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Introductory


ENGL BC 1201x and y First-Year English: Reinventing Literary History

Close examination of texts and regular writing assignments in composition, designed to help students read critically and write effectively. Sections of the course are grouped in three clusters: I. Legacy of the Mediterranean; II. The Americas; III. Women and Culture. The first cluster features a curriculum of classic texts representing key intellectual moments that have shaped Western culture. Offering revisionist responses to the constraints of canonicity, the last two clusters feature curricula that explore the literary history of the Americas and the role of women in culture. For more information on the curriculum, please visit the course website: http://firstyear.barnard.edu/rlh
Prerequisites: Required for all first-year students. Enrollment restricted to Barnard students. May not be taken for P/D/F.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC1201
ENGL
1201
05989
001
MW 8:40a - 9:55a
403 BARNARD HALL
A. Schneider 15 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
07047
002
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
214 MILBANK HALL
S. Sastry 14 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
07970
003
MW 11:40a - 12:55p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
A. Lynn 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
08599
004
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
406 BARNARD HALL
S. Pedatella 15 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
07753
005
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
406 BARNARD HALL
B. Breyer 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
03059
006
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
404 BARNARD HALL
E. Hamilton 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
06891
007
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
406 BARNARD HALL
E. Hamilton 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
08485
008
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
404 BARNARD HALL
S. Singh 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
07758
009
TuTh 8:40a - 9:55a
405 BARNARD HALL
L. Mehta 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
04816
010
TuTh 10:10a - 11:25a
406 BARNARD HALL
E. Auran 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
06165
011
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
405 BARNARD HALL
G. Barlow 15 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
03034
012
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
407 BARNARD HALL
R. Abramowitz 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
07763
013
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
405 BARNARD HALL
K. Levin 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
06756
014
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
406 BARNARD HALL
G. Fleischer 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
01880
015
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
406 BARNARD HALL
G. Fleischer 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
08081
016
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
308 Diana Center
P. Luhan 16 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1201
03496
017
MW 1:10p - 2:25p
306 MILBANK HALL
A. Springs 14 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 1204x First-Year English: Reinventing Literary History (Workshop)

Close examination of texts and regular writing assignments in composition, designed to help students read critically and write effectively. Sections will focus on Legacy of the Mediterranean or The Americas and meet three times a week. For more information on the curriculum, please visit the course website: http://firstyear.barnard.edu/rlh
Prerequisites: Consult department bulletin board for section times. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC1204
ENGL
1204
06169
001
MWF 10:10a - 11:25a
404 BARNARD HALL
M. Kolisnyk 13 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1204
03033
002
TuThF 10:10a - 11:25a
407 BARNARD HALL
W. Schor-Haim 12 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1204
08212
003
TuThF 1:10p - 2:25p
405 BARNARD HALL
S. Fredman 13 [ More Info ]
ENGL
1204
05833
004
TuThF 8:40a - 9:55a
407 BARNARD HALL
V. Condillac 13 [ More Info ]

Writing

ENGL BC 3101x The Writer's Process: A Seminar in the Teaching of Writing

Exploration of theory and practice in the teaching of writing, designed for students who plan to become Writing Fellows at Barnard. Students will read current theory and consider current research in the writing process and engage in practical applications in the classroom or in tutoring.
Prerequisites: Application process and permission of instructor. Does not count for major credit.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3101
ENGL
3101
07765
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
407 BARNARD HALL
P. Cobrin 19 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3102x Academic Writing Intensive

Writing Tutorial is an intensive writing course for second-year Barnard students. Students will attend a weekly seminar and schedule an individual 30-minute conference with the instructor each week. This focused, individual attention to a student's writing is designed to help the student strengthen her critical thinking, reading and writing skills.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 8 students. Nomination and instructor's permission required.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3102
ENGL
3102
02501
001
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
404 BARNARD HALL
W. Schor-Haim 10 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3103x The Art of the Essay

(Formerly called Essay Writing.) Essay writing above the first-year level. Reading and writing various types of essays to develop one's natural writing voice and craft thoughtful, sophisticated and personal essays.
Prerequisites: Can count towards major. Enrollment limited 12 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3103
ENGL
3103
07766
001
Tu 12:10p - 2:00p
404 BARNARD HALL
A. Schneider 6 [ More Info ]
ENGL
3103
08563
002
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
W. Schor-Haim 12 [ More Info ]
ENGL
3103
09867
003
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
421 LEHMAN HALL
M. Ellsberg 4 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3104y The Art of the Essay

(Formerly called Essay Writing.) Essay writing above the first-year level. Reading and writing various types of essays to develop one's natural writing voice and craft thoughtful, sophisticated and personal essays.
Prerequisites: Can count towards major. Enrollment limited to 12 students. PLEASE NOTE: starting the spring 2015 semester, there will NOT be a departmental sign-up sheet for this class.
3 points

Creative Writing

Registration in each course is limited and the permission of the instructor is required; for courses 3105-3120, submit a writing sample in advance. The required cover sheet for the writing sample as well as instructions on the writing sample’s content can be found on the Forms section of the English Department website (http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms), or can be picked up in the English Department Office (417 Barnard Hall). Writing samples must be submitted to the mailbox of the Director of Creative Writing, Professor Timea Szell, a week before classes begin. Her mailbox is located in the main English Department Office (417 Barnard Hall). Two creative writing courses may not be taken concurrently.











ENGL BC 3105x Fiction and Personal Narrative

Short stories and other imaginative and personal writing.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3105
ENGL
3105
03041
001
W 4:10p - 6:00p
405 BARNARD HALL
T. Szell 12 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3106y Fiction and Personal Narrative

In this workshop we will read across genre works of formally inventive and exciting prose, by writers such as Claudia Rankine, Jean Rhys, Lydia Davis, and Junot Diaz. Whether you are writing from an autobiographical impulse or from the realm of invention, I hope to help you push your texts to their vibrant full potential. Not only will we discuss traditional craft in this workshop, but we will also develop an innovative vocabulary to describe the work you're reading and writing. Open to anyone willing to read, write, and rewrite adventurously.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

ENGL BC 3107x Introduction to Fiction Writing

Practice in writing short stories and autobiographical narrative with discussion and close analysis in a workshop setting.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3107
ENGL
3107
06175
001
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
D. Smith 12 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3108y Introduction to Fiction Writing

Practice in writing short stories and autobiographical narrative with discussion and close analysis in a workshop setting.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

ENGL BC 3110x and y Introduction to Poetry Writing

Varied assignments designed to confront the difficulties and explore the resources of language through imitation, allusion, free association, revision, and other techniques.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3110
ENGL
3110
03333
001
Tu 4:10p - 6:00p
407 BARNARD HALL
J. Greenbaum 8 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3113x Playwriting I

A workshop to provoke and investigate dramatic writing.
Prerequisites: Open only to Juniors and Seniors. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3113
ENGL
3113
09177
001
M 4:10p - 6:00p
405 BARNARD HALL
E. McLaughlin 8 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3114y Playwriting II

Workshop to facilitate the crafting of a dramatic play with a bent towards the full-length form. NOTE: Playwriting I (ENGL 3113) is NOT a prerequisite, and students need not have written a play before.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

