Fall 2014 Courses

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GENG 513 - 01 Issues in Criticism M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 40157 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren An introduction to the principal theoretical issues and questions in the discipline of literary studies. The course explores the major contemporary approaches to literary studies in the context of various traditions of literary theory and criticism. It encourages students to assess constructively some of the key controversies in contemporary critical theory and apply their learning to the interpretation of literary texts. This required course must be taken as one of the first three courses in the program.

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GENG 529 - 01 The Romantic Age in Britain - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 212
CRN: 42366 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Young-ok An A study of British poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction prose from 1789 to 1850, including exploration of topics such as literary innovation, the Romantic self and imagination, Romantic ecology, the Gothic, the historical novel, and science fiction. Also examined are the relationship between literature and key social developments, such as the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, the equality of the sexes, the anti-slave trade movement, industrialization, and the scientific revolution. Authors covered may include Blake, Wollstonecraft, Scott, Wordsworth , Coleridge, Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, Keats, Austen, and Hemans. This course satisfies the pre-1830 British Literature requirement.

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GENG 572 - 01 Amer/Brit Social Protest Novel - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 247
CRN: 42367 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild In INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL, Harriet Jacobs writes, "I had heard much about the oppression of the poor in Europe...But when I visited them in their little thatched cottages, I felt that the condition of even the meanest and most ignorant among them was vastly superior to the condition of the most favored slaves in America." In this course, we will closely examine Jacobs's claim, studying fiction and non-fiction of the nineteenth-century in England and the United States that deals with the Industrial Revolution and the plight of both free and enslaved workers. In British Literature, it was common to refer to "slaves of the needle" and "factory slaves," while American slave narratives, like Jacobs's, often contained comparisons between the conditions of poor workers in England and the wholly unpaid workers in America. The two countries were economically interdependent, and their often exploitative factory and agricultural systems reinforced each other. Many writers produced works of social protest intended to change laws or galvanize action to improve condistions for both nations' dispossed peoples. The reading list will include the following: Adam Smith's THE WEALTH OF NATIONS; Charlotte Bronte's SHIRLEY; Elizabeth Gaskell's MARY BARTON and NORTH AND SOUTH; selected writings of Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels; Harriet Beecher Stowe's UNCLE TOM'S CABIN; Harriet Jacobs's INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL; Rebecca Harding Davis's LIFE IN THE IRON MILLS; and Upton Sinclair's THE JUNGLE. This course satisfies the pre-1900 American Literature distribution requirement.

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GENG 637 - 01 James Joyce and Company - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 42368 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James The writings of Irish writer James Joyce have enchanted, bewildered, and offended readers for over a century. We will begin with the 1914 short story collection DUBLINERS (pausing to celebrate its centennial!) and proceed to the 1922 novel ULYSSES--"a book to which we are all indebted," in the words of fellow modernist T. S. Eliot, "and from which none of us can escape." We will take our time here, exploring the novel's thorny publication history and coupling its episodes with current critical perspectives. Next, we turn to selections of FINNEGANS WAKE (1939) for equal parts amusement and challenge. As the course title promises, our readings will include selections of poetry, fiction, music, and art that either inspired or echoed Joyce's work. Along the way, we will survey Joycean criticism in preparation for the seminar's final essay assignment. The course will likely include a guest speaker and a visit to UST's Celtic Collection. This course counts as a 600-level elective. Prerequisite: GENG 513.

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Spring 2015 Courses

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GENG 562 - 01 Modern European Traditions - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 21828 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Raymond N. MacKenzie Reading in translation of representative masterpieces in the European tradition from the Renaissance through the 20th century, including such writers as Cervantes, Racine, Goethe , Flaubert, Sand, Dostoevsky, Kafka, and Mann. Areas of inquiry may also include the mutual interactions of the European tradition with modern African, Latin American, or Eastern literatures.

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GENG 573 - 01 Professional Editing - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 212
CRN: 21829 3 Credit Hours Instructor: M. A. Easley This course will focus on current theories, practices, and conventions of professional editing in the field of English Studies. This will include discussion of broad questions relating to authorship, textuality, and the role of the editor, as well as hands-on practice introducing, annotating, and copyediting literary texts. Students will learn techniques for ensuring consistent, accurate copy, including the use of style sheets and guides. They will also learn how to track and manage editorial projects. The course will include guest lectures from editors in the Twin Cities community as well as practice managing real-world editing assignments. This course counts as elective credit.

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GENG 622 - 01 Shakespeare & Co. in Ren. Thtr M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 210
CRN: 21830 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse Though Ben Jonson memorably penned that Shakespeare was “not of an age, but for all time,” he was of an age—the Renaissance—in which theatre was a growth industry and the drama skyrocketed in richness and variation. We will dig into that theatrical world and view Shakespeare alongside contemporaries and competitors such as Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher, John Webster, Thomas Heywood, and Philip Massinger. What were they obsessed with? Many of the same things we are, which we’ll investigate in two case studies: on threats and prospects of change in marriage (in plays such as THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and its table-turning sequel THE TAMER TAMED, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, and A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS) and threats and prospects of the Islamic world (in such plays as TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT, A CHRISTIAN TURNED TURK, THE RENEGADO, and OTHELLO). We’ll engage in two- and three-dimensional literary criticism (that is, finely-grained study of aesthetics and dramaturgy with much reading aloud and taking of parts) and contextualize our understanding, invoke the presence of the past, through reading historical and political documents. This course satisfies the pre-1800 British Literature distribution requirement. Prerequisite: GENG 513 or permission of the instructor.

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GENG 658 - 01 Transnational Lit: New Economy - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 21831 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Kanishka Chowdhury ‪In a 2006 article, “The Location of Literature: The Transnational Book and the Migrant Writer,” Rebecca Wolkowitz suggests that “contemporary literature in the age of globalization is, in many ways, a COMPARATIVE literature: works circulate in many literary systems at once, and can—some would say, need [to]—be read within several national traditions” (my emphasis). In this course, we will consider the validity of this claim, examining a range of texts within the context of some of the vast changes that have taken place in the global economy in the last fifteen years. We will focus on just a few distinctive features of the present conjuncture: 1) the political economy of transnationalism—how the acceleration in transnational capital accumulation and the accompanying dispossession of the poor and rise in migrant and refugee populations (especially in/from the Global South) have been highlighted or displaced in the transnational text; 2) the emergence of a transnational citizen—how questions about citizenship have evolved at a time when national borders have become both more rigid and more fluid; 3) gender in a transnational world—how gender has been used to demarcate and negotiate political and economic conflicts; 4) and finally, the idea of transnational ethics—how the events of 9/11 and the subsequent “war on terror” have realigned our notions of human rights and “universal values.”‬ We will read Judith Butler’s PRECARIOUS LIFE: THE POWERS OF MOURNING AND VIOLENCE, Teju Cole’s novel OPEN CITY, Mohsin Hamid’s novel HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA, Saba Mahmood’s POLITICS OF PIETY: THE ISLAMIC REVIVAL AND THE FEMINIST SUBJECT, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s novel DUST, Caryl Phillips’ novel A DISTANT SHORE, and Indra Sinha’s novel ANIMAL'S PEOPLE, among other texts.‬‬ This course satisfies the Multicultural Literature distribution requirement. Prerequisite: GENG 513 or permission of the instructor.

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