Spring 2019 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 Rio Santisteban at rsantist@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 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 BC3921: Sr. Sem.: 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

ENGL BC3922: Sr. Sem.: Latinx Feminisms
Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
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

ENGL BC3923: Sr. Sem: 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

ENGL BC3924: Sr. Sem: 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

ENGL BC3926: 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

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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 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 February 2019 or May 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 February 2019 or May 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 Rio Santisteban 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 rsantist@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 rsantist@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 rsantist@barnard.edu a short explanation of why you'd like to take the film seminar.  Rio 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 rsantist@barnard.edu a short explanation of your scheduling conflict and cc your major adviser.  Rio 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 rsantist@barnard.edu to let her know about your issue and cc your major adviser.  Rio will work with you and your adviser to place you in a senior seminar.

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