ENGL BC 3115x Story Writing I

Advanced workshop in writing, with emphasis on the short story.
Prerequisites: Some experience in the writing of fiction. Conference hours to be arranged. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3115
ENGL
3115
05941
001
W 2:10p - 4:00p
405 BARNARD HALL
M. Keane 11 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3116y Story Writing II

Advanced workshop in writing, with emphasis on the short story.
Prerequisites: Some experience in writing of fiction. Conference hours to be arranged. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

ENGL BC 3117x or y Fiction Writing

Assignments designed to examine form and structure in fiction.
Prerequisites: Previous experience or introductory class strongly recommended. Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3117
ENGL
3117
09348
002
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
403 BARNARD HALL
H. Matar 8 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3118x or y Advanced Poetry Writing I

Weekly workshops designed to critique new poetry. Each participant works toward the development of a cohesive collection of poems. Short essays on traditional and contemporary poetry will also be required.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3118
ENGL
3118
03566
001
W 11:00a - 12:50p
306 MILBANK HALL
S. Hamilton 7 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3120x (Section 001) Creative Non-Fiction

The aim of this creative nonfiction workshop is to write essays that use the self as an instrument for rendering the world, with a focus on "the portrait"--of self, other, place, time. We will look at essays as illumination, provocation, persuasion, and pleasure. Students will explore and define for themselves the limits and liberties of creative nonfiction, a genre that combines fact with the imagination, objective "truth" with personal (and thus subjective) perception. The elements of fiction-scene-setting, dialogue, characterization, story-telling, conflict, surprise, pacing, exposition-animate the best creative non-fiction, and we'll study these tools as we explore new material, try out new ideas, and develop the habits of art. Students will be encouraged to hone their powers of observation, to choose subjects that are of interest to them, and to respond personally, actively, emotionally, and intellectually to the world around them, translating this engagement into language that will, in turn, engage a reader. To this end we will write often, both in and out of class, reading the work of our predecessors and contemporaries to see how they practice the craft.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3120
ENGL
3120
06759
001
Th 11:00a - 12:50p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
C. Barnett 8 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3120y (Section 002) Creative Non-Fiction: Making Facts Sing

This course will challenge students to take on what are considered difficult topics in science and math and create convincing and clear narratives therefrom. We will read works by John McPhee, Sylvia Nasar, Natalie Angier, Oliver Sacks, and others. Through interviews and iterative writing exercises, students will learn how to breathe life into complex material.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

ENGL BC 3120y (Section 003) Creative Non-Fiction: Gendered Memoir

A workshop in writing short autobiographical story with particular attention to the role gender plays in shaping experience. Focus on student writing, along with readings from the work of Augusten Buroughs; Alice Sebold; Alison Bechdel; Mary Karr, and others. - Jennifer Finney Boylan
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

ENGL BC 3125y Advanced Poetry Writing II

A further study of poetic practice for committed student-writers with experience in writing and reading poems. In the classroom, student poems and ideas about poetics are shared, questioned, and critiqued. There will also be readings in and critical interpretation of traditional and contemporary poetry.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

ENGL BC 3126y Advanced Projects in Prose Writing

Independent projects in imaginative writing in prose, including the genres of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, novellas, inter-related stories, and others. Class meetings consist of a few initial lectures on narrative followed by workshops focused on student writing in progress.
Prerequisites: Writing sample required to apply: required cover sheet and instructions are available here: http://english.barnard.edu/forms-procedures/forms
3 points

Speech

Registration in these courses is limited.

ENGL BC 3121x and y Public Speaking

This course will introduce you to principles of effective public speaking and debate, and provide practical opportunities to use these principles in structured speaking situations. You will craft and deliver speeches, engage in debates and panel discussions, analyze historical and contemporary speakers, and reflect on your own speeches and those of your classmates. You will explore and practice different rhetorical strategies with an emphasis on information, persuasion and argumentation. For each speaking assignment, you will go through the speech-making process, from audience analysis, purpose and organization, to considerations of style and delivery. The key criteria in this course are content, organization, and adaptation to the audience and purpose. While this is primarily a performance course, you will be expected to participate extensively as a listener and critic, as well as a speaker.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 14 students. Open only to undergraduates, preference to seniors and juniors. Attend first class for instructor permission. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. Preference given to juniors and seniors.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3121
ENGL
3121
09841
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
302 BARNARD HALL
D. Kempf 14 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3123x Rhetorical Choices: the Theory and Practice of Public Speaking

Speaking involves a series of rhetorical choices regarding vocal presentation, argument construction, and physical affect that, whether made consciously or by default, project information about the identity of the speaker. In this course students will relate theory to practice: to learn principles of public speaking and speech criticism for the purpose of applying these principles as peer tutors in the Speaking Fellow Program.
Prerequisites: Application process and permission of instructor. Does not count for major credit. Enrollment restricted to Barnard students.
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3123
ENGL
3123
05613
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
403 BARNARD HALL
D. Kempf
P. Cobrin
11 [ More Info ]

Theatre

Registration in ENTH seminars is limited to 16 students. See Theatre Department course descriptions for Western Theatre Traditions: Classical to Romantic (THTR V 3150) and Western Theatre Traditions: Modern (THTR V 3151).




ENTH BC 3136x or y Shakespeare in Performance

Shakespeare's plays as theatrical events. Differing performance spaces, acting traditions, directorial frames, theatre practices, performance theories, critical studies, cultural codes, and historical conventions promote differing modes of engagement with drama in performance. We will explore Shakespeare's plays in the context of actual and possible performance from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Preference given to juniors and seniors. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ENTH BC 3137y Restoration and 18th-Century Drama

Performance conventions, dramatic structures, and cultural contexts from 1660 to 1800. Playwrights include Wycherley, Etherege, Behn, Trotter, Centlivre, Dryden, Congreve, Farquhar, Gay, Goldsmith, and Sheridan.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ENTH BC 3139x Modern American Drama and Performance

Modern American drama in the context of theatrical exploration, cultural contestation, performance history, and social change. Playwrights include Crothers, Glaspell, O'Neill, Odets, Wilder, Stein, Williams, Miller, Hansberry, Albee, Fornes, Kennedy, Mamet, Parks, and Ruhl.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ENTH BC 3140y Women and Theatre

Exploration of the impact of women in theatre history--with special emphasis on American theatre history--including how dramatic texts and theatre practice have reflected the ever-changing roles of women in society. Playwrights include Glaspell, Crothers, Grimke, Hellman, Finley, Hughes, Deavere Smith, and Vogel.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ENTH BC 3144y Black Theatre

Exploration in Black Theatre, specifically African-American performance traditions, as an intervening agent in racial, cultural and national identity. African-American theater artists to be examined include Amiri Baraka, Kia Corthron, W.E.B. Du Bois, Angelina Grimke, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adrian Piper and August Wilson. (Also listed as AFRS 3144.)
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
4 points

