effective, powerful critical analyses of poems, plays, and fiction.

    Readings will likely include: short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and James Joyce: novels by Ralph Ellison, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Kazuo Ishiguro; plays by William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, and Samuel Beckett; and poems by Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Sylvia Plath, and Seamus Heaney.

    Assignments: Two 5-7 page papers; weekly journals or participation in an online discussion forum; short presentation; 2 exams; active, informed participation.

4331 Shakespeare

4361 Literature of Pre-Colonial and Colonial America

4422 British Literature of the Long 18th Century

4452 British Literature of the Romantic Period, 1790-1837

4610 Individual Author: Robert Frost

4715 Children's Literature

4810 Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies

4840 Postcolonial Literature







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