Summer/Fall 2021 Special Enrollment Procedures
Summer Senior Seminar Enrollment FAQ
ENGL BC3913 Senior Seminar: Bad Romance. 4 points.
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior and rising senior English majors.
Romance: the quest for the one true love. This seminar will read romances that go wrong, that end catastrophically, that damage lovers or leave victims along the way. Reading bad romances will illuminate the consuming fantasy of the romance genre, as well as a range of emotions – rage and revenge, narcissism and self-protection, obsession and oblivion – that surface in their wake. We will also look at shifting interpretations of these powerful emotions, from Plato, to the Galenic theory of the humors, to the sociology of court-culture, to Freudian and finally contemporary neurobiological explanations of feelings. Students are welcome to propose texts of their own interests to open this course to the widest range of interests. Weekly individual tutorials with Professor Hamilton on weekends are offered but optional.
Euripides, Medea and Sophocles, Antigone
Malory, Sir Tristram de Lyonesse and Shakespeare, Othello
Mme de Lafayette, The Princesse de Cleves
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Miranda July, The First Bad Man and Curtis Sittenfield, Prep
Finally we will view Lina Wertmuller, Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August, Wong Kar Wai, In the Mood for Love, and Derek Cianfrance, Blue Valentine.
—Ross Hamilton, MW 1-4:10 pm ET (Summer A)
You can sign up as soon as registration opens for you.
This summer, the English department will allow both seniors and rising seniors (current juniors) to register for this senior seminar. If you are an English major, of any or no concentration, whose expected graduation year in myBarnard is any of the following dates, you are eligible for this senior seminar:
- May 2021
- June 2021
- October 2021
- February 2022
- May 2022
If you do not meet these requirements, the computer system will not allow you to sign-up for these courses. It is therefore extremely important that you check that your major, concentration, and graduation year are correct on myBarnard BEFORE registration opens.
If this information is incorrect, please contact both Sarah Pasadino and the Registrar ASAP to correct it. Please note that if you wait until after registration opens to correct this information, you will not be able to register for senior seminars until this information is corrected in the registration system.
If you do not fulfill these requirements but have extenuating circumstances that require you to take a senior seminar, please see question 6.
First, check to see if your major and expected graduation date is correct on myBarnard for the seminar you are trying to register for. If they are and you still cannot register, please email Sarah Pasadino with a description (and, if possible, a screenshot) of your issue.
Before registration opens up, please email Sarah Pasadino a short explanation of your circumstances and cc your major adviser.