ENTH BC 3145y Early American Drama and Performance: Staging a Nation

Competing constructions of American identity in the United States date back to the early republic when a newly emerging nation struggled with the questions: What makes an American American? What makes America America? From colonial times forward, the stage has served as a forum to air differing beliefs as well as medium to construct new beliefs about Nation, self and other. The texts we will read, from colonial times through WWI, explore diverse topics such as politics, Native American rights, slavery, labor unrest, gender roles, and a growing immigrant population.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ENTH BC 3147x or y Shakespeare, Theory, Performance

See complete details under the Theatre Department course listings.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENTH BC 3186x or y Modern Drama

Course traces the literary, theoretical, and historical development of drama from the 1850s onward, treating the plays of (among others) Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Brecht, Beckett, Soyinka, Churchill, and critical/theoretical texts by Nietzsche, Freud, Brecht, Artaud, Butler, and others.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: The Visual and Performing Arts (ART).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

Language and Literature

ENGLISH CONFERENCE (3093x, 3094y, 3095x, 3096y, 3097x, 3098y): Various topics presented by visiting scholars in courses that will meet for two to four weeks during each semester. Topics, instructors, and times will be announced by the department. Questions about this course may be directed to english@barnard.edu.

ENGL BC 3097x The English Conference: The Lucyle Hook Guest Lectureship

Please note: The four course sessions for The English Conference in fall 2014 are October 29th and 30th and November 5th and 6th, 2014. Consult the English Department's website for a course description.
Prerequisites: To be taken only for P/F. Students must attend all classes to receive credit for this course. Enrollment limited to 60 students. Starting the 2014-2015 academic year, there will NOT be a departmental sign-up sheet for this class.
1 point

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3097
ENGL
3097
07793
001
WTh 12:10p - 2:00p
323 MILBANK HALL
L. Gordis 45 / 60 [ More Info ]

ENGLISH CONFERENCE (3093x, 3094y, 3095x, 3096y, 3097x, 3098y): Various topics presented by visiting scholars in courses that will meet for two to four weeks during each semester. Topics, instructors, and times will be announced by the department. Questions about this course may be directed to english@barnard.edu.

ENGL BC 3098y English Conference: The Lucyle Hook Guest Lectureship

The four course sessions for The English Conference in spring 2015 are February 23th, 24th and March 9th, 10th, 2015. Please consult the English Department's website for a course description.
Prerequisites: To be taken only for P/F. Students must attend all classes to receive credit for this course. Enrollment limited to 60 students.
1 point

ENGL BC 3129x Explorations of Black Literature: Early African-American Lit. 1760-1890

Poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction, with special attention to the slave narrative. Includes Wheatley, Douglass, and Jacobs, but emphasis will be on less familiar writers such as Brown, Harper, Walker, Wilson, and Forten. Works by some 18th-century precursors will also be considered.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3129
ENGL
3129
08519
001
TuTh 1:10p - 2:25p
403 BARNARD HALL
Q. Prettyman 9 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3130y The American Cowboy and the Iconography of the West

We will consider the image and role of the cowboy in fiction, social history, film, music, and art. Readings will include Cormac McCarthy's "The Border Trilogy."
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 14 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

ENGL BC 3131x The Shadow Knows

The well-known story of Peter Pan's lost shadow, attached by Wendy, seems to belong to the world of fantasy. But it reminds us of an everyday fact: in the world of art, shadows are arbitrary. They can come and go at the whim of artist or writer. While in life we have shadows with us as long as we breathe, in literature and the visual arts, and often in our spoken words, they require--and deserve--constant attention. If on a literal level shadows emphasize light, space, and corporeal reality, in artistic uses and metaphoric speech they express some of our deepest emotions, from fear to desire; they invoke mystery and misery; they teach us and tease us. This course will investigate both real-world and artistic shadows, using texts and images from philosophy, literature, painting, sculpture, photography, and film. We will study texts by Plato, Pliny, Chamisso, Andersen, Shakespeare, Donne, Dickens, Poe, Conrad, Barrie, and others; and visual images by Masaccio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Munch, Hopper; Talbot, Stieglitz, Strand, Brassai, Murnau, Wiene, Duchamp, DeChirico, Warhol, and others.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 25 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.

ENGL BC 3132y Reading Barnard Writing

A century of American literature seen through the lens of works by women who were all Barnard undergraduates. Topics include Jewish immigration, the Harlem Renaissance, Greenwich Village bohemianism, feminism, black pride, sexual liberation, the rise of ethnic American identity, the "downtown" scene of the 1980s, etc. Authors may include Antin, Millay, Hurston, Calisher, Chang, Jong, Shange, Gordon, Quindlen, Janowitz, Danticat, Lahiri, and others. - W. Sharpe
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 30 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups Corequisites: NOTE: This course has been re-numbered. It was previously 3140, section 6 and has not changed in content. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3133x or y Early Modern Women Writers

Despite popular conceptions insisting that the ideal Renaissance woman was silent, as well as chaste and obedient, many women in the early modern period (c. 1550-1800) defied such sentiments by writing, circulating and publishing their own literature. Under the influence of humanism, a generation of educated women arose who would become both the audience for and contributors to the great flowering of literature written in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. As we examine how these women addressed questions of love, marriage, age, race and class, we will also consider the roles women and ideas about gender played in the production of English literature. We will read from a range of literary (plays & poetry) and non-literary (cookbooks, broadside, midwifery books) texts. Seminar participants will be asked to circulate a formal paper for peer review and complete two digital projects. - K. Hall
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. PLEASE NOTE: starting the spring 2015 semester, there will NOT be a departmental sign-up sheet for this class. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
4 points

ENGL BC 3134y Black Internationalisms

This course locates itself in renewed, energetic debates around contemporary and deeper histories of transnationalism and Diaspora studies, particular the work of Brent Hayes Edwards in The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism(a required text). African American and Africana studies have never been confined to national borders, but how has this Diasporic sense been reflected in the popular imaginary and other exchanges? We also engage the interdisciplinarity of knowledge production in these studies, and we ask what the current status is of black internationalisms, and how and where they are most readily expressed in the arts.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 16 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3136y Renaissance Epic

The epic tradition raises crucial questions about the interrelationship of literature and power. In telling the story of war and empire building, how does epic both promote and also challenge the cause of the winner? How does epic preserve a space for more lyrical forms of subjectivity? What does this literary form tell about the role of women, the nameless majority and the global 'other' in the West? In this course, we will trace the European epic tradition, studying Homer's Iliad, Virgil's Aeneid, Spenser's The Faerie Queene and Milton's Paradise Lost. Finally, we will read a contemporary poet's reflection on this tradition, Alice Oswald's Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3137x (Section 001) Wit and Humor in the Renaissance

An examination of the varieties of wit and humor in the European Renaissance, with an emphasis on England. How was wit imagined? What were its benefits? How did laughter affect the body? How does wit relate to cruelty? Authors include Arentino, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Louise Labé, Thomas More, Philip Sidney, John Harrington (inventor of the water closet), John Donne, Aphra Behn, and some joke collections.
Prerequisites: No sign-ups required: Class size is not limited. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3137x (Section 002) Coetzee, Ishiguro and Sebald

