Spring 2016 Visiting Faculty Courses - 1. 22. 16
We are so excited for our Spring 2016 course offerings from visiting faculty!
English 190GN: The Graphic Novel The word-and-image medium of comics as a narrative form. How to read comics and what they teach us about reading, in addition to the creative practices that go into making them. We will examine antecedents including engraved novels, newspaper comic strips, wordless novels, underground comic books, and punk fanzines to understand the graphic novel’s rise in the 1970s in addition to exploring current directions. Authors include Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, Lynda Barry, Gary Panter, Phoebe Gloeckner, Keiji Nakazawa, and Marjane Satrapi, among others. Will include visits from artists to discuss the craft of this verbal-visual form.
English 154F: Faulkner, Morrison, and the Representation of Race This course has two abiding aims. One is to explore in depth—and back to back—the fiction of (arguably) the two major 20th-century novelists concerned with race in America. The other is to work toward evaluative criteria that might be genuinely attentive to both the intricacies of race and the achievements of form. A particular challenge will be the following: how to focus on race (and secondarily gender) yet keep the two writers’ distinctive voices from disappearing into “white/male” and “black/female.” Faulkner readings will include some short stories as well as Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!, and Go Down, Moses. Morrison readings will include Playing in the Dark as well as Sula, Song of Solomon, Beloved, A Mercy, and Home.
English 148gf: Gothic Fiction This course will explore the origins and development of the gothic novel over the long eighteenth century. One of the period’s most widely read—and most controversial—genres, gothic fiction seized the public imagination with “tales of terror” featuring supernatural apparitions, unsolved murders, and hapless heroines. Reading novels by authors including Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, M.G. Lewis, James Hogg, and Jane Austen alongside critical responses from their contemporaries, we will track key gothic themes, explore the reception and historical context of gothic texts, and consider the genre’s enduring popularity.
English 195A: Australian Literature and the World A survey of a national literature with an emphasis on the relations of texts and authors to world literary and geographical contexts like European epic, Dada, Modernism, Asian connections, and expatriation. Includes classic fiction, poetry, and popular genres and offers comparative perspectives on the antipodal, settler culture, the nationalist period, literary underworlds, environmental writing, and the transnational contemporary.
English 90al: Anthropocene Literature In 2000, geologists proposed that we live in a new geological era defined and shaped by human activity: the Anthropocene. In this course, we will consider how living in the Anthropocene demands that we think about ourselves not just as individuals and citizens
of a nation, but also as members of a species that exercises geological forces upon the physical conditions of our planet. Readings will span from the eighteenth century to the present. We will consider questions such as: What kinds of narrative and aesthetic forms can represent environmental changes that take place on vast geographic and temporal scales? What sort of ethics does living in the Anthropocene warrant and inspire? How can we talk about the relationship of ethics and aesthetics to the economic and political challenges of the Anthropocene? We will explore these questions while attending to the conceptual and rhetorical strategies through which nature and the environment have been portrayed in works by Montesquieu, Wordsworth, John Clare, Mary Shelley, John Stuart Mill, Thoreau, Darwin, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Cormac McCarthy, Ursula Le Guin, and Karen Russell.