2018-2019

Introductory Courses

ENGL BC1210x and y First-Year Writing: Critical Conversations: Women and Culture
Enrollment restricted to Barnard. May not be taken for P/D/F. Consult the Online Schedule of Classes for section times. See the course websitefor more information: https://firstyear.barnard.edu/first-year-writing. 

“Re-vision—the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction—is for women more than a chapter in cultural history: it is an act of survival. “Adrienne Rich, “When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision.”

This course offers a revisionist response to the constraints of "the canon," wherein women are often portrayed as peripheral characters, their power confined to the islands of classical witches and the attics of Romantic madwomen. The Women and Culture curriculum challenges traditional dichotomies that cast gender as an essential attribute rather than a cultural construction, and interrogates the categories of both "woman" and "culture" themselves. No two syllabi are exactly the same, but works studied in the fall term readings include Hymn to Demeter; Ovid, Metamorphoses; Sei Shonagon, The Pillow Book; Marie de France, Lais; Kebra Negast; Shakespeare, sonnets; Beauty and the Beast; West African Bride Myth; and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, selected poetry. Spring term readings include Milton, Paradise Lost; Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; Luisa Valenzuela, selected stories; Eliza Haywood, Fantomine; Lady Hyegyong, The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong; Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights; Emily Dickinson, selected poetry; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway or A Room of One's Own; Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother's Gardens ; and Yvette Christiansë, Castaway. Critical scholarship sources include Sara Ahmed, Gloria Anzaldua, Judith Butler, Laura Mulvery, and Michel Foucault.
3 points

ENGL BC1211x and y First-Year Writing: Critical Conversations: Legacy of the Mediterranean
Enrollment restricted to Barnard. May not be taken for P/D/F. Consult the Online Schedule of Classes for section times. See the course website for more information: https://firstyear.barnard.edu/first-year-writing

"Custom and authority are no sure evidence of truth." Isaac Watts, Logic; or, The Right Use of Reason in the Enquiry After Truth (1802)

Where do our (often unconscious) assumptions about our world and our place in it come from? This course explores key intellectual moments in the literature of the Mediterranean world, whose ideas gave rise to the structures governing much of the Western world today -- structures that sustain and perpetuate ideas about power, authority, gender, and morality that influence our lives in ways both visible and invisible. We read these texts, primarily imaginative literature, to see how they reify, comment upon, resist and/or imagine alternatives to existing social and ideological structures; reading in this way allows us to consciously name and examine how ideology both shifts over time and, in vital ways, remains constant, inviting us to question the myth of progress at the heart of canonicity. No two syllabi are exactly the same, but works studied in the fall term include Homer, The Odyssey; The Homeric Hymn to Demeter; Euripides, The Bacchae; Virgil, Aeneid; Dante, Inferno; Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales; Margery Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe; and Shakespeare. Works studied in the spring term include Milton, Paradise Lost; Voltaire, Candide; ; William Wordsworth (selected poetry); Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Darwin, Marx, and Freud (selected essays); Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness; T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land; Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse; Zora Neale Hurston, Of Mules and Men and Their Eyes Were Watching God; Toni Morrison, Beloved; and Nella Larsen, Passing. Critical scholarship from a variety of traditions (feminist, queer, post-colonial) and thinkers (bell hooks, Christine Froula, Edward Said, Karen Horney, Toni Morrison) allows us to interrogate these texts and the traditions they support, complicate, challenge, etc.
3 points

ENGL BC1212x and y First-Year Writing: Critical Conversations: The Americas
Enrollment restricted to Barnard. May not be taken for P/D/F. Consult the Online Schedule of Classes for section times. See the course website for more information: https://firstyear.barnard.edu/first-year-writing
This course transcends traditional and arbitrary distinctions separating Caribbean, North, South, and Central American literatures. The Americas emerge not as colonial subjects but as active historical and aesthetic agents. Emanating from what might be called the geographical site of modernity, American literature is characterized by unprecedented diversity and innovation. In addition to classic novels, short stories, and poetry, this multicultural curriculum features works ranging in scope from creation accounts to autobiographies, as well as indigenous genres including captivity and slave narratives that belie New World declarations of independence. No two syllabi are exactly the same, but works studied in the fall term include the Popul Vuh; William Shakespeare, The Tempest; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, selected poetry; Phillis Wheatley, selected poetry; William Apess, A Son of the Forest; Esteban Echeverria, "El Matadero"; Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Hope Leslie; Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself; Herman Melville, Benito Cereno. Spring term readings include Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson; Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; José Marti, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, selected poetry; T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land; Pablo Neruda, The Heights of Macchu Picchu; Machado de Assis, Dom Casmurro; William Faulkner, "The Bear"; Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.
3 points

