Summer 2016 Seminars


ENG 3223.01S: Shakespeare: The Early Plays

Instructor: Bernadette Andrea
Class Time: M-F 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Class Location: MB 2.306B

Course Description
In this condensed summer semester, we will focus on the Shakespeare’s investigation of courtly love, mimetic desire, and Petrarchan discourse through drama and poetry: namely, his earliest comedies, his sonnet sequence, and one of his most famous plays, The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Examining a range of genres, we will investigate how Shakespeare extends and often challenges these conventions, thereby opening up spaces for alternative desires and voices (women, lower-class, ethnic others, sexual dissidents, etc.). Attending to the historical specificities of Shakespeare’s era and introducing relevant theoretical models, we will engage in close contextualized readings of the following: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. We will also read Shakespeare’s sonnets and relate them to these early plays. To approximate the performance conditions of these early plays, we will draw on the various film versions available through the UTSA Library. This course thus offers students the opportunity and the tools to understand and even to enjoy some of Shakespeare’s earliest plays in relation to the literary and historical trends of his times.

ENG 5613.01S: 19th-Century American Literature

Instructor: Professor Jeanne C. Reesman
Class Time: M-F 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Class Location: MB 2.316

Course Description
This graduate seminar surveys 19th-century American literature in several genres. Major as well as emerging authors are covered, and diverse literary critical and historical approaches will be used in class and in research assignments. Course requires intensive reading and discussion as well as solid research. Particular emphasis upon the literary movements of romanticism, realism, and naturalism.


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