This seminar will undertake close readings of works by three masters of the contemporary novel. Their narrative engagements with the watershed events of the Twentieth Century will draw our attention to matters of collective and national memory, dislocation, migrancy, bare life, human rights, dignity, the human and post-human, loss, reconciliation, forgiveness. The narrative innovations introduced by these authors re-calibrate interiority and advance an ethics of reading.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 with priority given to Juniors and Seniors. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3138x (Section 001) Transformation, Transgression, & Desire

Transformation, Transgression, & Desire
Prerequisites: Enrollment is unlimited. No sign-up required. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3138x (Section 002) a d--d mob of scribbling women

In 1855, Nathaniel Hawthorne complained that American publishing was "wholly given over to a d--d mob of scribbling women," and that he could not hope to compete with women writers for popularity or sales. Yet Hawthorne's texts were canonized as American classics, while texts by nineteenth-century women writers were largely ignored by the academy until late in the twentieth century. This course considers a variety of texts by nineteenth-century American women, including novels, short fiction, poetry, and journalism. We'll consider women's writing and women's reading through a variety of lenses, including domesticity and women's sphere, political action and suffrage, the economics of writing and publishing, sentimentality and anger, and canon formation and literary merit. Authors include Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Louisa May Alcott, Fanny Fern, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan Warner, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Nellie Bly and Emily Dickinson.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3140y (Section 7) Doubt, Death, and Desire in 17th-century Prose

NEW COURSE NUMBER TBA. Reading, from multiple perspectives, the great "metaphysical writers" on these big issues, including faith. John Donne's Devotions and selected Sermons; Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy(i.e., madness and depression); Sir Thomas Browne's Urne Buriall, and Richard Crashaw's bizarre poems "St. Mary Magdalene or The Weeper" and "Hymn to St. Teresa" will be included. - A. Guibbory and M. Gordon
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3141x Major English Texts I

A chronological view of the variety of English literature through study of selected writers and their works. Autumn: Beowulf through Johnson.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3141
ENGL
3141
04066
001
MW 2:40p - 3:55p
302 BARNARD HALL
M. Ellsberg 27 / 40 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3142y Major English Texts II

A chronological view of the variety of English literature through study of selected writers and their works. Spring: Romantic poets through the present.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

ENGL BC 3143y Middle Fictions: Long Stories, Short Novels, Novellas

Discussion of fictions between 60-150 pages in length. Authors include James, Joyce, Mann, Nabokov, Cather, Welty, West, Porter, Olsen, Trevor.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENWS BC 3144y Minority Women Writers in the United States

Literature of the 20th-century minority women writers in the United States, with emphasis on works by Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American women. The historical and cultural as well as the literary framework.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

AFEN BC 3146y Resisting Stereotypy, Resisting the Spectral Self: African Diasporic Counter Images

Course description TBA.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 14 students.
4 points

ENGL BC 3147y Introduction to Narrative Medicine

Narrative Medicine was designed to give doctors and healthcare professionals a more profound understanding of, and empathy for, the experience of illness. It teaches how to listen and what to listen for. While the skills developed are directly applicable to the practice of medicine, they are also important in any field in which human relationships are central: business, law, architecture, social work, and the creative arts. The multidisciplinary course entails a rigorous integration of didactic and experiential methodology to develop a heightened awareness of self and others and build a practical set of narrative competencies. - R. Jones and C. Friedman
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students. Open only to undergraduate students.
4 points

AFEN BC 3148y Literature of the Great Migration: 1916-1970

Explores, through fiction, poetry, essays, and film, the historical context and cultural content of the African American migration from the rural south to the urban cities of the north, with particular emphasis on New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited 15 students.
3 points

ENGL BC 3149y Cultures of Colonialism: Palestine/Israel

The significance of colonial encounter, statehood, and dispossession in Palestinian and Israeli cultures from 1948 to the present, examined in a range of cultural forms: poetry, political tracts, cinema, fiction, memoirs, and travel writing. Authors include: Darwish, Grossman, Habibi, Khalifeh, Khleifi, Kanafani, Oz, Shabtai, Shalev, and Yehoshua.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3154x or y Chaucer Before Canterbury

Chaucer's innovations with major medieval forms: lyric, the extraordinary dream visions, and the culmination of medieval romance, Troilus and Criseyde. Approaches through close analysis, and feminist and historicist interpretation. Background readings in medieval life and culture.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3155x Canterbury Tales

Chaucer as inheritor of late-antique and medieval conventions and founder of early modern literature and the fiction of character. Selections from related medieval texts.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3155
ENGL
3155
02432
001
MW 4:10p - 5:25p
409 BARNARD HALL
C. Baswell 26 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3158y Medieval Literature: Literatures of medieval Britain

It's easy to forget that medieval literature wasn't always old and (to many of us) "quaint." For writers and artists of that era, they were modern, too. But they also imagined their own past - their legendary heroes and heroines, their ancient Greek and Roman predecessors - and (like many of us) they often had a nostalgic yearning for that lost time. This course will explore a number of forms of medieval literature, mostly British but also some continental, as it explores versions of its past, and especially the tragic story of Troy. Our reading will include romances (including Arthurian tales), dream visions, saints' lives, and lyrics. At the core of our reading will be Geoffrey Chaucer's heartbreaking romance tragedy Troilus and Criseyde, set in the later days of the Trojan War. We will also explore some of the often beautiful medieval manuscripts in which these texts were copied. We will read some Middle English texts in the original language; we'll study French and Latin texts in translation.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

BC 3159-3160 - THE ENGLISH COLLOQUIUM PREFACE: Required of Barnard English majors in the junior year. Sign up through the "JR Colloquium" section of myBarnard.. All sections of 3159 (fall semester) are on the Renaissance; all sections of 3160 (spring semester) are on the Enlightenment. Students may substitute 3 courses--from ENGL BC3154-BC3158, BC3163-BC3164, BC3165-BC3167, BC3169, BC3173-BC3174, BC3179 or ENTH BC3136-BC3137. Students may also take 1 colloquium and 2 substitutions. At least one of these courses must cover Medieval or Renaissance material; at least one material of the 17th or 18th Century. One of these will also count toward satisfying the "before 1900" requirement.

