We've listed some useful information on this page to help you prepare for the summer 2014 session. We welcome questions by phone or email, so please do not hesitate to contact us.
New and returning students will be contacted by email by the School of Letters office with information about courses, housing, meals, required forms, policies, and pre-registration. 2014 students should have received information about formal registration, opening day schedule, and class schedules by individual email.
Students may pick up orientation packets on Sunday, June 8 at Gailor Hall from 2 - 4 pm. Dorms and Apartments will open on Sunday, June 8 at 2 pm. There will be an opening dinner Sunday evening; details will be announced.
The first day of classes is Monday, June 9 and the last day of classes is Thursday, July 17.
The course offerings are listed below, and you can read about the courses in more detail on the Course Listing Page.
2014 Course Listing
English 502, Bible as Literature. Jenn Lewin.
English 507, The Craft of Poetry. Charles Martin.
English 553, The Romance of Arthur. Mark Rasmussen.
English 592, The Contemporary Short Story. David Huddle.
English 594, Literature of the American South. John Grammer.
English 598, Forms of Fiction. Michael Griffith.
English 509, Workshop in Poetry Writing. Andrew Hudgins.
English 510, Workshop in Fiction Writing. Michael Griffith or Adrianne Harun.
English 512, Workshop in Nonfiction Writing. Neil Shea.
If you are a returning student and you have not received a pre-registration form (pdf above), please fill out one and submit it by mail or email. Call us if you plan to return to Sewanee and have not received private email communication from the School of Letters Office by February 10.
Information about electronic class registration will be posted here soon.
There is a $35 keycard deposit for dorm rooms or University apartments that will be returned when keycards or keys are turned in, so please bring a check for $35 to opening registration. Apartment or house key deposits will be $100.
All students must fill out a health form (pdf above). You may fill this out and email it, or print it and mail it to our office. Students who do not fill out a health form will not be able to register.
HUMPHREYS DORM Rates for dorm rooms at Humphreys Dorm will be $899 for the six weeks per person. The dorm will open at 2 pm on Sunday, June 8 and close at 3 pm on Friday, July 18. There is a $35 keycard deposit that will be returned when keycards are turned in, so please bring a check for $35 to opening registration.
The living spaces in Humphreys Hall are arranged in suites. A few are suites of five and six single bedrooms with one living room and two baths. In most cases, however, suites comprise two double bedrooms connected by a shared bathroom. Though these bedrooms have two twin beds, we assign them as singles. Each also has adjoining study space. With either type of suite, then, graduate students do not have to share sleeping space with a roommate. Humphreys Hall is air-conditioned. The twin beds are standard size. You will need to provide your own linens and towels, but the maintenance staff will clean the bathrooms periodically. Laundry facilities on the premises are free for dorm residents. Most students will occupy second- or third-floor rooms, and Humphreys Hall is equipped with an elevator. We can, however, arrange a room on the ground floor for any student whose medical condition requires it.
*Children under the age of 18 are not allowed inside dorms. Please be aware that smoking is not allowed in any University buildings. Pets are not allowed in University housing. This includes chickens.*
UNIVERSITY APARTMENTS Rates for University Apartments/Houses will be $1070 for the six weeks. There will be a one-time $50 roommate surcharge for shared spaces. Apartments will also open at 2 pm on Sunday, June 8 and close at 3 pm on Friday, July 18. Key replacement will be $100 for all apartment and house keys. Please bring a key deposit check for this amount to registration. We will hold it until checkout.
OFF-CAMPUS Please fill out a Housing Form and let us know your contact information for your off-campus address if you do not choose University Housing.
RIVENDELL WRITERS' COLONY Rooms are available by application at Rivendell Writer's Colony. Rivendell provides a quiet, studious atmosphere in a beautiful setting overlooking Lost Cove. Single and Double rooms are available at a rate of $1200 per room for the School of Letters term. (So, $1200 for a single, and $600 each for a double.) Students must apply though Rivendell. Read more about this new opportunity here. Contact our office for details on applying.
Current parking regulations can be found at http://life.sewanee.edu/live/parking-policy-general. Students will receive specific information about vehicle registration in an email closer to arrival time.
McClurg Dining Hall will be open daily for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Hours are: Breakfast 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM, Lunch 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM and Dinner 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The cost to eat in McClurg is $7.00 for Breakfast, $9.50 for Lunch and Dinner. You must show your Sewanee student identification card or full rates will apply.
The 2013 Catalog is posted above under FORMS. The 2014 will be included in your orientation packet.
Once classrooms are assigned, the full 2014 schedule will be posted. For times, you may read the class schedule here.
2014 Booklist to Date:
Bible as Literature
Hamlin, Hannibal, ed. The King James Bible after Four Hundred Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences 978-0521768276 (paperback!)