 

 

Writing Courses

ENGL BC3101x and y The Writer's Process: A Seminar in the Teaching of Writing
Application process and permission of instructor required. Does not count for English 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 2:40-3:55
4 points

ENGL BC3102x Academic Writing Intensive
Academic Writing Intensive is a small, intensive writing course for Barnard students in their second or third year. Students attend a weekly seminar, work closely with the instructor on each writing assignment, and meet with an attached Writing Fellow every other week. Readings and assignments focus on transferable writing, revision, and critical thinking skills students can apply to any discipline. Students from across the disciplines are welcome. To be considered for the course, please send a recent writing sample to clie@barnard.edu, ideally from your First-Year Writing or First-Year Seminar course, or any other writing-intensive humanities or social sciences course at Barnard (no lab reports please).
—C. Lie-Spahn, T 4:10-6
4 points

ENGL BC3104x and y The Art of the Essay
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
Section 1         W 2:10-4         S. Fredman

Section 2         T 2:10-4          W. Schor-Haim

Section 3         W 10:10-12     W. Schor-Haim          

           

SPRING
Section 1         W 11-12:50     A. Schneider
Section 2         R 2:10-4          W. Schor-Haim

Section 3         T 2:10-4          P. Ellsberg

 

 

 Creative Writing Courses

 

ENGL BC3106x Fiction and Personal Narrative, section 1
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here:
https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
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 of both craft and literary substance.
—T. Szell, W 4:10-6
3/4 points.

ENGL BC3106x Fiction and Personal Narrative, section 2
This section is only open to Barnard first-year students. Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here:https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
Short stories and other imaginative and personal writing.
—M. Keane, W 2:10-4
3/4 points.

ENGL BC3106y Fiction and Personal Narrative
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
Short stories and other imaginative and personal writing.
—M. Keane, T 12:10-2
3/4 points.

ENGL BC3108x Introduction to Fiction Writing
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
In this course, students will read contemporary writers such as Nunez, Hempel, Shepard, Moody, Bender, Diaz, Zhang, among others. Students will be introduced to the craft of writing through discussions on voice, character, style and plot. Much of the semester will be spent workshopping peer stories. Each student will be expected to turn in short assignments as well as two fiction pieces for workshop. These pieces can be short stories or collections of flash.
—W. Wang, R 4:10-6
3/4 points

ENGL BC3108y Introduction to Fiction Writing
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
Practice in writing short stories and autobiographical narrative with discussion and close analysis in a workshop setting.
 —W. Wang, T 2:10-4
3/4 points

ENGL BC3110x Introduction to Poetry Writing
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
This poetry workshop will focus primarily on student work. The aim of the class is to encourage students to take emotional and aesthetic risks in their creative work as they address the craft issues (large and small) raised by their poems.  Students are asked to bring in two new poems a week and to attend closely to the reading assignments, which should broaden and deepen their own writing practice. In addition to writing their poems, students participate in discussion of both student and outside work, write brief response papers, and keep a writer’s notebook. Students will meet individually with me to discuss their poems.  During the second half of the semester, each student will choose a poet to study in greater depth (reading poems, letters, essays, and a biography) and will respond to this precursor poet both creatively and analytically. Class discussions will be based on this independent research and reading.  The final assignments include putting together a chapbook of poems written during the semester and giving both a reading of new work and an oral presentation.
— C. Barnett, R 12:10-2