ENGL BC 3159x-BC3160y (Section 001) The English Colloquium: Imitation and Creation

New ideas of the mind's relation to the world. New perspectives, the emergence of new forms, experimentation with old forms, and the search for an appropriate style.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to Barnard English majors. Sign up through the "JR Colloquium" section of myBarnard. Corequisites: See "The English Colloquium Preface" above. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

Course
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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3159
ENGL
3159
07287
001
M 2:10p - 4:00p
403 BARNARD HALL
A. Prescott 10 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3159x-BC3160y (Section 002) The English Colloquium: Skepticism and Affirmation

The development of modern concepts of subjectivity and authority. The rise of art and the artist. Myth versus science. Knowledge versus experience. Humanism, Rationalism, Empiricism. The tension between belief and doubt. The exploration of limits and the limitless. Definition of the beautiful and the sublime.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to Barnard English majors. Sign up through the "JR Colloquium" section of myBarnard. Corequisites: See "The English Colloquium Preface" above. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

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Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3159
ENGL
3159
06177
002
M 11:00a - 12:50p
421 LEHMAN HALL
M. Jaanus 13 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3159x-BC3160y (Section 003) The English Colloquium: Reason and Imagination

Humanism, reformation, and revolution: the possibilities of human knowledge; sources and strategies for secular and spiritual authority; the competing demands of idealism and experience.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to Barnard English majors. Sign up through the "JR Colloquium" section of myBarnard. Corequisites: See "The English Colloquium Preface" above. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3159
ENGL
3159
05338
003
W 11:00a - 12:50p
406 BARNARD HALL
A. Guibbory 13 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3159x-BC3160y (Section 004) The English Colloquium: Order and Disorder

The tension, conflicts, and upheavals of an era in the arts, religion, politics, aesthetics, and society.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to Barnard English majors. Sign up through the "JR Colloquium" section of myBarnard. Corequisites: See "The English Colloquium Preface" above. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3159
ENGL
3159
09384
004
W 4:10p - 6:00p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
R. Eisendrath 14 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3163x Shakespeare I

A critical and historical introduction to Shakespeare's comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 60 students. This class is open to Juniors and Seniors only. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3163
ENGL
3163
08079
001
TuTh 4:10p - 5:25p
405 MILBANK HALL
R. Eisendrath 50 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3164y Shakespeare II

Critical and historical introduction to selected comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances by Shakespeare.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 60 students. PLEASE NOTE: starting the spring 2015 semester, there will NOT be a departmental sign-up sheet for this class. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

ENGL BC 3165x or y The Elizabethan Renaissance: Lyric Poetry

In this course, we will read closely the lyric poetry of Petrarch, Ronsard, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Greville, Barnfield, Donne, Chapman, Raleigh, Jonson. In what ways did the lyric serve as a vehicle for expressing a highly interiorized subjectivity? And how did this interiorized subjectivity reflect a changing world? - R. Eisendrath
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3166y Seventeenth-century Prose and Poetry

Lyric poetry about love, sex, death, and God by John Donne and others (e.g., George Herbert, Aemelia Lanyer, Mary Wroth, Robert Herrick and Andrew Marvell). Also selections of prose about science, politics, religion, and philosophy (e.g., Francis Bacon, John Donne, perhaps Thomas Browne, and early communists "The Levellers") in this "century of Revolution" that inaugurated more modern ways of thinking and doubting. Donne's poetry and prose may well receive the most extended attention.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3167x or y Milton

Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes and selections of Milton's earlier poetry and prose (defenses of free press, divorce, individual conscience, political and religious liberty) read within the context of religious, political, and cultural history, but with a sense of connection to present issues.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

ENGL BC 3168y Lyric Poetry: an Introduction

This course studies the lyric poem (primarily in English and English translation), its forms, features, and sources, its histories and traditions in print from the fourteenth to the twenty-first centuries. We will review sonnets, ballads, hymns, odes, and elegies; fragments and free verse; the pastoral and its relatives (nature poetry, political poetry); the roles of allusion, metaphor, and figuration. Formal and historical questions will be central to discussions.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3169x Renaissance Drama

This class will examine English drama at the moment when it arose as a major art form. In Renaissance London, astonishingly complex plays emerged that reflected the diverse urban life of the city, as well as the layered and often contradictory inner life of the individual. This poetically rich theater was less concerned with presenting answers, and more with staging questions-about gender, race, religion, literary tradition, love, sex, authority, and class. In this course, we will try to tap into this theater's cosmopolitan, enlivened poetics by studying not only Shakespeare, but also the various other major authors who constituted this literary world: Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton, John Webster, and the female playwright Aphra Behn. - R. Eisendrath
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3171x The Novel and Psychoanalysis

The novel in its cultural context, with an emphasis on psychoanalysis. Reading selected novels from Austen to W.G. Sebald.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3173y Eighteenth-century Novel

The development of the novel form in Great Britain. Topics will include: epistolary fiction, the novel of sentiment, Gothicism; the novel's roots in romance, satire, and the picaresque; modern theories of the origins and development of the novel. Works by: Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, Austen, and others.
Prerequisites: Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3174x or y The Age of Johnson

The works of Johnson, Boswell, and their contemporaries in historic context; rise of the novel (Richardson, Fielding, and Sterne); poets from Pope to Blake and Wordsworth; women writers from Carter to Collier to Wollstonecraft; working class writers; topics include slavery and abolition in literature, the democratization of culture, and the transition to romanticism.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3176x or y The Romantic Era

Romantic writers in their intellectual, historical, and political context, with reference to contemporary movements in philosophy, music, and the plastic arts. Authors include Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, P.B. Shelley, and Keats. An emphasis on close reading of the poetry.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3177y Victorian Age in Literature: the Novel

This course explores important works of long fiction from one of the most vibrant periods in the history of the novel. Beginning with Jane Austen, the most significant transitional figure from the preceding period, other authors include Gaskell, Dickens, Collins, C. Brontë, Eliot, Hardy, James. While attending to form and style, we will focus on the relation of these fictional worlds to the social realities of the time, and on how the novels reflect and challenge Victorian ideas about self and society, education, ambition and social class, femininity and desire, labor and domesticity.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 50 students. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3178y Victorian Poetry and Criticism

Poetry, art, and aesthetics in an industrial society, with emphasis on the role of women as artists and objects. Poems by Tennyson, Arnold, Christina and D.G. Rossetti, Swinburne, and Elizabeth and Robert Browning; criticism by Ruskin, Arnold, and Wilde; paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites and Whistler; photographs by J.M. Cameron.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited 35 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3179x American Literature to 1800

Early American histories, autobiographies, poems, plays, and novels tell stories of pilgrimage and colonization; private piety and public life; the growth of national identity; Puritanism, Quakerism, and Deism; courtship and marriage; slavery and abolition. Writers include Bradford, Shepard, Bradstreet, Taylor, Rowlandson, Edwards, Wheatley, Franklin, Woolman, and Brown.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3180y American Literature, 1800-1870

Texts from the late Republican period through the Civil War explore the literary implications of American independence, the representation of Native Americans, the nature of the self, slavery and abolition, gender and woman's sphere, and the Civil War. Writers include Irving, Emerson, Poe, Fuller, Thoreau, Douglass, Stowe, Jacobs, Whitman, and Dickinson.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

ENGL BC 3181x American Literature, 1871-1945

American literature in the context of cultural and historical change. Writers include Twain, James, DuBois, Wharton, Cather, Wister, Faulkner, Hurston.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3181
ENGL
3181
02341
001
TuTh 11:40a - 12:55p
328 MILBANK HALL
J. Kassanoff 28 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3182y American Fiction

American fiction from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Writers include Rowson, Hawthorne, Melville, Alcott, Twain, James, Wharton, Faulkner, Wright.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3183y American Literature since 1945

This course presents a survey of American fiction, literary and cultural criticism since 1945, with special attention paid to interrogating the concept of "Americanness" as both a subject for fiction and as a category around which "canon" formation takes place. Topics and questions we will consider include: Is there a "great" contemporary American novel? What does/would it look like and who decides? Are there recognizable "American" characters, genres, aesthetics, subjects? Authors may include Bellow, Ellison, Nabokov, Kerouac, Didion, Pynchon, and Morrison.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 40 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

