2015 - 2016

Introductory

ENGL BC1201x and y First-Year English: Reinventing Literary History
Prerequisites: Required for all first-year students. Enrollment restricted to Barnard. May not be taken for P/D/F. Consult department website and bulletin board for section times See course website http://firstyear.barnard.edu/rlh for more information.
Close examination of texts and regular writing assignments in composition, designed to help students read critically and write effectively. Sections of the course are grouped in three clusters: I. Legacy of the Mediterranean; II. The Americas; III. Women and Culture. The first cluster features a curriculum of classic texts representing key intellectual moments that have shaped Western culture. Offering revisionist responses to the constraints of canonicity, the last two clusters feature curricula that explore the literary history of the Americas and the role of women in culture.
3 points

ENGL BC1204x First-Year English: Reinventing Literary History (Workshop)

Close examination of texts and regular writing assignments in composition, designed to help students read critically and write effectively. Sections will focus on Legacy of the Mediterranean or Women and Culture and meet three times a week. For more information on the curriculum, please visit the Course Website http://firstyear.barnard.edu/rlh.
4 points

Section 1 MWF 10:10-11:25 M. Kolisnyk
Section 2 TRF 10:10-11:25 W. Schor-Haim
Section 3 TRF 1:10-2:25 S. Fredman
Section 4 TRF 11:40-12:55 V. Condillac

 

Writing

ENGL BC3101x and y The Writer's Process: A Seminar in the Teaching of Writing

Prerequisites: Application process and permission of instructor. Does not count for major credit.

Exploration of theory and practice in the teaching of writing, designed for students who plan to become Writing Fellows at Barnard. Students will read current theory and consider current research in the writing process and engage in practical applications in the classroom or in tutoring.
—P. Cobrin, TR 11:40-12:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3102x and y Academic Writing Intensive
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 8 students. Nomination and instructor's permission required.
Academic Writing Intensive is an intensive writing course for second-year Barnard students. Students will attend a weekly seminar and schedule an individual 30-minute conference with the instructor every other week. This focused, individual attention to a student's writing is designed to help the student strengthen her critical thinking, reading and writing skills.
—W. Schor-Haim, R 12:10- 2:00
4 points

 

ENGL BC3103x and y The Art of the Essay
Prerequisites: Can count towards major. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Students who are on the electronic waiting list or who are interested in the class but are not yet registered MUST attend the first day of class.

(Formerly called Essay Writing.) English composition above the first-year level. Techniques of argument and effective expression. Weekly papers. Individual conferences. Some sections have a special focus, as described.
3 points

FALL/SPRING

Section 1 W 10:10-12 A. Schneider
Section 2 R 2:10-4 V. Condillac

Section 3 T 2:10-4 P. Ellsberg


Creative Writing
 

ENGL BC3105x (Section 1) Fiction and Personal Narrative
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.

This class centers on the appreciation, analysis, and practice of short literary fiction, including personal narrative. In addition to weekly writing exercises, twice a semester each student will make available to the entire class longer pieces for "workshopping." These pieces will receive written evaluations from instructor and peers both. We will also read and study narrative by published authors -- historical and contemporary. In both student-generated and published work we will consider elements of prose narrative from structure to characterization, plot to voice, etc., in the hopes that such consideration will encourage student writers to expand their writerly repertoire and improve their work in terms both of both craft and literary substance.
—T. Szell, W 4:10-6
3 points

 

ENGL BC3105x (Section 2) Fiction and Personal Narrative Prerequisites: This section is only open to Barnard First-Year students. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.
Short stories and other imaginative and personal writing.

—S. d’Erasmo, T 2:10-4

3 points

 

ENGL BC3106y (Section 1) Fiction and Personal Narrative
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.

This class centers on the appreciation, analysis, and practice of short literary fiction, including personal narrative. In addition to weekly writing exercises, twice a semester each student will make available to the entire class longer pieces for "workshopping." These pieces will receive written evaluations from instructor and peers both. We will also read and study narrative by published authors -- historical and contemporary. In both student-generated and published work we will consider elements of prose narrative from structure to characterization, plot to voice, etc., in the hopes that such consideration will encourage student writers to expand their writerly repertoire and improve their work in terms both of both craft and literary substance.
—K. Zambreno, M 11:00-12:50
3 points

 

ENGL BC3107x Introduction to Fiction Writing
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.

Practice in writing short stories and autobiographical narrative with discussion and close analysis in a workshop setting.
—A. Ulinich, F 2:10-4
3 points

 

ENGL BC3108y Introduction to Fiction Writing
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.

