English offers Special Topics courses in almost all nine undergraduate programs. A Special Topics course is one whose topic changes term to term depending on faculty and student interests.
01-26-103 “Writing Creatively” (Open to non-Majors)
An introduction to the fundamentals of writing creatively in various genres with emphases on reading and writing skills, discussions of published texts, and in-class workshops and writing exercises. (No portfolio submission required for admission.) (Does not count for credit as one of the five required creative writing courses of the English Literature and Creative Writing program.) (Registration begins Nov. 11.)
01-26-140 "Early Science Fiction, 1620-1820"
This course examines the early history of science fiction. We will explore how modern forms of science and fiction were defined at the same time (and in relation to each other) in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and investigate how early works of science fiction incorporated and remade these new technologies of both science and fiction by exploring their most experimental and speculative forms.
01-26-201 “World Literature—Women Writers and Contested Nations"
Focus will be on Israel/Palestine, Aboriginal women in Canada, Japan’s invasion of China in WWII, and Nigerian postcolonial exile in Germany.
01-26-202 “History of the North American Comic Book"
In looking at the practical, theoretical, and commercial aspects of history of comic book publishing in North America, we will examine issues such as remediation, genre, seriality, artistic influences, materiality, distribution, political activism, literacy sponsorship, and censorship, as well as theories about how to read comics. By looking at this history, not only will we be able to see how the medium got to where it is now, but also be able to use these concepts to think about publishing in general.
01-26-304 “The Novel"
An advanced workshop on novel-writing, with a particular focus on the early draft stages. Students will be expected to complete 60 to 100 pages of an early draft of a novel over the course of the term. (Portfolio approval is required for admission.)
01-26-349 "Jane Austen's Novels"
01-26-371 "The New Journalism"
In his 1973 “Introduction” to The New Journalism, Tom Wolfe claims legitimacy for a form of writing that attempts like the novel to portray phenomenal reality truthfully. The novel, Wolfe asserts, is in a “retrograde state”; unable to speak to a postmodern world, it has ceased to be “literature’s main event.” In this class we examine four works of literary nonfiction, or New Journalism, and the autobiographical novel that informs them all, Jack Kerouac’s roman à clef, On the Road.
01-26-413 “Un/natural bodies: subjects, objects, and embodiment in the long eighteenth century.”
This class focuses on embodiment in the Restoration and eighteenth century, and more specifically on how normative and non-normative forms of embodiment were established in relation to material objects. As we explore the conjunctions between human bodies and a wide array of technological, commercial, fashionable, and sexual bodily supplements in eighteenth-century texts, our analysis will attend particularly to how these objects and their subjects fit into (or destabilize) nascent modern systems of gender, sexuality, and ability.
01-26-420 "Digital Poetics"
“Poetics” is to be understood in the broad sense as covering the stylistics of a broad range of literary genres.