ENGL BC 3185x Modern British and American Poetry

Poetry written in English during the past century, discussed in the context of modernism, postmodernism, literary theory, and changing social and technological developments. Students will participate in shaping the syllabus and leading class discussion. Authors may include Yeats, Williams, Eliot, Moore, Bishop, Rich, Ginsberg, Stevens, O' Hara, Plath, Brooks, Jordan, Walcott, Alexie, and many others.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 35 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3187y American Writers and Their Foreign Counterparts

Developments in modern literature as seen in selected 19th- and 20th-century American, European, and English works by Flaubert, James, Proust, Joyce, Chekhov, Porter, Cather, Ibsen, O'Neill, Fitzgerald, Rilke, and others.
3 points

ENGL BC 3188x or y The Modern Novel

Examines formal changes in the novel from nineteenth-century realism to stream of consciousness, montage, and other modernist innovations. Social and historical contexts include World War I, urbanization, sexuality and the family, empire and colonialism. Works of Henry James, E. M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce.
Prerequisites: Lecture - no sign up. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3189y Postmodernism

This course considers how Postmodernism's profound distrust of language and narrative transforms the form and function of literature. Writers include Pynchon, Barthelme, Robinson, Didion, Morrison, Ishiguro, DeLillo, Coetzee, and Hejinian.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

ENGL BC 3190y Global Literature in English

Selective survey of fiction from the ex-colonies, focusing on the colonial encounter, cultural and political decolonization, and belonging and migration in the age of postcolonial imperialism. Areas covered include Africa (Achebe, Aidoo, Armah, Ngugi); the Arab World (Mahfouz, Munif, Salih, Souief); South Asia (Mistry, Rushdie, Suleri); the Carribean (Kincaid); and New Zealand (Hulme).
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3192x Exile and Estrangement in Global Literature

This course examines the experiential life of the novelist as both artist and citizen. Through a diverse selection of global novels and novellas, we will investigate the seemingly contradictory condition of the novelist as both outsider and integral to society, as both observer and expresser of society's yearnings and passions. We will look at how women and men, from different countries and epochs, have addressed the issues of social and political alienation, national crisis, and individual narrative voice. The main objective is to pinpoint, through close reading and open discussion, connections between novelistic form, national time and social conjuncture. The uniqueness of the novels we read lies not just in their articulation of a historical moment or in their response to national myth, but in their resistance to generalization. We will examine how our novelists' aesthetic figuration, as both witnesses and participants, creates an opportunity for fiction to reveal more than the author intends and, on the other hand, more than what power desires.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3192
ENGL
3192
03784
001
F 4:10p - 6:00p
407 BARNARD HALL
H. Matar 6 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3193x and y Critical Writing

(Formerly called Literary Criticism & Theory.) Provides experience in the reading and analysis of literary texts and some knowledge of conspicuous works of literary criticism. Frequent short papers. Required of all majors before the end of the junior year. Sophomores are encouraged to take it in the spring term even before officially declaring their major. Transfer students should plan to take BC3193 in the autumn term.
Prerequisites: Enrollment restricted to Barnard students. Registration in each section is limited. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups
4 points

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Call Number/
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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3193
ENGL
3193
06184
001
Th 9:00a - 10:50a
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
W. Sharpe 7 [ More Info ]
ENGL
3193
03226
002
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
403 BARNARD HALL
M. Cregan 12 [ More Info ]
ENGL
3193
00212
003
Th 4:10p - 6:00p
405 BARNARD HALL
A. Lynn 11 [ More Info ]
ENGL
3193
07448
004
M 2:10p - 4:00p
405 BARNARD HALL
M. Spiegel 4 [ More Info ]
ENGL
3193
05150
005
Th 12:10p - 2:00p
404 BARNARD HALL
T. Szell 9 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3194x (Section 001) Critical & Theoretical Perspectives on Literature: A History of Literary Theory & Criticism

What is literature? Does it tell the truth? What is its relation to the other arts? How do we judge it? How can we talk about it? Such questions form the matter of a conversation among philosophers, writers, and, latterly, "critics" that has gone on for two-and-a-half thousand years. Their responses both influence and reflect the literature contemporary with them. Readings from critics and theoreticians from the Classical world to the beginnings of poststructuralism, with attention to contemporaneous literature.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3194y (Section 002) Critical & Theoretical Perspectives on Literature: Literary Theory

Examines nineteenth century foundational texts (Marx, Freud, Nietzsche), landmarks of the twentieth century (Gramsci, Foucault, Deleuze, Butler, Jameson, Spillers, Said, Spivak, Anzaldua, Debray, Kelly, Rafael), the novels of Jose Rizal, and selected critical essays. - R. Hamilton
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3194x (Section 003) Critical and Theoretical Perspectives on Literature: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Literature

Literary expression in the light of psychoanalytic thought. Psychoanalytic writings by Freud and Lacan; literary works from Shakespeare to the present.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3194x (Section 004) Critical and Theoretical Perspectives on Literature: Postmodern Texts and Theory

Literary and theoretical postmodern texts. Our focus will be the revolutionary redefinition of the image, word, pleasure, love, and the unconscious.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ENGL BC 3194x (Section 005) Critical and Theoretical Perspectives on Literature: Marxist Literary Theory

Evolution of Marxist criticism from Marx to Jameson and Eagleton. Central questions: What is unique about Marxist cultural analysis? What are the different Marxist schools of criticism? Is there a future for Marxism? Issues considered: capitalism and culture, class analysis, commitment, modernism and postmodernism, commodification and alienation, and postcolonialism.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3195x or y Modernism

Modernist responses to cultural fragmentation and gender anxiety in the wake of psychoanalysis and world war. Works by Woolf, Joyce, Yeats, Eliot, Stein, Hemingway, Toomer, H.D., Pound, Lawrence, Barnes, and other Anglo-American writers.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 55. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3195
ENGL
3195
09910
001
TuTh 2:40p - 3:55p
328 MILBANK HALL
M. Vandenburg 55 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3196x Home to Harlem: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

Explores the cultural contexts and aesthetic debates surrounding the Harlem or New Negro literary renaissance, 1920-30s. Through fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork, topics considered include: modernism, primitivism, patronage, passing and the problematics of creating racialized art in/for a community comprised of differences in gender, class, sexuality, and geographical origin.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
3 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3196
ENGL
3196
04371
001
MW 10:10a - 11:25a
302 BARNARD HALL
M. Miller 39 / 40 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3198x Poetry Movements since the 1950s

Major poetry movements since the 1950s, including Beat Poetry, Confessional Poetry, the Black Arts Movement, Black Mountain, the Belfast group, and Language Poetry.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3199x Poetics.