Practice in writing short stories and autobiographical narrative with discussion and close analysis in a workshop setting.
—M. Keane, T 4:10-6
3 points

 

ENGL BC3110x and y Introduction to Poetry Writing
Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.

Varied assignments designed to confront the difficulties and explore the resources of language through imitation, allusion, free association, revision, and other techniques.
FALL: Y. Christiansë, R 2:10-4 SPRING: R. Good,
3 points

 

ENGL BC3113x Playwriting I
Prerequisites: Open only to Juniors and Seniors. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here:

http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.
A workshop to provoke and investigate dramatic writing.
—E. McLaughlin, M 4:10-6
3 points

 

ENGL BC3114y Playwriting I
Prerequisites: Open only to Juniors and Seniors. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here:

http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.
A workshop to provoke and investigate dramatic writing.
—K. Tolan, R 4:10-6:00
3 points

 

ENGL BC3115x Story Writing I
Prerequisites: Some experience in the writing of fiction. Conference hours to be arranged. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.
Advanced workshop in writing, with emphasis on the short story.
—S. d’Erasmo, M 11-12:50

3 points

 

ENGL BC3116y Story Writing II
Prerequisites: Some experience in the writing of fiction. Conference hours to be arranged. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.
Advanced workshop in writing, with emphasis on the short story.
—M. Gordon, T 6:10-8:00

3 points

 

ENGL BC3117x Fiction Writing
Previous experience or introductory class required. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.
"I had given myself up to the idleness of a haunted man who looks for nothing but words wherein to capture his visions."—Joseph Conrad. Given that reading is the one training tool writers cannot do without, this course aims to demonstrate how one might read as a writer. What sets this course apart is its focus, allotted equally, to creative writing and creative reading. Students will produce original prose fiction—which will be discussed in workshops—and engage in close reading of a wide selection of novels and short stories

—H. Matar, T 4:10-6
3 points

 

ENGL BC3118x and y Advanced Poetry Writing I
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.
Weekly workshops designed to generate and critique new poetry. Each participant works toward the development of a cohesive collection of poems. Readings in traditional and contemporary poetry will also be included.

—S. Hamilton, W 11:00-12:50
3 points

 

 

ENGL BC3120.1 Creative Non-Fiction
Previous experience or introductory class required. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.

—E. Griswold,
3 points

 

ENGL BC3120.2x and y Creative Non-Fiction: Making Facts Sing
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms. Students cannot add this course to their schedules until after they are admitted.
This course will challenge students to take on what are considered either difficult topics (e.g. in science and math) or "mundane" topics and create convincing and clear narratives therefrom. We will consider writing from John McPhee, Natalie Angier, Oliver Sacks, Nicholson Baker, and others. Through iterative writing exercises, research, and interviews, students will learn how to breathe life into complex material.
—A. Horowitz, T 10:10-12
3 points

Speech
 

ENGL BC3121x and y Public Speaking
Prerequisites: Open only to undergraduates, preference to seniors and juniors. Enrollment limited to 14 students. Attend first class for instructor permission. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment.
This course will introduce you to principles of effective public speaking and debate, and provide practical opportunities to use these principles in structured speaking situations. You will craft and deliver speeches, engage in debates and panel discussions, analyze historical and contemporary speakers, and reflect on your own speeches and those of your classmates. You will explore and practice different rhetorical strategies with an emphasis on information, persuasion and argumentation. For each speaking assignment, you will go through the speech-making process, from audience analysis, purpose and organization, to considerations of style and delivery. The key criteria in this course are content, organization, and adaptation to the audience and purpose. While this is primarily a performance course, you will be expected to participate extensively as a listener and critic, as well as a speaker.
—D. Kempf, TR 11:40-12:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3123x Rhetorical Choices: the Theory and Practice of Public Speaking
Prerequisites: Application process and permission of instructor. Does not count for major credit. Enrollment restricted to Barnard students.
Speaking involves a series of rhetorical choices regarding vocal presentation, argument construction, and physical affect that, whether made consciously or by default, project information about the identity of the speaker. In this course students will relate theory to practice: to learn principles of public speaking and speech criticism for the purpose of applying these principles as peer tutors in the Speaking Fellow Program.
—P. Cobrin & D. Kempf, MW 10:10-11:25
3 points
 

Theatre

There were no theatre courses offered in either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

Language and Literature

ENGL BC3099x The English Conference: Four Talks on Weather and Literature
Prerequisites: To be taken only for P/F. Students MUST attend all four class sessions to receive credit for this course. Enrollment limited to 60 students.
In the context of climate fears and fantasies, these talks would examine ways in which weather has informed literary texts, directly and obliquely. Ranging from–or touching upon–Homer’s winds and Ovid’s flood to the prose poems of Francis Ponge; from the pre-Socratics to Victorian theories of the death of the sun, with reference to scientific texts but also reportage and eye-witness (Pliny the Younger on the eruption of Vesuvius, Daniel Defoe on the Great Storm of 1703).

