The Classical Literature course this summer will focus exclusively on Greek literature (read in English translation), including Homer’s epics, drama by Aeschylus and Sophocles, didactic verse by Hesiod, lyrics by Sappho and others, and philosophical texts by Plato and Aristotle. These diverse texts, composed over the course of several centuries, are united by several common concerns (the nature of justice, the relationship of the individual to society, the dictates of conscience in the face of authority, e.g.) and by their participation in a literary tradition that was keenly aware of itself as such. (Credit, full course; covers Literature in Translation requirement.) Chris McDonough.
A broad survey of poetry in English from the Renaissance to the present, with a special focus on two poetic modes, lyrical and dramatic. Reading will include one or two plays of Shakespeare (with a focus on the use of verse therein) and lyric poems by Sidney, Jonson, Marvell, Wordsworth, Keats, Dickinson, Whitman, Yeats, Frost, Bishop, Plath, Strand, and Heaney, among others. (Credit, full course.) Allen Reddick.
Discussions center on students' poems. Selected readings are assigned to focus on technical problems of craftsmanship and style. (Credit, full course, repeatable.) Danny Anderson or Charles Martin.
Discussions center on students' fiction. Selected readings are assigned to focus on technical problems of craftsmanship and style. (Credit, full course, repeatable.) Michael Griffith or Adrianne Harun.
Discussions center on students' nonfiction. Selected readings are assigned to focus on technical problems of craftsmanship and style. (Credit, full course, repeatable.) Neil Shea.
Advanced study of major plays and lyric poems of William Shakespeare, and of major critical traditions regarding Shakespeare’s work. The course places special emphasis on issues of performance. (Credit, full course.) Ann Jennalie Cook.
A course focused on the American experience of Europe. Reading will include major texts by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Henry Adams, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Mina Loy, and Gertrude Stein. (Credit, full course.) Jennifer Lewin.
The course will examine major works of James Joyce, including his short-fiction experiments in Dubliners and the künstlerroman of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, but dwelling primarily on Ulysses, his vastly ambitious comic novel, testing the writer’s claim that it would “keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant.” (Credit, full course.) Lauryl Tucker.
How does fiction "work"? This course attempts to answer that question with close study of stories, novellas, and novels with a special emphasis on issues of form and technique. (Credit, full course.) Michael Griffith.