The following is the summer course schedule for 2013; descriptions will be frequently added and updated.
Department of English
2013 Undergraduate Summer Course Schedule and Course Descriptions
ENG 231/379: Gothic Novel: the Frankenstein Complex, Vampires, and Zombies
Summer Session I, MW 9:00-12:15; Gross, Jonathan
This course treats Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the works of art it influenced. Towards this end, we will read Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and excerpts from Paradise Lost, Plutarch’s Lives, and Milton’s Paradise Lost. We will read works of art the creature read (those listed above), striving to understand his point of view. We will then turn to outgrowths of that famous summer in 1816 at the Villa Diodati, when Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and John Polidori helped to create the literary legend of the vampire, taken up terestingly by Bram Stoker in his novel. We will also read H.G. Wells’ Island of Dr. Moreau to consider the topic of the ethics of scientific experimentation first broached by Mary Shelley. This class will focus on literature, but we will look at film clips for purposes of comparison and contrast., such as 28 Days Later.
Virtual and On-Line Days: June 26, July 1, 3, 8 will be virtual, i.e. weeks 3 and 4.
We will meet weeks one, two, and five, or June 17, 19, 24, and July, 10, July 15 and 17.
ENG 275: Literature and Film: From Page to Screen (5-Week Online)
Summer Session II, TBA; Meyer, Robert
From their earliest days, the cinematic arts—movies—have been connected to the literary arts. These two forms of expression have much in common, yet a wide gulf separates them, particularly with regard to the way in which an artistic vision is realized. In this course, we will examine the relationship between film and literature by studying film adaptations of novels, short stories and plays. In so doing, we should strive to abandon mundane questions of the relative entertainment value of the two media, choosing instead to shed light on important questions of form and content in the interpretation of narrative art. In addition, we will study the relationship between the history of film and the development of film adaptations.
EN 286/386: Topics in Popular Literature: Fantasy in Film and Fiction
Summer Session I, TTH 9:00-12:15; Ingrasci, Hugh
This course explores the imagination-stretching world of “WHAT IF?,” the realm beyond realistic works that are set in the limits of the familiar, plausible, same-as-our-world. Fantasy probes the re-made worlds that we can dream of, wish for, and escape to, so as to envision a world that’s more live-able, people-friendly, and viable for our development as fully realized human beings. Fantasy creates changes in the world of the here-and-now so that a proto-world of THERE and WHENEVER exists to test our sense of how we could cope with and adapt to a socio-politico-physical world much more challenging (and satisfying) than our present one. The course will be rooted in Joseph Campbell’s paradigm for fantasy and myth, The Quest Phases of the Hero’s Journey, to examine the values and life-motivating issues that appear in the realms of re-imagined worlds, issues resolved via the hero’s/people transforming themselves. The course will include and explore short stories by fantasy writers, plus three fantasy novels (Shawshank Redemption, e.g.), as well as several feature films, such as BIG, Gladiator, Fight Club, Bladerunner, Blue Velvet, Groundhog Day, and others. Articles to enable students to grasp and interpret Campbell’s vision of the heroic quest as a focal lens for our fantasy works will also be part of the course readings.
- King, Different Seasons, 978-0-4-5116753-8
- Philbrick, Freak the Mighty, 978-0-4-3928606-0
- McGary, The Postmortal, 9780143119821
ENG 309: Topics in Writing: Folktales, Fairytales & Fables
Summer Session II, TH 9:00-12:15; Welch, David
Many tales are far more complex and intriguing than Disney presents them. This multi-genre workshop will explore how contemporary authors use structures from folktales, fairytales, and fables throughout their writing, and how they use the tale to create intricate—often dark—literature and art. We’ll study a number of authors—including Kevin Brockmeier, Aimee Bender, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, and Joy Williams—as well as films by the Coen Brothers and Paul Thomas Anderson. Students will write and workshop their own tales, and we’ll also discuss the ways in which recycled and appropriated stories and forms constitute original art.
ENG 350: Modern British Literature
Summer Session I, MW 6:00-9:15; Fairhall, James
ENG 350, Modern British Literature, is a survey of major 20th-century British writers of fiction, poetry, and drama.
ENG 375: Studies in Short Fiction: Fiction from the Fringe
Summer Session II, MW 9:00-12:15; Ewell, Andrew
The Summer Schedule has been updated. ENG 309 has gone from Writing for Magazines to Snapshots of the City. The course will still be taught by Prof Anton and the new course description is below:
This is a course in the urban essay, or writing and reading a city as a rich text. Students learn the urban magazine tradition, going back to portraits of Paris and St. Petersburg, London and New York, up through the evolution of contemporary Chicago. We cover writers like Dickens, Hecht, Terkel, Tarbell, Brooks and others. We learn some of the techniques of urban magazine writing. Students write one sketch, feature, one exam and one author report.
The rest of the Summer 2012 course offerings are also available.