The focus will be on Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian weather, with particular emphasis on jottings, journals, diaries, letters: texts which report with immediacy on unstable phenomena and are themselves unstable, tenuously anchored in the "literary": the patient everyday entries of Gilbert White, the natural history writings of John Clare and Dorothy Wordsworth, the notebooks of Coleridge and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

We will consider imaginary as well as actual responses to the transitory and transitional (from Tacitus’s mariners believing they could hear the sun sink into the sea, to the "frozen sounds" reported by Mandeville on his arctic travels, to Ruskin’s apocalyptic "storm-cloud," through to J G Ballard’s sci-fi apocalypses). We will consider oral testimony as well: weather rhymes, almanacs and suchlike.

Our discussions will not add anything to our image of nature as a Suffering Solid. Instead they will attend to erratic and transient phenomena and their imaginative notation: patterns and forces, things that are invisible, ephemeral, sudden, catastrophic, seasonal–and endless: weather being the oldest conversation of all.

—Visiting Professor Paul Keegan, TR 4:10-6 on November 10th, 12th, 17th and 19th.
1 point

 

ENGL BC3091y The English Conference: Shakespeare and Cinema
Prerequisites: To be taken only for P/F. Students MUST attend all four class sessions to receive credit for this course. Enrollment limited to 60 students.
This course focuses on the history of international film adaptations of Shakespeare, the world's most screen-adapted author. Each class session examines excerpts from films and television productions of one or more of Shakespeare’s plays, from the silent era to recent releases– often juxtaposing different screen treatments of the same scenes. In so doing, the course not only underscores the inexhaustible interpretive richness of Shakespeare’s works, but also sheds light on the role of historical, national, and political contexts in influencing each onscreen representation. Indeed, much as Shakespeare himself often refashioned his sources to reflect his times, Shakespearean films reveal as much about their time and place of production as they do about this most canonical of writers.

—Visiting Professor Hilan Warshaw, TR 4:10-6 on February 9th, 11th, 16th and 18th.
1 point

 

ENGL BC3129x Explorations of Black Literature: Early African-American Lit. 1760-1890 Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students.
Poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction, with special attention to the slave narrative. Includes Wheatley, Douglass, and Jacobs, but emphasis will be on less familiar writers such as Brown, Harper, Walker, Wilson, and Forten. Works by some 18th-century precursors will also be considered.
—Q. Prettyman, TR 2:40-3:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3130y The American Cowboy and Iconography of the West
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 25 students.
We will consider the image and role of the cowboy in fiction, social history, film, music, and art. Readings will include Cormac McCarthy's "The Border Trilogy."
—P. Ellsberg, MW 1:10-2:25
3 points

 

ENGL BC3133y Early Modern Women Writers

Despite popular conceptions insisting that the ideal Renaissance woman was silent, as well as chaste and obedient, many women in the early modern period (c. 1550-1800) defied such sentiments by writing, circulating and publishing their own literature. Under the influence of humanism, a generation of educated women arose who would become both the audience for and contributors to the great flowering of literature written in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. As we examine how these women addressed questions of love, marriage, age, race and class, we will also consider the roles women and ideas about gender played in the production of English literature. We will read from a range of literary (plays & poetry) and non-literary (cookbooks, broadside, midwifery books) texts. Seminar participants will be asked to circulate a formal paper for peer review and complete two digital projects.

---K. Hall, W. 2:10-4:00

<4 points

 

ENGL BC3141x Major English Texts I

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students.
A chronological view of the variety of English literature through study of selected writers and their works. Autumn: Beowulf through Johnson.
—P. Ellsberg, MW 2:40-3:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3142y Major English Texts I

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 25 students.
A chronological view of the variety of English literature through study of selected writers and their works. Spring: Romantic poets through the present.
—P. Ellsberg, MW 2:40-3:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3143y Middle Fictions

Discussion of fictions between 60-150 pages in length. Authors include James, Joyce, Mann, Nabokov, Cather, Welty, West, Porter, Olsen, Trevor.

--M. Gordon, MW 1:10-2:25

3 points

 

ENGL BC3146y Walk This Way

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students.