3/4 points

ENGL BC3110y Introduction to Poetry Writing
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
Welcome to (near) total freedom. This class is an introduction to writing poetry, keeping the taillights of traditional English verse in mind, while exploring contemporary ideas of poetic theory and practice. Poetry prompts, assignments, visiting poets, peer workshops, and attention to revision will help us tease out the Creator within. Among the questions we’ll explore: How do imagination, “real life,” and conscious artifice enter into the writing of poems? How does a poem interface with its reader/listener? What’s the role of enigma, or even opacity, in poetry? Regular attendance, full participation in class discussions, timely completion of assignments journal, and the submission of a final portfolio of poems are requirements for earning credit in this class.
—A. Dimitrov, M 4:10-6
3/4 points

ENGL BC3113x Playwriting I

Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
In this course, students will read contemporary writers such as Nunez, Hempel, Shepard, Moody, Bender, Diaz, Zhang, among others. Students will be introduced to the craft of writing through discussions on voice, character, style and plot. Much of the semester will be spent workshopping peer stories. Each student will be expected to turn in short assignments as well as two fiction pieces for workshop. These pieces can be short stories or collections of flash.
—E. McLaughlin, M 4:10-6
3/4 points

ENGL BC3114y Playwriting II
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here:https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
A workshop to provoke and investigate dramatic writing.
—K. Tolan, R 4:10-6
3/4 points

ENGL BC3115x Story Writing I
Some experience in the writing of fiction. Conference hours to be arranged. Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
A workshop in writing, with emphasis on the short story.
—M Gordon, R 6:10-8
3/4 points

ENGL BC3116y Story Writing II
Some experience in the writing of fiction. Conference hours to be arranged. Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
Advanced workshop in writing, with emphasis on the short story.
—M Gordon, T 4:10-6
3/4 points

ENGL BC3117x Fiction Writing
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.

"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 2:10-4
3/4 points

ENGL BC3118x Advanced Poetry Writing I
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
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, T 11-12:50
3/4 points

ENGL BC3120x Creative Non-Fiction: Making Facts Sing
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
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
3/4 points

ENGL BC3125y Advanced Poetry Writing II
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
A further study of poetic practice for committed student-writers with experience in writing and reading poems. In the classroom, student poems and ideas about poetics are shared, questioned, and critiqued. There will also be readings in and critical interpretation of traditional and contemporary poetry.
—P. Spears Jones, T 11-12:50
3/4 points

ENGL BC3134y Creative Non-Fiction
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found herehttps://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
In this course, you will learn writing techniques by closely reading masters of creative nonfiction, and using them as a model for your own writing. You’ll learn how to spot and develop story ideas, gather information, and conduct interviews.  We’ll explore issues relating to point of view, tone, diction, and audience.  There will be five creative assignments, including a profile and a personal essay; each student will present drafts for peer review.
—M. Field, W 12-1:50
3/4 points

ENGL BC3150y: Imagination and Reinvention
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
A creative writing workshop in fiction, devoted to the imaginative process, and most specifically, to the arts of invention and revision. In addition to considering the wellspring of creative ideas themselves, students will write stories in a variety of lengths— moderate, long, and as short-shorts.  Through this process, apprentice writers will become intimate with the most essential aspect of creating imaginative work: the dedication to seeing one’s ideas—just like the human soul itself-- morph and grow over time, until it finds its most perfect draft.
—J. Boylan, T 2:10-4
3/4 points

ENGL BC3152y Creative Non-Fiction: The Queer Story
Writing sample required to apply. Instructions and the application form can be found here:https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms.
Stories created and edited in this creative nonfiction workshop will focus on the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people. Written work may include essays, memoir, reportage, and other nonfiction. This work will be augmented by lectures, trainings, and reading about media representation of queer lives.

—J. Boylan, W 2:10-4
3/4 points

Speech Courses

ENGL BC3121x and y Public Speaking
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 1:10-2:25
3 points

ENGL BC3123x Rhetorical Choices: The Theory and Practice of Public Speaking
Application process and permission of instructor required. 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, TR 10:10-11:25

 

Theatre Courses

 

ENTH BC3145y Early American Drama and Performance: Staging A Nation
Enrollment limited to 16 students.
Competing constructions of American identity in the United States date back to the early republic when a newly emerging nation struggled with the questions: What makes an American American? What makes America America? From colonial times forward, the stage has served as a forum to air differing beliefs as well as medium to construct new beliefs about Nation, self and other. The texts we will read, from colonial times through WWI, explore diverse topics such as politics, Native American rights, slavery, labor unrest, gender roles, and a growing immigrant population.
—P. Cobrin, T 10:10-12
3 points

