Fall 2014 Courses: Senior Seminars


ENG 4973-001: Camus and Nabokov

Instructor: Steven Kellman
Class Time: Tuesdays 1:00p.m. - 3:45p.m.
Class Location: MB 2.404

Course Description
This Senior Seminar is an experiment in comparative literature (the study of literature in ways that transcend the boundaries of nation and language). By immersing ourselves in the novels, short stories, plays, and essays of two diametrically opposed figures--Albert Camus and Vladimir Nabokov--we can attempt to survey the gamut of twentieth-century styles and themes.

Required Texts

  • Camus, The Stranger
  • Camus, The Plague
  • Camus, The Fall
  • Camus, Exile and the Kingdom
  • Nabokov, The Annotated Lolita Revised
  • Nabokov, Pnin
  • Nabokov, Pale Fire
  • Nabokov, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov


ENG 4973-002: American Modernism Abroad

Instructor: Paul Ardoin
Class Time: Thursdays 1:00p.m. - 3:45p.m.
Class Location: MB 2.316

Course Description
This course examines works by American modernists who spent significant time living and working abroad. The recent posthumous publication of texts by figures like Kay Boyle and Robert McAlmon, along with recent films like Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, suggest that the figure of the expatriate modernist still has a profound impact on American literary and cultural identity. Over the course of the semester, we'll try to figure out why.

Required Texts

  • McKay, Banjo
  • Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas
  • Cowley, Exile's Return
  • Hurston, Tell My Horse
  • Hughes, The Big Sea
  • Hemingway, A Moveable Feast


ENG 4973-003: Caribbean Women Writers

Instructor: Kinitra Brooks
Class Time: Mondays 1:00p.m. - 3:45p.m.
Class Location: MH 3.02.24

Course Description
What is Caribbean literature? How does the intersection of gender complicate an already complex cultural and geographical anomaly? Does Caribbean literature have to be written in the Caribbean? Finally, how does the tumultuous coalescing of African, European, and Indigenous cosmologies, epistemologies, and ontologies influence that which is deemed Caribbean literature? This course will examine the literatures and theories of the major Caribbean women writers of the 20th and 21st Century. We will read the work of the Anglophone, Hispaniphone, and Francophone Caribbean (in translation). We will examine concepts such as Creolité, Oral Traditions, Folklore, and multi-faceted identities.

Required Texts

  • Hopkinson, Sister Mine
  • Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory
  • Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban
  • Schwarz-Bart, The Bridge of Beyond
  • Abraham, The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholar: Creating, Imagining, Theorizing
  • Davies, Out of the Kumbla: Caribbean Women and Literature
  • Brodber, Louisiana
  • Capecia, I am a Martinican Woman
  • Conde, Desirada: A Novel


ENG 4973-004: Chicana Feminist Writers

Instructor: Sonia Saldivar-Hull
Class Time: Wednesdays 1:00p.m. - 3:45p.m.
Class Location: MS 2.02.20

Course Description
This seminar will center on three Chicana feminist writers whose texts have established and enacted contemporary Chicana feminist theories. Beginning with This Bridge Called My Back we will identify early articulations of U.S. women of color feminisms. The seminar will concurrently examine critical essays that elaborate and challenge those theories as well as additional essays, poetry, and fiction by Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros and Helena María Viramontes. In this English and Women's Studies cross-listed class, students have the opportunity to locate Chicana and women of color feminisms within the larger historical context of the U.S. women’s movement. In addition, students will have the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and further develop their writing skills through weekly writing assignments and a seminar paper in two installments.

Required Texts

  • Cisneros, Loose Woman
  • Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus
  • Viramontes, Moths and Other Stories
  • Viramontes, Their Dogs Came with Them
  • Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
  • Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek
  • Cisneros, Have You Seen Marie?
  • Cisneros, House on Mango Street
  • Anzaldua, Gloria Anzaldua Reader


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