What's in a walk? This course undertakes an interdisciplinary study of a fundamental human activity, focusing on philosophical and aesthetic treatments of human locomotion. After first examining the history of walking as a social, economic, religious, and political activity, the course will concentrate on urban walking and how it has been represented in text and image from ancient times to the present. Topics will include walking as introspection, escape, recreation, and discovery; walking and gender; the psychogeography of walking, walking in the city, etc. Readings from Austen, Wordsworth, Dickens, Thoreau, Whitman, Joyce, Woolf, O'Hara, De Certeau, and many others. Images from film, painting, and photography to be provided by student research. Ditto for musical strolls.

Majors from all departments welcome. Optional excursions planned.

--W. Sharpe, TR 2:40-3:55

3 points

 

ENGL BC3147y Intro to Narrative Medicine

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

Narrative Medicine was designed to give doctors and healthcare professionals a more profound understanding of, and empathy for, the experience of illness. It teaches how to listen and what to listen for. While the skills developed are directly applicable to the practice of medicine, they are also important in any field in which human relationships are central: business, law, architecture, social work, and the creative arts. The multidisciplinary course entails a rigorous integration of didactic and experiential methodology to develop a heightened awareness of self and others and build a practical set of narrative competencies.

--R. Jones, C. Friedman, W 12:00-1:50

4 points

 

ENGL BC3155y The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer as inheritor of late-antique and medieval conventions and founder of early modern literature and the fiction of character. Selections from related medieval texts.
—C. Baswell, TR 4:10-5:25
3 points

 

ENGL BC3158x Medieval Literature: Literatures of Medieval Britain
It's easy to forget that medieval literature wasn't always old and "quaint" as it seems to many of us today. For writers and artists of that era, they were modern, too. But they also imagined their own past and (like many of us) they often had a nostalgic yearning for that lost time. This course will explore a number of forms of medieval literature, mostly British but also some continental, as it explores versions of its past, and especially the ultimately tragic story of King Arthur. We will read across many medieval genres, including some little known today, like lives of saints. But the course will focus on narratives of quest: heroic, psychological, and erotic. We will also explore some of the often beautiful medieval manuscripts in which these texts were often copied. We will read most Middle English texts in the original language; we'll study French and Latin texts in translation.
—C. Baswell, MW 10:10-11:25
3 points

 

BC3159-3160 - THE ENGLISH COLLOQUIUM PREFACE:
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to Barnard English majors. Required of all English majors in their junior year. Starting the fall 2015 semester, Colloquium will be an L course rather than a lottery.

All sections of 3159 (fall semester) are on the Renaissance; all sections of 3160 (spring semester) are on the Enlightenment.
4 points
ENGL BC3159x:
In the Renaissance colloquium we will examine English and European imaginative and intellectual life from the sixteenth to mid-seventeenth centuries. Defined by humanism, the Protestant Reformation, and revolution, this was a period of ideological struggle on many levels. Long-held ways of ordering the world came under increasing strain—and sometimes ruptured irreparably. Writers discussed and debated the aims of human knowledge, retooled old literary forms for new purposes, scrambled to take account of an expanded awareness of the globe, and probed the tension between belief and doubt. Throughout this process, they experimented with new literary styles to express their rapidly changing worldviews. This is an intensive course in which we will take multiple approaches to a variety of authors that may include Petrarch, Erasmus, Machiavelli, Castiglione, More, Rabelais, Luther, Calvin, Montaigne, Spenser, Bacon, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, and Behn, among others.

 

Section 1 M 2:10-4 A. Prescott
Section 2 T 12-1:50 M. Jaanus
Section 3 W 12:10-2 P. Platt

Section 1 W 2:10-4 R. Hamilton

 

ENGL BC3160y:
In the Enlightenment colloquium we will look at English and European imaginative and intellectual life during the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. During this period, writers tried in new ways to reconcile the tensions between reason and religion. Categories of thought that underlie our world today were taking shape: secularity, progress, the public and the private, individual rights, religious tolerance. Writers articulated principles of equality in an era of slavery. Literary forms like the novel, which emerges into prominence during this period, express in irreducibly complex ways these and other changes. In this intensive course, we will study from multiple angles a variety of authors that may include Hobbes, Dryden, Locke, Spinoza, Lafayette, Defoe, Swift, Pope, Richardson, Voltaire, Fielding, Johnson, Diderot, Sterne, and Wollstonecraft, among others

 

Section 1 R 2:10-4 A. Schneider
Section 2 W 4:10-6 T. Szell
Section 3 M 6:10-8:00 J. Basker

Section 1 R 4:10-6 A. Lynn

 