Language and Literature Courses

ENGL BC3096x: Race and Class in British Literature of the 1950s
Enrollment limited to 60 students.  To be taken for p/d/f only. Students must attend all four class sessions in order to receive credit for this course.
The course will look at the literature which reflects how, in the wake of WW2, Britain began to transition itself into a welfare state which opened up hitherto unimagined opportunities for working class men and women. At the same time Britain was coming to terms with the end of an empire and mass immigration from colonial, and former colonial, territories; the changing role of women; and the beginning of a national discussion which, in the 1960's, resulted in the decriminalization of both abortion and homosexuality. The 1950's marked the beginning of the formation of modern Britain. Four key texts - two plays and two novels - will be discussed:

Look Back in Anger (1956) by John Osborne

A Taste of Honey (1958) by Shelagh Delaney

The Lonely Londoners (1956) by Samuel Selvon

To Sir, With Love (1959) by E.R.Braithwaite

 

Students will be expected to have read all four texts. In addition, we will look at sections of the film adaptations of three of the texts, and there may be some additional reading material by critics, writers, and other commentators.
1 point

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AFEN BC3134x Unheard Voices: African Women's Literature
How does one talk of women in Africa without thinking of Africa as a 'mythic unity'? We will consider the political, racial, social and other contexts in which African women write and are written about in the context of their located lives in Africa and in the African Diaspora.
—Y. Christiansë, R 2:10-4
4 points

ENGL BC3129y Explorations of Black Literature: Early African-American Literature
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 the Iconography of the West
Enrollment limited to 14 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 BC3141x Major English Texts I
Enrollment limited to 25 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 II

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

ENGL BC3146x Walk This Way
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.
—W. Sharpe, TR 10:10-11:25
3 points

ENGL BC3147y Introduction to Narrative Medicine
Enrollment limited to 14 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.
—C. Friedman, R 11-12:50
4 points

ENGL BC3151x Bad Feelings: The Uses of Literature in Difficult Times
This course will explore the purposes of literary study--and, by extension, humanistic education--during periods of turmoil. Working in sustained dialogue with one another, we will explore the treatment of emotions such as despair, anxiety, loss, fury & ecstasy in a wide variety of literary texts, ranging from literature that is ancient (e.g., Sophocles, Euripides) to early modern (William Shakespeare, Margaret Cavendish) to modern (Virginia Woolf, Ralph Ellison, Elena Ferrante). In the process, we will explore various schools of critical theory, such as Aristotle’s Poetics (including the ancient theory of catharsis), psychoanalysis, and feminism, in a context where the stakes of these intellectual traditions will come to the fore. ​
—J. Crawford & R. Eisendrath, W 4:10-6
4 points

ENGL BC3154x Chaucer Before Canterbury
Chaucer's innovations with major medieval forms: lyric, the extraordinary dream visions, and the culmination of medieval romance, Troilus and Criseyde. Approaches through close analysis, and feminist and historicist interpretation. Background readings in medieval life and culture.
—C. Baswell, MW 10:10-11:25
3 points

 

ENGL BC3159-BC3160 THE ENGLISH COLLOQUIUM PREFACE:
Enrollment limited to Barnard English majors. Required of all English majors in their junior year. 
All sections of BC3159 (fall semester) are on the Renaissance; all sections of BC3160 (spring semester) are on the Enlightenment.
4 points

ENGL BC3159x (fall semester):
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         W 2:10-4         C. Baswell
Section 2         M 12:10-2       M. Jaanus
Section 3         T 11-12:50      A. Prescott
Section 4         R 2:10-4          A. Guibbory


ENGL BC3160y (spring semester):
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         M 2:10-4         J. Hildebrand
Section 3         M 10:10-12     J. Basker
Section 4         T 2:10-4          A. Guibbory
 

ENGL BC3163x Shakespeare I
Enrollment limited to 60 students.
A critical and historical introduction to Shakespeare's comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances. Please note that you do not need to take ENGL BC3163: Shakespeare I and ENGL BC3164: Shakespeare II in sequence; you may take them in any order.
—P. Platt, MW 8:40-9:55
3 points

