Fall 2018 Literature Courses by New Faculty

Fall 2018 Literature Courses by New Faculty:

Lesley Jacobs
 Visiting Assistant Professor
Prose Sagas of the Medieval North
ENGL0310F (CRN15917)

E hour (MWF 12-12:50 pm)

 In this course, we will read long prose fiction from medieval Iceland, Ireland, and Wales, considering how it is similar to and different from the modern novel. We will consider plot, characterization, and style in each linguistic tradition. Texts may include The Cattle Raid of Cooley, The Mabinogi, Njal’s Saga, Egil’s Saga, Grettir’s Saga, and Gisli’s Saga.

Kevin Quashie
Death and Dying in Black Literature
ENGL0710V (CRN17123)

C hour (MWF 10-10:50 am)

 How is death represented in black literature as a topic and as a figure of genre? Which theoretical ideas help us think about the intertwining of blackness and death? How do notions of gender and sexuality inform this thinking? This course will explore works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to consider the scope of black literary imaginings of death. DIAP

Theresa Warburton
 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Art for an Undivided Earth / Transnational Approaches to Indigenous Art and Activism
ENGL1711J (CRN16978)

* New time: K hour (T/Th 2:30-3:50 pm)

 The tension between indigenous literary nationalism and methodologies of cosmopolitanism and transnationalism have animated contemporary Native literary studies. At stake is the very meaning of indigeneity itself—how does indigeneity function on a global scale? How do hemispheric approaches to indigeneity transform our understanding of histories of colonialism? How have artists made connections across space without flattening the specificity of their locations? WRIT  DIAP

Kevin Quashie
Toni Morrison
ENGL1760Y (CRN17119)

N hour (Wednesday 3-5:30 pm)

 This course will consider Toni Morrison’s novels and essays through four prisms: her interest in the anxieties of Americanness; her attention to language, which includes a consideration of form and of literary theory; her study of love; and her figuring humanity through the experiences of people who are racially black and (often) gendered female. Not open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 20.  DIAP