ENGL BC3163x Shakespeare I
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 60 students.
A critical and historical introduction to Shakespeare's comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances.
—P. Platt, MW 8:40-9:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3163y Shakespeare II
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 60 students.
A critical and historical introduction to Shakespeare's comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances.
—P. Platt, MW 8:40-9:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3166x Seventeenth-Century Prose and Poetry

The seventeenth-century produced some of the best lyric poetry (about love and desire, doubt and faith, sex and God). It was also a century of revolution in science, politics, and religion, producing the emergence of modern ways of thinking. So we will read poetry by John Donne, Aemelia Lanyer, George Herbert, Robert Herrick, Andrew Marvell, Aphra Behn and others. For science, politics, religion, and philosophy, we will read selections from Francis Bacon, Robert Burton, Thomas Browne, Thomas Hobbes and early communists (called "The Levellers"). We begin with Donne as an introduction to the period.

—A. Guibbory, TR 2:40-3:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3169y Renaissance Drama

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 25 students.

Major plays of the English Renaissance (excluding Shakespeare), with emphasis on Marlowe and Middleton.
—P. Platt, MW 11:40-12:55
3 points

ENGL BC3170x English Literature and Science 1600-1800

The "Scientific Revolution" began in England in the early seventeenth century, with the experiments of John Dee and the reforming projects of Francis Bacon, to culminate in Isaac Newton's discovery of the natural laws of motion. This was also a period of great literary innovation, from Shakespeare's plays and the metaphysical poetry of Marvell and Donne, to the new genre of the novel. This course will explore both the scientific and literary "revolutions" - indeed we will attempt to put them in a kind of conversation with one another, as poets and scientists puzzled over the nature of spirit, body, and the world.

—R. Hamilton, MW 11:40-12:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3177x Victorian Age in Literature: The Novel

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 50 students.

This course explores important works from one of the most vibrant periods in the history of the novel. Beginning with Jane Austen, the most significant transitional figure from the preceding period, other authors may include Gaskell, Dickens, C. Brontë, Eliot, Hardy, and James. While attending to form and style, we will focus on the relation of these fictional worlds to the social realities of the time, and on how the novels reflect and challenge Victorian ideas about self and society, education, ambition and social class, femininity and desire, labor and domesticity.

—M. Cregan, TR 1:10-2:25
3 points

 

ENGL BC3179x American Literature to 1800

Early American histories, autobiographies, poems, plays, and novels tell stories of pilgrimage and colonization; private piety and public life; the growth of national identity; Puritanism, Quakerism, and Deism; courtship and marriage; slavery and abolition. Writers include Bradford, Shepard, Bradstreet, Taylor, Rowlandson, Edwards, Wheatley, Franklin, Woolman, and Brown.

—L. Gordis, TR 11:40-12:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3180y American Literature 1800-1870

Texts from the late Republican period through the Civil War explore the literary implications of American independence, the representation of Native Americans, the nature of the self, slavery and abolition, gender and woman's sphere, and the Civil War. Writers include Irving, Emerson, Poe, Fuller, Thoreau, Douglass, Stowe, Jacobs, Whitman, and Dickinson.

—L. Gordis, MW 2:40-3:55
3 points

 

ENGL BC3183y American Literature since 1945

In the wake of World War II, the so-called American Century rises out of the ashes of fascism, haunted by the specter of bombs rendering victory and defeat indistinguishable. Unable to tolerate this postmodern condition, the United States plunges into an ideological civil war that is waged most dramatically in its literature since 1945. Authors include O'Connor, Ellison, Ginsberg, Doctorow, Pynchon, Robinson, Hejinian, Waldrop, Hass, Morrison, and DeLillo.

--M. Vandenburg, R 11:00-12:50

3 points

 

ENGL BC3185y Modern British and American Poetry

Poetry written in English during the past century, discussed in the context of modernism, postmodernism, literary theory, and changing social and technological developments. Students will participate in shaping the syllabus and leading class discussion. Authors may include Yeats, Williams, Eliot, Moore, Bishop, Rich, Ginsberg, Stevens, O' Hara, Plath, Brooks, Jordan, Walcott, Alexie, and many others.