ENGL BC3164y Shakespeare II
Enrollment limited to 60 students.
A critical and historical introduction to Shakespeare's comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances. Please note that you do not need to take ENGL BC3163: Shakespeare I and ENGL BC3164: Shakespeare II in sequence; you may take them in any order.
—P. Platt, MW 8:40-9:55
3 points

ENGL BC3165y Elizabethan Renaissance: The Complete Non-Dramatic Poetry of Marlowe and Shakespeare
In this course, we will read the complete nondramatic poetry of Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, working closely through sonnets, epyllia (mini epics), and translations. How do Marlowe and Shakespeare put into play inherited and new ideas about history, gender, sexuality, politics, law, God, race, matter, print, and literary form (especially the sonnet).
—R. Eisendrath, TR 4:10-5:25
3 points

ENGL BC3166x 17th-Century Prose and Poetry
The seventeenth-century produced great lyric poetry exploring love and desire, doubt and faith, sex and God. It was also a century of intellectual, political, and religious revolutions, giving birth to modern ways of thinking. We will read poetry by John Donne, Aemelia Lanyer, George Herbert, Robert Herrick, Andrew Marvell, but we will begin with extended attention to Donne, whose poetry continues to influence contemporary poetry. For science, politics, religion, and philosophy and how they are intertwined, we will read prose by Francis Bacon (on “modern experimental science”) and Thomas Browne (on science and faith), Thomas Hobbes (government as the solution to a brutish life) and the radical "Levelers" (early communists), “mad” Margaret Cavendish, and the Quaker Margaret Fell (defense of women’s right to preach). Fascinating readings, understood in their historical context with a sense of their current resonance.
—A. Guibbory, TR 11:40-12:55
3 points

ENGL BC3167y Milton
Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes and selections of Milton's earlier poetry and prose (defenses of free press, divorce, individual conscience, political and religious liberty) read within the context of religious, political, and cultural history, but with a sense of connection to present issues.
—A. Guibbory, TR 11:40-12:55
3 points

ENGL BC3173x The Eighteenth-Century Novel
The development of the novel form in Great Britain. Topics will include: epistolary fiction, the novel of sentiment, Gothicism; the novel's roots in romance, satire, and the picaresque; modern theories of the origins and development of the novel. Works by: Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, Austen, and others.
—R. Hamilton, TR 2:40-3:55
3 points

ENGL BC3176x The Romantic Era
Romantic writers in their intellectual, historical, and political context, with reference to contemporary movements in philosophy, music, and the plastic arts. Authors include Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, P.B. Shelley, and Keats. An emphasis on close reading of the poetry.
—R. Hamilton, TR 1:10-2:25
3 points

ENGL BC3177x Victorian Age in Literature: The Novel
Enrollment limited to 30 students.
“We have become a novel-reading people,” wrote Anthony Trollope in 1870. “Novels are in the hands of us all; from the Prime Minister down to the last-appointed scullery maid.” This course will consider why the novel was so important to Victorian culture and society. What made the Victorian novel such a fertile form for grappling with the unprecedented cultural changes of the nineteenth century? To address this question, we will explore how Victorian novels both responded to, and participated in, major social and cultural shifts of the period, including industrialism and urbanization; colonialism and empire; the changing status of women, sexuality, and marriage; the emergence of Darwinism; class conflict and social reform; and the expansion of education and literacy. This course will also consider more broadly what novels are for, and what the Victorians thought they were for. Do novels represent the world as it really is, or do they imagine it as it ought to be? What kinds of solutions to social and political problems can novels offer? Can novels ethically improve (or corrupt) their readers? We will consider these issues in the context of realism, Victorian literature’s trademark genre, but we’ll also explore an array of other genres, such as the industrial novel, the Bildungsroman, the sensation novel, detective fiction, and gothic fiction. Authors include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, and others.
—J. Hildebrand, MW 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.
—M. Vandenburg, TR 4:10-5:25
3 points

 

ENGL BC3181y American Literature 1871-1945
This interdisciplinary course situates late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature within the context of historical and cultural change. Students read works by Whitman, Melville, Twain, James, Griggs, Wharton, Cather, Faulkner, and Hurston alongside political and cultural materials including Supreme Court decisions, geometric treatises, composite photography and taxidermic tableaux.
—J. Kassanoff, TR 11:40-12:55
3 points