Investigation of poetry and imagination in practice and theory in the work of lyric poets from the fourteenth century to the present. Selected prose and poetry by Petrarch, Herbert, Cowper, Blake, Keats, Clare, Dickinson, Baudelaire, the Modernists, Celan, and others.
BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).. Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

ENGL BC 3252x Contemporary Media Theory

Explores the transformation of social organization and consciousness by and as media technologies during the long 20th century. Students will read influential works of media analysis written during the past century, analyze film and digital media, and explore political and media theory generated since the rise of the internet. - J. Beller
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. Enrollment limited to 18 students. Attend first class for instructor permission. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment.
4 points

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Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3252
ENGL
3252
03975
001
M 11:00a - 12:50p
501 Diana Center
J. Beller 18 [ More Info ]

ENGL V 3260y The Victorian Age in Literature

The 19th century saw the birth of the social and psychological sciences, along with new representations of the self in everyday life. Works by Dickens, Eliot, Meredith, Darwin, Arnold, Mill, Ellis, and others.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

AFEN BC 3525y Atlantic Crossings: The West Indies and the Atlantic World

This course examines the literature of transatlantic travel from Columbus's first voyage in 1492 to Caryl Phillips's re-tracing of his mother's migration in The Atlantic Sound(2000) to recent re-imaginings of slavery and the Middle Passage by M. Nourbese Philip and Marlon James. Even before Columbus's first encounter, the "Indies" sparked English desires for riches and adventure. We will first investigate how English writers promoted an idea of the West Indies and then came to inhabit its heterogeneous spaces, filling them with longing and anxiety. The class will chart the emergence of modern race thinking from the rich interaction of peoples and goods in the early modern Caribbean. We will also question how ideals of freedom and "English-ness" co-existed with slavery, bondage and creole life. The class will then look at the ways later writers revisit the Caribbean's colonial origins and discuss how notions of the West Indies may haunt modern Atlantic travel.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 20 students. Sign-up with the English Department is required. Registering for the course only through myBarnard or SSOL will NOT ensure your enrollment. The date, time, and location that sign-up sheets go up is listed here: http://english.barnard.edu/sign-ups Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ENRE BC 3810y Literary Approaches to the Bible

Interpretive strategies for reading the Bible as a work with literary dimensions. Considerations of poetic and rhetorical structures, narrative techniques, and feminist exegesis will be included. Topics for investigation include the influence of the Bible on literature.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT)..
4 points

ENGL BC 3992x Senior Postcolonial Literature Seminar: The Literature of the Middle Passage

Focusing on the literature of the Atlantic Slave Trade, this course culminates in a trip to Ghana. Texts from Africa, Britain, and the Americas, reflecting the historical impact of involuntary migration out of Africa, will include Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Du Bois, Conrad, Equiano, and Baldwin. Open to all seniors by application.
Not offered in 2014-2015.
4 points

ENGL BC 3993y The Worlds of Shange

This seminar provides an in-depth exploration of the work of Ntozake Shange. A poet, performance artist, playwright and novelist, Shange's stylistic innovations in drama, poetry and fiction and attention to the untold lives of black women have made her an influential figure throughout American arts. We will examine Shange's work in relationship to the Black Arts Movement and Black Feminist thought as well as from multidisciplinary perspectives. Texts will include Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf; If I can cook, you know God can; Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo and Spell #7. These works will be partnered with significant related texts such as Adrienne Kennedy's Funny House of a Negro and Michelle Wallace, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman.
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 15 students. Permission of the instructor required. Interested students should complete this form: http://bit.ly/1aCNoQW Students should have taken a course beyond the intro level from ONE of the following areas: American Literature (through the English Department), Africana Studies, American Studies, Theatre or Women's Studies.
4 points

ENGL G 3995x Reading Lacan

FALL 2013 - An intensive reading of selections from Lacan's Seminar VI: Desire and Its Interpretation with Shakespeare's Hamlet; Seminar VII: The Ethics of Psychoanalysis with Sophocles's Antigone; Seminar VIII: The Transference with Plato's Symposium; and Seminar XX: Encore: On Feminine Sexuality: The Limits of Love and Knowledge with Clarice Lispector and Marguerite Duras. Emphasis on the relevance of Lacan's thought to contemporary literature, culture, and neuroscience, and to questions about happiness, democracy, and peace. - M. Jaanus
Not offered in 2014-2015.
3 points

All INDEPENDENT STUDY projects require a completed form being filed with the English Department (417 Barnard Hall).

ENGL BC 3996x and y Special Project in Theatre, Writing, or Critical Interpretation

Senior majors who are concentrating in Theatre or Writing and have completed two courses in writing or three in theatre will normally take the Special Project in Theatre or Writing (ENGL BC 3996 x or y) in combination with an additional course in their special field. This counts in place of one of the Senior Seminars. In certain cases, Independent Study (ENGL BC 3999 - see below) may be substituted for the Special Project.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and chair required. In rare cases, with the permission of the chair, a special project in conjunction with a course may be taken by other English majors.
1 point

ENGL BC 3997x (Section 001) Senior Seminars: Home & Away: Encounters With the Self in Other Places

This course draws upon a range of narrative forms, official and archival materials, film and other visual arts and record to consider how explorers, colonial settlers and officials, colonized peoples, refugees and migrants articulate the encounter between what they think they know of themselves and what they are forced to confront in themselves when away from home, or when home is disrupted by strangers who arrive with sets of presumptions and assumptions that become law and policy. Our readings will engage questions about dominance, resistance, hegemony and narration.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3997
ENGL
3997
06130
001
Th 11:00a - 12:50p
403 BARNARD HALL
Y. Christianse 12 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3997x (Section 002) Senior Seminars: John Donne

This course is devoted to one of the greatest writers of love poetry and devotional poetry, John Donne His intense, witty writing has had a long afterlife, influencing writers from George Herbert and John Suckling (in the seventeenth century) to Coleridge in the nineteenth) to T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Anthony Hecht, and A. S. Byatt (in the twentieth). We will read Donne's poetry (The Songs and Sonets, and Holy Sonnets and other poems)-his exploration of sex and love, death and God, doubt and faith-- but also his later Devotions, his prose meditations on his near-fatal sickness, a text still relevant as he struggles to understand the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of illness. We also will read "friends" of Donne-other writers who have been influenced by Donne, and whose writing is in conversation with him. Among those we might read are: George Herbert (along with Donne, the best seventeenth-century writer of religious lyrics), other seventeenth-century poets taken by Donne's erotic poetry (Suckling, Rochester, both of whom tend towards the obscene), a few poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Hass, late twentieth-century plays Wallace Shawn (The Designated Mourner) and Margaret Edson (Wit)--plays that "stage" Donne in different ways); A. S. Byatt's novel Possession. We can't cover all these in the senior seminar, but this list gives an idea of the rich possibilities of the topic. The course aims to get students to understand Donne's poetry, and have a sense of how later writers have understood Donne and been in conversation with him.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3997
ENGL
3997
01133
002
Tu 11:00a - 12:50p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
A. Guibbory 11 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3997x (Section 003) Senior Seminars: Poets & Correspondences