The Bible: Authorized King James Version (Oxford World's Classics) 978-0199535941 Paperback
Robert Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative (second--revised and updated!--edition only: 978-0465022557)
The Craft of Poetry
Elizabeth Bishop's Poems (FSG, edited by Saskia Hamilton)
Donald Justice's Collected Poems (Knopf, 2004)
Naomi Replansky, Collected Poems (Black Sparrow/David R. Godine, 2011)
In addition to the poets listed above, we’ll be reading in two books of criticism:
Michael Theune, ed., Structure & Surprise: Engaging Poetic Turns (Teachers & Writers’ Collaborative, 2007)
Note that ‘structure’ as Theune and the other poet/essayists use it, is not synonymous with ‘form’ or ‘poetic form’. Once you read Theune’s introduction, you will probably want to read at least some of the essays on the different types of structure he and his writers identify.
Theune’s work has generated some very interesting websites devoted to the discussion of poetic structures. You might wish to have a look at his Structure & Surprise/Engaging Poetic Turns and Kim Addonizio’s Voltage Poetry.
As acknowledged, some of the ideas in Theune’s book comes from Ellen Bryant Voight’s The Flexible Lyric. It will be useful for you to have read at least the title essay of that volume:
Ellen Bryant Voight, The Flexible Lyric (University of Georgia Press, 1999)
The Romance of Arthur
James Wilhelm, ed., The Romance of Arthur, third edition, Routledge (ISBN 978-0415782890)
Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, ed. Helen Cooper, Oxford (ISBN 978-0199537341 )
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King, Penguin (ISBN 978-0140422535)
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Modern Library (ISBN 978-0375757808)
Bernard Malamud, The Natural, Farrar Straus & Giroux (ISBN 978-0-374-50200-3)
If this edition of Twain's Connecticut Yankee is out of print. An acceptable (but more expensive) edition is: Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, University of California (ISBN 978-0520268166). It is important to obtain one of these two editions, as they contain the original illustrations for the novel. Twain thought of his work with the illustrator, Daniel Beard, as a collaboration.
The Contemporary Short Story
(listed in order for reading for the course)
Edward P. Jones, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, Amistad, 978-0060557577
Greg Bottoms, Fight Scenes, Counterpoint, 978-1593761295
George Saunders, Tenth of December, Random House Trade Paperback, 978-0812984255
Rebecca Lee, Bobcat, Algonquin Paperback, 978-1616201739
Lydia Peelle, Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing, Harper Perennial, 978-0061724732
Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge, Random House Trade Papers, Reprint Edition, 978-0812971835
Jess Walter, We Live in Water, Harper Perennial, 978-0061926624
Lorrie Moore, Bark, Knopf, 978-0307594136
Jamie Quatro, I Want to Show You More, Grove Press, 978-0802122230
Anthony Doerr, Memory Wall, Scribner, 9781439182840
Literature of the American South
Forms of Fiction, The Tyranny of Plot: Thirteen(ish) Ways of Engaging a Reader
Students are asked to read one long but wonderful book, Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend, before they come to the mountain.
In class we’ll read a total of eight short novels that do something interesting with plot (or its “absence”):
Time’s Arrow, Martin Amis
Dog of the South, Charles Portis
Desperate Characters, Paula Fox
Hell, Kathryn Davis
The Driftless Area, Tom Drury
The Mezzanine, Nicholson Baker
The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh
Students will choose the last novel based on a list provided. Note that these novels are short, with the spectacular exception of the Dickens: They range from 140-250 pages.
Some essays and definitions/taxonomies of plot and narrative, starting with Aristotle’s, will be provided in class.
Contemporary American Poetry, Poulan and Waters. 8th ed.
The Art of the Poetic Line, James Longenbach
Poetic Meter and Poetic Form, Paul Fussell
O. Henry Prize Stories, 2013, Laura Furman, editor
Cincinnati Review (issue 10.2) — available in the University Bookstore the first day of classes.
Curious Attractions, Debra Spark
Recommended but not required:
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, Ben Marcus, editor.
Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
Little Kingdoms, Steven Millhauser
Go With Me, Castle Freeman
William Trevor: The Collected Stories, William Trevor ISBN: 978-0140232455
[Note: We will be reading only a handful of stories from the Trevor collection, to be assigned during the residency, but students should feel free to begin browsing in this monumental volume.]
Suggested -- i.e., writing guides you might find useful to own but aren't strictly necessary for the workshop:
Narrative Design, Madison Smartt Bell
The Art of Subtext, Charles Baxter
The Art of Time, Joan Silber
Reading Like a Writer, Francine Prose
Burning Down the House, Charles Baxter
The Art of Fiction, David Lodge
Oracle Bones, by Peter Hessler
Fire Season, by Philip Connors
The Best American Essays 2013, edited by Cheryl Strayed.
Guest Readings and Lectures are usually each Wednesday at 4:30 pm for the duration of the program. Summer guests will be announced soon.