ENGL BC3183x and y 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 blurring the boundary between victory and defeat. An ideological civil war ensues, punctuated by literary resistance to grand narratives and their discontents. Authors include Ellison, O’Connor, Ginsberg, Bishop, Pynchon, Robinson, Merrill, Morrison, Didion, and Wallace.
—M. Vandenburg, TR 4:10-5:25
3 points

ENGL BC3185y Modern British and American Poetry
Enrollment limited to 35 students.
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

ENGL BC3188y The Modern Novel
Enrollment limited to 50 students.
Examines formal changes in the novel from nineteenth-century realism to stream of consciousness, montage, and other modernist innovations. Social and historical contexts include World War I, urbanization, sexuality and the family, empire and colonialism. Works of Henry James, E. M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce.
—M. Gordon, MW 1:10-2:25
3 points

ENGL BC3189x Postmodernism
Enrollment limited to 56 students.
This course considers how Postmodernism's profound distrust of language and narrative transforms the form and function of literature. Writers include Stoppard, Pynchon, Didion, Morrison, Robinson, Coetzee, Ishiguro, Wallace, Ashbery, and Hejinian.
—M. Vandenburg TR 2:40-3:55
3 points

AFEN BC3815 The Worlds of Ntozake Shange and Digital Storytelling
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. Please note that this is a yearlong course; students who are accepted into this course will need to take its second half, AFEN BC3816, in the spring semester.
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.
—K. Hall, R 4:10-6
4 points

ENGL BC3193x and y Critical Writing
Open only to Barnard students. Enrollment in each section is 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         R 2:10-4          M. Cohen
Section 2         T 2:10-4          A. Lynn
Section 3         M 2:10-4         M. Spiegel
Section 4         T 4:10-6          T. Szell

 

            SPRING

Section 1         W 4:10-6         T. Szell
Section 2         T 11-12:50      M. Cregan
Section 3         M 12:10-2       S. Pedatella
Section 4         W 11-12:50     J. Pagano

 

ENGL BC3195x Modernism
Enrollment limited to 56 students.
Psychoanalysis, world war, and shifting gender paradigms inspire fragmented narratives, stream-of-consciousness prose, and improbable blends of erudition and the avant-garde. Stylistic innovation notwithstanding, Modernism authorizes a remarkably traditional literary canon. Special attention will be devoted to how seminal manifestos, most notably "Tradition and the Individual Talent" and A Room of One's Own, frame the movement's embattled aesthetics. Works by Eliot, Woolf, Barnes, Faulkner, Hemingway, Joyce, Lawrence, Pound, Stein, Toomer, and Yeats.
—M. Vandenburg, TR 2:40-3:55
3 points

ENGL BC3196y Home to Harlem
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.
—K. Carter, TR 2:40-3:55
3 points

ENGL BC3215y Victorian Science and Science Fiction
Although Victorian fiction is best known today for its realist commitment to representing the world “as it really is,” especially in genres such as the courtship novel and the Bildungsroman, Victorian novelists also wrote during an age of enthusiastic scientific inquiry that questioned and revised the very fabric of the reality that realist genres purported to represent. This course will accordingly explore the more adventurous and speculative fiction of the Victorian period that was most closely attuned to these new ways of representing and thinking about reality. How did new scientific developments such as evolutionary theory in biology, and the atomic theory in physics, reshape how writers viewed the relationships between human and animal, self and other, space and time, body and mind? How did departing from traditional realist modes enable Victorian science fiction writers to explore the ethical, social, and political implications of scientific theories in ways that scientific prose may not have envisioned?
—J. Hildebrand, TR 1:10-2:24
3 points