How do poets' letters inform our understanding of their poetry? From the eighteenth to the twentieth century, poets have used their intimate correspondence to "baffle absence," as Coleridge remarked. This course will examine the ways several masters of the letter (including Cowper, Keats, Dickinson, Eliot, Bishop, and Lowell, among others) shaped their prose to convey spontaneity in paradoxically artful ways, illuminating their major work as poets and making the private letter a literary form in its own right.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3997
ENGL
3997
01676
003
W 9:00a - 10:50a
306 MILBANK HALL
S. Hamilton 11 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3997y (Section 004) Senior Seminars: Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens: the life, the works, the legend, in as much detail as we can manage in one semester. Reading will include Pickwick Papers, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Bleak House, and selections from his friend John Forster's Life of Charles Dickens, as well as other works to be chosen by the class. Special emphasis will be given to Dickens's literary style and genius for characterization, in the context of Victorian concerns about money, class, gender, and the role of art in an industrializing society. Students will be expected to share in creating the syllabus, presenting new material, and leading class discussion. Be prepared to do a LOT of reading--all of it great!--plus weekly writing on Courseworks.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

Course
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Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3997
ENGL
3997
05804
004
Th 2:10p - 4:00p
404 BARNARD HALL
W. Sharpe 12 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3997x (Section 005) Senior Seminars Studies in Literature: Masterpieces

In light of grand narratives and their discontents, this course questions whether tragic inevitability is really inevitable. Authors include Aeschylus, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Stoppard, Barthelme, Baldwin, Didion, Coetzee, Robinson, Kincaid, Rushdie, Bishop, and Hejinian.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3997
ENGL
3997
03064
005
W 11:00a - 12:50p
407 BARNARD HALL
M. Vandenburg 6 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3997x (Section 006) Senior Seminars:

In 1855, Nathaniel Hawthorne complained that American publishing was "wholly given over to a d--d mob of scribbling women," and that he could not hope to compete with women writers for popularity or sales. Yet Hawthorne's texts were canonized as American classics, while texts by nineteenth-century women writers were largely ignored by the academy until late in the twentieth century. This course considers a variety of texts by nineteenth-century American women, including novels, short fiction, poetry, and journalism. We'll consider women's writing and women's reading through a variety of lenses, including domesticity and women's sphere, political action and suffrage, the economics of writing and publishing, sentimentality and anger, and canon formation and literary merit. Authors include Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Louisa May Alcott, Fanny Fern, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan Warner, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Nellie Bly, and Emily Dickinson.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

Course
Number
Call Number/
Section
Days & Times/
Location
Instructor Enrollment
Autumn 2014 :: ENGL BC3997
ENGL
3997
03692
006
Tu 2:10p - 4:00p
102 SULZBERGER ANNEX
L. Gordis 8 [ More Info ]

ENGL BC 3998y (Section 001) Senior Seminars: On Happiness

Concepts of happiness as they apply to various novels and novellas from the 18th century to the present.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

ENGL BC 3998y (Section 002) Senior Seminars: The Family in Fiction & Film: The Poetics of Growing Up

This course is designed to generate fresh takes on the family and on its multitude of representations, and to help each of you toward a thesis topic that is vital and has urgency for you. We will look closely at novels, memoirs and films that center on the child in the home, adult children and siblings, and at styles of parenting, from Salinger's Glass family to Hirokazu Koreeda's Yokoyama family. The operations of narrative, memory, imagination and play will interface with considerations of family psychodynamics (by way of readings in psychoanalysis) and the social history of this complex and polymorphous institution. Authors include Gaston Bachelard, Alison Bechdel, Jonathan Franzen. Vivian Gornick, Lorraine Hansberry, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Arthur Miller, J.D. Salinger, Tennessee Williams, D.W. Winnicott, Richard Yates; films by Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Ingmar Bergmann, Lance Hammer, Azazel Jacobs, Tamara Jenkins, Elia Kazan, Ang Lee, Andrei Zvyagintsev and others.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors or Barnard senior Film majors. Priority given to Barnard Film majors and English majors with a Film concentration.
4 points

ENGL BC 3998y (Section 003) Senior Seminars: Sense and Disability

American narratives of disability at the turn of the twentieth century with special attention to gender, race, class, technology and law. Authors include L. Frank Baum, Helen Keller, Booker T. Washington, Henry James, Ernest Hemingway and Eudora Welty.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

ENGL BC 3998y (Section 004) Senior Seminars: Words and Pictures: The Intersection of Literary and Visual Art

In this class we will explore literary texts that focus on visual experience, especially painting and sculpture. What kinds of questions do these texts raise about the nature of aesthetic experience? How does what we mean by aesthetic experience change through time? Our readings will range from ancient to modern: Homer, Ovid, Catullus, Chaucer, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Diderot, Balzac, Zola, Woolf, Sebald, among others. We will also read widely in the history of aesthetic philosophy and critical theory.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

ENGL BC 3998y (Section 005) Senior Seminars: Romance

Romance is the most persistent and widespread kind of writing in the west, from high culture to low, from Shakespeare to the grocery store checkout line, yet it fits awkwardly into the critical modes we encounter in the university. This seminar explores the form from antiquity to recent film, including Ovid's Metamorphoses, medieval romance, Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Winter's Tale, Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, and the film Priscilla Queen of the Desert. One brief paper (two to three pages) per week in the first six weeks of term, followed by a substantial seminar paper on a text of each student's choosing.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

ENGL BC 3998y (Section 006) Senior Seminars: Gender, Sexuality and the American Stage: Performing the Body Politic

This seminar investigates how American theatre/performance, as read through the lens of gender and sexuality, operates as a cultural force. Simply put, the U.S. is obsessed with sex; theatre/performance has proven a fertile medium for America's expression of this obsession. Exploring texts from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries, we will consider how performance intersects with the nation state's desire to regulate how we "practice" gender both publicly and behind closed doors. How is performance, which always includes gendered/raced/classed/sexualized bodies, situated in relationship to ideas of a national body politic? How does the American nation state hinge on how gender and sexuality are performed both on-stage and off? Authors include John Winthrop, Dion Boucicualt, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, David Henry Hwang, Michel Foucault, Jose Munoz, Jill Dolan, Suzan-Lori Parks, Holly Hughes, Tony Kushner, Lisa Kron, Margaret Cho and performance groups Split Britches, Five Lesbian Brothers, Pomo Afro Homos.
Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors.
4 points

PREFACE for 3999: All independent study projects require a completed form being filed with the English Department (417 Barnard Hall).

ENGL BC 3999x and y Independent Study

Senior majors who wish to substitute Independent Study for one of the two required senior seminars should consult the chair. Permission is given rarely and only to students who present a clear and well-defined topic of study, who have a department sponsor, and who submit their proposals well in advance of the semester in which they will register. There is no independent study for screenwriting or film production.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and Department Chair.
4 points


Cross-Listed Courses

Africana Studies (Barnard)

BC3525 Atlantic Crossings: The West Indies and the Atlantic World

English & Comparative Literature

W4301 Eighteenth-Century English Literature

W4995 Special Topics in Modern Literature: Reading Lacan

Film Studies (Barnard)

BC3119 Screenwriting

BC3120 Feature Film Screenwriting

BC3201 Introduction to Film and Film Theory

Theatre

BC3147 Shakespeare, Theory, Performance