--W. Sharpe, TR 10:10-11:25

3 points

 

AFEN BC3815-3816x and y The Worlds of Ntozake Shange & Digital Storytelling

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 12 students. Permission of the instructor required. Interested students should complete the application at: http://bit.ly/ShangeWorlds. Students should have taken a course beyond the intro level from ONE of the following areas: American Literature (through the English Department), Africana Studies, American Studies, Theatre or Women's Studies.
A poet, performance artist, playwright and novelist, Ntozake Shange’s stylistic innovations in drama, poetry and fiction and attention to the untold lives of black women have made her an influential figure throughout American arts and in Feminist history. In a unique collaboration between Barnard, the Schomburg Center for Black Culture and the International Center for Photography, and with support by the Mellon funded “Barnard Teaches” grant, this year long seminar provides an in-depth exploration of Shange’s work and milieu as well as an introduction to digital tools, public research and archival practice. You can find more information and apply for the course at http://bit.ly/ShangeWorlds. On Twitter @ShangeWorlds.
FALL: K. Hall, R 4:10-6  SPRING: K. Hall, M 2:10-5
4 points

 

ENGL BC3192x Exile and Estrangement in Global Literature
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 22 students.
"I would never be part of anything. I would never really belong anywhere, and I knew it, and all my life would be the same, trying to belong, and failing. Always something would go wrong. I am a stranger and I always will be, and after all I didn’t really care."—Jean Rhys.

This course examines the experiential life of the novelist as both artist and citizen. Through the study of the work of two towering figures in 20th century literature, we will look at the seemingly contradictory condition of the novelist as both outsider and integral to society, as both observer and expresser of time’s yearnings and passions. In different ways and with different repercussions, Jean Rhys and Albert Camus were born into realities shaped by colonialism. They lived across borders, identities and allegiances. Rhys was neither black-Caribbean nor white-English. Albert Camus could be said to have been both French and Algerian, both the occupier and the occupied, and, perhaps, neither. We will look at how their work reflects the contradictions into which they were born. We will trace, through close reading and open discussion, the ways in which their art continues to have lasting power and remain, in light of the complexities of our own time, vivid, true and alive. The objective is to pinpoint connections between novelistic form and historical time. The uniqueness of the texts we will read lies not just in their use of narrative, ideas and myths, but also in their resistance to generalization. We will examine how our novelists’ existential position, as both witnesses and participants, creates an opportunity for fiction to reveal more than the author intends and, on the other hand, more than power desires.
—H. Matar, T 11-12:50
4 points

 

ENGL BC3193x and y Critical Writing
Prerequisites: Open only to Barnard students. Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Provides experience in the reading and analysis of literary texts and some knowledge of conspicuous works of literary criticism. Frequent short papers. Required of all majors before the end of the junior year. Sophomores are encouraged to take it in the spring term even before officially declaring their major. Transfer students should plan to take BC3193 in the autumn term.
4 points


FALL

Section 1        T 9-10:50            W. Sharpe
Section 2       M 12-1:50            S. Pedatella

Section 3       R 4:10-6               A. Lynn

  Section 4     R 11-12:50      R. Abramowitz

 

SPRING

 

Section 1 R 11:00-12:50  M. Vandenburg
Section 2 M 2:10-4:00    M. Spiegel

Section 3 M 6:10-8:00    M. Cregan

Section 4 W 11:00-12:50  J. Pagano

Section 5 W 2:10-4:          R. Abramowitz

 

ENGL BC 3196y Home to Harlem: Harlem Renaissance Literature

Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. Exploring the cultural contexts and aesthetic debates that animated Harlem in 1920s to 1930s, the course will focus on the politics of literary and theatrical production, while exploring the fashioning and performance of New Negro identity through fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork, with special attention to theater/performance. Topics considered include: role of Africa/slavery/the south in New Negro expression, patronage, passing, primitivism/popular culture, black dialect as literary language, and the problematics of creating a “racial” art in/for a community comprised of differences in gender, class, sexuality, and geographical origin. Part >of the Harlem Semester suite of courses, this course will partner with Harlem’s National Black Theater and work toward an understanding of the relationship or tension between art/literature and socio-political change through its spring 2016 production of Dominique Morisseau’s play/performance piece Blood on the Root.
—M. Miller, T 12:10-2:00
4 points

 

ENGL BC3252 Contemporary Media Theory
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Enrollment limited to 18 students. Attend first class for instructor permission. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment.
Explores the transformation of sociality, consciousness and geo-politics by and as media technologies during the long 20th century. Students will read influential works of media analysis written during the past century, analyze audio-visual analog and digital media, and explore political theory and media theory written since the rise of the internet. Final projects on contemporary media forms.
—J. Beller, W 11-12:50
4 points

 

ENGL BC3996 Special Project in Theatre, Writing, or Critical Interpretation
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and Department Chair required. In rare cases, with the permission of the Chair, a special project in conjunction with a course may be taken English majors who are not concentrating in Theatre or Writing. An Independent Study Form for BC3996 must be filed with the English Department (417 Barnard Hall) in order to generate a call number. The form can be printed out from the department website http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms and is also available at the Department Office.
Senior majors who are concentrating in Theatre or Writing and have completed two courses in writing or three in theatre will normally take the Special Project in Theatre or Writing in combination with an additional course in their special field. This counts in place of one of the Senior Seminars. In certain cases, Independent Study may be substituted for the Special Project.