ENGL BC 3250y Introduction to Latinx Lit
This course introduces students to a growing body of work by Latina and Latino writers in the United States, and engages with the critical tools necessary for analyzing a field of inquiry and practice that continues to reframe itself, right down to the label “Latinx.”  What does that name include, and what does it exclude, in cultural productions born of conflicts of origin, language, race, gender, sexuality, and nationality? For some understanding of context, we will turn to the history and pressures of transnational migration, exile, assimilation, bilingualism and queerness as these variously affect the means and modes of the literary productions with which we're concerned. At the same time, the course will emphasize the invented and hybrid nature of Latinx literary and cultural traditions, and it will investigate the place of those inventions in the larger framework of American intellectual and literary traditions. Readings will be drawn from work written primarily in English, but we will also consider graphic novels, Latinx performance, and works in translation.
—K. Carter, TR 10:10-11:25
3 points

ENGL BC3252x 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 12:10-2
4 points

ENRE BC3810y Literary Approaches to the Bible
Enrollment limited to 14 students.
Interpretive strategies for reading the Bible as a work with literary dimensions. Considerations of poetic and rhetorical structures, narrative techniques, and feminist exegesis will be included. Topics for investigation include the influence of the Bible on literature.
—P. Ellsberg, T 2:10-4
4 points

 

 

Independent Studies and Senior Seminars

ENGL BC3996x and y Special Project in Theatre or Critical Interpretation

Application required: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms#specialprojects.
Senior English majors who are concentrating in theatre and who have completed three courses in theatre history/dramatic literature will normally take this Special Project in combination with an additional dramatic literature course. This combined special project counts in place of one senior seminar. In certain cases, Independent Study (ENGL BC 3999 - see below) may be substituted for the Special Project. In rare cases, the English Department Chair may permit an English major not concentrating in theatre to take ENGL BC3996 in combination with another course.
1 point

ENGL BC3901-3925 – SENIOR SEMINARS PREFACE:
Enrollment in each section limited to 10 students.
An FAQ about the senior seminar enrollment process can be found here: https://english.barnard.edu/senior-seminar-information. 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.

ENGL BC3901: Senior Seminar: The Field of the Emotions in 19th- and 20th-Century Poetry and Prose
Enrollment limited to senior Barnard English majors.
(Formerly ENGL BC3997; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) An interdisciplinary examination of human feelings, emotions, and passions in selected literary texts of the 19th and 20th century, in coordination with a few selected texts from more scientific approaches to these phenomena in philosophy, psychoanalysis and affective neuroscience.
—M. Jaanus, T 12:10-2

ENGL BC3904x: Senior Seminar: Charles Dickens
Enrollment limited to senior Barnard English majors.
(Formerly ENGL BC3997; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) Charles Dickens: the life, the works, the legend, in as much detail as we can manage in one semester. Reading will be selected by the class, and may include Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, and selections from his friend John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens.. Special emphasis will be given to the question of what "Dickensian" means, in the context of Dickens's literary style, his genius for characterization, his love of conviviality, and Victorian extremes of wealth and poverty. . Students will be expected to share in creating the syllabus, presenting new material, and leading class discussion.
—W. Sharpe, W 10:10-12

ENGL BC3911x: Senior Seminar: Write to Vote
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
This seminar investigates the literary antecedents and cultural aftermath of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, with special attention to gendered and racial narratives of the ballot. Authors include Walt Whitman, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Thomas Dixon, Jr., William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Fannie Lou Hamer and Alice Walker.
—J. Kassanoff, T 10:10-12

ENGL BC3918x: Senior Seminar: Late Victorian and Modern Drama
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
(Formerly ENGL BC3997; this course has been renumbered but has not changed in content.) Drama in a period of rapid transition. The interaction of changing social structures and performative traditions. Protest plays, problem plays, and plays pursuing new social and aesthetic possibilities vie for attention and authority. Our seminar will explore fluid relationships between realism and theatricalism, historicism and modernism, convention and invention, adaptation and interpretation. We will read texts, view films and stage adaptations, and attend NYC productions. Playwrights may include Dion Boucicault, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Colin Hazelwood/ Mary Bratton, Arthur Wing Pinero, Patrick Marber, Elizabeth Robins, Evelyn Glover, Lillian Hellman, Oscar Wilde, Theresa Rebeck, George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Caryl Churchill, Noel Coward, and Emma Rice.
—P. Denison, R 11-12:50

ENGL BC3919x: Senior Seminar: Virginia Woolf
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
We will read all eight novels of Virginia Woolf, as well as A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas and selections from her diaries and criticism.
—M. Gordon, R 2:10-4

