Spring 2018 Senior Seminar Information

An FAQ about the senior seminar enrollment process is below.  Please read through all the questions carefully.  If you have a question about the process that's not answered by the FAQ, please email Sarah Pasadino at spasadin@barnard.edu.

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1. What are the spring senior seminar classes?
2. What are the enrollment caps for senior seminars?
3. When can I sign up for a senior seminar?
4. Who is eligible to take a senior seminar?
5. What should I do if I have problems with the computer system when signing up for a senior seminar?
6. What should I do if I am a first-semester junior who needs to take a senior seminar early?
7. Is it possible for me to take the Film/English senior seminar if I am not a Film Studies major or film concentrator?
8. What should I do if I cannot get into my preferred senior seminar section?
9. What should I do if I have a required course to take next semester that I cannot move, but all the senior seminars that do not conflict with its time slot are full?
10. What should I do if absolutely all senior seminar sections have filled up before I could register for one?

 

1. What are the spring senior seminar classes?

They are:

ENGL BC3907 Sr. Sem.: Short Fiction by American Women
Enrollment limited to senior Barnard English majors.
(Formerly ENGL BC3997; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) 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, M 6:10-8


ENGL BC3908 Sr. Sem.: The American Sublime
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.  
(Formerly ENGL BC3998; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) "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, Didion, and Robinson.
—M. Vandenburg, W 11-12:50

ENGL BC3909 Sr. Sem.: The Family in Fiction & Film: The Poetics of Growing Up
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior Film majors/concentrators.  
(Formerly ENGL BC3998; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) Looking closely at late Twentieth and Twenty-First Century stories, novels, memoir and films that center on the logic, dysfunction, romance, system, morphing, divorcing and curious maturation of the family. From Alison Bechdel's graphic novel, Fun Home, to the Korean film, The Host, we will explore fresh and a few classic cinematic takes on this theme. We will explore renderings of "family cultures," family feeling, family values, the family as a narrative configuration, and home as a utopian space, a nightmarish landscape, a memory palace and more. Authors and directors will include: Wes Anderson, Gaston Bachelard, Mira Bartok, Alison Bechdel, Joon-ho Bong, Jonathan Franzen, Vivien Gornick, Lasse Hallstrom, Tamara Jenkins, Ang Lee, Mike Leigh, Jim, Sheridan, Todd Solondz, Francois Truffaut, Tennessee Williams, D. W. Winnicott, Andrei Zvyagintsev.
—M. Spiegel, R 4:10-6

ENGL BC3912 Sr. Sem.: Utopias and Dystopias
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.  
(Formerly ENGL BC3998; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) 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, 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 2:10-4

ENGL BC3916: Sr. Sem.: Gender, Sexuality and the American Stage:  Performing the Body Politic
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 Muñoz, Jill Dolan, Suzan-Lori Parks, Holly Hughes, Tony Kushner, Lisa Kron, Margaret Cho and performance groups Split Britches, Five Lesbian Brothers, Pomo Afro Homos.
—P. Cobrin, W 2:10-4

ENGL BC3917: Sr. Sem.: Words & Pictures: The Intersection of Literary and Visual Art
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.  
In this class we will explore literary texts that focus on visual experience, especially painting and sculpture. What kinds of questions do these texts raise about the nature of aesthetic experience? How does what we mean by aesthetic experience change through time? Our readings will range from ancient to modern: Homer, Ovid, Catullus, Chaucer, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Diderot, Balzac, Zola, Woolf, Sebald, among others. We will also read widely in the history of aesthetic philosophy and critical theory.
—R. Eisendrath, T 4:10-6

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2. What are the enrollment caps for senior seminars?

They are all capped at 10 students.

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3. When can I sign up for a senior seminar?

You can sign up as soon as registration opens for you.

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4. Who is eligible to take a senior seminar?

That depends on the senior seminar.

For the Film/English senior seminar (ENGL BC3909) you must meet the following requirements on myBarnard:

  1. Your major is listed as Film Studies or English with a film concentration.
  2. Your expected graduation date is listed as May 2018 or February 2019.

For all other English senior seminars, you must meet the following requirements on myBarnard:

  1. Your major is listed as English (you may have any concentration, including film).
  2. Your expected graduation date is listed as May 2018 or February 2019.

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.

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5. What should I do if I have problems with the computer system when signing up for a senior seminar?

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 spasadin@barnard.edu with a description (and, if possible, a screenshot) of your issue.

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6. What should I do if I am a first-semester junior who needs to take a senior seminar early (because I am studying abroad my senior year, etc.)?

Before registration opens up, please email spasadin@barnard.edu a short explanation of why you need to take your senior seminar early and cc your major adviser.

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7. Is it possible for me to take a Film/English senior seminar if I am not a Film Studies major or film concentrator?

Please sign up for one of the literature senior seminars to ensure that you definitely have a senior seminar to take.  Then email spasadin@barnard.edu a short explanation of why you'd like to take the film seminar.  Sarah will maintain a waiting list of interested non-film students in case space becomes available.

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8. What should I do if I cannot get into my preferred senior seminar section?

Please sign up for one of the other senior seminars to ensure that you definitely have a senior seminar to take.  Then join the electronic waiting list for your preferred section.

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9. What should I do if I have a required course to take next semester that I cannot move, but all the senior seminars that do not conflict with its time slot are full?

Please join the electronic wait list for the seminar(s) that works for your schedule.  Then email spasadin@barnard.edu a short explanation of your scheduling conflict and cc your major adviser.  Sarah will work with you and your adviser to resolve the problem.

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10. What should I do if absolutely all senior seminar sections have filled up before I could register for one?

Please join the electronic wait list for the seminar(s) that works for your schedule.  Then email spasadin@barnard.edu to let her know about your issue and cc your major adviser.  Sarah will work with you and your adviser to place you in a senior seminar.

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