 

ENGL BC3997x: Senior Seminars

Section 1: A Phenomenology of the Passions
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
An examination of the human emotional field in literature, music, and art, with accent on the Romantic era (Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Kleist, Beethoven, Caspar David Friedrich) -- in coordination with the more scientific approaches to these phenomena in philosophy, psychoanalysis, and neuroscience. A feeling, an emotion, an affect is something that comes into existence or happens, or that shows (Greek Phainein=to show) itself without our knowing exactly what it is, what caused it, or what it is “showing” or “saying.” How are we to interpret it? What is its function? What should we do with it? How is it different from an idea or an action?

—M. Jaanus, M 12-1:50

 

Section 2: Film/Literature Senior Seminar: City Girls: Fiction and Film by and about Urban Women
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors or Barnard senior Film majors. Priority given to Barnard Film majors and English majors with a Film concentration.
From Holly Golightly to Hannah Horvath, from Lorelei Lee to Audra Lorde, urban women, fictional and real, re-define gender identity, test boundaries and give us great stories. We will look closely at storytelling strategies, including assemblage, fracturing, simultaneity, mapping, networks, traces, palimpsests. Drawing on De Certeau's The Practice of Everyday Life and Soja's models of flexicity, expolis, metropolarities, simcity, etc., we will explore urban geographies and "spatial practices." Themes include what Virginia Woolf called "street haunting," yearning, ephemerality, and performance. Close reading of novels, memoirs, graphic narrative, short stories and films by Chantal Ackerman, Andrea Arnold, Toni Cade Bambara, Busby Berkeley, Michael Cho, Shirley Clarke, Sofia Coppola, Joan Didion, Elena Ferrante, Christopher Isherwood, Tamara Jenkins, Wong Kar-Wei, Helen Levitt, Anita Loos, Audra Lorde, Mike Leigh, Alan J. Pakula, Dee Rees, Patti Smith, Agnes Varda, and Billy Wilder.
—M. Spiegel, R 2:10-4

 

Section 3: Poets in Correspondence
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
How do poets' letters inform our understanding of their poetry? From the eighteenth to the twentieth century, poets have used their intimate correspondence to "baffle absence," as Coleridge remarked. This course will examine the ways several masters of the letter (including Cowper, Keats, Dickinson, Eliot, Bishop, and Lowell, among others) shaped their prose to convey spontaneity in paradoxically artful ways, illuminating their major work as poets and making the private letter a literary form in its own right.
—S. Hamilton, W 9-10:50

 

Section 4: Charles Dickens
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
Charles Dickens: the life, the works, the legend, in as much detail as we can manage in one semester. Reading will include Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, and selections from his friend John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens, as well as other works to be chosen by the class. Special emphasis will be given to Dickens's literary style and genius for characterization, in the context of Victorian concerns about money, class, gender, and the role of art in an industrializing society. Students will be expected to share in creating the syllabus, presenting new material, and leading class discussion. Be prepared to do a LOT of reading--all of it great!—plus weekly writing on CourseWorks.
—W. Sharpe, T 2:10-4


Section 5: Sexuality, Sin, and Spirituality

Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
The topic is huge, but the readings will offer a range of texts giving a historical (and to some extent theoretical) perspective on how sexuality (particularly women's sexuality) and religion have intertwined-how it was been (and continues to be) constructed in relation to sin and/or spirituality in the Western traditions ever since the Bible. Beginning with passages from both the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament; we move on to Augustine's Confessions; Petrarch's sonnet sequence about Laura; a selection of John Donne's poetry; Books 4 and 9 of Milton's Paradise Lost (Adam and Eve in the garden; the temptation/seduction). The syllabus is a work in process, but further readings might include some of the following: Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata, Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy, Marguerite Duras' The Lover, and Mary Gordon's Spending. I welcome students suggesting other books (especially contemporary novels). We will make reference to contemporary issues, and there is plenty of material in our own times that can be fruitfully examined. You will have considerable freedom to determine your own topic for your senior essay, using the course as simply the starting point.
—A. Guibbory, R 11-12:50

 

Section 6: Black Literature Now
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
This class examines contemporary African American literature, in particular the ways in which recent authors are re-conceiving literary notions of blackness. Beginning in the 1980s with the emergence of "post-soul" literature, this class explores the ways in which authors one or two generations after the Civil Rights Movement reconfigure their sense of racial "belonging" and notions of how to write "blackness" into a text. Along with contemporary African American novels, we will also read key works of contemporary literary and racial theory. Authors may include Trey Ellis, Danzy Senna, Paul Beatty, Colson Whitehead, Percival Everett, ZZ Packer, Martha Southgate, Danielle Evans, Michael Thomas, Ayana Mathis, Victor Lavalle, among others.