ENGL BC3920x: Senior Seminar: Migration, Immigration, and the Borders of American Literature
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
This course will explore representations of voluntary and forced migration as a path toward understanding the formation of literary traditions and histories in the US and the Americas. How do we think about immigrant literature if the immigrant was here before the literature? Where does American literature begin and end if a mobile subject carries her words across borders and genres? In addition to reading fictional and non-fictional narratives of cultural literacy and migration by writers like Frederick Douglass, Julia Alvarez, and Valeria Luiselli, we’ll examine the ways in which contemporary discourses of relocation generate surprising returns to what we might recognize as the proto-exceptionalist and/or post-apocalyptic foundations of American literature and culture. Authors and artists studied may include Octavia Butler, Louise Erdrich, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Claudia Rankine, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.
—K. Carter, M 6:10-8

ENGL BC3909y Senior Seminar: 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
4 points

ENGL BC3921y: Senior Seminar: Aphra Behn to Jane Austen: 18th Century Women Writers
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
From Aphra Behn and Anne Bradstreet at the end of the 17th century to Jane Austen in the early 19th, women writers had a widespread, prolific, and influential presence in the history of English literature. This seminar will examine some of the major women writers, along with lesser known figures, with attention to texts in many genres, from drama and poetry to the novel and prose nonfiction, and to the literary culture of the larger Atlantic world. Students can devise their seminar projects either as anthologies with critical apparatus or as long critical essays, focused on individual writers, selected texts, or thematic and critical ideas that span the era.
—J. Basker, M 2:10-4
4 points

ENGL BC3922y: Senior Seminar: Latinx Feminisms
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors. Also fulfills the American Lit concentration senior seminar.
This course approaches Latinx feminist practice as a highly contested and still-evolving site of cultural production. Among the issues to be explored: Latinx participation in feminist coalition-building across linguistic, racial, ethnic, gender, class, and national borders; Latinx writers' negotiation and critique of cultural theory and practice; and the relationship of Latinx feminist activism to other political movements and practices in the Americas, including religion and spirituality, queer latinidad, and nationalist, anti-colonial and anti-capitalist movements. Authors studied may include Cherríe Moraga, Gloria Anzaldúa, Cristina García, Norma Alarcón, María Pilar Aquino, Achy Obejas, Julia Álvarez.
—K. Carter, F 10:10-12
4 points

ENGL BC3923y: Senior Seminar: Shakespeare, Race, and Appropriation
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
This course reads “Shakespeare” in relationship to concepts of cultural capital and racial "property" drawn from performance studies and critical race theory. We will use the rich afterlife of Shakespeare’s plays to examine connections between literary appropriation, social power and constructions of race, gender and sexuality. Class readings focus primarily on revisions of two Shakespeare plays, but also consider more evanescent citations and evocations of Shakespeare, his plays, and his characters.
—K. Hall, T 2:10-4
4 points

ENGL BC3924y: Senior Seminar: Common Languages
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
Are humans, alone among the species, caught in the clutches of a death drive? This course revives “the dream of a common language,”* ways to elude the tragic trajectory of alienation. Writers include Paul Auster, J. M. Coetzee, Mohsin Hamid, David Malouf, Claudia Rankine, *Adrienne Rich, Juan José Saer, and Virginia Woolf.
—M. Vandenburg, W 11-12:50
4 points

ENGL BC3926y: Senior Seminar: Tradition and Nonconformity: Marlowe, Shakespeare, Woolf, Borges, and Baldwin
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
How does a literary lineage develop by challenging its own perceived norms? How can tradition itself be, in other words, unconventional? Focusing on the work of Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Jorge Luis Borges, and James Baldwin, we will focus on texts that suggest the complexity of each author's engagement with his or her literary inheritances.
—R. Eisendrath, W 4:10-6
4 points

ENGL BC3999x and y Independent Study
Application required: https://english.barnard.edu/departmental-forms#specialprojects.
Senior majors who wish to substitute Independent Study for one of the two required senior seminars should consult the Department Chair. Permission is given rarely and only to students who present a clear and well-defined topic of study, who have a department sponsor, and who submit their proposals well in advance of the semester in which they will register. There is no independent study for screenwriting or film production.
4 points

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