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Summer 2016 Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Course Descriptions - Summer 2016

The following information is subject to change. For the most up-to-date and comprehensive course schedule, including meeting times, course additions, cancellations, and room assignments, check the Banner Class Schedule on the Registrar’s website.

(* Designates NU Core; ^ Designates Experiential Ed)


Summer 1 2016

ENGL3160 Topics in 17th/18th Century British Literatures: "Austen on the Page and Screen"

Professor Nicole Aljoe

This course will read several of Jane Austen’s novels as well as film and other media versions inspired by the novels or Austen’s life. Novels may include: Northanger Abbey, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, or Persuasion. As well as Austen-inspired novels such as Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, The Jane Austen Bookclub or Death Comes to Pemberley. Films may include: Austenland, Becoming Jane, Clueless, From Prada to Nada, Bride and Prejudice, Aisha, Bridget Jones’s Diary, or Metropolitan, or Belle.  The proliferation of Austeniana in other media, such as: web sites likes Pemberley; the web series The Diaries of Lizzie Bennet; the Marvel graphic novel and “Baby Lit” series, will also be explored. In addition, over the semester students will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the texts studied and relate them to their literary and cultural contexts;
  2. Identify varieties of style and tone in particular extracts of both texts and films;
  3. Observe shifts of form and technique in representation.

Course assignments will include a reading blog, group class presentation, and final research project, as well as a field trip to a screening of Love and Friendship, a new adaptation of Austen’s unfinished novel, “Lady Susan” which opens May 13.

ENGL2700 Creative Writing

Ellen Noonan, MFA

  • Summer 1 2016
  • CRN – 40744
  • Course is offered online.
  • Fulfills a Writing requirement for Majors

“Certain moments send adrenaline to the heart, dry out the tongue, and clog the lungs.  Like thunder they drown you in sound, no, like lightning they strike you across the larynx.”  (Claudia Rankine, Citizen)  In this creative writing workshop, we will read and use Claudia Rankine’s Citizen as inspiration for our own creative reading and writing.  In an online writing workshop setting, we will explore what it means to immerse yourself in a writing project, and how to conceptualize, draft, workshop, and polish a piece that is personal and that takes up issues of social justice. Writers will present individual final projects as well as collaborate on a class-wide project, while offering and receiving feedback on work in a digital composition space.  This is a course for writers who want to develop their voice(s), and, perhaps, give voice to those who have been silenced.

Summer 2 2016

ENGL2380 The Modern Novel

Dr. Bret Keeling

  • Summer 2 2016
    • CRN – 60913
  • Course is offered online.
  • Fulfills a Comparative requirement for Majors

Throughout this term, we’ll consider the ways that what is “aesthetic” and what is “political” converge in the Modern Novel. Modern writers sought to alter the appearance of commonplace “reality,” as well as to alter the appearance of “realistic” literature. They emphasized the “new,” not only in the techniques they used to portray the world, but also in their challenges to a commonplace awareness of that world — a world where gender, sexuality, race, class, and physical ability intersected to shape and inform both personal and social selves.

Over the weeks of this online and fast-paced Summer course, we’ll read a number of short novels, as well as a few short stories and novellas that highlight the ways that cultural “shifts” such as capitalism, industrialization, secularization, and the rise of the nation-state transformed social relations and intellectual experiences. Interspersed throughout our reading of fiction, we’ll read two short non-fiction works that serve, in many ways, to define some of the political and aesthetic challenges that Modern novelists outline and observe, and that Modern (and Contemporary!) readers encounter and debate—often passionately, often controversially.

Course requirements seek to appeal to diverse learning styles, and graded assignments will include: a group presentation, a multimedia project, a reflective paper, and frequent participation in online class discussions. Authors we’ll read may include James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, Andre Gide, H.D., and Nella Larsen.

ENGL3382 Publication Arts*^

Jeremy Bushnell, MFA

  • Summer 2 2016
  • CRN – 60641
  • Days/Time – MTWR 1:30-3:10 PM
  • Fulfills a Writing requirement for Majors

Explores the process of authorship in various fields (e.g., fiction, nonfiction) and in any format (books, journals, online platforms). Examines such topics as print and electronic publishing; the process of writing, workshopping, critiquing, revising, and submitting work; and ways to increase acceptance as a writer and/or publication professional. Fulfills the experiential education requirement for English majors. Prereq. ENGW 1111, ENGW 1102, ENGL 1111, or ENGL 1102.