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1. Creative Writing Workshops
2. Common Ground Courses
3. Undergraduate Seminars
English 90ka. The Brontës
Instructor: Elaine Scarry
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Tuesdays, 1-3 pm | Location: Emerson 307

Enrollment: Limited to 15 students. 

Writings by Emily, Anne, and Charlotte Brontë, as well as the later novels and films their work inspired.

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English 90mk. Medieval Women and the Problem of Knowledge
Instructor: Nicholas Watson
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Thursdays, 1-3 pm | Location: Barker 024

Enrollment: Limited to 15 students.

From Eve to Mary and from Lady Philosophy to Chaucer’s Wife of Bath, medieval women are associated with knowing, good and bad, philosophical and experiential.  We seek our own knowledge of them through allegories and visions, autobiographies and visions, philosophical studies and gynecological treatises.  Works by Robert Grosseteste, Catherine of Siena, Christine de Pizan, Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe.


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4. Undergraduate Tutorials
5. Lectures with Sections
English 188gf. Global Fictions
Instructor: Kelly Rich
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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11-12 | Location: Boylston 103

This course serves as an introduction to the global novel in English, as well as a survey of approaches to transnational literature. It considers issues of migration, colonialism, cosmopolitanism and globalization, religion and fundamentalism, environmental concerns, the global and divided city, racial and sexual politics, and international kinship. Authors include Teju Cole, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Junot Díaz, Mohsin Hamid, Jamaica Kincaid, David Mitchell, Michael Ondaatje, Ruth Ozeki, Arundhati Roy, and Ken Saro-Wiwa.

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English 197qc. America’s Queer Canon: from Melville to Moonlight
Instructor: Kathryn Roberts
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Mondays & Wednesdays, 10-11 am | Location: Sever 103

This course examines a range of works from the U.S. canon that engage themes of same-sex desire, homosexual and transgender identity, and other “queer” relations. Questions around sexual norms have been central to American literature from its beginnings, but the course will focus on texts from the second half of the nineteenth century through the very contemporary. With help from queer theorists and social historians, we’ll pay close attention to how changing legal, medical, and religious discourses shape queer literary expression, and how queer writers have changed culture. Authors include Melville, James, Cather, Larsen, Baldwin, Lorde, Bechdel, and Nelson.

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6. Graduate Seminars
7. Cross-Listed in other Departments
8. Freshman Seminars