Senior Seminar

Michael Stoneham, Senior Seminar, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Intensive study of a single topic or figure that assumes previous work in related literary historical and critical areas. Each seminar moves toward a final paper that integrates earlier literary study with the specific critical perspective developed in this course. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K Dick
-Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
-Moby Dick, Hermann Melville
-Hard Times, Charles Dickens
-Erehwon, Samuel Butler
-Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig

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Jeremy C. Justus, Senior Seminar, Spring 2015

Course Description:

In this course, we will read critical theory regarding the nature of both power and control, and wewill examine the nature of subjectivity in a variety of contexts. We will draw from several works of fiction to locate examples and disruptions of prevailing notions of Power, Control, and Identity in the historical, post-Cold War context. Moreover, since the bulk of our texts were published in the Twenty-First Century, we will also consider these issues and themes in the historical, post-9/11 context.

Required Texts:

-Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. New York: Grove,
1993. ISBN: 0802121993
-Burns, Charles. Black Hole. New York: Pantheon, 2008. ISBN: 0375147263
-DeLillo, Don. The Body Artist. New York: Scribner, 2001. ISBN: 0743203968
-Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. New York: Riverhead, 2007. ISBN: 1594483299
-Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad. New York: Anchor, 2010. ISBN: 0307477479
-Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex. New York: Picador, 2002. ISBN: 03123427735
-Hall, Donald. Subjectivity. New York: Routledge, 2004. ISBN: 9780415287623
-Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. New York: Mariner, 2003. ISBN: 0618485228
-Powers, Richard. Gain. New York: Picador, 1998. ISBN: 0312429096
-Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat’s Cradle. New York: Dell, 1963. ISBN: 038533348X

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Ann Rea, Senior Seminar, Spring 2011

Course Description:

Examines the "Middelbrow" label for literature, and explores how literary worth can be decided by market forces, as well as by distinctions among members of the middle class, and distinctions according to the gender of the writer. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Daphne DuMaurier, Rebecca
-L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between
-Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
-Phyllis Bottome, The Mortal Storm
-P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
-Graham Greene, The Human Factor
-Margaret Kennedy, The Constant Nymph
-Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day
-The Brontes Went to Woolworths
-George Orwell, Keep the Aspidistra Flying
-Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

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Ann Rea, Senior Seminar, Spring 2013

Course Description:

This course examines the works of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy in terms of their Victorian culture and values, and seeks to help students develop an awareness of the variety of critical perspectives on fiction. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 and ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (1850)
-Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865)
-Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886)
-Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders (1887)
-Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’urbervilles (1891)

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