—M. Miller, M 2:10-4

 

Section 7: Senior Seminar for Writing Concentrators
Prerequisites: Open only to senior English majors concentrating in creative writing. Permission required; email Prof. Szell.
A special section of Senor Seminar for writing concentrators specializing in prose. This will lead to the completion of a senior thesis of approximately 50 pages of prose, fiction or non-fiction. The course will meet every second Tuesday with individual meetings with the instructor on alternate weeks.
—M. Gordon, T 6:10-8

 

ENGL BC3998y: Senior Seminars

Section 1: The American Sublime
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
"The empty spirit / In vacant space": gothicism, transcendentalism, and postmodern rapture. Traces of the sublime in the American literary landscape, featuring Poe, Melville, Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens, Bishop, Pynchon, and Robinson.
—M. Vandenburg, W 11:00-12:50

 

Section 2: The Making and Unmaking of the Poetic Canon
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors. This seminar reviews the emergence of poetry anthologies from the 18th century to the present, while sampling a wide variety of lyric poetry (Renaissance and Romantic to Modernist and Contemporary) and re-examining such issues as what it is we value in poetry and how we might reinvent the "canon" we have inherited. Students will create their own anthologies and have the option to do editorial or critical projects for their final submissions. —J. Basker, M 2:10-4:00

 

Section 3: Gender, Sexuality and the American Stage
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
This seminar investigates how American theatre/performance, as read through the lens of gender and sexuality, operates as a cultural force. Simply put, the U.S. is obsessed with sex; theatre/performance has proven a fertile medium for America's expression of this obsession. Exploring texts from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, we will consider how performance intersects with the nation state's desire to regulate how we "practice" gender both publicly and behind closed doors. How is performance, which always includes gendered/raced/classed/sexualized bodies, situated in relationship to ideas of a national body politic? How does the American nation state hinge on how gender and sexuality are performed both on-stage and off? Authors include John Winthrop, Dion Boucicualt, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, David Henry Hwang, Michel Foucault, Jose Munoz, Jill Dolan, Suzan-Lori Parks, Holly Hughes, Tony Kushner, Lisa Kron, Margaret Cho, Kip Yan, Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins, Jennifer Miller and performance groups Five Lesbian Brothers, Circus Amoc, Split Britches.
—P. Cobrin, R 11:00-12:50

 

Section 4: Short Fiction by American Women
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
We will explore the rich variety of fiction in shorter forms--short stories and novellas--written by American women. Writers to be studied will include Porter, Stafford, Welty, O'Connor, Olsen, Paley.
—M. Gordon, 6:10-8:00


Section 5: Utopias and Dystopias

Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
A look first at Thomas More’s Utopia and then at the dreams or nightmares it inspired, whether hopeful, ironic, serious, parodic, speculative, nightmarish, or simply interrogatory. Authors include More, Campanella, Rabelais, Bacon, Margaret Cavendish, William Morris, Bellamy, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Ursula LeGuin and, if there is time, R.A. Lafferty’s scifi novel starring More and also a young adult novel by Lois Lowry.
—A. Prescott, T 4:10-6:00

 

Section 6: Human and Other Animal Identities
Prerequisites: Sign up is accomplished through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
In this seminar, we will engage in an interdisciplinary study of intersections of human and non-human animal identities in selected literary, philosophical and theoretical texts.  
We will examine how constructions and representations of non-human animal identities inform understandings and experiences of human ones, including even and specifically racialized and gendered identities.  We will also study the ways in which non-human identities inform and buttress what it means to be human or, conversely, challenge claims to human exceptionalism. Some of the topics along which the readings will be arranged include liminality, (mis)-recognition, metapmorphoses, suffering, as well as love.  Readings include, among others, Aristotle, Euripides, Ovid, Montaigne, Descartes, Shakespeare, Kafka, Woolf, Morrison, Coetzee, Szymborska, Hughes, Haraway, and Derrida and essays by contemporary scholars such as Kim Hall and Karl Steel. Some class time will be regularly devoted to the process of writing the thesis at all significant critical junctures.
—T. Szell, 4:10-6:00