Fall 2021 Literature Courses by New Faculty

Fall 2021 Literature Courses by New Faculty:

Dixa Ramirez D’Oleo
Assistant Professor of American Studies and English
ENGL1762M, Caribbean Literature (CRN 17404)
K Hour (T/Th 2:30-3:50 pm)

 Focusing mostly on prose narrative from the nineteenth-century to the present day, this seminar is an overview of various important texts from the Anglophone, Hispanophone, and Francophone or Kreyol Caribbean texts. As crucial themes in the literary culture of the Caribbean, class discussion will be framed around questions of colonialism, slavery, blackness, whiteness, indigeneity, class as well as literary and aesthetic innovations such as surrealism, realism, and other important formalist trends and interventions. Texts originally written in Spanish and French will be read in translation, but students have the option of reading them in the original if they prefer as long as they are able to engage the class through the translation as well. Instructor permission required. Enrollment limited to 20.

Mariah Min
Postdoctoral Research Associate in International Humanities
ENGL0300L,The Global Middle Ages (CRN 18235)
(K hour T/Th 2:30-3:50 pm) 

This course offers students an introduction to the medieval period as a time of active cultural exchange, racial imaginaries, and decentralized globality. We will explore what it means to think about history on a global scale, how to broaden our understanding of the Middle Ages without replicating Eurocentric perspectives, and how literary texts work to mediate history.


Christopher J. Lee
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
ENGL0711B, Trans Cultural Production and Trans Studies
(CRN 18022)
D Hour (MWF 11-11:50 am)

What animates the fields of transgender studies and trans cultural criticism in a moment of assimilation, heightened visibility, and violence? By reflecting on contemporary examples of trans cultural production, including literature, film, and new media, this course explores a wide range of art-making and activism working against state violence. Readings and works by Kai Cheng Thom, Tourmaline, and Leslie Feinberg.

Christopher Yates
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
ENGL0711C, Bad Blood: Conflict and the Family in
Literature and Cinema (CRN 18236)
(H Hour T/Th 9-10:20 am) 

The family home, often thought of as a refuge from the outside world, can also be a site of tension, competition, violence and horror. Why does dysfunction in the domestic sphere shock and fascinate us, and why is the gothic so intimately tied to the domestic? Readings and viewings from: Shakespeare, Shelley, Brontë, Wilde, Nabokov, Salinger, Hitchcock, Kubrick, Park Chan-wook.