Spring 2022 Literature Courses by New Faculty

Spring 2022 Literature Courses by New Faculty:

Mariah Min
Postdoctorial Research Associate in International Humanities
ENGL1361Q, Medieval Race (CRN 26964)
K Hour (T/Th 2:30-3:50 pm)

In this course, we will explore the historically specific contours of race in England and interrelated cultural regions during the High and Late Middle Ages, as well as learn and practice how to read Middle English. No previous knowledge of medieval literature or Middle English necessary. Not open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 20. 

Christopher Yates
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
ENGL0310H, New and Imagined Worlds in
the English Renaissance (CRN 27300)
D Block (M/W/F 11:00 - 11:50)

In the centuries following the "discovery" of the Novus Mundus or "New World," European playwrights, poets and thinkers created a startling diversity of their own "new" or imagined worlds,which sometimes took license from fantastic contemporary reports of overseas discoveries. How do imagined lands comment upon our own? What freedoms and possibilities arise from the ability to imagine alternative worlds? 

Michael Gastiger
Visiting Assistant Professor of English
ENGL0711D, Literature and Social Mobility (CRN 27161)
G Block (M/W/F 2:00-2:50)

This class examines cultural narratives about people who rise, fall, or remain stuck within systems of social stratification. We'll consider how such stories are celebrated, critiqued, or otherwise used to make a point about the nature of wealth, debt, discrimination, assimilation, merit, or luck. Readings will consist of novels and memoirs, along with material from disciplines like sociology and economics. 

Tiana Reid
Postdoctoral Research Associate in English
ENGL1901Q, You Better Work: Sexuality, Labor, Blackness 
(CRN 27160)
J Block (T/Th 1:00 - 2:20)

This seminar takes a historical, theoretical, and interdisciplinary approach to sexuality, labor, and blackness in the United States. We will engage in black feminist, trans, and queer methodologies of selected literature, film, and artwork while we also consider the limits of labor as a conceptual apparatus. Thinkers include Samuel R. Delany, Saidiya Hartman, Gayl Jones, Audre Lorde, Toni Morrison, Tourmaline. Open to juniors and seniors only. Enrollment limited to 20. 

Connie Scozzaro
Assistant Professor of English
ENGL2361D, Persons and Things in Early Modern England 
M Hour (Mon. 3-5:30 pm)

What was legal personhood in early modern England and who did it include? Was it always bad to be treated like a thing? What did legal and literary fictions have in common? We will examine the interplay between early modern persons and things, considering literary examples of subjectification, objectification, and anthropomorphism as they relate to questions of pleasure and value. Enrollment limited to 15.